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WoW Moviewatch: The Applause

Work Warning: WoW characters dressed in skimpy clothes and carefully-draped hair.

It's been a while since we've seen a new Lady Gaga machinima, but Killer Cookie is here to bring us up to spec. The Applause is a WoW visionary take on the Lady Gaga song, complete with singing trolls and more than a few dancing blood elves. (There's always dancing blood elves.)

In terms of music videos, The Applause delivers on its promise. The animation is convincing and a great deal of fun. If you're looking for story-based goodness, there's not much here for you. It's a music video. Inside that genre, though, The Applause is everything you could hope for. With a few dancing blood elves.
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WoW Moviewatch: Bad Romance by Quixotica

Warning: I'll just repeat my original work warning from the first time. There's some slightly not-safe-for-work imagery at the opening of this video. I've stared pretty intently at the film, and while there's not much that would directly lead it to an "R" rating, it's still a little risqué for the cubicle farm. Try to watch this one at home.

This version of Bad Romance by Quixotica is still my favorite. It has a powerful story with real motivations, some intense action, and a real sense of narrative flow. It's a great example of how you can make a music video with depth and motion, not just a little crazy dancing.

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Breakfast Topic: What pop figures deserve an Easter egg in WoW?

This Breakfast Topic has been brought to you by Seed, the Aol guest writer program that brings your words to WoW Insider's pages.

Just this past year, I've fallen in love with a television show called Dr. Who. For all of you who do not know what the show is about, it first aired in the 1960s, and it is about an alien who can change his face and goes traveling through time and space with a human girl in a spaceship that looks like a blue box that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. If that turns you off based the level of geekiness from that last sentence, don't worry -- it gets a lot worse.

But as I learned more about the history of the show, I always ended up asking myself, "Where is my Time Lord in WoW?" We are all aware of the fact that Blizzard is not afraid to put popular references in WoW, with Lady LaLa and Haris Pilton -- but why not put in a well-respected science fiction character? The thing that kills me is that there is an excellent place to put the Good Doctor into WoW that makes it seem natural: the Caverns of Time. It would seem like a great fit, a place where heroes can witness significant events and fight to correct them.

What about you guys -- who think should get a nod from Blizzard? Do you stop and ask why there are not five teenaged NPCs running around fighting monsters in five different-colored outfits? Or do you think that adding more and more of these fourth wall-breaking nods ruins the game, similar to what people say that Harrison Jones did to Uldum?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Guest Posts

WoW Moviewatch: Druid Heals

Mandy Madrox has sent into the wild her first WoW machinima, called Druid Heals. The video and song is an obvious parody on Lady Gaga's Pokerface, which is a piece of music that's come up in machinima before now. The video looks pretty nice for this parody; I was impressed with the depth of scene and variety, especially considering this music video is a first outing.

The vocal performance was much harder to gauge. The creators have already posted that they feel they overdid the autotune, and I kind of have to agree. I think I liked her voice work, but there's no real way to be sure right now. I am, however, very hopeful for the next edition, because I generally enjoyed this work.

It can be a hell of a scary experience to release machinima or WoW based music. I'm glad to see new people giving it a whirl, learning from their experiences, and constantly stepping up their game. I definitely hope these folks come back around again.

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PAX East 2010 Gallery

Penny Arcade creators Gabe and Tycho brought the ever-growing Penny Arcade Expo to the Bay State this weekend, with nerdfolk from all over pouring into Boston, MA for PAX East. As the sole WoW.com rep at the show (with Spiritual Guidance's Fox Van Allen in attendance as "just a dude" instead of "dude with a press badge"), I stomped the floor with the Joystiq and Massively crew, who squeezed every last drop of relevant info from the expo at record speed. "Hello my boss Chris Grant of Joystiq fame," I would tap out on my smartphone, "here's a pretty hot gaming scoop just revealed moments ago!" He would reply three seconds later with "Already posted," with an image attached of his frowning face.

As for my site's particular field of interest -- was there a lot of Blizzard-related news? Not really! Thankfully, on top of news about other MMOs, there was some other stuff going on, which you can see in this gallery. There was WoW-related stuff worth writing about though, which'll be posted in the next day or so.

A special thanks to all the readers who stopped by to say hello to me! We love you guys, and we'll see you at BlizzCon in full effect.

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WoW Moviewatch: Bad Romance by MichelleLynn

Bad Romance by MichelleLynn isn't the first video on WoW Moviewatch to feature the song of the same named by Lady Gaga. I don't know what it is about the lyrics and music that seems to inspire people, but she certainly seems to come up a lot. The first video was also titled Bad Romance, and was the creation of Quixotica.

MichelleLynn is relatively new to machinima, which makes this first piece of work fairly impressive. The character models she used all feel appropriate to Gaga's song, and I liked the way she set up and transitioned from shot to shot. I will confess that I couldn't make heads or tails of the video's story, however. It seemed like there was some kind of narrative that MichelleLynn wanted to convey, but I just couldn't piece it together. Maybe it was something about a love triangle?

Like I said, though, this version of Bad Romance was pretty nice for someone so new to machinima. I hope that she gets enough encouragement to continue, since I think she could really go somewhere in the medium. I would just try to make the story a bit more transparent.


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The Queue: Why won't you move, Mr. Bubbles?

Welcome back to The Queue, WoW.com's daily Q&A column where the WoW.com team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Before I get to your questions today, I have a question for all of you. What kind of dirty monster do you need to be to harvest the Little Sisters in Bioshock? My word, they're adorable. I mean, I have no problem playing jerky characters in games, but I physically could not hit the K key while looking at one of those poor little things. You people running around murdering them willy nilly should be ashamed of yourselves. You know who you are. I'm watching you.

And now we actually discuss the game this blog is named for. Fancy that.

Radioted asked...

"Is there any word on who does the voice for Krick? Every time I run PoS, I can't help but hear Wallace Shawn in the role."

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