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Cataclysm: Your reviews in haiku

Cataclysm Your reviews in Haiku
I was doing my usual trick of idly passing time on the EU forums recently when I came across this fantastic thread. The poster was asking the forum to review Cataclysm in the form of a haiku, which I felt was an excellent way to mark the transition from the staid, western feel of Cataclysm into the Zen, peaceful feel of Mists of Pandaria.

It seems that Blizzard Blue Vaneras felt the same, offering this haiku in response:

Thank you for posting
your feedback is important
be it good or bad

So let's hear your haikus! While the traditional Japanese form was probably far more free, the English version of haiku stipulates that they should be 17 syllables, five on the first line, seven on the second and five on the third. I've picked out some of the ones I liked from the original post after the break, and you should get to writing your own!

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Filed under: Cataclysm

Forum post of the day: Tank Haiku

Kyleface of Garona started a thread in the tank forums on Tank Haiku. It seemed that some of the responders prefered to write Haikus abut how they don't like Haikus:

Nancee of Dark Iron submitted a Haiku on Death Knights:

Death and Decay time!
Missing the cower-in-fear!
Hit with the nerf bat...

Avanaco of Misha added in a two verse lament on druid tanking:

Q Q warrior
At least you have some proper

Your items may suck
At least you don't have to wear
Hunter and rogue gear

There are a few other little gems in the thread. Take a moment to take a peek at it.

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Filed under: Fan stuff, Humor, Forums, Forum Post of the Day

WoW Moviewatch: World of Warcraft -- Haikus

In honor of today's featured movie, I was going to write this entire post in haiku. It's possible, but I don't think it would have been convincing or effective. Still, I wanted you to know it was on my mind. You can share a little "ha ha" with me at our little untold joke.

World of Warcraft - Haikus was created by John DeVeaux for his film class at Emily Carr University. The project was to use pieces of "found footage," and fit it together in the context of a haiku. John took pieces from official trailers -- some are based on gameplay, while others come from different sources -- and framed it inside several text scenes.

The machinima is awesome, but it's all official stuff so I'm not really surprised. What impressed me, however, was John's sense of poetry. He pulled official game language to create several haikus, all with a very strong sense of urgency and epic intent. Each haiku lends importance and inspiration to the video, and I think ultimately created a much stronger experience. If John progresses into his own machinima, I think he could create some impressive stuff.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

[1.Local]: The week in reader perspectives

[1.Local] serves up a smattering of reader comments from the past week, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Our readers are pretty cool. Oh sure, WoW Insider gets a fair share of senseless rants, immature finger-pointing and off-topic flaming in the comments area. But if you've never taken the time to dip into the reader comments, you might find you're missing something pretty special. It's not the Barrens in here. You'll discover a growing community of readers that looks forward to spending their day together, chatting and debating the latest issues in the World of Warcraft. Sometimes it's silly, sometimes it's serious, sometimes it's controversial – but I have to hand it to you, readers, it's always engaging.

This week, readers pulled up a chair to a number of engaging conversations, from writing their own WoW-ku to analyzing their reactions to PvP Season 4 gear changes or to "subliminal" images in machinima. In the shadow of the coming expansion, many readers seem to be focused on rediscovering the joy of playing for the sake of playing – avoiding slogging through raiding or dailies as a dull, joyless chore. [1.Local] surveys a slice of all of it. As always, be sure to dive into the comments area of each thread and add your own thoughts – unlike your mama, we like us some hot, fresh backtalk.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, PvP, Features, Arena, [1.Local]

The Wow-ku challenge

A Japanese garden, the perfect spot to compose HaikuSo, you know what Haiku is, right? It's form of Japanese poetry. The most popular English version is 3 lines long. The first line is 5 syllables, the second 7, and the third is 5 again. All well and good, I'm sure you say, but what does this have to with WoW? Fimlys of the Asleep at the WoW blog posted a Wow-ku challenge a few days ago, asking people to make up Haikus based on our favorite game.

Here's a few I whipped up:

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Filed under: Fan stuff, Odds and ends, Humor, Lore, RP

Forum Post of the Day: Class haikus

Who knew that Warcraft
players were such poets? Here's
a thread of haiku.

All classes are here,
Even that class full of noobs--
You know which that is.

Pretty impressive,
Forum posters. Next up, let's
try writing sonnets.

Filed under: Fan stuff, Virtual selves, Humor, Classes, Talents

Forum post of the day: Shaman issues in haiku

Not enough manaIn a sharp break from the normal way of expressing oneself on the forums (you know, via extensive use of capslock and ascii art), a number of shamans are expressing their problems potetically via haiku. Never has it been more interesting and downright pleasent to read about class complaints. I think my favorite must be this one by poster Vapid for its inclusion of traditional imagery:

Shaman drop to ground
Like the Spring Cherry Blossom
When faced with stunlock

So take a look -- or try your hand writing some shaman haiku of your own. (Remember, it's 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables.)

Filed under: Shaman, Features

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