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11-20-2009 @ 7:09PM
I agree with Larisa. What I was thinking when I saw that Mr T video, she totally nailed it. The guy was old 20 years ago. After you see a celebrity star in a Sunday morning catroon you don't ever need to see him again(look it up on YouTube).For Blizzard to use this guy in an advertising campaign he must have come so cheap they couldn't pass it up.
11-20-2009 @ 7:25PM
Mr. T is a silly guy, and for his roles in the A Team and Rocky 3, people like him. He's an easily recognizable guy that a lot of people grew up watching, plus he gave us PSAs. Its the same with Will Shatner. ...Minus the whole PSA thing.
11-20-2009 @ 7:27PM
I'm no Mr. T fan, but I'll take him over Ozzie Osborne any day. I've stopped telling anyone I play WoW, because they inevitably say, "Oh yeah, I've seen Ozzie Osborne's commercials for that... Ew, YOU play that game??"
11-20-2009 @ 11:18PM
Part of what makes WoW great to me is the pop culture references. They could use the current, the hip, the happening...they can also go with what was cool a while back, simply playing off nostalgia. The commercial kind of gives me the feeling that WoW isn't some serious issue where number crunching is king or that, to be successful in the game, you have to spend hours upon hours playing it. WoW is, above all else, a game that's there to be fun and show the fun little things in the game. And the Night Elf Mohawk is there to be fun. It's nothing huge, and it's not something that will make your game experience less enjoyable. [see: zombie event. It was made for fun and it was fun, but a lot of people got upset about how the auction house would be camped by zombies.] It's just there as a little bit of flavor for the world: a shouting night elf with a mohawk lectures you on respectin' yer mamma while outfitting you with a mask to show you're good wit' the kids.Larisa doesn't particularly like the commercial. And that's fine. Lord knows I detest the Mac v. PC ads, but I still have my iPod because I loves it, and I'd still get a Macbook if money permits. Fun, like the opinion of the commercials, is subjective. People have differing opinions on the matter, and what they find fun. Kind of what makes WoW great, too. So much to do for the different playstyles. I think Blizzard knows that the commercial can be hit-or-miss for some people, and they just took the chance.In the end, though, I do agree on one thing: Blizzard totally should make commercials with Cranius. If they did so, I would love them forever. Verbally and metaphorically.
11-21-2009 @ 5:06AM
They're suppose to be humorous, people be too serious yo!
11-21-2009 @ 9:47AM
My response to The Pink Pigtail article:Obviously, a 40 year old European isn't likely to find the humor in Mr. T. Or Chuck Norris. Or any of the other people that Americans can both enjoy and make the butt of every joke. I honestly don't have any idea how, even being an over 40 year old European, you don't know who Mr. T is considering he was a big star 20-30 years ago.In game, anyone that complains about the grenades, takes the game too seriously and doesn't have a clue about Blizzard's modus operandi.But actually complaining about the advertising because you (obviously not even being the demographic it was targeted too) doesn't "get" it? Absurd.So no, nothing "went wrong with the new marketing video for WoW." If Mr. T wasn't funny or people didn't connect with him, I wonder why, when the ORIGINAL Mr. T promoting WoW commercial came out, EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHERS were laughing about "Night Elf Mohawks." Some people don't take the game, or it's advertising, too seriously and appreciate and laugh at the commercial. There probably is "better ways to capture and communicate the soul of WoW." However, Mr. T DOESN'T fail at doing it, miserably. Maybe he fails, for you, miserably. Maybe he even fails for all of Europe, miserably. In America, people are laughing about it.You missed the joke. Move on.
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