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5-01-2008 @ 1:00PM
" Well, what qualifies you to rant on and on in comments about a specific class or race that you've never played? "Actually a fair number are commenting on the classes they have played over time--so I don't see how that arguement holds water.I won't say that you are not qualified to write about WoW Machinima--I will say that I think your lack of game experience may lead you to pass up some gems that are relevant and meaningful if you actually play this game. That is a loss in that some of what is circulated very specifically addresses current time concerns, praises, trends in the game, along with utilizing current technology and methods of machinima creation. There are some machinima that have been selected that not only have been highly imperfect as a medium, but have been completely irrelevant. So the assault to the senses and intellect at times makes me wonder why other types of content are passed over in favor of such fluff.I'm going to give an example (and feel free to call me biased)--I submitted a link weeks ago that generated huge WoW forum activity, and every PvPer that I e-mailed it to (across multiple servers) was deeply moved by the video. http://www.warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=68065I'm not the creator of this machinima, so clearly I have nothing to personally profit from, however it makes a very interesting and moving statement. For those who actually have played this game over time, regardless of which side of the divide we fall on current time issues, this movie provoked a conversation that lasted for days.I think that is far more significant than some of the machinimas of someone running fast over and over again to music, or the recycling of movies that are years old (and have been viewed multiple times).
5-01-2008 @ 1:20PM
Anonymoose,Whether I play WoW or not, I only focus on the artistic side of it usually. However, I also don't want to ignore the PvP side of things. I'll forward these on to the appropriate person that can talk about them. I've stated multiple times in posts that I won't blog PvP. It's just not my thing. If you feel there's a PvP vid that really needs to be looked at, though, I'd suggest using the general website contact page for the Moviewatch system. It will go to all of us and then I can explain that if someone else wants it, they can cover it.
5-01-2008 @ 1:23PM
I'd also like to note that I actually *DO* have a current WoW Europe account where I have a character. She's a gnome warrior on a PvP server. I'm very lonely there and haven't encountered many people that speak English. So I'm not a total newb. I'm just not some uber grinder that's studied my whole WoW life to pass an interview to get into a guild. I'm a prancer that takes time to stop in the meadows and pick herbs.
5-01-2008 @ 1:37PM
"I'd also like to note that I actually *DO* have a current WoW Europe account where I have a character. She's a gnome warrior on a PvP server. I'm very lonely there and haven't encountered many people that speak English. So I'm not a total newb. I'm just not some uber grinder that's studied my whole WoW life to pass an interview to get into a guild. I'm a prancer that takes time to stop in the meadows and pick herbs."LOLIt's not an indictment against you--but just noting that if you aren't in a game the way your audience is, you will be missing some areas where we have our fingers on the pulse, and you don't.Many of us become informed about our game by our participation in it--I'm a working mom. I don't have time to study WoW to the point where I can interview with some incredibly leet guild. All the same, I do find time to level trade skills, do end game raiding, and pvp. I'm not a great theory crafter, nor am I terribly mathy--because of my limited time I rely on the mathiness and theorycrafting of others, along with common sense.If you are living in Europe it's still possible to play on US servers. I was guilded with a Canadian living in Germany who did that--he still found reasonable cross over of hours of game time to make it worthwhile.
5-01-2008 @ 1:48PM
The funny thing about that is that I'm actually in the US. I got a Euro friend to get me an account and we played together for a bit, but we're both busy a lot of the time. WoW is just such a timesink to get involved in. It requires active participation and I'm way too ADD to sit and wait for hours on a raid.It's not for everyone, but I can totally see why people do it. I played Ultima Online for about 6 years. I wrote for UO Stratics, SWG Stratics, and TSO Stratics. I do appreciate feedback on what I need to blog about more. I think that one of the reasons I don't blog about PvP is that people comment on gameplay, rather than the artistic side. If people want to comment on gameplay, there are plenty of other sections of the site where a blogger can welcome those comments. Nothing peeves me more than when I offer up a beautiful vision of machinima and people call someone a "clicker" or say he should fight with x or y instead of z. I can understand them hoping for a different race to be cast as the lead or secondary, but fight style is open to interpretation by the machinimator.
5-01-2008 @ 1:50PM
While I agree that a person who does not play World of Warcraft on a regular basis (or at all) may not have the best perspective on what content is most relevant to those playing, I think that you are missing out on the fact that she obviously knows what she is talking about when it comes to the quality of work done.I watched the machinima that you posted here, and while it was good and the content was relevant it lacked in the quality department. The shots were not consistent, the change overs from "artsy" camera shots and slow motion that go directly into in game sequences were poorly done.Now I'm not knocking the movie. I enjoyed it, however, I feel like there are reasons why it would not have been featured here.
5-01-2008 @ 3:03PM
That was a great link... as most of that content was popular before I started playing.Thank you.
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