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Because Warcraft Lore Doesn’t Deserve To Be Taken Seriously

Because World of Warcraft lore doesn't deserve to be taken seriously.

World of Warcraft is the most popular MMORPG of all time. It world has captured the hearts and minds of more than 10 million subscribers, and remains the ruler by which all other fantasy MMOs are measured. Said world is also, unfortunately, a bit crap.

To better understand this bizarre universe, I Coleman (Hey Poor Podcast host, Hey Poor Adventurers DM) has called in an expert: lifelong WoW fan Bailey Wendel. Together they will work to understand the bizarre, messy, often-stolen, inexplicable lore of the world’s biggest multiplayer game, even if it costs I his sanity. Join them as they discuss everything from Blizzard’s hatred of the Tauren, how Azeroth may or may not be an egg (cause that’s a real thing now), and Chris Metzen’s weird fascination with Thrall.

On this week’s episode, we discuss how the planet of Azeroth came to be. This was a difficult task for Bailey, not because she didn’t do her research, but because there’s very few actual facts to work with. Titans and Old Gods are involved, as is the phrase “Pimp my Planet.” It’s all a bit of a mess, but fortunately, we explained it so you don’t have to:

I. Coleman
I Coleman believes that videogames are the most important, most fascinating, and most potentially world-changing entertainment medium today. When not saying dorky, embarrassing crap like that, I is a game designer, science fiction author, and former reviews editor for the now-defunct GamerSyndrome.com with years of experience writing for and about games.
  • Corgi .

    Kind of an amusing episode, and I appreciate trying to tell a fairly large story like this without obvious notes and seemingly off the top of one’s head (thumbs up, Bailey!) — but it’s hardly a good basis for actual criticism of the body of Warcraft lore. It came off more as feeble mockery.

    Since this was made, the World of Warcraft Chronicles have started coming out and plausibly answer a lot of the questions and clarify the suppositions made here. A followup might be an interesting episode idea.

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