Azeroth Choppers final sparks a forum war after the Horde gets a cool mount

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By on June 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

Azeroth Choppers was a neat idea from Blizzard: get some motorbiking enthusiasts to do up Alliance and Horde-themed bikes and have World of Warcraft fans enjoy the experience and decide the winner.

Of course, what sounds good in theory often struggles a bit in practice. And when Horde got a cool mount and the Alliance didn’t … cue mass outrage on the battle.net forums. There’s already been multiple threads with hundreds of posts whining about the result, even before the winner was announced.

What’s really peculiar to me, however, is the way that the topic has been twisted to accuse Blizzard of being anti-Alliance ever since the release of Cataclysm and the multiple suggestions of almost open hostility towards the Alliance faction at Blizzcon. I have no way of corroborating this, of course, and a forum post is just a forum post. But there are clearly a lot of upset World of Warcraft players.

If you want to watch the final Azeroth Choppers episode, you can do so here. The Alliance got beat pretty comfortably in the end, although it probably helped that the Horde bike looked like it belonged in the game. But as for the rest of the drama? Who knows where that will end up.

Source: Thanks, Spooler!

14 comments (Leave your own)

that’s because everyone knows the horde are better :) and the alliance bike is far too shiny

I was thinking throughout the whole thing that I wouldn’t be surprised if the other bike turns up in the store sooner or later anyway, it’s probably easier for blizzard to get money off alliance people than horde so give the horde a free bike and make the alliance pay for theirs

 

The Horde bike looked very traditional style Horde livery, the Alliance bike looked like a low slung armoured steed. Would of far preferred to see the Alliance bike in the game myself for that reason. Plus Trikes, just no.

Not sure how it’s easier to get “money off” of “Alliance people”, especially considering there is two freely accessible factions with no limitations between playing either of them, most players seem to play across both just fine.

The ideal solution, from the start, would of been winner is given free to the faction the other mount goes up on the Blizz store with proceeds to charity.

Regarding the anti-alliance bias, well that’s been an issue in WoW for a few years now, it climaxed with the whole Blizzcon debacle where a crap metal singer from an even more crap band started insulting the Alliance fan base there – ie they are “gay” and threatening to kill them etcetera Blizzard chose to have that speaker there and didn’t stop his diatribe which was a big mistake on their part. That same Blizzcon a young woman was assaulted for wearing her Alliance T-Shirt by a group of “horde” players – allegedly. Wouldn’t surprise me as tards in groups grow bigger balls after a bit of “encouragement”.

It’s all completely stupid and while Blizz should create a level of conflict in the game and instill faction pride they should be wise enough to not let it spill out or promote it in live events – especially pseudo hate-speech kind of stuff.

For the record I’m a Horde player from long ago but have my Alliance toons too which I enjoy playing.

 

I played horde for most of my wow time but got sick of the angry rebelling teenagers and adult males with mummy issues so i xfered to alliance and was quite happy there until pandaland. havnt played since.

Alliance bike is better imo.

 

I haven’t watched the Azeroth Choppers series as I find the whole concept boring but I assumed that both mounts would have put into the game at the end. Oops.

I remember reading about the Blizzcon incidents years ago and being surprised that Blizzard reps were endorsing that rant filled video. It was only after the community backlash that Blizzard apologised.

Therefore I am not surprised Blizzcon has the nickname “Hordecon”.

 

That same Blizzcon a young woman was assaulted for wearing her Alliance T-Shirt by a group of “horde” players – allegedly.

That “assault” turned out to be someone pulling on her lanyard. Inappropriate, perhaps, but the image of roaming gangs of Horde armed with Gorehowl replicas beating down anyone wearing the Alliance insignia some people trying to conjure up is just foolish.

Do you really think Blizzard would let their multi-million dollar convention turn in to some sort of wild brawl…?

 

I was sincerely surprised by this. I honestly expected them to make it a draw and give both bikes to both sides.

That’s the way they’ve been with everything Warcraft the last decade. Constantly balancing and equalising everything.

 

iiimystiii: That “assault” turned out to be someone pulling on her lanyard. Inappropriate, perhaps, but the image of roaming gangs of Horde armed with Gorehowl replicas beating down anyone wearing the Alliance insignia some people trying to conjure up is just foolish.

Do you really think Blizzard would let their multi-million dollar convention turn in to some sort of wild brawl…?

There is always a lot of hyperbole when these things happen and it’s something that you have to take with a grain of salt. You can bet your arse that the forums were real interesting around that time though and there was a lot of emotion going around. If I was a diehard Alliance player or even just expecting an enjoyable time out I would of been quite annoyed/upset about being exposed to that sort of behaviour – especially at Blizzcon prices.

The direct video of Corpse “that night elf stole my motes” grinder and his idiotic ranting was vile, just something unexpected. And you could easily argue that at that point, Blizzard did allow their multi-million dollar convention turn into a bit of a hatefest – “oh it was all in good fun” is always what those perpetuating it say and those who are receiving said “fun” it don’t feel.

 

When ever i log on as alliance there is someone complaining horde gets an advantage.

When ever i log on horde there is someone complaining alliance gets an advantage.

The only consistent thing is that both sides have a lot of complaining.

 

iiimystiii: Do you really think Blizzard would let their multi-million dollar convention turn in to some sort of wild brawl…?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGsNsSX-iO0

This happened and alliance players were terrified and or disgusted according to alot of the people there from the horde and the alliance it really set alot of horde players mental and was really just a disgusting and stupid thing for blizzard to do.

Having someone who really offends everyone give a “fuck you rant” to half your fans is just stupid … I say that as someone who loves cannibal corpse.

But this chopper thing is just absolutely hilarious and I saw it coming a mile away I don’t think Blizzard really did anything wrong here but if there’s one thing MMO players are good at it’s inventing discrimination.

 

^ This.

I used to PvP a lot, and would hear stories of how the Farm is closer than Stables to the respective spawn points, how the Horde have the advantage of holding 3 nodes, and vice versa. The ironic part, when I started playing Horde, it was the same complaint, but reversed positions.

I think players just like to look for excuses to cover their inadequacies that don’t reflect on their abilities. I’ve been in far too many forums threads trying to argue that the best way to increase your edge or overcome content is to improve your skills and your attitude (also applies in that crazy place called real life), just to be met with endless complaints of latency, faction favoritism, or overly tuned encounters.

Best advice for a MMO (or anything really)? Find a group of people that can own their actions, admit their faults, and are willing to improve. Some times things outside of your control happen, but if it is a constant, adjust to accommodate and overcome it. These days I find nothing more toxic or unappealing than blaming others for your faults or short comings.

 

jjager: Best advice for a MMO (or anything really)? Find a group of people that can own their actions, admit their faults, and are willing to improve. Some times things outside of your control happen, but if it is a constant, adjust to accommodate and overcome it. These days I find nothing more toxic or unappealing than blaming others for your faults or short comings.

^ ALL of this it’s a serious problem in gaming that whenever something goes wrong a vocal group have to try and find someone to blame.

 

Alliance are dicks though. In the Warcraft story, the alliance are the good in the same way Christopher Columbus’ company were good — it is very hard to support anything they do.

 

PinothyJ:
Alliance are dicks though. In the Warcraft story, the alliance are the good in the same way Christopher Columbus’ company were good —it is very hard to support anything they do.

Wait what … the horde are/were the invading force not the alliance… The orcs came from draenor and you know … destroyed huge amounts of azeroth. Don’t get me wrong there were members of the alliance that were dicks and used captured orcs as slaves and what not but by and large they were largely just trying to survive the hostility.

During the events of warcraft 3 it becomes abit more complicated with things like the building of Thrall’s horde which includes the tauren and such. The un easy peace between the horde and alliance which has been broken by people across both sides.

 

blizzards has had a hardon for horde since warcraft 1 and two. Orge magi and berserkers trumped paladins and elven archers hard

 
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