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The fan backlash to Panda's was one of the weirdest things...

#1Kolchin04Posted 10/3/2012 7:04:12 AM
In a game where they have anthropomorphized dozens of animals already, what made Pandas suddenly cross the line for so many people. I read people saying their going to quit just because of Pandaren.
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#2Kovalchuk_Posted 10/3/2012 7:06:48 AM
People are big idiots.
#3rapacioushoboPosted 10/3/2012 7:08:37 AM
It seemed like a lot of people assumed the Pandaren were being pulled out of thin air and had zero representation prior to MoP. I for one never cared. I was just happy to get a monk/fighter class and an Asian themed continent.
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#4Viper114Posted 10/3/2012 7:08:48 AM
Two main reasons:

1. They feel they took an April Fool's joke too seriously, which is what the initial concept of the Pandaren was, an April Fool's joke for Warcraft 3 way back when.

2. They feel that it's a blatant ripoff of the Kung Fu Panda series of movies and that they lack originality because of it.
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#5blarghberriesPosted 10/3/2012 7:12:35 AM
rapacioushobo posted...
It seemed like a lot of people assumed the Pandaren were being pulled out of thin air and had zero representation prior to MoP. I for one never cared. I was just happy to get a monk/fighter class and an Asian themed continent.


Weren't the Pandaren in Warcraft III?
#6rapacioushoboPosted 10/3/2012 7:19:32 AM
blarghberries posted...
rapacioushobo posted...
It seemed like a lot of people assumed the Pandaren were being pulled out of thin air and had zero representation prior to MoP. I for one never cared. I was just happy to get a monk/fighter class and an Asian themed continent.


Weren't the Pandaren in Warcraft III?


Yes they were, and as a playable unit no less.
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#7BombermanGoldPosted 10/3/2012 7:23:21 AM
Playable AND one notable one (Chen) is pretty much solidified as one of the found fathers (lol although that is one hell of a stretch) of Durotar.
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#8koboldwarrior77Posted 10/3/2012 7:30:10 AM
From the wiki about Chen Stormstout:

Chen's journeys eventually brought him to the land of Durotar, and his latest brew had a plethora of strange ingredients that he feared would be too hard to acquire. He almost lost hope for his recipe when he was met by Rexxar the travelling Beastmaster. Chen asked Rexxar to retrieve the ingredients for his brew - a barrel of Thunderwater, the egg of a thunder phoenix, and a sprig of thunderbloom.

Chen was overjoyed when Rexxar returned with the ingredients, and then mixed his special brew and offered some to Rexxar, who nearly toppled over from the shock of the volatile beverage! Then Rexxar asked if Chen was trying to kill him, probably in the rhetorical sense but possibly not.

Chen surmised that he would have to further examine the recipe, having completed one phase of his journey, Chen decided to pause his brewing and join Rexxar's adventure, so that he might better appreciate this beautiful, rugged land he had found himself in.[1]

Chen and company went on a secret mission to Theramore Island to help the horde find out why the humans were attacking them. They met with Jaina Proudmoore, who decided to help them out, after seeing what her father had done.[2] Chen helped Rexxar to defend Thrall and Durotar from Kul Tiras incursions. When the Horde was prepared they launched an attack that ended with the death of Grand Admiral Proudmoore.[3]

After the battle Chen spent some time in Durotar teaching the brewmaster ways to the mentor of Brewmaster Drohn before travelling on.[4] No one knows where he left afterwards, but several of his empty kegs have been found scattered throughout the Barrens.[5] Like the rest of his people, he has apparently maintained his independence, joining neither the Horde nor the Alliance.
#9Lightning BoltPosted 10/3/2012 7:49:15 AM
Firstly, playable cows aren't really the same as playable pandas. They aren't cows, they're minotaur, which have a rich backhistory in fantasy settings. Same with the other playable characters people try to compare them to. The only playable race that has no fantasy backhistory is Draenei, and they aren't totally out of place considering the lore for them so it's passable.

Secondly, pandas are commonly depicted in popular culture as being cute and cuddly, and are commonly used for this to garner to children. Nuff said really, adding in pandas includes adding panda rep.

Thirdly, it's not so much their mere inclusion as it is the fact that the entire expansion is about them. Inclusion of walrus people in a frozen wasteland ruled by undead is totally different from basing a whole expansion around saving panda people (which we've already established as having a rather kiddy status in pop culture) from sad feelings. Try explaining that to your non-WoW friends without feeling a little ashamed.

I don't know why it would be a difficult concept for you to understand why someone would be turned off by that. I don't mind their pop status so much, I just think they're derpy as hell so I won't play one. No biggie. /shrug
But it's easy to see why someone might.
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#10Leo0820Posted 10/3/2012 7:55:28 AM
Next expansion we'll find out that Argus was also populated not just by Eredar, but by a race of cute cat-like people, who have become demons. There will be a whole patch around Hellion Kitty Island
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