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4-12-2009 @ 5:32PM
"Blizzard seems to consider the insulation of the WoW universe important, which is why we'll likely never see in-game advertising or "Lars Umlaut " as an NPC"And yet there are literally hundreds of equally corny NPCs of the same variety in game, already. Tweeny Swod, or whatever that barber is, anyone?
4-12-2009 @ 6:21PM
Yes, but those NPCs are silly, fun and have NOTHING to do with promoting Activision. If something comes along that has no reference in pop culture/only pertains to Activision, yeah then get mad.I personally enjoy have Chester Copperpot repair my stuff everytime I walk outside of Ulduar.
4-12-2009 @ 9:58PM
Let us also not forget the Sword Of A Thousand Truths from the South Park advertisement....er, episode. I never ran into the item when playing BC, so maybe it didn't survive beta, but still.
4-12-2009 @ 10:15PM
Search "In-jokes and references" on WoWwiki. BAM.There's references to tons of stuff, and most of it's just there to put a smile on people's faces- the main point is there aren't any of these references with the sole intent of shamelessly promoting Activision's next project.Another good thing to check is last year's April Fools bit on the WoW main site- check the Bard hero class among other things, you'll see what I mean. That's only there because of all the talk of the merger & how it must mean Activision will try to shove their franchises down the throats of Blizzard gamers.
4-13-2009 @ 4:01AM
Yeah. They're probably not part of Activision promo-craze though. But they're *equally* stupid, I wish they'd never gone that far the road of "we've-got-pop-culture-references-we're-oh-so-funny-and-cool".They break immersion and contribute to the fact of WoW being cheesy themepark ride.If I could get one wish through to the devs it would be removal and permanent ban of these "witty" references.
4-14-2009 @ 2:01AM
The pop culture references are childish and largely the result of the immature mind of the Lead Quest Designer Alex "Furor" Afrasaibi. It was he who put in "Haris Pilton" and most of the other idiotic pop culture references into WoW. What depth of literary skill does it take to jumble up the letters of a celebrity or someone famous and make them into an NPC?It takes zero skill. They should hire some real authors instead.
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