Ji Firepaw: Now More Than Ever

Hello, I’m Apple Cider. You might know me from such great Internet Blog Posts as Ji Firepaw: Creepy Dude and Ji Firepaw: Cardboard Gentleman. I’m here to talk to you today about a serious matter.

Joking aside, I’ve been away from my blog for a bit, after dousing the Internet in man-hating gasoline and setting it on fire according to certain inflammatory MMO-Champion trolls.

However, sharp-eyed blog reader Failadin caught this bit of dialogue in the beta:

I cannot tell you how much this tickles me. Not only did Ji change his dialogue in the first place, but he has enough self-awareness to realize that dropping a compliment on Aysa apropos of nothing might be a little off. Blizzard’s sense of humor about this whole thing is really amazing, and it makes me feel a lot better having raised the point originally. Not only do we get a “reckless” character that may learn a touch of reflection from another, but it shows a real tongue-in-cheek jibe at themselves as writers. I love it. I love when flawed characters grow and learn and possess the ability to learn. I hope Ji and Aysa, despite their personality differences, bring eachother much needed balance to their personalities, as well as the Horde/Alliance in general.

See that people? Ji Firepaw is now more self-conscious than your average Reddit poster. Zing!

What do you feel about this change?

11 Responses

  1. Holy cow, that’s amazing. Well played on Blizzard’s behalf for knocking all people who COMPLAINED about the change down a peg or two, as well as (as you put it) taking a jibe at themselves as writers.

    Well done indeed.

  2. “tickles” is really the best way to put it. I am so amused by this little bit of dialogue – was a good morning giggle!
    And anytime someone ever says that folks in game design/etc don’t read the forums… I’m going to send them right to this blog post.

    Honestly, this quest text right here, gives Ji more flavour and personality – as far as I’m concerned – than anything else. It makes him feel REAL. Who can’t relate to being unsure what to say to someone at times?

    Well played, Blizz. ^_^

  3. This is brilliant. Ben and I were just talking yesterday about how the one tiny change to the dialogue actually freed us to see his admiration for Aysa as respectful reverence and genuine admiration, rather than a one-note sing called Nice Guys, Pedestals, And You, and that in turn made the Horde/Alliance split more tragic and subtle.

    I’m totally pleased about this, and it reaffirms our earlier opinion that Ji wasn’t MEANT to come off as a douche & it was just due to sloppy writing.

    This, now.. this is *funny*.

    • I agree wholeheartedly. It shows a lot more humor, purpose and aim to the writing and therefore is entertaining rather than annoying.

  4. I like the change! I felt like that kind of awkwardness/uncertainty was where Blizzard was trying to go with him in the first place, and the new dialogue does a much better job of getting that across.

  5. This…is good. *knocks on wood*

    Though I’m sure the Nice Guys and neckbeards are whining already (or trying to twist this into somehow a knock against “uppity feminists” to keep their tiny epeen hateboners up)

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