Asian-themed and Oriental rules expansions have been a staple of RPG games since pen-and-paper games. It was inevitable.
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It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy...let's go exploring!
I personally liked the asian theme and the philosophy introduced in the quests/story and all that. It offered more depths and actually teaches you a thing or two. The concepts of patience, understanding and selflessness seem to be forgotten in today's society.
When the Pandaria trailer was first shown, a lot of people complained about how it doesn't fit into WoW and how it was going to be an expansion that caters to kids and asian fans that like pokemon and pandas. Now people don't seem to mind much anymore. Expansion was very well-received, some people even claiming it's the best expansion so far.
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Not a big lore or art person.
I judge expansions on how much fun i have in them, and i would rank mop somewhere in the middle. Not bad but not so good either. I have no problem with people playing pandas or the asian theme.
personally... my favorite theme was northrend (excluding zuldrak) had the whole viking theme going on with it and the scourge were nice too. but pandas are race i dislike second of all in game
Personally I don't like the extreme Asian drift that the Pandaren have. I like playing Aion and Tera, but this has no place in Wow lore. If they want to make new places seem different from the original Azeroth going with something like Outland is a much better idea. There are limits to how much real cultures should influence a fantasy game and MOP pushes that limit too far. How would people react if the next expansion had a tropical island with races of black skinned humanoids living in tribal soceity? Wouldn't be pretty.
I still play but i still have a big feeling MoP and Pandaren just don't fit.
Imagine running around Burning steppes or plaguelands in classic - ''Yeah! fighting dragons and undead! For the Horde/Alliance'' then you see a Pandaren just roll by, it really breaks immersion for Western Medevil fantasy
You must become a Master Baiter if you want to want to master the One-eyed Fish of the Dark Caverns!
it is not even just a "Asian" them but one that is about what it is like when people with western idea meet people with eastern ones and how that changes us all.
Why did they make Trolls have a Caribbean Island theme to them when the game is boosted by a non Caribbean audience?
Why did Northrend have a Norse theme to it when the game is clearly not designed for vikings to play?
Why did they make Uldum have an ancient Egyptian theme when ancient Egyptians didnt have computers?
Why are Tauren based on Native Americans when the game is clearly aimed at a white man from across the seas audience?
Why are Night Elves based on dirty hippies when clearly no one likes dirty hippies?
See, I can do it too.