Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ask Gauss

Sunday morning you know that time of the week when you are sitting there wondering, why the hell am I awake? Yep don't you got to love Sunday? Anyways, what does Sunday mean? Well Ask Gauss, of course. The time of the week where I look through all the questions that have been sent to me throughout the week and decide which to answer in this post. I know very exciting. If there are people who don't have a clue how to send me their questions, well I would think you might be blind and didn't look at the top right of the page. If you are one of those people scared to click on links then you can just email them to me at So with that out of the way let's get to the questions shall we?

Do you think Blizzard playing the Panda card is a desperate attempt to bring people back to WoW?

When Cataclysm came out this expansion was in all likely hood half way done. It is not  a spur of the moment that this decision was made. I think many people read the name "Mists of Pandaria" and think oh that is just going to be about Pandas. That is not the case at all. I believe this is the South Seas expansion everyone has been waiting for. If you watched the Metzen panel type thing you also heard him announce that the book after Wolfheart is going to be a book about Jaina. Let's think here for a minute before Lich King we had Arthas book, which led us into Wrath, before Cata we had The Shattering that brought us to Cata, so this book I am saying is going to bring us into the South Seas. What better way then introducing Kul'Tiras. I am calling it now besides Pandaria we are going to be visiting the Broken Isles, Plunder Isle, Tel Abim, and Zandalar. So let's not get hung up on Pandas.

Don't you find it weird they are going to base an expansion off an Apirl Fools joke?

Let's make something clear. Let me link you something directly from WoW Pedia

The pandaren started as a creation of the Blizzard artist Samwise Didier and an April Fool's joke, but they got a massive response from Warcraft fans. In the first BlizzCast episode launched on Jan. 10, 2008, Samwise recalled the process to the creation of the Pandaren April Fool's page: "But so we put that up in there and everyone was like “Oh my God! A PANDA RACE? That’s kind of cool!” And I’m like “Are you kidding me, really? You want to see pandas in Warcraft III or whatever?”" Soon, they were included in the Warcraft III expansion and Chris Metzen began to write them into the game lore.

So yes they did start out as an Apirl Fools joke, but they are way beyond that and are part of the lore. There probably has been more written about them then some of the races, which are already in the game. They are no longer a joke they are part of the universe so everyone better get used to it.

How can Panda's be playable, whichever faction gets them will be so unfair.

Keep in mind when we went to Northrend we had Tuskarr, but didn't get to play them. Even though that would have been awesome.

That is it for this week. Hope you all got what you needed out of this Panda focused Ask Gauss. For those waiting for it Next Week's Ask Gauss is going to be about what you think "Mists of Pandaria" is all about. As always send in your ideas by Thursday night. Enjoy what is left of your weekend everyone!


  1. Completely agree everything has been panda this and panda that the past week.

  2. Also keep in mind that when Worgen were first announced there was much initial disappointment by Horde players because everyone wanted to be Worgen. That seems to have died down now and the Goblins have risen up to be equal status, but there was a LOT of qq at the time.

    And speaking of Worgen, if Blizz could turn Worgen - a race with VERY little concrete lore, not much more than just some cool, intriguing hints here and there - into a solid, 100% Alliance race, they can definitely turn the Pandaren into a fully Alliance or Horde faction.