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Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade’s Eldar race revealed

Saturday, 7th December 2013 19:05 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade’s ancient Eldar has been unveiled by Behaviour Interactive. The technological advanced race makes use of “some of the most powerful Psykers.” You can find out more about them through the blog post. The MMORPG game is slated for PC, PS4 and Xbox One and takes place during the 41st Millennium. Behaviour Interactive are the developers behind Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise, Halo: Waypoint, Rango, and Mafia Wars: London among others. Thanks, TenTonHammer.

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  1. TheWulf

    I could say something like I’ll never understand the obsession with elves, but I do. I just find them a boring fantasy. They’re essentially what every normal person wants to be — tall, imposing, powerful, beautiful, and wise. And mostly without flaws.

    To me? They’re just tall people with pointy ears.

    I’d prefer the tall people from Phantom 2040 if I’m honest, as they hold more character appeal than the average elf does — for me, at least. I find elves to be the most boring thing anyone could choose to play next to a human, as I always see it as a distinct lack of capacity for imagination. A disability of sorts that stops a person from being able to step into the shoes of another.

    Empathy often comes from imagination, after all. The more you’re capable of imagining a person’s ills, the more you can relate to them.

    I’ve been witness to a lot of people who aren’t capable of imagination at all, and to them even I am alien because of my disabilities. I cannot exist because I am not like them, it’s almost like a bizarre subset of a racist mindset, except aimed more squarely at people who weren’t fortunate enough to be born well. I suppose this also explains why I don’t have such a fixation with Aryan-like human perfection.

    I’m actually a bit fed up of Aryan-like perfection. I want tubby knights and lanky, scrawny, nervous marines (who just happen to be great snipers), because why not? That’s what life is like.

    I suppose elves are video games. It’s kind of this healthy, straight, white, middle-to-uppper-class cis-male thing, where you have this view of the perfect human male, and the perfect human female, but only from the subset of a per centage of people. I’m not among them. So I’m distinctly bored of half-naked women with giant boobs, chiselled men, and elves.

    I really don’t like what elves represent, it’s all the same kind of thing. Why are elves always white? Ever thought of that? And if there’s any other kind of elf, they’re usually a ‘dark elf’ and ‘evil.’

    Man, I really don’t like what elves represent.

    I flat out won’t play with someone who chooses an elf as a character for that reason, because I don’t want to play with someone who thinks that they’re cool, or likes what they are.

    Elves, and characters like them are just for boring people with no empathy, who just happen to have enough of a majority in the entertainment industry to be chased by the mainstream. As someone capable of imagination, I’d rather be something really weird. Or hell, even an eccentric ork, because at least orks have wiggle-room. I can be a fat, peculiar ork and that’s perfectly okay. And orks are supposedly the bad guys.

    Hm.

    On the other hand, I think this is why I’ve grown out of fantasy in general. There’s a lot I don’t like. Fantastic racism teaches people real racism, from a young age. Think about it. If the good guys are all these Aryan-envisioned ideals of perfection, all white, all healthy, and the bad guys are ‘ugly’ (disabled), or black…

    It’s just a shame that Warhammer 40k has been tarred by fantasy. And by elves.

    Give me a tubby ork any day of the week.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. lolatfanboys

    What´s not to understand? Elves = perfect/beautiful versions of humans. That´s pretty much it. But only elves are boring of course, the variety is key. Love Orks too, but not the World of Warcraft Pussy orks, the Warcraft 2 and Warhammer Orks (Yes Blizzard ripped of Warhammer I know, but it´s still a cool universe, minus Wow)

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Gheritt White

    @1: Not elves, Eldar – clue’s in the name, dipshit. Similar /= the same.

    Also – WOOO! My favourite race in all of WH40K now playable in an MMO!! I hope they don’t forget about the Warp Spiders and Death Jesters!!

    #3 8 months ago
  4. jamesx

    @1
    Nor can they do any justice to dwarves.

    I don’t have any special fondness for Elves personally, but I play them in Dawn of War because they are the hardest to play – and the one with the most tricks. A Good Eldar player, at least back when I was playing, is a sight to see. The sheer amount of micromanagement needed to be effective is very fun.

    But in literature and game settings Elves are not always better. In many settings they are weaker than humans, trading agility for constitution/strength. They are often set to be like glass cannons – Fragile but deadly. You should be able to see the appeal in that.

    Also in many settings Elves are the elder races. Their ability to live in harmony can be appealing. Plus many settings also make them out to be the masters of creation – be it art, music, literature, weapons, armor, war, etc. Not everyone prefers barbarism over refinement. Plus some people like living in sync with nature as oppose to people that live in metropolises.

    You are focused way too much on the physical and not the cultural differences.

    In games mechanics it is no different than liking a sniper over a rifleman. In cultures it is no more different than liking Chinese or Egyption (with thier eons of history) over Americans (scant centies). Or liking a Jackson Pollock over kindergarten art projects. Or in the case of Dragon Age, the oppressed over the oppressor.

    Also keep in mind that 99.9% of writers suck. They themselves lack the imagination to realize the sheer alien thinking of a race that live for millenniums. So they just write them as if they are just bored humans. I am sure this contributes quit a bit to your dislike of them.

    #4 8 months ago

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