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WoW Moviewatch: Siege of Orgrimmar Abridged

Siege of Orgrimmar Abridged features an epic battle to bring justice to Azeroth. Or something like that. Despite its thrilling story and exciting bosses, there were more than a few odd moments in SoO. Also, some of the bosses spoke a little too much truth. After all, you and I both know that some of your raid members maybe shouldn't really be there, right?

Slightly Impressive to a bang up job highlighting those bizarre little quirks. Take the time to check out the video, and let us know in the comments if you shared Griff's experiences. We'd love to hear your story!
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WoW Moviewatch: Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son is the latest revelation of wit from master machinimator, Ian Beckman. It's a lighthearted romp through the world of Azeroth with Garrosh and Daddy Hellscream. It looks like the two chaps finally get together. As you might expect, the reunited orcs spend quality time together by looting, pillaging, and beating up a certain green skinned nogoodnik.

Ian really masters the tone of this video with his usual aplomb. I kept expecting a discrete punchline but in retrospect, it's the surreality of the two Hellscreams flouncing about that makes the video hilarious. Take the time to check the video out; it's work safe!
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WRUP: A lonely time of playing

This week was a complex mix of big news and no news. Weeks like this are weird. Your intrepid WoW Insider staff assembles itself, ready to lay down the big news smackdown... and then nothing else comes to light. It's a weird mix of hurry-up-and-wait and "Oh, please, let something happen."

But the reality is that WoD approaches closer with every day. While there's obviously no release date yet, we're getting lots of information from the beta. So when we asked the WoW Insider staff what they're playing this weekend, we also asked them to opine on the state of the beta. Are we looking forward to the expansion as a whole new playground, or are we feeling like the not-time-travel expansion is perhaps a bit lackluster?

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WoW Moviewatch: Elven Death - Rain of Chaos

Nothing makes me what to thrash my hair around in a circle like the name of this movie. Elven Death - Rain of Chaos is either the name of an upcoming thrasher album, or one of the hardest core titles for a machinima ever made.

Don't get me wrong. The video is fine. The graphics look pretty and serve as a good testament to the creator's skill. The narrative feels muddled to me but that could just be that I can't get past the name. Not since Overkill has the title of art so inspired me to whip out a guitar and start waling away. Bill and Ted would be proud.
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WoW Moviewatch: Beta Bob

It's been a while since we've heard from Wowcrendor, but the master of the medium is back with Beta Bob. Whether you're looking for the technology to decide whether a beta activity is actually productive, or a handy reminder that you should submit the bugs that you find, Beta Bob will keep you mindful of the true purpose of beta testing.

You can always rely on Wowcrendor for some truthful WoW examination. Beta testing can be a complex activity for the developers, and it's not really meant to be a preview. If nothing else, maybe we can get a Beta Bob to defend design decisions. Except for that ice lance thing. That's not their fault.
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WoW Moviewatch: ANN: Midsummer Fire Festival

Nobody reports on the hijinks of in-game holidays like the Azeroth News Network, and it's time to take a long, hard look at the Midsummer Fire Festival. Shedding the harsh light of day on the spectacle and insane fires of the festival, Slightly Impressive's faux-news cast tackles the bizarre habit of standing by campfires during the hottest months of the year.

We all know that there's a little surreality to all of the holidays, but the Midsummer festival has already made the least sense to me. Fire everywhere, in wooden cities, in the hottest days of summer. It just doesn't add up. But, still, who doesn't want to wear fiery braziers on their shoulders?
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WRUP: The news is finally happening

fireworks in azshara
There's been a surprising amount of news this week. It's like warlords from some not-quite-time-travel location are finally catching up to us. Whether we're talking about the night time being dark or just kind of dim, or exciting new fiery corgis, it feels like things are finally happening.

So when we asked What R U Playing this weekend, we also asked: what's been your favorite bit of news? What's on your mind about recent events? Also, most importantly, is the Corgi the best pet ever, or just the best pet available?

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WoW Moviewatch: Paranormal Orctivity

Paranormal Orctivity is the supernatural horror thriller paroyd you always wanted from the Horde, but never had sufficient found footage to make. It's somewhere between your usual WoW machinima and something like the Scary Movie series (but not nearly so obnoxious).

I want to highlight one particular aspect of the machinima. It's the right length. Just enough content kept the plot moving, without making the whole thing feel entirely contrived. Sure, some of the jokes have been around a while, but after nearly a decade of the game... what are you expecting? The Lazy Peon excellently kept pace and cut it off when the point was made. Very well done.
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WRUP: The Unpredictable Beta

Azshara rocket path beta
Waves of targeted beta invites are going out. Will there be more? Who can say? Predicting beta waves is like predicting the ocean. The only thing you can be sure of is that you'll probably get wet.

But what about the community? Now that the world at large will be getting more of their collective eyes upon the not-time-travel of WoD, how do you think they'll react? What do you think the zeitgeist will be about the beta in the coming week?

Also, WRUP.

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WoW Moviewatch: Stuff WoW Elitists Say

I guess I was actually somewhat surprised it took this long for someone to make this kind of parody video. But the inestimable Slightly Impressive has finally tackled the subject with Stuff WoW Elitists Say. I get nervous about poking fingers at people as "elitist" or "newb" or anything else, but all is fair in love and comedy.

Though, I do find the commentary about researching for LFR, item levels in flex runs, and the AQ event especially inspired. The very best elitist comments require occult references to events that happened nearly a decade ago. After all, someone born during the AQ event is looking forward to middle school soon.
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