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WoW Moviewatch: That's the World of Warcraft That You Play! v2

It's been a while since Ian Beckman's original That's the World of Warcraft That You Play! v2 was released into the wild. It swiftly became a fan favorite. But like I said: it's been a while. So Beckman returned to the song and gave it up an update to the game we play now.
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WoW Moviewatch: Written By You!

I'm not even sure what to make of this video. Apparently, Mr. Beckman took a strong of comments wherein the audience wrote a story for them... and pieced it together into a machinima. Frankly, he did an astounding job.

I'm not sure whether to consider the tale of MrDevilPants (as Written By You!) a neo-tragedy, or perhaps a classical comedic arc. MrDevilPants represents more than just the hollowed, ennui-filled player seeking out his place in Azeroth. MrDevilPants is an everyman, a stand-in for the individual trapped in the modern world.

Also, keep an eye out for the cameo. It goes quick but it's worth it.
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WoW Moviewatch: Guards 3

Work Warning: Lots of cursing and vaguely adult themes. A touch on the adult side.

Ian Beckman is a man who delivers. Whether it's a surprising range of comedic voice acting or solid graphics that deliver the funny, his machinima always serves up more than a few laughs. Guards 3 continues to lampoon COPS in this wild World of Warcraft.

I like how the small vignette turns into a larger story, and I'll admit the final bit was my favorite. Whether that's because I harbor my own angst about the king, or just because it was the most straightforward joke, the utter defeat of the villain serves as warning to anyone who gets a name wrong.
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WoW Moviewatch: Transmog Shop (NSFW)

Warning: This video is Not Safe For Work. There's some occasional cursing and Princess Theradas flaunting her Willendorfer assets for several seconds.

I'm always excited to see new work from renowned machinima artist Ian Beckman. Mind you, I'm a bit biased since the two of us are acquainted (we briefly attended the same university -- he made me choke on my drink once while doing his Azerothian Super Villains Akama voice). Today's video is a parody of the song Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz. The parody tells the story of a goblin on his quest to look awesome using vanilla tier gear and transmogrification.

As a machinima parody the piece certainly does its job in recreating the original song and music video, but it's definitely not Beckman's best parody. The lyrics don't really capture the original, lacking both the fun humor of Macklemore's rap lyrics, and the energy and clarity of Wanz's chorus. In regards to the latter point, I think this is part to Beckman doing his best to imitate Wanz's deep vocals but not quite being suited for it. Pulling in another singer to do the part probably would have made it better.

I'm probably being a bit unfair in my critique though, simply because I'm so familiar with Beckman's work. If this was produced by some no name machinima artist I'd probably be perfectly happy with it. You also have to consider what an incredibly difficult song Thrift Shop is to parody, with its many layers of instruments and vocals. Beckman certainly nails the distinct sound of the original and that's no small feat. I really do love the concept of this parody, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that Beckman might keep working on it to fine tune some of the shortcomings.

As an afterthought, I have to say I enjoy how this video clip fits in with the rest of Beckman's work. He's been playing since vanilla and it's always interesting to see how that inspires his present day work, like That's the World of Warcraft That I Used To Play. Transmog Shop gives off a similar vibe to Beckman's Gotye parody, using a new WoW feature to harken back to the old. It offers a nice contrast to other popular machinima and parody artists whose works tend to only reflect the current expansion.

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WoW Moviewatch: Warcraft Babies Ep 3

Work Warning: Adult themes, language, and such.

Ian Beckman released the third episode of Warcraft Babies. If you liked the previous installments, you'll like this one. The machinima is another episode of parody-filled jokes, situation comedy, and more than a little off-color humor. Your mileage will vary according to your tolerance for that kind of thing.

I'm continually impressed by the quality of these videos. With some astounding voice acting, solid scripting, and pretty good graphics, Warcraft Babies remains a flagship machinima series. That's expected from Beckman, who is one of the legendary names in our near-decade of WoW fan film history, but Warcraft Babies is a good northern star to set your ship by. Whether or not it's your kind of humor, this is the kind of quality I wish we saw more often.

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WoW Moviewatch: Warcraft Babies 2

Work Warning: Cursing, adult situations, so on. Just saying, this has some rather adult material.

Ian Beckman created Warcraft Babies with tongue firmly in cheek. As with the best ideas, folks loved it. The reaction was huge. With that kind of accolade, of course he returned to the series for a sequel. In Warcraft Babies 2, the babies take off in search of food.

The voice acting is astounding in this video. It's astounding how well Ian imbues each character with personality and flair. Even without watching the (enjoyable) graphics, you known everything you need about each speaker.

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WoW Moviewatch: Warcraft Babies

Work Warning: Adult themes. No outright nudity or cursing, but it's definitely a bit on the racy side. It's definitely rated R for sexual themes.

Warcraft Babies is a parody shout-out to the beloved Muppet Babies by that legend of comedy, Ian Beckman. Frankly, the video's hilarious, even if you spend the entire time wincing at the thought of kids trying to figure out what Aunt Jaina means by "plumbing." So, while I'm not entirely sold on the very adult bedroom humor, the framework and characters instantly won their way into my heart forever.

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WoW Moviewatch: That's the World of Warcraft That I Used To Play

And now for something a little different... also, something epic and amazing. Because we don't have enough covers of that song yet, Ian Beckman and Oxhorn stamped their incredible brand of hilarity over Gotye's infamous song. In That's The World of Warcraft That I Used to Play, the duo deride the long lingering but inescapable appeal of WoW.

Even if some of the jibes aren't entirely fair, this is one heck of a song. They really managed to do a good job of the cover vocals, as well as the lyrics. In lieu of trying to match Kimbra's soaring voice (something many have tired and failed), Oxhorn stuck to his own range and recreated the experience. Ian did an admirable job of Gotye's part, even while making it sound a little new. All in all, this is just a great video.
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WoW Moviewatch: Perception

We've covered Perception by Ian Beckman before. You don't need to worry about getting kicked awake or trying to break out of your dream.

I love the way Ian's brought WoW and the mind-bending realities of Inception together in one video. While I don't know how much narrative Ian actually intended, it's easy to piece together your own story just by watching these clips. What do you think is happening? Is it just a psychotic break, or is something more sinister happening?

Regardless of how you interpret Perception, the graphics are top-notch and the final effect is a fun pop culture ride. Kick back and enjoy the bwoooooom.

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Spiritual Guidance: The priests of BlizzCon 2011

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Spiritual Guidance for discipline, holy and shadow priests. Dawn Moore covers the healing side of things for discipline and holy priests. She also writes for LearnToRaid.com and produces the Circle of Healing Podcast.

This past weekend, BlizzCon 2011 brought a plethora of announcements for World of Warcraft. Players can now look forward to pandas, a dramatically new talent system, a Pokémon-style minigame, and lots more. Priests in particular are in for radical changes with the new talents, and while I suspect some of you would like to hear my perspective on things, I'm going to wait a week and see what else unfolds from the blues as they respond to some of the more obvious questions the community is asking. This also gives me the opportunity to follow through with my original plans of introducing you guys to some of the priests I met at BlizzCon 2011.

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WoW Moviewatch: The Care Bear

Ian Beckman created The Care Bear, a short machinima featuring the trials and struggles of a nonconfrontational player. As the story goes, Care Bears are players who eschew the normally violent, PVP-based conflicts in the game.

In this story, an Orc Care Bear encounters a Human warrior. After some successful attempts at communication, the situation takes a turn for the worse when other Horde players show up.

I was enchanted by The Care Bear, mostly because of how well Beckman conveyed emotion and plot without dialogue. No one speaks a word, but you can still empathize with the situation and characters.
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WoW Moviewatch: Azerothian Super Villains - Episode 8, The Final Chapter

Azerothian Super Villains have been a staple of the WoW movie community for years. Ian Beckman's unique take on Kael'thas, Illidan, and the other high-end bosses have been hilarious, iconic, and inspiring. As we are now facing the end of an era with the Cataclysm of Azeroth, it has become time for the final chapter of Azerothian Super Villains.

The final chapter has been worth the wait. The story is just as good for someone brand new to the series as it is for someone who's been following Beckman's work for years. The video is about 12 minutes long, so be sure to watch it when you have time to settle in for the whole show. The time will be worth it.

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WoW Moviewatch: Perception

Ian Beckman is the mad genius behind Azerothian Super Villains. He was apparently recently inspired by a similarly named DiCaprio movie to create this fake trailer for Perception. It's fairly brief, and be assured that there is no full-length movie currently set to follow.

I think Perception is a little more than just a parody of the Nolan's original. I think that Beckman is playing with some of the same concepts and ideas as Inception, though I don't know if he's doing that on purpose. Ultimately, for a brief little send-up, this is a fun trailer to watch.

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WoW Moviewatch: Azerothian Super Villains - Episode 7


This is a movie that will bring screams of joy to many of you. Ian Beckman has released Azerothian Super Villains - Episode 7. Kael'thas continues to be the mainstay of the series, with his trademark voice and childish antics. Little shivers of glee still shoot up and down my spine at Beckman's masterful portrayal of the Dark Belf Lord.

My favorite part of this episode is the Team Rocket parody. Something about Arthas leading his team in a cute little poem just feels right. While I'm not foolish enough to believe Blizzard would include such a thing in Icecrown Citadel, you better believe that poem's going to be in my head every time I show down against him.

The story progresses fairly well, with the old gang reunited by the end. I don't know. I love all of the characters, but Kael'thas steals the show to such an amazing degree that I sometimes feel like Illidan is hogging the Dark Belf Lord's limelight. The final teaser does seem to promise more in the future for Kael'thas, so here's hoping the next installment isn't too far off.


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WoW Moviewatch: Critical Flaw Pilot


Warning: As is the nature of reviews, the following review has a few spoilers for the video.

The Critical Flaw Pilot by Ian Beckman is an experimental live action piece, centered around two roomies who are also gamers. You not only have your usual shenanigans in this kind of sitcom piece, but there's also a heavy dose of World of Warcraft humor thrown in.

While I'm not certain I'd ever be inclined to play World of Warcraft with my feet, I definitely have to respect the guy who does. That's a level of dedication and skill that you just don't see every day. It's definitely a few feet above your usual water level of player ability. (Do you see what I did there?)

The murloc joke is probably my favorite bit. Certainly, it could be argued that murlocs are the slippery banana peel of WoW comedy. If you throw in a random murloc gag, you're guaranteed to at least get an extra chuckle. This one especially appeals to me, though, and I'll probably be building my own murloc litter box in the near future.

At the end of the day, I hope Ian gets enough support for this series to keep going. I think it could really grow with another episode or two under it, and it's already showing signs of becoming a hit. Like I said, I definitely laughed.


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