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WoW Moviewatch: Walking Dead Parody

Chris created this video as a parody of Walking Dead, sticking mostly to shots that resemble the style of the show. It's an interesting attempt at homage, and I applaud the effort. The animation and visuals work fairly well, but the video is over pretty quickly. It needed much more narrative meat to effective satirize or even translate Walking Dead into WoW. While it might have been short since it was a first effort, I think the technical skills put on display are capable of a larger story. Besides, who doesn't love the occasional zombie?
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WoW Moviewatch: Heroes of the Storm Developer Diary: Arthas

Creating a game presents no small task. Programming, design, dialogue, and game balance represent only small portions of the work. You also have to deal with licensing, actors, and egomaniacal undead rulers. That's probably why Ian Beckman released Heroes of the Storm Developer Diary: Arthas. With this video, we get an unedited look behind the curtain to see what it took to get Arthas into the arena.

I think the revelation about his role in Frozen is the most important. After all, of all the WoW characters, I think Arthas could fit the Disney heroic arc the best.
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WoW Moviewatch: Hearthstone: This Means War

That master of comedy, Ian Beckman, returns with a sarcastic take on everyone's favorite online card game. In Hearthstone: This Means War, we take a moment to contemplate exactly how fierce doing battle via collectible virtual cards really is. I mean, come on. It's just a card game, right?

This is the kind of video Beckman excels at. A few moments of metaphorical introspective humor and then a quick jab to the gut of our collective zeitgeist. Also, funny voices. What's not to love?
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WoW Moviewatch: The Types of WoW Player

Doing a video that talks about the different generalization of WoW players -- the noob, the aggravated raid leader, etc. -- is somewhat a right of passage for machinima creators. I'm pretty sure everyone has created one, at some point or another, and the equivalent of your first death by murloc. It's rarely pretty but the experience is universal.

The Lazy Peon's version of this ephemeral video is actually pretty decent. And while it's no way the center of the video, I was especially impressed by the use of font in The Types of WoW Players. Font's important, and nary a comic cans could be found. Check out the video and share your comments below; I'm sure the Peon would like to know your thoughts!
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WoW Moviewatch: Old Gods Are Everywhere

Work Warning (Kinda) for maybe adultish language and old gods? Look, there's tentacles, okay? I've just been advised that whenever tentacles get involved, there should be a work warning so you know what you're getting into.

You know, the Old Gods are a pain in the neck. And there's never enough news coverage about them. But if you go traipsing around Azeroth for longer than 5 minutes, you're going to encounter the random Old God trying to blast your brain. Faceless Ones are slightly only less common than murlocs, though admittedly nowhere near as intimidating.

That's why I was happy to see Moocluck's new video, Old Gods Are Everywhere. I feel like May needs to be Old God Awarness Month. Seriously, though, check out the video. Mooclucks brings the funny.
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WoW Moviewatch: 6 Ways to Make WoW More Realistic

Sometimes, folks like to say that WoW needs to be more realistic. To that end, Slightly Impressive opted to tackle what could happen if Blizzard went totally off the rails and made WoW even more true to life. Take the time to check out 6 Ways to Make WoW More Realistic and ask yourself: is this really what you want?

I think I like the idea of characters effectively being newborns until they reach level 18. Unfortunately, that might mean they can't attend Brewfest until they've reached level 21. I mean, the ironic uses of this kind of system could go on forever. My own suggestion is that characters need more pouches. As I've learned from comic books, nothing screams realism like pouches.
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WoW Moviewatch: 32

32 is a WoW music video by a relatively new machinimist, Minnimus7. The song is by the Danish electronic band, Carpark North. I was very quickly won over by their sound. While they probably aren't the deepest lyrics to ever be penned, the song is pretty catchy when taken as a whole.

Like I said, Minnimus7 is a fairly new machinima creator. The video suffers a bit from some usual flaws. The trademark fraps stuttering hangs out in a few shots and some of the transitions feel a bit forced. That being said, Minnimus7 is showing a lot of passion and I'm really excited to see what happens in the future. 32's narrative was plain and convincing. There's a lot of talent here, and some further practice will yield great results.
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WoW Moviewatch: The Lake

The Lake by Stone Falcon Productions is one of the creepiest, most succinct horror machinima in the history of WoW fan films. Featuring an appropriately irreverent and annoying chief of staff, an intrepid reporter, and plenty of anxious local villagers, The Lake is well worth the watch.

We've featured The Lake before now, but the video remains one of our favorites. The animation is good, of course, but it's real selling point is the strong story and convincing voice acting. All in all, The Lake is one of those videos that everyone really should know.
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WoW Moviewatch: Looking up

Much like dogs, WoW characters are perfectly capable of looking up. And what you see when you look up in WoW might just blow your mind. Or, just as likely, you'll wonder why you're watching a video about the top 10 ceilings in Azeroth. That's kind of the point of Pointless Top 10: Best Ceilings in World of Warcraft.

This video was originally going to be titled, "Wowcrendor looked up and you won't believe what happened next," but he passed on it because he doesn't work for a blog with buzz, viral, or worthy in the title.
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WoW Moviewatch: The Cursed Ones

Nan the Mistweaver created The Cursed Ones as a pride movie for the Gilnean werewolves of WoW. Worgen were in tons of machinima when they were first released, but steadily declined in coverage ever since. This video is decent, as far as such things go, and it does a decent job of grabbing a WoW community and getting them some screen time. But I felt like it moved a little slow, and could have had more to say.

The song is so melancholy and angst ridden it's ready to become an English major and write poetry on real paper. The contrast felt a bit out of control to me. It's odd to say "the lighting needed work," but it did. Still, I liked the video, and I'm pretty sure it's not just my addiction to top hats. It's always nice to see a new release from Nan, and The Cursed Ones still brings plenty of fun.
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WoW Moviewatch: ANN: Noblegarden Special

It's been a little while since we've seen a new edition of Slightly Impressive's incredible news coverage, but there's not time like the present. In Azeroth News Network: Noblegarden Special, Griff and team tackle the incredible mysteries around all these eggs, bunnies, and zipping about characters.

I want to take a moment and reflect on how far Slightly Impressive has come. This team is somewhat of a parable, in my opinion. Their original videos were a bit rough, and the jokes were admittedly sometimes flat. But you could see two things: they cared about what they were doing and they were passionate about it. Now, a hundred videos later, I think Slightly Impressive has grown into a staple of our community. I look forward to their stuff, they're worth more than a few laughs, and they've grown into their style. This is a team that should be proud, and many of us could learn from.
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WoW Moviewatch: How to Win at Auction Houses

Auctioneering is somewhere between the most real-life skill inside WoW and the most mind-crushingly frustrating event put into the game since dailies. I'm not sure, it could go either way. But that's why it was such great news when I heard that Wowcrendor created How to Win At Auction Houses to help us newbsauces out.

It's nice to see the master of sardonic WoW humor return to the Billy wellspring. Something about that subtle interaction between narrator and newb brings out the best in Crendor's humor.

PS: Yes, I know that the auction house has been in the game longer than dailies.
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WoW Moviewatch: Peaches

Spring is finally here for real. Sure, the nights are cold, but the days are getting longer and the temperature is finally climbing a little bit. It's a good time to get outside and enjoy some fair reminders of the warmer days to come. And no song celebrates the fruit of the season quite like Peaches.

Bonkey's WoW-rendition of this classic song is probably still my favorite. With an all-star cast of machinima legends, Peaches is the ultimate celebration of fun, community, and thank-the-Light-for-the-weather.
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WoW Moviewatch: My Demons

Okay, so I'm not a big fan of this particular genre of music, but let's be fair to My Demons - DarksoulGaming seems to have quite a few gameplay style videos but this appears to be their first machinima. I question the choice of Silithus as the backdrop/scenery of the video (in a music video style machinima like this, a bland place like Silithus isn't necessarily the best eye candy to accompany the tortured melodramatics of the song) but it's pretty solidly edited for a first try.

Hopefully we'll see more stuff that takes better advantage of the game's settings.
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WoW Moviewatch: Back to the Sunwell

Sometimes you just need to go back, not just back to the good times of Cataclysm or Wrath, but all the way back to the Sunwell. Let me tell you a story:

Twenty five people, gathering for a month, night after night, just attempting to get the positioning and coordinated movement down for Kalecgos. And after that? Everyone had to pull 1,400 DPS just to get down Brutuallus, followed by a march to the end. Do I want to go back, back to the Sunwell?

Heck yes I do.

And after this skillfully edited video, you will too.

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