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WoW Moviewatch: Sad Battle Pet Diary

Dear Diary,

I am just a lowly battle pet. My days are filled with endless slaughter; both my own, and that of my enemies. Mine is a world of war, death, and remarkable pain. The worst part is that I thought I was alone. Most of the gladiatorial critters I face seem to enjoy their lot in life. They're fierce and dedicated to the adrenaline of battle. They do not seem to suffer the burdens I carry.

And then I saw the Sad Battle Pet Diary by the machinimist Ninth Batter. In this movie, he reads the angst-ridden stories of other pets like me. It was a soothing balm to my soul, and I thank him for it.
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WRUP: Well, that's just like your opinion

Panda Closeup
This has been a week for opinions. Lots of things happening; new patches, jokes, games on platforms, and a partridge in a pear tree. And while bloggers should have opinions, there's sometimes a wide diaspora about what we even having bother having opinions about!

With that in mind, when we asked our intrepid team what they're playing this weekend, we asked them to also tell us about their favorite opinion right now.

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) This weekend is going to be spent giving those patch notes a closer look, doing a heck of a lot of writing, and watching baseball games with my Dad - woohoo, baseball season is here! That said, uh ... I guess at the moment my opinion on the Rockies is that they seem to have a fairly solid hitting team, but man their closing pitchers could use some work. Some of them are good, some of them are ... not. I'm sort of hoping it was just opening week nerves on their part. Despite that, I'm still hoping they have a better season than last year. ... I can always hope, anyway. Right?

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WoW Moviewatch: The Great Boost, episode 2

The second episode of The Great Boost contains one of the finest openings I've seen in machinima. Granted, it's not groundbreaking or anything, but it definitely sets the tone for a nerdlove fan series. What's not to love about it?

It's nice to see a new machinima series get started. Through the years, most creators have separated from the episodic format. It's a combination of the difficulty in putting together regular machinimas, the heightened expectations of quality, and just the sheer darned age of the community. I'm joyous to see Nex Manus taking it seriously.

I think the series is hitting it's stride, building a cast of characters and an ongoing mythology. Take the time to check it out and share your thoughts below!
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WoW Moviewatch: Stuck In The Middle

Off the Air Guild put this little romcom together as a tribute to all the true loves out there. And while many might associate Stuck In The Middle's song with that scene in Reservoir Dogs, this video goes a long way towards redeeming it.

The graphics aren't fancy and dialogue makes no appearance, but the story is obvious and just... sweet. It's cute, sweet, fun, and a big ball of hugworthy awesomeness. This is probably going to be a favorite video for a while. It forsakes high-end graphics in favor of a strong sense of fun and playfulness. Very well done!
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WoW Moviewatch: Bad Girl!

It's nearly impossible to go wrong with Killer Cookie and Bad Girl! doesn't change anything about that. With a fun tune and some impressive animation, this music video will remind machinima fans of the days of fan films gone by. Sure, there's nothing in the way of plot, really, but this kind of character study (featuring a singing belf) definitely brings me back to the good old days.

Killer Cookie does some great stuff. I wish we had more creators like this. Granted, I can't say Marilyn Manson and Avril Lavigne are really my bag of donuts, but I'm an old fart. Combined with the video, the song was just fine.
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WoW Moviewatch: Exodar Disco

Seems like some folks could use a reminder about the good side of our favorite spacefaring WoW race. Don't worry, folks. Everything's going to be okay. And just to prove it, take a listen to one of the finest WoW filks ever created, and let's go turn that capital city into the Exodar Disco. It's still the best idea to come out of Burning Crusade.
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WoW Moviewatch: Back to Wrath 2

After being disconnected from the server, Slightly Impressive's intrepid time traveler returns to the icy lands of Northrend. In Back to Wrath 2, though, he visits the one of the most nostalgic place in Azeroth: Dalaran. Filled with clever pokes at afk players and gear score, Griff gets in a few pokes at people abandoning group queues.

I certainly don't miss the instant requeues. But now the plot's stepped up a notch: the time traveler snags a past-person and drags them into the present tense. What's the first thing they see? Of course, a panda. I was glad to see a little more meat added to this series; it's a pretty good one, and I like where it's going. Though, they seem to have skipped Cataclysm. Not sure anyone cares.
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WRUP: Impressions on the Heroes of the Storm

Heroes' Frostfire Garb
It's time for another weekend, and the news is still dry as a desert. Unfortunately, we've already made up fake news. We've made up haikus. But not all is lost: we're seeing news and experiences from Heroes of the Storm.

So while it's a tiny diversion from WoW, we asked your intrepid WoW Insider staff about their feelings on HotS at this point. It's looking pretty sexy and I can't wait to play it for reals. What about you, dear reader? Are the heroes keeping you afloat while we all wait patiently for WoD?

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WoW Moviewatch: The Great Level 90 Boost

The Great Level 90 Boost is an interesting little video from Nex Manus. It's the story of an orc who boosts himself to 90 and then, presumably, finds himself surrounded by others who did the same. Hijinks ensure when they discover portals. It's a lighthearted little video and I appreciated the warm eye it lent to new players struggling to discover the endgame.

The only real criticism of the video I want to share is that some of the choppy video took me out of the moment. It can be tough to get good video, depending on your system specs, but it was especially disconcerting since not all the footage jittered. The voice acting and music was perfect, though, and I liked the script. Here's hoping we see an Episode 2!
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WoW Moviewatch: The Crime

It's always a pleasure to see a new face in the machinima crowd. And while this isn't Naroze's only video, it's one of the first to be submitted to our tip line. The Crime is pretty good. You need the author's explanation to follow the story, but that's plenty common with videos of this kind. This is how the creator describes the story:
This is about Two twin sister, that have to fight for their friends, they're in danger, cause of a big drama between them and a big angry Orc Female.....their friend getting taken by them, tourtured to death, sadly the're too late...and when they finally entering the City, you'll see what the big drama made their history from now on, a kind Sin'Dorei female named Sethera made her way in helped to fight against it, follow the video watch the story, and you'll see how it will go!
The biggest tip I can share with Naroze right now is to be super sure to avoid typos in subtitles; even a minor mistake can damage the impression of the video. That being said, I don't think Naroze is a native English speaker, so to each their own.
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