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The pop culture references in Mists of Pandaria you need to know

Mists of Pandaria is hardly the first WoW expansion to embrace plenty of cheeky pop culture references, but it's the most recent one to do so. Of course, that's because it's the most recent expansion. It's all freaky coincidental like that.

At any rate, grab yourself a steaming hot mug of irony and kick back to enjoy your guided tour through those references with Panser of TradeChat. Whether we're talking about frogs in bottles or arrows in the knee, Panser will make sure you're up to date on all the hip in jokes.

Mists of Pandaria is here! The level cap has been raised to 90, many players have returned to Azeroth, and pet battles are taking the world by storm. Keep an eye out for all of the latest news, and check out our comprehensive guide to Mists of Pandaria for everything you'll ever need to know.

Filed under: News items

Walk through WoW pop culture with Panser from TradeChat

Who doesn't love some pop culture? I mean, seriously -- that stuff is like the internet's bread and butter. We get to the choppa on the back of a lolcat, just in time to catch The Hunger Games out on DVD.

And just like a microcosm of real life, WoW is stocked full with plenty of pop culture references. In this video, Panser of TradeChat (and our weekly news roundup) takes you on a guided tour through the annals of pop culture in Azeroth. She lists dozens of references, many of which will probably surprise even the most veteran WoW players, especially if you don't play both factions.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items

Star Trek references in the World of Warcraft

Wait, what? Star Trek is now cool you say? What is my nerdy self going to cling to? What's going to make a geek above other geeks as I recite the Klingon alphabet backwards in the Qo'noS dialect? Oh wait, there's WoW! And what's more geeky than taking a look at all the Star Trek references in the game?

Well, the answer is not much.

But that's okay, because it's geek-chic, or whatever those babbling idiots on What Not To Wear say.

So take a look my geeky bretheren, all the Star Trek references in the World of Warcraft after thy break.

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Filed under: Fan stuff, Odds and ends, NPCs

WoW reference found in Wolverine game

X-Men Origins: Wolverine came out in theaters yesterday, to fairly dismal reviews, and like any good summer movie, it has a tie-in video game. Why are we talking about it here? Because the game contains a hidden nod to our own favorite digital pastime, WoW. I'll put specifics (and a screenshot) behind the cut, in case you don't want to be spoiled for the Wolverine game.

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Filed under: Odds and ends, Humor

World of Warcraft, as seen on television

Our favorite game made not one but two big appearances on TV this past week. First up, looks like the writer of TNT's Leverage (that Dan already interviewed a while back) is wasting no time getting his characters to fly the Horde flag, as you can see in the clip above (thanks to Massively for digging that up for us). The writer, John Rogers, told Dan that Blizzard actually vetted the dialogue above, which makes us wonder why they were ok with saying Burning Crusade, but didn't want to mention the second expansion by name. Maybe the episode was filmed so long ago that the name hadn't quite been confirmed yet.

And in other television news, we're told World of Warcraft made an appearance as a category on Jeopardy this week. We don't have video of that one (yet), but you can see a quick teaser over on Jeopardy's webpage that mentions the game as a category. World of Warcraft has of course appeared in the game show before as an answer, but this time around, there was a whole column of questions about it. If you see video anywhere online, let us know, and we'll add it here to the post.

Filed under: Horde, Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Virtual selves, Odds and ends, Blizzard, Humor

Breakfast topic: Fit to print

When I got my recruit a friend account it came with two lovely, full-color Bradygames guide books. Each is a 24.99 16.49 value with the Battle Chest purchase. The books have descriptions of all the races and classes. They go into some detail about the zones and many of the monsters in WoW. The guides contain tips on game play and various mechanics. I found them to be completely useless. They're outdated. They guides don't really give any tips on the nuances of the game. At times they are wildly inaccurate.

Granted, they may be helpful to brand new players, though not entirely more useful than small, black and white Game Manual that also comes in the box. As a rookie I never turned toward printed guides. I asked a lot of questions from resources like Thottbot, Petopia, and of course WoW Insider. Most of what I've learned, I've learned on the fly. The beautiful, colorful images must cost a small fortune to print. It all seems very excessive to me.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Blizzard, Breakfast Topics, Guides

The companion cube cannot remain through the testing


Here's a little something to brighten up your Monday. Sharp-eyed tipster Aikiwoce spotted this dead ringer for a certain object that rhymes with "freighted D'Artagnan noob" outside the Stormwind gates, presumably as part of the "Love Is in the Air" holiday that kicked off today. I love Blizzard and their cultural references. Has anyone else seen something interesting?


SInce we're on the subject of real world references in WoW, check out this gallery of curiously familiar names of NPC's in game.

Also, players dressed as their favorite WoW characters at last year's Blizzcon.

And how can we forget people dressed up as their favorite characters from their favorite book/movie/tv series/game at last year's DragonCon.


Love is in the Air and on WoW Insider. Check out our continuing coverage of the event and our guide to earning the achievement. And you better hurry; the holiday only lasts five days!

Filed under: Events, Screenshots

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