World of Warcraft Lore Nerd Wins Blizzcon

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World of Warcraft Lore Nerd Wins Blizzcon

During the question and answer portion of a panel at Blizzcon, a young kid lobbed a lore question that Blizzard's lore-guru Chris Metzen couldn't handle.

There is an abundance of fans of World of Warcraft who take the lore very seriously. Not only will these fans belabor the details of the world history that Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen created, they can also sometimes catch him on a few points. During the Quest and Lore panel this weekend at Blizzcon, one such fan threw a question at Metzen for which he had no answer.

"Falstad Wildhammer will be on the Council of Three Hammers, but in the [Cataclysm] beta it's Kurdran Wildhammer and Falstad isn't in the game at all," the fan began. "What happened to him?"

Metzen then asked, "Isn't Falstad dead from Day of the Dragon?" referring to a novel set before WoW's timeline.

The kid replied confidently, "No, he survived, and in fact he was the leader of Aerie Peak in vanilla Wow through Wrath of the Lich King."

Metzen had no response to that other than to pass the buck to Alex Afrasiabi, the Lead World Designer for Blizz, "Yeah, Alex what's up with that?" The team promised that they would fix the lore error.

This young fan's voice is just precious, and he scores points by catching Metzen on some incorrect information.

I don't know your name, Red Shirt Kid, but you just won Blizzcon. Congratulations!

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Greg Tito:

This young fan's voice is just precious

thats an interesting way of putting it

Go kid. You were awesome(even though I have no idea what he was talking aboot)

Lol Über win

its hilarious to see people who know games better than the actual developers

Isn't Kurdran in Outland?

With a game as huge as WoW, this can happen time to time.

But props, haha.

DENIED.

That was pure awesome.

Is that how i will sound when diablo 3 launches, and I finally sell my soul to blizzard? :D

Pointing out fail i warcraft lore aint that hard, but pointing out NEW fails is pretty well done

PS: I love the warcraft lore, and just ignore the faults in it.

mikemart:
its hilarious to see people who know games better than the actual developers

Is it equally hilarious to see people who know games better than real life?

Well... That's... Erhm... Pretty sad

That is pretty awesome. Good job kid, you're a credit to the force.

All hail the red-shirt-guy!

The developers so wanted to go, " look kid who the fuck cares, there's only so many ways we can devise to explain why you have to kill or collect stuff, he didn't get on the council because his sole job in life now is to give out a quest to collect 3 and a quarter inch blades of grass out of a volcano, good enough for ya?"

I'm surprised the Devs didn't just say "He was killed by Gnomes" or something to cover their asses. Like how Games Workshop just washed over the removal of an entire race from 40K, and eventually just said "The Tyranids ate them all".

I miss Squats

binvjoh:
All hail the red-shirt-guy!

Tee hee, he's a redshirt... those game devs are gonna find him...

But good on him for calling them out. It's a good thing.

XT inc:
The developers so wanted to go, " look kid who the fuck cares, there's only so many ways we can devise to explain why you have to kill or collect stuff, he didn't get on the council because his sole job in life now is to give out a quest to collect 3 and a quarter inch blades of grass out of a volcano, good enough for ya?"

respect

Also what are they going to do now? change the name of the NPC?

oh ya i have more useful lore for this guy http://www.history.com/ people say you can actually apply it to life

I really wish people who exemplify the stereotype of basement nerd would not go to cons. Not even this guy specifically, I watched blizzcon and I was embarrassed by a few who showed up.

This is just the latest entry in a long list of things Metzen has forgotten about Warcraft lore, The biggest was the Eredar origin story he himself wrote. He also forgot about Gilneas for a long time (which they're finally fixing in Cataclysm.)

Some people will ridicule him, but just think of this...

Somewhere out in the multi-verse is a bunch of nerds taking account of the human story, us in our universe. The things we do, the things we value; they know of this and catalogue it in comics, films and books. Some of them even have conventions where dorky alien kids point out continuity errors in our universe.

9/11 troofer-ism: all the result of a few continuity errors since corrected. The fake moon landings, simply the result of an ill-advised retrospective nerf to space-travel. I mean if it wasn't for some geek pointing out that nothing mystical or magical ever actually happens for real in our universe(in their universe all religions are true and so is magic: atheists and natural philosophers are crazy fundamentalists and cranks), then the world will actually end in 2012.

Lucky for us, there is a geek somewhere making sure our universe is consistent. We owe it to other universes like the Warcraft one to do the same.

Nukeforyou:

Greg Tito:

This young fan's voice is just precious

thats an interesting way of putting it

Come on, it was precious :), he was just really nervous.

This was pretty awesome, even though I have a limited to nil interest in WoW lore.

That was fucking awesome!

mikemart:
its hilarious to see people who know games better than the actual developers

Hear hear!

This is honestly less of a lore fail then something odd happened down the line during the beta build or some decision was made to switch the characters. This is evidenced by the fact that Falstad was actually seated at the council in a couple of the early builds and then replaced by Kurdran. Who knows maybe it was an accidental coding error. But not as big of a deal as it is really made out to be. Out of the obscene amounts of names it is fairly understandable that two guys aren't going to remember every single one of them.

Hodgson's Law says just shuttup and enjoy the game.

But yeah, seeing the Blizzard devs at a loss for words was golden :)

I think I'll be the first to say this and only Homer can say it best.

Here and on gaming forums, he wins. To have such knowledge on something more than the people who made it IS astounding.

However, looking at it with the eyes of a jock or something, you'd call him a loser for being so knowledgeable

But I say, looking from both views, that he wins. Because just as a football fanatic or player learns many things about their field of interest, such as this red shirted guy did. The difference is that we can talk to people about this, since it's fictional. Hell, I'm sure there are scientists that would know more about Hubbard's sci-fi books that he did or whatnot.

That kid fits the word nerd perfectly, but +100 internets to him for catching a designer on their own mistake.

Stats for beating devs:

200 exp

+10 Knowledge

+50 courage

*ding* level up!

Props to Metzin for his "Yeah, Alex what's up with that?" lol

binvjoh:
All hail the red-shirt-guy!

He'll be dead before the end of the episode.

good on ya kid, must be hard to stand up and ask a question in front of such a huge audience. hands down the kids a winner imo, props!

and calling someone a nerd on a gaming site? pot calling the kettle black much?

Um... I might be the only one thinking this, but who cares? There making money off of this, they dont need to really keep up with every little bit of there lore, becasue there making a butt load of cash as we speek.

fKd:
good on ya kid, must be hard to stand up and ask a question in front of such a huge audience. hands down the kids a winner imo, props!

and calling someone a nerd on a gaming site? pot calling the kettle black much?

Not really, being on this site makes you a nerd about as much as going on Pornhub makes you a fluffer.

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