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"I hold a flame in my hand," says Master Shang Xi, a bipedal, anthropomorphic panda in a blue ceremonial dress and sedge hat, surrounded by dozens of sparring pandas practicing their martial art. "Gather your wits, and when you think you are ready, attempt to snatch the flame." It's a scene that seems ripped straight out of an obscure 1970s Bruce Lee film (minus the pandas) and it typifies the type of Kung Fu melodrama that is rife in World of Warcraft's new land of Pandaria, which I sampled as part of a beta test this weekend.

The subject matter of World of Warcraft's Mists of Pandaria expansion pack is a departure, to say the least. The adorable yet ferocious Pandaren have a history in the Warcraft universe, but few had expected the race to ever become a major player, mainly because the Pandaren don't outwardly seem to fit the game's motif as well as traditional high fantasy tropes like elves, orcs, and dwarves.

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Yeah... I doubt we will ever see a substantial increase in sub numbers again for WoW.
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I'm considering getting in on the Diablo III / WoW sub deal... but I shouldn't smile.gif
     
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TBH I love the idea of pandas and I don't see how or why people are hating on it. Thinking Blizzard is trying to turn this towards younger audiences and make more money (well it could help), it is not that they are running out of ideas, it's just something to add in to the game to make it more interesting and fun.

WoW will still be the same, the Asian aspects of this expansion opens up a new and interesting experience that I can't wait to play when it's released. The areas looks amazing, the details also.
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Errr...yeah.
Blizzard will surely lose the "throne" for MMO's if MoP doesn't sell alot?
They'd only need to lose 80% of their player base to probably STLL be the MMO champion for subs.
Rift was a joke, TOR is slowly falling every day, and a tiny group ala Ron Paul is proclaiming GW2 as the greatest thing ever.
We'll see what happens.

Finally someone with brains.
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Errr...yeah.
Blizzard will surely lose the "throne" for MMO's if MoP doesn't sell alot?
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Rift was a joke, TOR is slowly falling every day, and a tiny group ala Ron Paul is proclaiming GW2 as the greatest thing ever.
We'll see what happens.

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Exactly. If you have been fortunate enough to get into a GW2 beta then you know that the leveling is extremely fun and intuitive and the player base is far from small. The only thing that I think would prevent GW from toppling WoW is that WoW has unmatched end-game content which is what keeps people playing.
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Exactly. If you have been fortunate enough to get into a GW2 beta then you know that the leveling is extremely fun and intuitive and the player base is far from small. The only thing that I think would prevent GW from toppling WoW is that WoW has unmatched end-game content which is what keeps people playing.
Well the end game content is a joke this days, i hate the nerfs they input, thats why i stopped playing in cataclysm.
Maybe i'll try it when it releases, just hope it will have the same dificulty has cata in the begining
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TBH I love the idea of pandas and I don't see how or why people are hating on it. Thinking Blizzard is trying to turn this towards younger audiences and make more money (well it could help), it is not that they are running out of ideas, it's just something to add in to the game to make it more interesting and fun.
WoW will still be the same, the Asian aspects of this expansion opens up a new and interesting experience that I can't wait to play when it's released. The areas looks amazing, the details also.

The whole "younger audience" theory people are throwing around is faulty as well. Pandarians have been the single most requested feature for the game almost since *vanilla* (or ever since people knew that new races could be added, as in Burning crusade).

In fact, pandas were almost the alliance race instead of draenei way back then.


All these suppositions annoy me to no end, as people are just blatantly *wrong*. Yes, they're taking a different direction with this xpac's theme (new area, bigger horde/alliance conflict than ever, instead of a new end boss such as illidan, arthas and deathwing.)

People simply are encountering fatigue after going on 8 years of WOW, and hunger for something different. The fact they bash the game they loved as they quit is unfortunate, but that's gamers for you...
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and a tiny group ala Ron Paul is proclaiming GW2 as the greatest thing ever.
 


Lolsauce.

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