This was honestly the best case scenario for Blizzard. If they had changed no named characters at all, they would have gotten complaints because the only important people/ones worth noticing were white. Had they spent the added time and resources sprinkling in a few new named ones here and there, they'd get yelled at for tokenism. Doing nothing would lead to complaints about lack of representation, especially given that rebuilt Stormwind was made with the significant help of immigrants to the area, after the land was retaken by the Alliance in WC2. It was a no win situation. By randomizing some of the named NPCs with no quests or lore attached to them, they can show representation while not upsetting anything established, even if it does cause some kickback from the community initially. That said, I *do* think we should see more of the Vanilla races as guards at least, particularly in Orgrimmar where the city is so diverse. And, it's not like they haven't done so in the past. Garrisons used trolls/dwarves for ranged units with orcs/humans for melee ones.
Uhmm well... I mean, it's not bad in my book, but there's a side of the game where we are remembering old characters (the people that died in teldrassil) while there is other where we are changing the existing ones... I guess their names is their only ID ....
They could, but that would be too much work. Now they can say they did something when they really didn’t do anything.
Cool. I like the idea of changing current NPC!
I can honestly see why people are upset by this they’ve opted for the laziest route and instead of giving people of color their own NPCs, they’ve taken random vendors from a decade ago and changed their skin tone to meet some diversity quota. Honestly it might be more racist to actually agree with what Blizzard is doing here, they’ve essentially waited 16 years to give POC representation and it’s barely done properly at all... 2020 Body textures with Vanilla armors looks terrible on any NPC. Atleast make *some* new characters instead of expecting everyone to grovel over how you clicked the randomize button on a few guards and vendors.
I mean, isn't *this* kinda offenssive to minorities - that instead of creating new characters that represent them Blizzard changes the existing, established ones?
I'm curious as to why there's such a large variation in human appearances. I understand the real-world representation reason, but from an in-game lore perspective, it's unexplained.Do humans just have a random skin tone when they are born, or are there certain groups of different-looking humans that have yet to be mentioned in lore? In the real world, different appearances occur because of a lack of interracial mixing. Does the same thing happen in Azeroth? I just want an answer, Blizzard.
Amazing how many people suddenly care that Tommy, the barber in the furthest corner of Stormwind has suddenly dark skin.I bet in the years people have been playing, they didn't give once a flying **** about what eye color some random NPCs had.
I really love these changes, these might be small changes for some people but it makes the city even more alive to me.
The change is emblematic of WoW moving further and further away from its stated self-proclaimed MMORPG status.Diversity is great in a fantasy world such as WoW. But this move feels clumsy and a blunt tool to shoehorn in a veneer of diversity.I was looking forward to new NPCs, perhaps vendors or otherwise, populating the city and even having a small backstory, interactions etc. This move just comes off as lazy and a dishonest attempt to fill some kind of quota. I remember back in the day, during TBC, I asked a GM if I could change my name because it was incredibly cringe. The reply was, paraphrasing, "Names and appearances of your character are integral in who you are in the world of warcraft and how other players recognise you for who you are." Obviously that philosophy is long gone. We can change our characters gender, name, server transfer etc overnight. In a way, an NPC who has existed as a certain way for 15+ years and suddenly waking up and being fairly different is in line with current Blizzard policy in regards to the RP section of the game. Why should there be any continuity in one's character?
I play on an Asian server and there are no black NPC's in Stormwind, but there are asian one's. Why isn't Blizzard adding black NPC's to our servers?