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WoW Moviewatch: The Problem With Warriors

It's not their fault, but it can sometimes be hard to talk about The Problem With Warriors. Obviously, the game designs specific balance between classes, and the abilities each class possesses is how you get there. But if we were to somehow port the classes of WoW over to real life, do warriors really get a fair shake?

Even Dungeons and Dragons has that problem. The permutations we go through to make Fighters awesome linger to this very day. But, keep in mind the flip side of all this picking on Warriors. I won't spoil the punchline, but the guy at the end reminds us all that they're not the only class in that untenable position.
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WoW Moviewatch: Pirates vs. Sailors

You know what's a great way to prepare for the weekend? Kicking back with some rousing chanty songs to the narrative machinima delights of Pirates vs. Sailors. The story can be a little tough to follow, but Off the Air kept the concept pretty simple. A bunch of pirates and a bunch of sailors have a disagreement.

But, really, this video is about enjoying the music with some awesome WoW costumes. After all, what do you do with a drunken Hordie? The answer seems pretty clear by the end.
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WoW Moviewatch: The Warlock -- Barrens Chat

There's no better way than to reminisce about the days of old than dragging The Warlock through very pit of despair known as Barrens Chat. Created by none other than Nixxiom, this episode has all the laughs, crass humor, and digs at our own gamer culture that you could ever hope to see.

The video struck a nostalgic point for me. Remember the days of infinite Chuck Norris jokes? These days, trying to crack a line about the Bearded One is no more hip than strutting down the mall in your Jams. Though, I suppose both could be saved by a hefty dose of irony. But still, let's hear it for Barrens Chat. It's an age gone by that no amount of pandering or cataclysming will ever truly bring back.
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WoW Moviewatch: The Group

The Group is a relatively recent new machinima series, and it's somewhat a mixed bag. The plot seems to glide along pretty well, and the animation satisfies. Most of the action works convincingly against the backdrop of Azeroth, and the dialogue seems well written.

The downside is the voice track. The first bit of the movie is nearly unintelligible. I'm not sure if it's voice actors who struggle with working the mic, if it's something with the compression, or what's happening. But the dialogue audio needs work badly. That distortion is a huge drag on what could otherwise be a truly excellent story-based machinima. Here's hoping the next episode shows big improvement.
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BlizzCon 2014 Art and Movie contest submissions now open

If you're an artist or a movie maker with a penchant for all things Blizzard, now's your chance to show off your talents and win some prizes. The Art and Movie contests for BlizzCon 2014 are now officially taking submissions, and there's a sweet list of prizes to be had. For the BlizzCon Movie Contest, third place will receive $850, second place will receive $1,300, and first place will receive $2,000 and an Oswald Statue. Prizes for the BlizzCon Art Contest are $700 for third place, $1,000 for second place, and $1,500 to the first place winner ... but that's not all. Each winner for both the Art and Movie contests will also receive either a ticket to BlizzCon 2014, or an additional $175 cash.

Keep in mind that the submissions for these contests don't necessarily have to be Warcraft related -- you can take your inspiration for your artwork or film from any of the Blizzard franchises. But if you want to enter, you might want to get a move on -- the deadline for submissions is 11:59PM PST on July 7. For more information, official rules, and submission guidelines, head to the official site.

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WoW Moviewatch: 7 More Steps to a Safer Azeroth

Nobody wants an unsafe Azeroth. The spokesperson for the Azeroth Health and Safety Commision has a handfull of regulations that will help protect your characters from undue death. World PvP has been outlawed, which will probably have a painful effect on some servers. And really, who doesn't celebrate this needed hunter nerf?

Slightly Impressive's 7 More Steps to a Safe Azeroth is a fun little bite to help get you through your day. I'm not sure this series can go very much further, but it's been fun while it's lasted. My hat's off to the team at SI, as usual.
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WoW Moviewatch: Pointless Top 10: Useless Npcs

Wowcrendor is back with another top 10 list. In Pointless Top 10: Useless NPCs in World of Warcraft, he's counting down all those NPCs scattered around Azeroth that lack any discernible purpose, randomly roam in the middle of nowhere, stare at a wall, or are quite simply no longer useful. I really like this current series Wowcrendor has going, not just because it's funny, as is pretty much everything he puts out, but because it often reminds me of those odd little things here and there that I'd forgotten about. Like poor Sognar Cliffbeard, the meat vendor.

But I have to say, I'm pretty sure that Topper McNabb has a mansion somewhere in the outreaches of the kingdom, purchased with all the coins people have thrown at him over the last 10 years in an effort to get him to shut up. He's the quiet master of the art of panhandling, I bet you. And if, in another 10 years, Azeroth is suddenly obliterated, he'll be laughing at us all from the depths of his terribly comfortable and lavishly furnished panic room, created especially for the purpose of survival.

Yeah, don't think I'm not on to you, McNabb.


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WoW Moviewatch: Gnometheus -- Fire Of The Gods

Okay, what we have here seems to be a gnome lore heavy machinima involving the curse of flesh, it's up to four episodes. I'm in love with this thing on a purely conceptual level. It's interesting in that it's not really a machinima at all, for the most part - it's told through narrative over still images from the game. It kind of ends up feeling strangely like a documentary as a result of this, some strange Ken Burns presents Gnomes feel that I'm not sure if I like or not.

However, anything that encourages people to do things with gnomes is a-okay in my book, and the first episode also talks about tauren, so I'm pretty much forced to endorse it. Gnomes and tauren. Throw a draenei in there and I'm down for the whole series.

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WoW Moviewatch: If Fans Created Filler Content

Honestly, this particular machinima (If Fans Create Filler Content by Wowcrendor)... honestly, some of the ideas don't sound that bad to me. I mean, random world cities with worldwide treasure hunts? How is that a bad idea? Tell me you wouldn't go on a worldwide treasure hunt. And while I don't think zombie dragons are particularly interesting, just imagine if they took that basic idea and broadened it out so that you could fight on any mount you have. That's right, I'm suggesting a PvP battle league where you fight on your mounts, collect more mounts to use in the league, and yes it's battle pets, but with mounts and with you on the mount.

Seriously how is this a bad idea? Heck, the Farmer John's farm bit sounds good as long as you don't actually burn it down with a zombie dragon at the end. That dude needs help.
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WoW Moviewatch: 7 Steps to a Safer Azeroth

If you've ever fallen from the elevators in Shattrath, then you know how desperately important it is that we all follow Slightly Impressive's thoughtful 7 Steps to a Safer Azeroth. It can be a little tough sorting out what's true versus what's simply political rumor, but handrails in Thunder Bluff will probably save more lives this year than healers.

This video represents some of the SI team's best ideas yet. It's hilarious and the animation perfectly suits the tongue-in-cheek subject matter. I love these guys.
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WoW Moviewatch: A Gnomish Winter Veil

I suppose I wasn't expecting a holiday video about Winter's Veil in the middle of spring, but who am I to turn down an original video? The dialogue in this video is exceedingly difficult to hear. Especially compared to all the other crisp, clear portions of soundtrack, making out what anyone is saying is extremely difficult. That's a shame, too, because the story is fairly obvious from video (a gnome is rebuked and chooses to save Christmas), and the animation promises some pretty good future work. The "suiting up" sequence is especially fun; you can't go wrong with Ozzy.

So, while A Gnomish Winter Veil could have used a little extra vocal work, it's all in all a good piece.
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WoW Moviewatch: Maureen

Maureen is clearly inspired by the song of same name, by Jim Newell. The video itself is about as straightforward as you can get. It's basically a human character riding around Azeroth while the song plays in the background.

I nearly didn't feature this video at all, except I can see where the creator was coming from. He was aiming for a moody, introspective piece. Adding a second character and some sense of story would have greatly enhanced the video. This machinima, as is, feels empty. There's not much content here. The animation itself is fine, as it's all just in game footage, but there's simply nothing for a viewer to watch. That sense of story is critical; the video itself has to stand under its own weight.
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WoW Moviewatch: Pointless Top 10: Lighthouses

Pointless Top 10: Lighthouses in World of Warcraft is the newest pointless list of things in WoW by Wowcrendor. Welcome to a silly list, where the points are made up and it doesn't matter anyway. Although, I suppose, if you're secretly a lighthouse-ophile, this might be a video custom-made for you.

Can you guess which lighthouse is number one? There's something unique about it, and it involves laser beams. I think we can all agree that if it comes down to laser beams, then the tower with one deserves to win.
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WoW Moviewatch: Waiting for Warlords

The Lazy Peon is back with one of the first new filk songs I've heard in a long time. (Not familiar with filk? It's folk music about fiction. I'd still be careful using the word on the streeth, though. Filk just sounds naughty.)

Waiting for Warlords probably won't show up on any pop music lists, but it's a nice way to kill a few minutes during a load screen. And while I hope everyone is actually pretty patient while waiting for the expansion, maybe this song will help soothe those who are feeling anxious.
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WoW Moviewatch: The Noobish Death Knight

I nearly didn't run The Noobish Death Knight because it was created by a brand new machinimator. Unfortunately, the novice-ness shows in the video. The voice acting is kind of rough, the story drags on, and the animation is crude. That being said, The Noobish Death Knight is clearly a labor of love.

Burkendah obviously worked to make the video as good as he could. It features jokes and an actual plot, which is a lot more than can be said for plenty of machinima. Frankly, I'm positive that if Burkendah keeps with it, we'll clearly see some outstanding videos from him. The potential shines clearly through the newb roughness, and I can't wait to see what comes.
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