I must admit that the Horde vs. Alliance deal is one I haven't examined too closely. I've usually gone with underdog races/factions since I started playing WoW back in Vanilla. Back then, I was Horde. I was on an Alliance-heavy PvE server, but my guild wandered around flagged all the time anyways, inviting a fight. We knew most everyone on our server (figuratively speaking -- at least those who went into BGs or came out to world PvP). People cried about shamans in those days. They also cried about paladins. Everyone cried about Potions of Freedom. On the whole, I thought people cried a lot.
And Oolaki was a troll back then.
I hadn't played any of the Warcraft games. I was basically dragged by my hair out of City of Heroes to come play WoW. I hated Durotar. Hated that none of the Horde races could manage to stand up straight even for a little while. I didn't start appreciating the story until I made it out to the Plaguelands past the Bulwark (which, by the way, ate up Forsaken newbies traipsing innocently along the path through their benign Tirisfal Glades, like candy) It seemed to me at the time that the Horde were kinda shafted -- but I wasn't able to play Alliance at that point in time, so I really had no idea for sure. Just that there was always crying about something or another. I was just playing, so it all kinda rolled off me.
I played Horde up until the start of BC. Even maxed out Oolaki v.2 (aka Frostpaw, aka Yulia) who was on a PvP server, before I accidentally came to play Alliance on Ravenholdt. By then, it seemed that the scales had tipped, and the Alliance was the underdog everywhere. All the people who wanted to play pretty races had left their Nelves behind to play Belves. (on the whole I was a little queasy over the elf-love, and this
became one of my favorite ad campaigns ever). But I always chalked it up to people being silly and shallow, and didn't really recognize any violence inherent in the system.
Since then, having talked to people more about the differences in Lore, and experienced how guards in the horde Shrines seem to do stuns and knockbacks that prevent casting, vs. ally guards which just seem to root people while still allowing them to mow said guards down, I've started to wonder at the disparity. The stupid motorcycle did seem like it was giving Alliance the finger -- or at least those who have a non-Horde aesthetic. But hey... I don't have to buy it, so I'll screw Blizzard back by saying "no -- give me something that I like and I might give you more money..." They're business people. You know
the other bike will eventually come out after they've finished stroking the Horde players' egos.
As for crappy Blizzard writing, well. I guess that's what places like this and people like us are here for: to make the story unfold in ways we think it ought to, within whatever non-nonsensical frame we're given to work with.