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WoW Moviewatch: Gametrotting machinima documentary

Lifeskool highlighted machinima as part of their Gametrotting series last year. According to Jun Falkenstein, of Stone Falcon Productions, those interviewed were asked to speak to the audience as if they'd never heard of this emerging medium. While most coverage of gaming and machinima tends to miss the mark, I found this documentary to be humorous and quite informative.

Some of the juicy morsels of this short doc include commentary by Philip Debevoise, of Machinima.com, and machinima from a variety of different platforms. World of Warcraft is discussed pretty heavily in the documentary, showcasing clips from Snacky's Journal, WoW 300, the South Park WoW episode.

[Via Jun Falkenstein]

Previously on Moviewatch ...

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

South Park DVD on sale for Warcraft players

Blizzard has posted on the front page that they've set up a deal with Comedy Central: whenever you buy the South Park 10th Season DVD on the Comedy Central website, you can use the code "WARCRAFT" to get 15% off and free shipping.

Season 10 contains, of course, the Emmy-nominated "Make Love, Not Warcraft" episode, in which half the show had the kids as fat, disgusting slobs, and the other half had them as machinima-created heroes in Azeroth. And apparently the rest of the season is pretty good, too, not to mention that you can get a WoW trial for free with it.

So it sounds like a good deal on a good set of DVDs. It's also interesting just how much Blizzard is milking this connnection with the South Park guys (or maybe how much the South Park guys are milking Blizzard). Just imagine all the merchandising and tie-ins when Legendary finally released the World of Warcraft movies. Are we going to find Murloc marshmellows in breakfast cereals? Qiraji Quarter Pounders at McDonalds?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, Odds and ends, Blizzard

South Park DVD set includes WoW trial

Our good friends over at Joystiq are reporting that when the 10th season DVD set of South Park drops on the 21st, a WoW trial disc will be included in the box.

Kind of a weird choice, considering that the game's portrayal in the Emmy-nominated show isn't exactly flattering (or, realistic, though it does look cool). The episode is even featured on the cover, bloated acne-scarred Cartman and all.

But you never know-- clearly Blizzard is looking for all kinds of ways to promote their game (I can't imagine what lengths they'll go to when the movie comes out in a few years), and maybe this, the mob of South Park DVD-buying fans, is just what they need to hit 10 million. You probably don't need a trial disc (they are available for free or cheap in many places already), but in case you want a copy of the season in which the kids save the world... of Warcraft, it's up on Amazon right now.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Blizzard, News items, Humor

South Park WoW episode nominated for an Emmy


Emmy nominations got released the other day, and there was a familiar face in the Animation category-- the World of Warcraft South Park episode "Make Love, not Warcraft" has been nominated as an Outstanding Animated Program. Strangely enough, while South Park has been nominated six times before, they've only won the category once, and that was for an episode based around a PSP game.

Robot Chicken, The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants, and the Avatar (which is actually an amazing show-- it was recommended to me by WoW Insider's own Dan O'Halloran) are its competitors this time around, but I'm sure the various WoW mistakes in the episode (Kenny played a Hunter, among other tiny slipups) won't hurt its chances too much.

The Emmy Awards will be given away in Los Angeles on September 16th. We'll keep an eye out for a WoW-inspired South Park win.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, Blizzard, News items

WoW Insider Best of 2006: Addon and Player

This is the second-to-last entry in our end of the year awards here at WoW Insider. Last week, we asked your opinion on ten different categories throughout all of Azeroth, and over the weekend, the WoW Insider staff rounded up what we thought represented the Best (and in one case, Worst) of this year.

Earlier this week, we gave away the awards for Server, Guild, and Class of the Year, and yesterday we picked a Friend, Enemy, and Instance of the Year. Today, we've got one easy choice, and one hard one. Addons were all over the place this year (thanks to a late year "addon meltdown" courtesy of the Blizzard devs), but we've chosen one that we think represents the best of what an addon can do. And since there are eight million players throughout the World of Warcraft, it was very hard to pick just one-- so we decided to go ahead and pick four. Click the link below to read our choices for Addon and Player of the Year.

And that leaves just two more categories: tomorrow we'll announce Blizzard's Best and Worst Moves of the Year, so check back then as well.

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Filed under: Items, Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, Add-Ons, Features

South Park animation staff talks about "Make Love Not Warcraft"


Did you know the episode was actually shot on the Burning Crusade alpha server? (Blizzard simply made it so that anyone who got in the way of filming mysteriously vanished...) Or that filming didn't stop until 3AM on the day the show was to air? These, and many other interesting tidbits about the making of South Park's very own World of Warcraft machinima can be found in Machinima.com's interview with Frank Agnone (Producer), J. J. Franzen (Technology Supervisor), and Eric Stough (Director of Animation). So if you're a big fan of South Park and wanting a look behind the making of the show or a machinima maker curious as to how television got involved in the art it's worth a read!

[Thanks, Barb!]

Filed under: Machinima

You knew this was coming...


Reader Nelson sends in this screenshot showing that in the Burning Crusade, yes, you will be able to wield the infamous Sword of a Thousand Truths. Just like the South Park kids. Of course, the screenshot could be faked, but if so the image looks awfully clean to me.

Filed under: Items, Expansions

Some WoW players are incredible dorks? I never noticed.

The guys at 1up.com are linking to a Wikipedia article where World of Warcraft fanatics are taking apart the infamous WoW South Park episode bit by bit to point out any inaccuracies. Don't these people know they sound exactly like the Comic Book Guy and should give it a rest? Apparently not.

The show was fun to watch, and I get that there were some oddball, not-quite-faithful Warcraft moments in the episode, but beyond a quick mention, is it really worth keeping track of all of them? I guess this is amusing for some people, but I tend to put this kind of obsessive nerd behavior in the same category as the guy who paints himself in his team colors or the dude who learns Klingon. I am a super-huge geek, no doubt, but this kind of stuff crosses my limit of what is worth caring about. But hey, to each his own.

What do you guys think? Way too obsessive, or just some people having fun?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Social Conventions

Final word on "Make Love, Not Warcraft"

So I just downloaded the "Make Love, Not Warcraft" South Park episode (I was in ZG when it first aired, and it's now made its way out into the various bittorrent networks), and just like everyone else, I found it pretty well done, and pretty darn funny. If you haven't seen it yet, it's also appeared on Google Video (we'll see how long that link stays up), and you can probably find it on YouTube as well, depending on how fast Comedy Central is on the lawsuit button. Since I'll assume that you've seen it, the rest of this post is spoilers.

I completely agree with David-- if we don't see an item called the Sword of 1,000 Truths (or the Bow of 1,000 Lies, which is supposedly what the bow Kenny was using is called) in the expansion, I'll be greatly disappointed. Of course, maybe we don't have to wait that long: Thundgot on the EU forums says the sword currently drops "from boars in Elywnn Forest." Unfortunately, a four-man raid is required. If you want the model for the sword, you could always pick up The Hungering Cold.

TV.ign drops a review of the episode (they liked it), and the forums over at WorldofWar.net have an interesting theory: Cartman says it will take them "7 weeks, 5 days, 13 hours, and 20 minutes" to become uber enough to beat the bad guy, which, if you add it up from the time the episode aired on October 4th, puts the date at November 28th. Did Blizzard hide a BC release date hint in there? Of course, when Stan's dad shows up at the Best Buy, the price shown is $49.99, and we all know that's not true.

Finally, I'm not sure if we've mentioned this here yet, but most of the machinima for the show was actually done by Rufus Cubed, the studio behind "The Return"-- also the guys that were hired by Blizzard to make the Eastern Plaguelands PVP trailer. Not only is this show the first mainstream TV show to use the word "pwnage," it's a huge success for machinima in general.

Filed under: Machinima, Fan stuff, Virtual selves, Odds and ends, Blizzard

WoW on South Park...what did you think?

Regardless of how funny this episode may or may not have been, one thing needs to be said...

Their use of the WoW engine in the episode was AMAZING. Blizzard had to have given them a bunch of help, and for that I give Blizzard a lot of credit. A lot of companies would shy away from a South Park tie in, but Blizzard knows their target audience. Maybe this is why they make so much darn money.

As for the episode itself, while the plot didn't make a whole lot of sense from an actual game standpoint (and it doesn't have to, as this is, you know, a cartoon), they seemed to take care to mention actual places and keep things fairly consistent within the game. From Butters' frustration at only four Alliance races to choose from to bragging about questing in the Fargodeep Mine, they did a decent job trying to keep things grounded in the game. You can tell they have at least one WoW fan writing for the show. And who is betting we might see a Sword of 1000 Truths at some point in the WoW universe?

Of course, some things in the episode weren't consistent with WoW game play (human hunter?), but again, this is a cartoon meant to entertain the masses, not just the WoW geeks who tune in. The stereotype of the fat, lazy WoW player was out in full force, but if you are playing for 18 hours a day, everyday, it might be hard to be fit and trim.

All in all, I was pretty entertained. However, if I was not a WoW fan, I'm not sure if this would be among my favorite episodes. My playing WoW added a lot, and I don't think I'd have enjoyed it nearly as much as an outsider looking in. Either way, the marriage of South Park and WoW was certainly something to see, and will surely keep the WoW community buzzing for a while. What did you guys think? Funny? Lame?

Oh yeah, one more thing...you can rest assured we will be launching Hello Kitty Island Adventure Insider very, very soon.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items

South Park World of Warcraft clip! [UPDATE]

I wondered yesterday if World of Warcraft was going to be the main focus of South Park this week or just a minor plot device. My question is answered. WoW is going to be featured on South Park in a very, very big way. If the preview clip on the front page of WoW.com (thanks to Medivak for the quick heads up) is any indication, it looks like WoW and the millions who play are going to be savagely mocked by the South Park crew.

This is going to be fantastic!

And no matter how brutal the parody, Blizzard has to LOVE the South Park spotlight with the Burning Crusade right around the corner.

UPDATE: Thanks to the comment crew, we have the original clip on Youtube. Additionally, we also have another clip from the show, via South Park Studios. Thanks to Agrar and Tim for the info!

UPDATE #2: The synopsis for the WoW episode at South Park Studios reads: "The boys dedicate their lives to defeating a mad gamer and saving the World of Warcraft." Is the mad gamer Professor Chaos? Elizabeth Harper? Who knows! Am I hyping this episode a little too much? For sure!

Filed under: News items

World of Warcraft and South Park?

According to this article in the Denver Post, when South Park returns for their 10th season this Wednesday, the episode will include a riff on World of Warcraft. The article is not clear about whether WoW will be the sole focus of the episode or just a minor plot point.

South Park has a pretty good track record of video game parody, with the PSP episode and the original Towlie episode standing out. Cartman was especially proud of his 360 last season, but the poor guy had to settle for the Core model.

So what are we in for? Cartman griefing newbs on a PvP server? Butters meeting a hot Night Elf? You can catch the episode this Wednesday night at 10 PM on Comedy Central.

Filed under: News items

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