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Filed under: Machinima

WoW Moviewatch: I'm Gonna Drink (500 Kegs)

Sometimes, a song hits the mood of the week so perfectly that you can't possibly ignore it. And thus the master of music, DarkPippi, ends out this long week with the pitch perfect I'm Gonna Drink (500 Kegs). It's an older video, of course, but with the launch of a new Brewfest -- and honestly, a very long week -- I think we're already for 500 kegs.

DarkPippi is well known for incredible music parodies. If you're not familiar, make sure to check out our exclusive interview for some behind the scenes information. It's easy to see why DarkPippi stands alone.
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Filed under: Machinima

Know Your Lore: Worlds lost, worlds unknown

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.

There are worlds we have not yet visited. Realms we have not seen, do not know. Some are demon-haunted nightmares, still others lost to our understanding, destroyed. The Burning Legion has been thwarted twice on Azeroth, but make no mistake - they have yet to bring their full power to bear, seeking instead to seize the world's unique magical energies for their own use. The dead world Xerrath demonstrates that the Legion has in the past destroyed entire worlds merely as a show of force to cow others into submission and slavery. What's worse is, there are races that were wiped out by them, but others who proved their worth were instead made into servants and slaves to the Legion - and Azeroth has balked their advance twice, putting us squarely in the strong enough to make good slaves category.

Yet, too, there are worlds beyond even the Legion's control, worlds dominated by the vast hosts that the Old Gods and their servants such as the Prophet Skerram, worlds like K'aresh (home of the Ethereals), worlds shaped by the Titans, and worlds that yet sleep in their infancy, unaware of the struggle between ancient inimical forces. Azeroth was one such world not too long ago. The destruction of K'aresh by Dimensius the All-Devouring proves that there are forces, hungry and ravening, that serve no masters and have destruction on their mind completely unrelated to the Legion or the Old Gods.

We know barely a fragment of the vast cosmos. Let us explore what little we do know.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, The Burning Crusade, Lore, Know your Lore, Mists of Pandaria

Five World of Warcraft machinimas you need to know about

varian's hammer
It's true that nearly every day we feature a machinima on WoW Moviewatch, but we here at WoW Insider occasionally feel compelled to pick favorites, or at least memorable ones. Today, I want to focus on some older gems that haven't had any time in the spotlight for a while and deserve some love. If you're new to the game these videos might provide you a glimpse into an inaccessible time now gone, and if you're new to machinima it might spark a desire to seek out more. Regardless, I've chosen a variety of films that hopefully showcase the enormous potential in using WoW's game engine to produce cinematic content, as well as the boundless creativity and talent within the WoW community. Read and watch on below the cut.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima

Cynwise dissects patch 5.2's battleground scaling

Cynwise dissects patch 52's broken battleground scaling
Well-known Warlock PvP blogger Cynwise has posted a typically excellent article dealing with the problems brought about by one of the patch 5.2 changes designed to improve low level battlegrounds. Patch 5.2 added battleground bracket scaling, to all brackets with the exception of the max level one, which caused an uproar among the PvP twinking community. And it seems from Cynwise's post that their fears were not unjustified.

The addition of level scaling, where a low level character's health and base stats are scaled up to match that of the top level in the bracket, was meant to help even out the discrepancies that caused leveling battlegrounds to be anything other than fun. They were meant to even the playing field, but from Cynwise's research, it appears that they do exactly the opposite.

He reports on his level 85 warlock, Cynwise, which is a PvP-focused twink, and the problem's he's faced thanks to the scaling. To cut a long story short, and you should definitely read the long story, among the higher level brackets which span expansions, there are huge problems in place thanks to the availability of gear.

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Filed under: Machinima, PvP

Oveoflod shows old models still have new tricks

I have no idea how the above video managed to escape attention for so long. Originally published on May 4, 2012, the video by Oveoflod -- simply titled Moves -- seems innocent enough at first. It isn't until 26 seconds in that the standard female human model decides to break out of the standard female human model animations and show us her moves, which are nothing like the Macarena.

According to the Youtube description, the video took over a year to make, using MotionBuilder, 3ds Max and Wowmodelviewer to pull it all together. Let's be clear, here: Creating new animations is not as easy a task as you'd think. This tiny, 4 minute video took well over a year to create. However, I still find it pretty astonishing that the old character models can still be taught new tricks. And I still hold out hope that one day, we'll see different dances for all of the races in the game.

Until then, we can go ahead and watch Oveoflod's video and wonder about the possibilities of what could be done, given enough time.

Filed under: Machinima, News items

WoW Moviewatch: Christmas Time in Dun Morogh

This is an oldie, but a goodie. For a sentimental soul like me, who loves the holiday season and all that comes with it, this is a great video! Our hero first reminds us of his early days, leveling in Dun Morogh, apparently from level one to level seven, which is a tad mysterious given that he's a human. Nonetheless, as he wanders, tired and sore, through the Valley of the Shadowmoon, he thinks back to those happy days in Dun Morogh, where it's always December.

I agree with the sentiment of the video, Dun Morogh and the snowy zones are just lovely, I don't know why, but there's something comforting and sweet about them. Maybe it's just that I'm English and we almost never have white Christmases. Maybe it's that it's a wholesome, cheerful start zone that you can look back on with a smile. However, I'd have said Morogh, rhyming with horror, rather than Morogh, rhyming with tomorrow. But we're all different, and the lyrics wouldn't have worked nearly as well with my version.

The video was uploaded in 2007, so it's not the most recent, but it's well done, particularly the song itself. It's really musical, with harmonies and pretty darn good accompaniment and the like. Anyhow, I'm off to level another dwarf.

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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: Luckydo Rap

I think this is the first full-out Mists of Pandaria rap. So, hat's off to Wowcrendor for that achievement. Of course, I still couldn't quite sum up this video. It's just that awesome. So I reached out to Matthew "Uncle Grumpy" Rossi and asked him for three sentences to decribe it. This is what he said:
It's catchy. It's a touch too long. Don't listen to it if you don't want it to earworm you all day.
There you have it. Check out the Luckydo Rap by Wowcrendor and get it stuck in your head all day.

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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

What are you hoping to see in the cinematic tomorrow?

What are hoping to see in the cinematic tomorrow
We're expecting the Mists of Pandaria cinematic to be revealed tomorrow at the gamescon 2012 Blizzard booth. Are we excited? Yeah, you could say that. Each expansion's cinematic sets the thematic tones for the playerbase. We've all been playing the beta for what feels like a year, but that's not the same thing as seeing the cinematic tell us why we should be gripping the edge of the seat in anticipation. And don't forget, patch 5.0.4 is right around the corner. Now is absolutely the best time for MoP to get its cinematic flavoring.

Let's get this out of the way. There's probably not going to be a gnome in the cinematic. A pandaren will almost definitely be featured, and I'm drooling to think how detailed and gorgeous it'll look. So, what about you? We've known this cinematic would be coming, so now's the time for you to let fly your best hope-fors and wild guesses for its contents. What's the cinematic going to be like?

It's open warfare between Alliance and Horde in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's next expansion. Jump into five new levels with new talents and class mechanics, try the new monk class, and create a pandaren character to ally with either Horde or Alliance. Look for expansion basics in our Mists FAQ, or dig into our spring press event coverage for more details!

Filed under: Machinima, News items, Lore, Mists of Pandaria

Learn how to machinina with Bloodvein

In my opinion, one of the best parts of WoW's incredible community is the machinima it produces. Machinima unleashes astounding talent, great stories, fun songs, and a general roundup of all the creativity we hold near and dear about our hobby. Machinima is just plain awesome.

At this point, though, it can be tough to get started. Technique and technology have grown so complex that machinima can be incredibly intimidating to a new creator. That's why Bloodvein has put together a series of tutorials to help new machinimators get started.

Bloodvein's information goes far beyond simple things like "use Fraps." He talks about how to color correct characters, how to control noise with Audacity, and much more. If you've ever considered getting started with machinima, Bloodvein's tutorials are the best place to begin.

He's even making available assets and project files on his website. You won't need it all right away, but this is a ton of great information -- for free. Even if you don't plan on making your own movies, you should still check it out. You'll get a better appreciation for the work that goes into the craft.

Filed under: Machinima, News items

Raegwyn and friends claim first all-death-knight Firelands

Raegwyn, one of WoW Insider's favorite blood death knights (sorry, Daniel!), is at it again. The blood elf death knight of Onyxia (EU) holds a stunning array of previous solo kill achievements including The Lich King, Kael'thas Sunstrider (at level 80!), and two of the four bosses in heroic Stonecore. Now he's released a new video highlighting the ridiculously cool self-healing power of blood death knights -- except this time, rather than riding solo, Raegwyn brought along nine other blood death knight friends for an epic romp in Firelands. No healers, no DPS ... just 10 tanks.

Part 1 of their adventure has the band of blooders facing off against heroic mode Rhyolith, Alysrazor, and Baleroc. My favorite moment of the video is at 7:30, when all 10 players simultaneously pop their Army of the Dead right before the pull. Part 2 includes normal Beth'tilac, heroic Shannox, normal Majordomo Staghelm, and the fiesty firelord himself. Some of the fun moments here are watching the sole surviving death knight tank Shannox for his last few hundred thousand hit points, and marveling at the talent of these 10 players on the incredibly high-magic-damage fight that is Ragnaros.

As an enhancement shaman whose preferred form of making money is soloing old raids like Caverns of Time: Mt. Hyjal, Raegwyn's videos constantly both amaze and humble me. I get excited when I can manage to down Karazhan's chess encounter weekly, but Raegwyn is a player who constantly manages to push the boundaries of traditional playing, and I'm always excited to see what he has in store for us next. If you'd like to read more about Raegwyn's approach to soloing and what he considers to be the hardest aspects, check out Lisa Poisso's interview with him.

Brace yourselves for what could be some of most exciting updates to the game recently with patch 4.3. Review the official patch notes, and then dig into what's ahead: new item storage options, cross-realm raiding, cosmetic armor skinning and your chance to battle the mighty Deathwing -- from astride his back!

Filed under: Machinima, News items, Death Knight, Cataclysm

Poll: Which is your favorite in-game cinematic?

After Blizzard's machinima team stretched its wings with the inclusion of WoW's first in-game cutscene, The Wrathgate, players have expressed their praise and hope that more cinematics would be included in Warcraft in coming expansions. With the success of The Wrathgate, Blizzard included Arthas' end in cinematic form after his defeat on Icecrown. When Cataclysm released, both the goblins and worgen were treated to cinematics that transitioned the player from starting zone to a larger world with an epic cutscene and story. Now, the Dragon Soul raid and the ending of Cataclysm are marked with story cutscenes showing off Deathwing's anger, Thrall blasting Deathwing out of the sky and parachuting onto Deathwing's back. Even Cataclysm's twist ending got a cinematic.

Which cinematic was your favorite? The betrayal of the Forsaken at the Wrathgate still holds a very special place in my heart since it was the first time cinematics were done in WoW. It was a home run from the start. Watching Sky Captain Swayze and Ka'anu jump out of the Skyfire, along with my raid, also ranks high on the list of cutscenes for me, even if it's only a few seconds long.

What do you guys think? Vote!

Which World of Warcraft in-game cinematic was your favorite?
The Wrathgate5436 (61.1%)
The Lich King's Demise1453 (16.3%)
Goblins leave Kezan as slave, sail into an Alliance vs. Horde naval battle403 (4.5%)
Worgen transformation and capture527 (5.9%)
Thrall and the Dragon Soul versus Deathwing195 (2.2%)
Parachuting onto Deathwing's back557 (6.3%)
The Twilight of the Aspects, Deathwing's defeat320 (3.6%)

Brace yourselves for what could be some of most exciting updates to the game recently with patch 4.3. Review the official patch notes, and then dig into what's ahead: new item storage options, cross-realm raiding, cosmetic armor skinning and your chance to battle the mighty Deathwing -- from astride his back!

Filed under: Machinima

12 Days of Smack Talkin'

Work warning: This video has some adult themes and scantily clad video game characters.

With Christmas ticking closer every day, we're starting to see some new holiday-themed machinima. We're also seeing the inevitable creep toward SW:TOR come around. It makes sense that someone would merge the two into a single machinima.

Kick back with a cup of coffee and watch a SW:TOR and a WoW player battle it out for which game will enjoy Christmas superiority. Gamebreaker knocked this out of the park; we can expect this to be a favorite for WoW and SW:TOR fans both. Absolutely.

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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

Patch 4.3: Watch Dragon Soul's cinematics

Spoiler alert: If you would rather check out these cinematics in game during the Dragon Soul raid, avoid clicking after the jump.

The Dragon Soul raid is finally here, and Deathwing's time is up. Now that brave heroes have thwarted Murazond's plans in the future, reclaimed the Dragon Soul artifact in the past, and escorted Thrall to Wyrmrest Temple in the present, it's time to put that bad boy to use. There are a total of four cinematics in the Dragon Soul raid, most of them 10- to 20-second transitional movies you get to watch as the action ramps up and Deathwing gets a face full of Dragon Soul.

Hit the jump for the three cinematics that are currently available to watch. We still have not seen the final cinematic, presumably Deathwing's ultimate demise, as of the writing of this article. Hopefully we will have it soon enough.

Spoiler alert: Do not hit the jump unless you want to be spoiled on these cinematics.

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Filed under: Machinima, Cataclysm

Tuesday Morning Post: On the edge of patch 4.3 edition

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. CM Bashiok has already confirmed that patch 4.3 will going live today, after the traditional 3 a.m.-to-11 a.m. Pacific downtime. The patch may even be downloadable by the time you read this. With that in mind, it may be a good idea to spend this downtime getting ready and reading up on some of the week's news. To start, I'd strongly suggest you check our guides to the three new 5-man dungeons:
You'll probably be queuing up soon to get your first valor points, so make sure you're in the know. Beyond that, we'll have more patch 4.3 FAQs and guides for you as the day goes on, and you'll want to check our guide to patch 4.3 as well. Our usual roundup of the past week's news awaits you after the break.

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Filed under: Machinima, Realm Status

WoW Moviewatch: Shake that!

This an older machinima, created by Baron Soosdon four years ago. Shake That! shows off what the bosses and NPCs do while servers are down for maintenance ... they shake that thing! This video came up in conversation among the hallowed halls of WoW Insider's news room, so we absolutely had to share it with our devoted fans.

Shake That! is a great machinima for hanging out with friends and getting your groove on. I've been putting together a Machinima Dance Party YouTube playlist lately, and now I'm going to stamp this video at the very top of it.

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