The Importance of Factions
Stubborn over at Sheep the Diamond makes the case to remove factions. I have to agree to disagree. My first game was Dark Ages of Camelot, where factions were very important, and almost was at the core of who you were, because each faction had a different flavor including different classes. Though I think PvP’ers enjoy factions more, I think it offers the PvE’ers more too
Reasons I Enjoy Factions -
1. I feel a part of something – I took pride in being Horde, especially back in the day. I would swell with pride when I would hear, “For the Horde”. When I’m Alliance I feel something too. When you are working towards a common goal as a part of something, you feel like your working for something bigger then yourself, even if it’s killing the dragon for the 100th time.
2. Different Experiences – My PvE on different factions are different. Different quests, different things to do, different landscapes. Look at Ironforge, and then go look at Orgrimmar you feel the difference. I like having these differences.
3. Like Minded Fools – It seems factions have a different mindset then each other. Like Horde seemed a little more mature, and being the underdog and helped banded together more creating stronger bonds. The Alliance had numbers, and you were able to group together more easily.
4. I Love the Gray Area- I love things that question morality in these MMO’s like the Death Knight quests, or Wrathgate were Forsaken kill everyone there. I like my games to shadowed with evil, both from without and within. I don’t think these gray areas will come to play if there was no factions. You can’t have good…without evil.
5. More of the Same – I hated it when they gave Horde Pallies, and Alliance Shaman. I loved when factions have different classes, it’s like different flavors. I don’t like it when we are all the same.
6. It makes PvP more exciting – Sure we can have PvP without factions…but that would be lame indeed.