03 November, 2005

Pandarens left out, due to... China?

According to DrunkCajun on the Worldofwar.net board, which according to Scott Jennings blog, quotes Gaming Steve:
So what is the new Alliance race going to be?
Unknown at this time, but don't rule out any race (including the "ugly" Draenei). Well, any race except the Pandaren.

Why not the Pandaren? Why are so many other sites reporting the Pandaren as the new Alliance race?
When the editors of the gaming magazines were brought to Blizzard's offices to view The Burning Crusade for the first time, there were dozens of posters and artwork depicting the Pandaren as the new Alliance race. At the time Blizzard was 80% certain that the Pandaren were going to be the new Alliance race and it was presented as such. However, due to various complex reasons, there is now a zero percent chance of this happening. At best you might be seeing non-killable Pandaren NPCs in the game.

Could this change at all? Could the Alliance get the Pandaren?
Considering the charged political reasons surrounding this issue I do not believe that Blizzard will change their mind on this decision.
This is an interesting scenario on how repercussions of the totalitarian state in China affects us who live in liberal democracies.

Companies who want to reap the lucrative profits have to toe the line. Think of when we come to the point where the economic market of China is so strong that all Hollywood movies, record recordings and game productions intentionally strangle their productions to make them completely void of acts regarding human rights, freedom of speech or the rights to organization. Chinese censorship, globalized.

This is a outline I have never thought about before. I've been previously very pro-trade with the argument that the free market goes hand in hand with democracy -- that eventually they will face the impossible task of trying to balance beating down government and corporate corruption with the right of a free press and so forth.

Blizzard isn't the first company to do something like this, if this truly is the case. Google does this. Microsoft does this.

However this is just a rumor. We'll see how this turns out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

piece of shit goldfarming country is ruining what would be a cool race.

2:15 AM  
Blogger Mastgrr said...

Replace "goldfarming country" with "evil government".

2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's definitely both

4:23 AM  
Anonymous bmmp said...

bmmp said...
China and it's government does inherently have it's problems, but referring to them as evil or a piece of shit is missing the point.

Their way of life and methologies are significantly different from ours, thus Blizzard is careful about the naming conventions of it's new race so they don't alienate a large portion of their fan base and profits.

The new race will be just as awesome no matter what their called or their history, it's all just for fun after all. I do have a similar concern in that politcal correctness has gotten out of hand, especially regarding video games. GTA anyone? I killed the cop because the game said so.

Even if Blizzard developed the Pandarens, my guess is that most intelligent people can tell the difference between reality and fantasy. But if not, please send me 500 gold and I will forward you enginnering plans for [Gnomish Motorcycle]

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh I don't know the exact details on the whole issue.

I remember back in War3 their was a huge outcry in the chinese fan base with the pandas representing japanese culture even though the panda is a chinsese animal or something like that and that it's sacred. So that's why any artwork with pandaren in it has them wearing traditional chinese clothing when before (check out the old samwise illustrations) they were wearing japanese kimonos.

With that I don't think the chinese government has anything to do with it. It's more a conflict with a culture and blizzard would rather not alienate their fans there in china.

Afterall, in blizzards eyes korean/chinese fans > american fans. If you have to blame someone blame yourselfs for not being a bigger fan of blizzards games. :P

1:10 PM  
Blogger L'Emmerdeur said...

Free trade works - with free countries.

But when we practice free trade with non-democratic nations (most of South and Central America, most of Asia and Africa, including bullcrap democracies like Mexico), we lose.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous kyosei said...

Damn that political correctness.

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damnit, i wanted a fucking panda..
I could chew on bamboo.. and... that would be new food in the game.. oh man..

2:43 AM  

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