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WoW Moviewatch: O Course Azshara

The Tauren Marines are an RP guild over on Emerald Dream -- obviously a military style guild, with a decidedly tauren theme to it. That said, today's Moviewatch is a little different in flavor. Rather than a flat-out machinima with a story element to it, O Course Azshara by Fruitbowl Productions is a demonstration of an obstacle course set up entirely in Azshara. The soundtrack is suitably awe-inspiring, but what I really like about this particular film is that these are the same kinds of crazy stunts I pull with characters every now and again. I love doing flying jumps off of impossibly high cliffs with a handy levitate or goblin glider to help me out. As for the jump section of the course, I'm reminded of the good old days back in vanilla, when a little creative hopping around could net you some pretty amazing moments of discovery. Take a look -- and be sure you stick around for the ending.


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WoW Moviewatch: Seven Devils

Seven Devils from Youtube user Time-Lost Productions tells a fairly simple tale -- a city is destroyed, and the lone survivor returns to survey the damage, complete with flashbacks to the city's destruction. While the in-game footage used in the films isn't the best from a graphics quality standpoint, the narrative of this particular music video is strong. And in a strange way, the rough graphics work for the video, going along with the gritty theme of the story itself. The soundtrack, a suitably haunting piece from Florence and the Machine, also ties into the darker narrative, and the overall effect is a suitably haunting, grim piece. I'm a fan of the plaguelands in general, so the spooky, haunting tone really worked for me.
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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

Doronsmovies delves into The History of Warcraft in new documentary

It's been twenty years since Azeroth was first introduced to the hearts and minds of gamers all over the world, and Youtube user Doronsmovies has put together a massive and in-depth look into the history of the Warcraft franchise. Weighing in at just over 40 minutes, the documentary dives right in with coverage of the early RTS games, starting with Orcs & Humans in 1994. Although we know quite a bit about those early games, and about the history of WoW itself, the movie also features a look at Lord of the Clans, a point-and-click adventure game that was actually never released -- including footage of the game itself, and some of the voice acting and animated scenes from the game as well.

For those that have been playing Warcraft since the early days, the documentary might not have anything new to offer. But for those that have only just begun playing in recent years, or those that have only played World of Warcraft, there should be plenty of interesting tidbits to keep you entertained. And even if you're pretty familiar with all of Blizzard's Warcraft games over the years, it's pretty neat to see the progression from 1994 to now all encapsulated into one film. It's a lengthy watch, but hey -- twenty years is an awfully long time.

Filed under: Machinima, News items

WoW Moviewatch: Darkness Falls

Darkness Falls from ChadStein Productions is not your typical machinima video. Described as a "tribute to Mists of Pandaria," the machinima uses nearly every cinematic found in the expansion, both in-game and out, rather than the character manipulation we usually see. Set to a suitably epic soundtrack, the whole presentation really gives the viewer the sense of the story and themes behind Mists of Pandaria -- and it has been anything but light and fluffy.

While it's not the usual in-game footage we're used to, the quick cuts and sweeping soundtrack of Darkness Falls do an excellent job of conveying that darker tone, all the while highlighting the amazing material that the cinematics team has put together over the course of the expansion. It might not be your usual machinima, but I really like it, not only as a fitting tribute to the cinematics of Mists of Pandaria, but to the darker side of what Pandaria had to offer.
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WoW Moviewatch: Garrosh

What do you get when you mix World of Warcraft and Disney? Sheer madness, and the above video from SilverLetomi entitled Garrosh. Letomi is already well known for her singing, but here she manages to pull off something I never thought I'd hear and do a perfectly pleasing rendition of a goblin singing an ode of devotion to everyone's favorite Warchief. Well, the goblin's favorite Warchief. The Kor'kron's favorite Warchief? Look, someone had to have liked him at some point, right?

Featuring a machinima created by Khayllys, Garrosh does a fine job pulling off a parody of one of my favorite Disney films with a Warcraft twist. The song and the Warchief fit together disturbingly well, which has me wondering what on earth took so long for someone to do it? Give it a watch, you won't be disappointed. And who knows, you might just have another dozen reasons to punch the Warchief in the face next reset.


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WoW Moviewatch: Burning Crusade The Movie

Let me tell you about this guy named Jack. Jack makes some of the absolute best movie compilations of kill videos that I have ever seen, and probably ever will see. The pinnacle for me was always the movie shown above, simply titled Burning Crusade The Movie. It's not just about the stunning visuals, it's also about the clever use of in-game sound files from various NPCs in order to tell the tale. It's a long video, but it's well worth watching -- not only for the nostalgia factor, but because it has gotten me even more ridiculously excited to see Warlords of Draenor and a return to an Outland that isn't really Outland at all.

Jack has done a crazy amount of WoW movies over the years. You can check out his Youtube channel for movies dating all the way back to the original vanilla 40-player version of Naxxramas. Sadly, we haven't seen any Mists-related content from Jack, and I don't know if we will at this point. But Burning Crusade The Movie remains one of my favorite kill-compilation videos to date, and it's always worth a re-watch.

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

Death Knight love story casts actors Brian Blessed, Joanna Lumley and more

Okay, guys, look - I could talk about how Death Knight Love Story is a fan film, machinima made with some decidedly interesting talent behind the scenes. Created by Hugh Hancock of Strange Company, (who's been making machinima since 1997) who also created Machinima.com (a little website you may have heard of) it's an ambitious project using motion capture in addition to in-game assets, and it has voice acting from people you'll have heard of like Joanna Lumley of Absolutely Fabulous fame, Anna Chancellor (BAFTA award winner) and Jack Davenport (Commander Norrington in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies). But the real reason I just about leapt at the chance to post this is the picture above, because that's Brian Blessed playing Arthas.

So yeah, I'm pretty much there for this. Check out Death Knight Love Story for yourself.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, News items, Lore, Death Knight, Wrath of the Lich King, Arts and Crafts

WoW Moviewatch: Back to the Draenor

Given the subject matter of the next expansion, I figured it was only a matter of time, no pun intended, before we started seeing crazy time travel parody machinima start to pop up. Today's offering, Back to the Draenor, did not disappoint me in the slightest. YouTube user ibeckman671 put together a wonderful parody that has me digging around for my Back to the Future box set. My only small lament is that the infamous dance scene didn't somehow make it into the short piece -- but then the video was exactly the right length to be straight to the point without dragging on. Still, a little Johnny B. Goode never hurt anybody, right?

Now let's see how many more of these parodies we get. There are plenty more Back to the Future parodies to be made, and Doctor Who, Bill and Ted, The Butterfly Effect -- heck we could go way out there and even throw in a Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home bit for that matter. I imagine I'll get tired of them eventually, but that's a long way off. Open the floodgates!
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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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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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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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