Pandaren Monk or Kung Fu Panda?

With the recent announcement of a new World of Warcraft expansion, Blizzard has confirmed my belief that their transformation from a cult game company to a mainstream one is complete.

Blizzard wants to be the Disney of video games now. Also, they also want to move their sinking (subscription numbers wise) flagship to shallow water somewhere in the Yellow Sea.

How did we come all the way from Ultima Online to Kung Fu Panda? When did the MMO players changed from nerds to… children?

Of course, Blizzard are the (only) one who know the exact demographics of the current WoW players. So their going in the way of cartoons is anything but accident. Will TITAN feature talking cars?

I blame Angry Birds. In selling $200 million worth of cartoony graphics, Rovio has proven there’s money to be made from bright colors and simplistic gameplay.

Does that mean that you cannot have an RPG for grownups now? Will online games become synonymous pre-pubescent adventures? Not, if I can help it! I’m taking the “no pandas” pledge on behalf of Riftforge.

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    • Ben
    • October 31st, 2011

    This is literally the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. Maybe you should look back to Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne. Pandaren have been around long before Kung Fu Panda.
    I really hope this post is in attempt to troll, if not you are truly an idiot.

  1. The point is that the artwork of the movie and the new expansion signal a shift in terms of core audience for Blizzard.

    Of course, pandas have existed for millions of years prior to their image being commercialized.

    • Aaron
    • November 4th, 2012

    To be perfectly honest, now that the game is out, you can see reference to Kung Fu Panda, but barely. This post, from my perspective, was just some prick complaining about the new expansion, you aren’t special, you’re just hopping on the bandwagon of hate. Don’t like it, don’t play it, just don’t go around fucking crying about it.

  2. I’m not complaining, I’m pointing out a shift to brighter colors and ponies (excuse me, pandas) when it comes to Blizzard’s new offerings.

    Also, I didn’t see a bandwagon of hate, so I could hop in. I don’t care much about MoP, I care about Blizzard’s becoming mainstream. There’s a difference, a subtle difference is still a difference.

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