I went looking for a definition of morally grey this morning and ran across this web site
And reading the article, it sounds all too familiar, especially this part,
In some cases, the story will end with both sides teaming up against an unambiguously evil third faction, who may even have been behind the war in the first place. When this villain is defeated, the grey sides almost invariably decide to live in peace (in the harsher version, the casualties from fighting that villain may find that there is actually now enough of whatever they fought over for all the survivors. Ultra-harsh version of this has the realization that the resources have been spent on the war).
Wow, that pretty much covered the framework for the expansion we are leading into.
I wanted to write this morning about how I personally feel that Blizzard stepped over a line with this weeks lead up.
I have not played through the Alliance portion, from what I have read, I have absolutely no intention of ever doing so. Certainly we have done some shady shite in our years playing WoW. I mean come on, we have taken orphans into battlegrounds for a quest. Do I need to remind everyone about Evie Stormstout? Maybe it is my age, maybe I personally feel that some lines should not be crossed, even if the argument is that they are not real people, they are just pixels in a game.
What they wrote into the Alliance scenario to me was not morally grey, Robin Hood stealing from the rich to give to the poor is morally grey, Walter White in Breaking Bad was a morally grey character. Developing a plot line where you need to rescue hundreds of women and children before they are consumed by fire, when you know that it is impossible is not even skirting the line, or putting one foot over the one, it is taking a running leap and jumping so far over that you have landed in an area where many will find the direction unconscionable.
I absolutely hope that this direction is abandoned as quickly as possible, because if they are willing to move the line that exists that should not be crossed no matter the story, or the emotions you want to stir up, then I cannot imagine where the new line would be. If you want to incorporate War into your narrative to design around, and the burning of women and children is fair game, what is next…….