How much lore is too much for you?
This may seem like a strange topic from me, but it’s something I think about all the time. I have a lot of friends who can’t stand when I go off on a lore rant because they just want to play the game and don’t really care about the story. Back in my hardcore raiding days I was always one who would be disappointed when my guild would want to skip cutscenes and in-game speeches and the like. The aftermath to Deathbringer Saurfang, I’m probably the only person I know who wanted to stay and watch it all play out. Since I was one of our tanks, that didn’t happen as much as I would like.
For me the lore is a source of endless fascination. I love every bit of it Blizzard shoves into the game, but I’m not naive. I know it’s not the same for every player. Some players sincerely don’t care about the why’s and wherefore’s of the game. Why are the Mag’har joining the Horde? They don’t care. Why are the Kul Tirans capable of weird, wicker and bone Druid forms? Not a quiver of interest. While I’m aware of this mindset, I can’t say I understand it — why would I play a game like World of Warcraft if I didn’t care about the story? But I see evidence every day that there are players whose feelings are manifestly different from my own.
So I ask you all — what’s your limit? Do you occasionally read a Warcraft themed novel, or perhaps a few in-game books? Maybe you watched a video explaining a raid or a lore figure once? Podcasts, or an in-game cinematic once in a while? Are you utterly crazy for every scrap of lore you can get, or do you just not care at all and want to get on with setting stuff on fire? Where’s your cut-off point for the story of the game world?
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