Praise the Orc!

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The virtual reality game that enthralled the entire world, Elder Lord! In the midst of avarice, the justice of a single orc begins!

Editor’s Synopsis:

Praise the Orc! is about Jung Ian, a cafe owner with a dark past, jumping into the world of virtual reality in order to protect his sister from any predators. However, things may not be as simple as he first believed them to be. Witness as he explores the lands of Elder Lord as an orc, a species labeled as the “game creator’s mistake”, defeating any and all before him!

Praise the Orc! average rating 4.3/5 - 284 user ratings
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You’re an Orc, yet you’re still Praiseworthy!
오크지만 찬양해!
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jjkyxr
New jjkyxr
July 19, 2017
Status: --
Why do literally all VRMMO game light novels suffer from authors who can't match their video game tech to the real world tech? It really breaks up my engagement to the genre.

These stories are all usually place somewhere in the near distance future where VR tech have just recently improved drastically and will ALWAYS have some rogue/mysterious/missing/time-traveling/alien mega-genius programmer who somehow builds an AI all by himself that is so advance that it makes the game that our MC plays super-duper awesome. This is the literally the only (shitty) way you... more>> can present this phenomenon of having an advanced AI in games in a modern world setting.

In reality, good AI is extremely HARD to make. You'll need a very large staff of mega-genius programmers to even get close to AI that these novels established so conveniently. These programmers will also NOT be working first for a video game company and would instead be paid by something similar to say... GOOGLE. Essentially for these stories to have these advanced AI built into games, AI would have already been incorporated in most other avenues of our world's development, drastically changing the way our society would function.

What's great about this is that you can have an amazing story from just incorporating these concepts alone. No need to make the premise in modern-ish day society. Mix it up, get creative, ya lazy authors.

Another completely reasonable approach is to incorporate bad AI. Does a cool VRMMO need realistic NPCs? NO. They can have awesome game developers with maybe a select few NPCs who are almost realistic. Yeah, our MC's engagement to the game could suffer drastically.. but so what? Most people play MMOs for player community engagement. Have our novel be about our MC interacting with people in the game, or even better, with game developers themselves. Game devs are people too. They can provide a story, and can make a great supporting cast.

Haven't seen a light novel capture a good "it's just a game" concept well yet. They all tend to glorify them blindly. I'd love a story where characters will have conflicting emotions and sometimes get lost in the game, losing sight of reality, questioning core concepts like what is happiness and what is fulfilling in life. In reality, the first well designed very immersive VRMMO will cause a global existential crisis and I'm still waiting for the right light novel to scratch that "what-if" itch.

TL;DR Praise the Orc is probably one of the better VRMMO LN so far, but still suffers from gaping logistical issues that really destroys any immersion to the story outside the game. Under the hood, it's just another wish fulfillment novel. <<less
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keklel
New keklel rated it
July 19, 2017
Status: c27
sleed's review really sums it up for me.

This entire novel starts when the MC starts playing a video game so that he can prevent his sister from being assgrabbed in said video game. Really? You have nothing better to do than play the same video game that your sister plays so that she doesn't get assgrabbed?

If this entire story was about the MC protecting his sister in a video game, it would still be boring. But it isn't. Instead - get this - it derails into the MC protecting NPCs... more>> - orcs - in game. He is angry and upset that video game players want to kill NPCs in a video game.

This is a bit like playing World of Warcraft and getting angry and upset that people are forming raid parties to kill monsters. I WILL AVENGE THE AI CONTROLLED ORCS IN THIS VIDEO GAME! Literally what the fuck.

Nothing that happens in this entire novel is of any consequence whatsoever. An NPC dying is pretty much just a few numbers changing in a database somewhere if you think about it. The one interesting aspect, the advanced NPC AI, is not explored at all.

One review rated this as better than Reincarnator. I do not know how one could come to that conclusion. Reincarnator is about a hero trying to save humanity, this novel is about a store owner protecting his kid sister's ass from being grabbed in a video game turned into a player becoming some sort of videogame NPC activist. They are not even remotely comparable. <<less
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synaptic
synaptic rated it
June 18, 2017
Status: --
Finally, a VRMMO novel filled to the brim with burning manliness. Feel the honor and dignity of a race vilified as monsters, look past appearances to the noble soul within!

... more>>
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"You have managed to form a hot friendship with the tiger" - fucking lmao, can this shit get any better? I feel like I'll start having hormone problems from all the testosterone pumping through my veins

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Not a huge fan of the rape scene in the first job he does for Derek. We get it, rape happens, why does every mildly realistic fantasy story feel like it needs some poor woman/women getting raped to demonstrate how Villain Group A is evil?

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Zyst
Zyst rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: c30
The first few chapters I nearly wanted to drop this: "Ah, the MC is gimping himself! What an idiot" Alas, the idiot was me. Mt. Tai was right before my eyes but I failed to recognize it.

This story takes our flawed protagonist through his path of becoming the ultimate orc warrior, with manly brotherhood, manly bonding, manly honor, and manly manliness this is a definite recommendation! Give it a read.
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Stompeh
Stompeh rated it
June 20, 2017
Status: c11
This is my first proper review so it's probably kinda ass, sorry.

Contrary to how some of the other reviews describe it, this isn't at all another "typical VRMMO". The MC didn't reincarnate and know a bunch of secrets, he didn't unlock some OP class by chance, he didn't find some legendary item that trivializes progression or any other common trope. At the very least, there is absolutely nothing so far and I mean nothing, to even vaguely hint to this story following stereotypical VRMMO story plot progression.

The story... more>> seems to be focused around the MC becoming emotionally involved with the world he has entered and instead of grinding experience and getting phat loot, he is experiencing genuine connections and relationships with the world, gaining allies and friends from both players and so called NPCS (each of which seem to have far more depth and personality than any players and supporting characters you tend to see in other VRMMO stories) and experiencing what can only be described as a  genuine life within the game that is influencing himself in reality for the better, helping him to deal with his own mental issues which seem to be some kind of PTSD from previously being a professional soldier.

Honestly, this novel so far is a very welcome breath of fresh air. If you're not hooked by the time he's
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selling vegetables to grannies

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then I don't know what to say. <<less
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tz42
tz42 rated it
June 23, 2017
Status: v1c17
So far I am finding myself really sucked into this.  The characters remind me of bits and pieces of what I really liked about my earlier times with Anime in the 90's and 00's.

So far the MC reminds me a bit of Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop.  So far there is also some of the writing of the goofy/misadventuring side kick has a touch of that formulaic in a way I can appreciate.

I may be getting old, but the grit feels good and at the same time this pulls together... more>> a pretty compelling story.  A differing part is that the MC feels like he has lived an actual life up to the point we jump in, not just pieces to get you to the story as it is today. <<less
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sleed
sleed rated it
July 2, 2017
Status: c19
A typical Chinese theme flattened on a imitation level of a Korean plot.

Feels like walking in a muddy withered Forest for the sake of getting mud in your boots. with, dry trees in plain day light narrated as a menacing possibility that times get moved by a light wind, sitting in the view here and there labeled as plot.

The guide is the main character, amused by rocks,ie NPCs acting on conventional values that quickly turn into bromides. Tormented by the always to come, evil of the always to come and... more>> detestable Human race.

Long narrations about any uninteresting story about the NPCs, there was never given a reason to care about a trivial NPC to such extent that merits the constant and lengthy narration given by the author.

The theme of the Novel is : the heroic role of protecting your angelical and adult sister as a hopeless Target of human mischievousness​; lust and Injustice.

The plot is :while discovering the advantages of role playing in virtual reality the mc slowly blurs reality in what easily becomes an adequate environment for escape and simultaneously unforeseen opportunity of treating his PTSD.

It's a stale adventure that started from an such meaningless idea as a poor developed little sister suffering an assgrab in a virtual world. I don't think that's a believable argument for a story about heroic actions.

To make the fear of his adult sister, suffering in a virtual world of potential foul encounters does not justifies becoming a obsessed undercover and uberpowered assgrab protector for his sister, nor defender of the metaphysical fictional characters or becoming a high level game player who's sole purpose and motivation is the likes of a military who doesn't distinguish the cons and pros of a technological enabled fantasy pastime from reality, a casual game addiction​, no amount of conventional rationalization is enough to put an​ ex military dicipline to wasting his time worrying about what he probably think as "pretend games" going awry if he was really a soldier.

The story is not interesting enough and the parts that are well written show nothing in particular; the mc it's a normal soldier doing actions outside his believable spectrum most of the time, at the end of the day things happen to him, he doesn't actively seeks a grand goal. <<less
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thebritishdude1
thebritishdude1 rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: c12
I didn't have high hopes for this novel. I probably wouldn't have read it if it wasn't translated by rainbowturtle.

But since I trust in rainbowturtle, I started the novel. And I'm glad I did.

The VRMMO thing is pretty overused but in this novel I think both the real life and the game bits add to the story. It's really good so far.
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Rapacity
Rapacity rated it
June 22, 2017
Status: c14
Has a lot of similarities to LMS , making it fell partly inspired by it but I like it a lot. The characters so far appear to have depth and the game world is just level grinding it appears to be pretty interesting. The NU page doesn't currently have romance tagged but there seems to be a budding one within the first ten chapters and it's being done nicely.  Based off the title I thought it would be something stupid but so far I'm very impressed.
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JinVodka
JinVodka rated it
June 19, 2017
Status: c8
A good new addition to VRMMO genre... Plus, it is pick by goddess Turtle!!

The story is quite different cause of the MC where he is a retired soldier (YAY no highschoolers!) MC goal is not similar to most Korean MC with money grubber (cause of Weed sensation). Rather is just an overprotective siscon lol.

It is excellent read cause it not a copy to LMS like *cough cough ark. The story is unique and then rather game depended it displayed a world with VRMMO that has lot of possibilities in story. There... more>> is also psychological aspect (my faves) that represents a person with PSTD and how he cope with it using the game. It has a nice new aspect in VRMMO world using assimilation or how you're into the world.

Still at 8 chapters but It updates frequently so waiting if it keep up the good vibes

EDIT: DAMN IT"S TOO GOOD!! JUST READ IT!!

Want to see a person immerse in a world so beautiful all NPS seems alive.  ORC are the MANLINESS BEINGS EVER MADE!!! BUL'TAR!!! A story with all rollercoster feelings, that shows what TRUE is HONOR!! <<less
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dniv
dniv rated it
July 12, 2017
Status: c62
This is the best Korean novel I have encountered. This is an incredibly moving journey and if you're looking for something completely different from what you've read before then I strongly recommend this novel. It deals with Virtual Reality in a way that surpasses what I've read in LMS which was primarily comedy and Ark which was more focused on action and I think the novel is better executed than Reincarnator. When I read Praise the Orc, I feel like I'm actually consuming something meaningful, but at the same time... more>> , every step of the way, I'm still enjoying it to the extreme and there's a lot of hype. The latest chapter even made me tear up.

Anyway, I don't want to sound overeager, but so far this novel is turning out to be unexpectedly amazing (and even the weird name gets cool after you understand its true meaning). The setting, the plot, the characters, the character development, the themes, and the wide range of perspectives and experiences that this novel seems to encapsulate makes it into something that I hope will end up as a true masterpiece. If you want to read something pragmatic that is also idealistic, something dark that is also measured in its philosophical views and themes then look no further!

5/5 stars

Edit: (7 chapters later)

The writing quality is actually still going way up. I underestimated how good this novel is. 5.5/5 stars. <<less
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HumanSashimi
HumanSashimi rated it
July 1, 2017
Status: c11
We got an mc who is suppose to be a veteran soldier who is not really acting like he is at all; as a cafe owner instead of being a bartender that tropes go for. Who decides to enter a popular vr game after knowing that his sister could get harassed on this game by those who are strong, which should basically be obvious since the game was supposed to be rated 19+. Instead of stopping his sister from playing, he decides to stop his peaceful life to protect his... more>> sister from possible future ass grabs.

As a player he would pick the discriminated orc as an avatar just to surprise her sister. His battle mindedness and will, helped him conquer the challenges of the supposed hell path of that of an orc.

What really is a disappointment of this novel is the absence of warfreaks that should have exists which will obviously pick the orcs as their avatar. It might be bacause korean people are mostly wusses compared to other countries? But there should be others that should be like the mc or even better, and we know many of such people exists.

Also the advertisement of an orc with the vegetable and his other merchant jargons was clearly unrealistic. It was supposed to be funny, but readers who will really think would find such events a turn off.

Verdict: 3 (temporary)

I will temporarily end with as I am still early on and this novel could still redeem itself. <<less
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Fluffums
Fluffums rated it
June 30, 2017
Status: c30
I wanted to like this. The concept is nice - the main character taking the side of the NPCs vs other players - but there are too many suspicious things about the game itself that I wonder why the hell the publishers actually released it for sale when they can't even check game logs (for example). Main character prefers being a loner despite women throwing themselves at him (and guys also wanting to be friends!), which is annoying, and the recurring theme of "people are awful" is something I already... more>> know. I don't need to read a novel about it.

Obviously, my problems with it are subjective. The writing and translation are decent so give it a shot if you read my complaints and thought "that doesn't sound so bad". <<less
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OfficePony
OfficePony rated it
July 17, 2017
Status: c65
Grammar: 3.9/5

Story: 4.2/5

Writing: 3.9/5

... more>> (That Spark: 5/5)

This story is truly an emotional drama. Honor, betrayal, revenge, and day-to-day life blend to make a story eerily alive. Existentialism, morality, and the human condition applied in a virtual environment make for a very interesting conceptual baseline in this series. The grammar is quite decent, with very few instances of awkward word/phrasing. The story is excellent in my personal opinion, only missing a deeper development of the characters and some world building. The writing is quite nice, with a decent pace, and quite a few situations to make you chuckle, burn with passion, and feel that sour gut-wrenching distaste for the human condition.

A story that is more centered on what it means to live rather than the game that is Elder Lord.

I personally recommend this for anyone looking for a Knight against the Evil World type story. <<less
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Yurika
Yurika
June 18, 2017
Status: c7
Praise the rainbowturtle!

This novel seems promising as of right now, hmmm it's the typical VRMMORPG KR  novel type. But what's unique on this one is that the mc didn't unlock a secret class or anything but he chose the Orc which was the mob/mistaken class of the Elder's Lord.
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SaberWolf
SaberWolf rated it
June 17, 2017
Status: c4
As of writing this post, the novel looks pretty good so far. Your typical Korean VRMMO novel, but with a military twist.

The game setting is a highly realistic fantasy with NPC's being depicted as highly lifelike. (Even Player logout is explained by them are being 'cursed by the stars', hence why they disappear from time to time). The MC himself has military background and chose similar race called Orcs.

Novel Pacing looks okay. Though how much of a 'world' this novel has is yet to be determined.

Looking forward to how things... more>> go forward from here. <<less
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littlegoldmonkey
littlegoldmonkey rated it
July 13, 2017
Status: c57
Do you like upfront VRMMO game light novels?

If yes this is NOT for you.

This novel uses the game as a tool only, to unravel the concepts of psychology, the philosophy of being, and morality in general. The game is not the core of the novel.

If you are looking for OP one dimensional characters or weak to strong stories,

This is not for you.

The MC started as a War Veteran IRL hence some of his virtues and values have crystallized. Which ones? Thats the journey... what makes or breaks a character?
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crazykat
crazykat rated it
June 27, 2017
Status: c30
I am not sure why the ratings are so low. This is a really great vmmopg  novel. It has been an amazing read so far. There are some ups and downs but its a great novel non the less. 

 The story focuses on a MC who really loves his sister and he doesnt want her to be unhappy. He does everything for her after the death of their parents. Soon he discovers that his sister plays  vmmorpg, he then decides to join this  vmmorpg community because he fears that his sister... more>> might get bullied there. This starts his journey to becoming the 1st great orc warrior.

The novels feels very unique and the VMMORPG aspect feels like its really done well compared to other generic novel. 

All in all its a amazing novel so far. I cant say anything for the future but i recommend everyone to not judge the book by its cover and try this novel. <<less
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daimonfrei
daimonfrei rated it
July 4, 2017
Status: c45
Hi all netizens.

I don't write reviews often, don't like to do so, since each and every persons eyes see different worlds so why intrude on a world of someone?

Just this once, I will do so, forgive me if its crude.

... more>> A good read I think.

First non-mindless, smartly written, heroic novel I have seen for a longer time

The hero does not see the world as black and white rather, follows his bushido without compromise.

Skills have kinda weird inconsistency but well, I guess for now, the spirit of the novel covers up that, and other details, quite well. Good pace.

If you like, tabletop RPG, Roleplaying and chivalry, mixed at times with vrmmo and modern world, I would recommend this one. Do take notice the story might not drag you in on the first few chaps, but once you get immersed, you would wish there would be more.

Author, I hope you will not loose out on your imagination, and keep it up!

For Honor! Bul-thar!

Ps. thanks rainbowturtle, again a fine choice for translation. <<less
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Ternal
Ternal rated it
July 3, 2017
Status: c42
This novel kind of took me by surprise. It is nothing like other VRMMORPG novels I have read.

What sets it apart is that 1) how much you roleplay affects your character, and 2) the game is supposed to be realistic, and therefore very hard. It is hard to the point where most players are really low level, and most NPCs are considered really really strong compared to them. Players being players, most still manage to find ways to grind levels and skills. However they do so through dubious means: having... more>> NPCs weaken their target for them, backstabbing, killing civilians, etc.

What about the MC ? Well, he's not an extraordinary martial artist, nor is he an expert gamer. He is a retired soldier (he knows some basics in martial arts but that's it), and is otherwise a rather normal adult.  He does not really play games. He finds himself entering this one mostly because of comedic reasons (he has been raising his youger sister and... he's overprotective), but also because people keep asking him to play with them, because basically everyone in Korea is playing the game. After entering the game, he is surprised by how realistic it is. Knowing nothing about the game (or games in general) and seing NPCs behave like real people, he starts interacting with them as if they were real people, and therefore finds himself roleplaying. Contrary to many other novels, he does not become strong by power leveling, finding a cheat class, or anything like that. NPCs are strong because they have some actual skill, and the MC follows in their footsteps by doing some actual training (like swinging his sword until exhaustion to improve his form), and becomes not OP, but simply as strong as if he were an NPC. That's it.

So far the story has mostly been character driven, revolving around the MC immersing himself in NPC culture and growing as a person (which affects him both in the game and outside the game), and around the conflicts that arise with the other users because they behave like real villains.

I think the author really wants to make us think about who we are inside and outside of games, and how both relate to each other. It is an interesting question, and I think the author is doing a really good job. I highly recommend reading this novel. <<less
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Lightjedi6
Lightjedi6 rated it
July 4, 2017
Status: c44
For some people, but probably not everyone.

So when I started reading this book I truly didn't have much of an expectation. In fact I felt like book eating magician was going to be more my speed.

It was new, it was from a solid release times translator.

... more>> So I dived right in, and I must say that I am truly impressed by this book so far, the story is engaging in a way that so many of these other books are simply lacking.

It's not another vrmmo book that's just all about the grind, the next level/armor/chick blah blah blah.

I have had more feels while reading these last 40 chapters than I've felt reading entire 1,000+ chapter novels.

Now the writing style is definitely different, there's not too much back story given early on which leaves some parts feeling forced or incomplete.

Some of which is remedied later, but some hasn't been up to this point.

So if you read all that then just go read 2 chapters and get a feel for it yourself.

I'm really enjoying it but I don't like "normal" vrmmo novels, can't think of which ones I've started but dropped later on.

But I have enjoyed 1/2 Prince (which started eastern novels for me) and sword art online (first two volumes only) <<less
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SnoopyGM
SnoopyGM rated it
July 3, 2017
Status: c43
The people who doesnt like this novel basically have a narrow view.

The storytelling is very good, make me doubt for a second this is a web novel, the level of complexity and mystery is very good, its like reading a light novel. Which mean this web novel author have a very good planning of the story in each chapter and each character. Even at ch 43 there is many question that cant be answered, but thats the way a story should be, if some story tell the answer at the... more>> start there is no point you read till the end right?

The story concept itself is simple, what happen if NPC is also human? Even the monster like goblin have feeling and honor. But of course nobody in the right mind think like that when playing game right, we all just think the game is so realistic and keep killing the "enemy". This novel basically tell that perspective with the most realistic way possible. The MC is stumble upon the game first time, he dont have gamer thinking like normal people, so he can easily think NPC like a human, but others cant.

The story is about how he oppose those normal thinking player and got so many hardship(cause he is alone and enemy everywhere)

I recommend this novel for every people especially gamer, very intriguing and good story to open our mind about games or maybe AI. <<less
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