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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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WoW Moviewatch: Orc vs. Wild Vashj'ir

Just in time to help us keep the pre-expansion doldrums away, Wowcrendor takes another look at the ongoing adventures of Boar Thrills. This time, in Orc vs. Wild Vashj'ir, Boar goes deep beneath the oceans of Azeroth to learn how to breathe underwater. Feel free to insert your own "How's he going to drink down there?" jokes here.

It's nice to see Boar Thrills ride again. While I certainly miss Wowcrendor's cast of characters, Boar Thrills has been a favorite of mine for a while. It's a nice way to revisit nostalgic moments from WoW gone by, without complete giving up on funny jokes and killer one-liners. And who doesn't love seeing a new Wowcrendor video?
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WRUP: Hearthstone for life?

Hearthstone
As we wrap up another week and look forward to a new one, we're forced to ask ourselves: What R U Playing? That's what the weekend is for, right? Playing. (Or, perhaps, doing house chores, but when you get old enough, that feels like playing, too.)

Are you still playing Hearthstone? What's good? What's bad? I find myself wishing for more emote options, and for a shorter turn timer. The length of time some people take make the game nearly unplayable to me, at points. I got things to get done!

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WoW Moviewatch: World War Animation

I'm not strictly sure what's actually going on in World War Animation, at least not in the specific language. But I think you can pick up the gist fairly easily from the adorable animation and extremely effective visual storytelling. Frankly, the entire video is worth it for the short time the orc is dancing. I mean, come on; that's so cute it hurts.

But I think we've found out the real secret of Horde technology. I won't spoil, but let's say that I've always suspected that's exactly the tech we should expect out of Garrosh. Thanks to Aktanaly, the reader who sent it in!
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WoW Moviewatch: Attack on Titan

Arm of Hades is back with another outstanding WoW parody. I'm not sure parody is actually the right word; it's an homage to the original video. Created frame-by-fame against the original opening, Attack on Titan delivers every send a faithful homage to the original movie, just set in Azeroth.

It's always amazing how much effort creators put into this kind of thing, and Arm of Hades succeeds in every aspect. As if that homage wasn't enough, Attack on Titan serves well as a trailer for WoW itself. And who doesn't love some fast paced guitar?
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WoW Moviewatch: The Problem With Warriors

It's not their fault, but it can sometimes be hard to talk about The Problem With Warriors. Obviously, the game designs specific balance between classes, and the abilities each class possesses is how you get there. But if we were to somehow port the classes of WoW over to real life, do warriors really get a fair shake?

Even Dungeons and Dragons has that problem. The permutations we go through to make Fighters awesome linger to this very day. But, keep in mind the flip side of all this picking on Warriors. I won't spoil the punchline, but the guy at the end reminds us all that they're not the only class in that untenable position.
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WRUP: There's too much confusion

When we polled your intrepid WoW Insider staff about what they're playing this weekend, we also asked what they felt was the most confusing mechanic in WoW. These days, the mechanics, stats, and fights all seem to make a lot of sense. Sure, they're mysterious until you learn what's actually happening, but everything under the hood has an overarching sense of order and logic.

But it wasn't like that always. And while we might see some more confusion leaking into the game here or there, just keep in mind: All this has happened before. And it will happen again.

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WoW Moviewatch: Pirates vs. Sailors

You know what's a great way to prepare for the weekend? Kicking back with some rousing chanty songs to the narrative machinima delights of Pirates vs. Sailors. The story can be a little tough to follow, but Off the Air kept the concept pretty simple. A bunch of pirates and a bunch of sailors have a disagreement.

But, really, this video is about enjoying the music with some awesome WoW costumes. After all, what do you do with a drunken Hordie? The answer seems pretty clear by the end.
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WoW Moviewatch: The Warlock -- Barrens Chat

There's no better way than to reminisce about the days of old than dragging The Warlock through very pit of despair known as Barrens Chat. Created by none other than Nixxiom, this episode has all the laughs, crass humor, and digs at our own gamer culture that you could ever hope to see.

The video struck a nostalgic point for me. Remember the days of infinite Chuck Norris jokes? These days, trying to crack a line about the Bearded One is no more hip than strutting down the mall in your Jams. Though, I suppose both could be saved by a hefty dose of irony. But still, let's hear it for Barrens Chat. It's an age gone by that no amount of pandering or cataclysming will ever truly bring back.
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WoW Moviewatch: The Group

The Group is a relatively recent new machinima series, and it's somewhat a mixed bag. The plot seems to glide along pretty well, and the animation satisfies. Most of the action works convincingly against the backdrop of Azeroth, and the dialogue seems well written.

The downside is the voice track. The first bit of the movie is nearly unintelligible. I'm not sure if it's voice actors who struggle with working the mic, if it's something with the compression, or what's happening. But the dialogue audio needs work badly. That distortion is a huge drag on what could otherwise be a truly excellent story-based machinima. Here's hoping the next episode shows big improvement.
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