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Goon Squad downs Tirion Fordring


Perennial pariahs Goon Squad, Horde-side on Mal'Ganis-US, have really carved out a niche for themselves in the World of Warcraft. Well, two niches. The first is a rock-solid reputation of being the foremost trolls and griefers in the MMO market, period -- a reputation perpetuated by a community that operates mostly on word-of-mouth and lovingly crafted by the guild itself. The second is providing some of the best and most hilarious WoW videos on the internet. This one is no exception -- they managed to score a victory for the Lich King by defeating the dread paladin Fordring.

It's a rare ability, possessed by Goon Squad and a few other community figures, to be able to take the building blocks of the game experience provided by Blizzard -- strictly compartmentalized and defined by sets of incontrovertible rules -- and then cobble together something wholly new and, frankly, ridiculous out of them. You're not supposed to be able to bring together two often-'shipped faction leaders for an impromptu date. You're not supposed to be able to blow the Wintergrasp fortress wall to smithereens in a minute's time. You're certainly not supposed to be able to kill the head of the Argent Crusade who, by the way, should learn to cast Consecrate.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Humor

Breakfast Topic: What makes a good PvP video?

handgun over on Livejournal asks "What, in your opinion, makes a good PvP video?"

He suggests showing World PvP only, kills when you're outnumbered, or building in a plotline. But what do you think? It seems like whenever we mention PvP videos here, someone mentions World of Roguecraft, and they've got pretty much everything. But then again, they've also got 41 minutes, and I'd say a good PvP video has to be shorter than that. Somethingawf's video is one of my favorites, but it's really a parody of PvP vids more than it really is one. I also like the classic Big Blue Dress, which shows some cool PvP moves, but couldn't really be considered a PvP video.

So if I made the perfect PvP vid, it would have to have a story, great music, lots of humor, be pretty short, and it would have to have my favorite feature of PvP videos-- the bragging, taunting, and the flashy crit kills. It's definitely an interesting genre-- what, in your opinion, makes a good PvP video?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, Fan stuff, PvP, Breakfast Topics, Humor

MovieWatch: Something Awful's first PVP video

If you don't like PVP videos, you probably won't like this one. But if you consider yourself (as I do) a connoisseur of PVP vids, here's one of the best.

Made by the forum goons over at SomethingAwful.com (Do you have stairs in your house?), it's a cut above your average PVP bragging vid, because it'll make you gasp at the over-the-top crits, and it'll make you laugh with the sheer lunacy that these guys churn out. I especially like the musical interlude in the middle. Sure, something like this is a little more traditional and impressive for a PVP vid (and about as long as usual), but this Something Awful video has a charm you just can't ignore.

Update: What is this, hilarious PVP video day? Just minutes after I post, I come across this baby, which is even funnier. Got any more?

Filed under: Rogue, Machinima, Fan stuff, PvP

Straight from a GM's mouth

Over at Something Awful, an alleged ex-Blizzard Europe GM is answering questions from the fray on what it's really like behind the curtain. From 25-year accounts to GM Island, there are some interesting questions and answers on the front page, although you'll have to subscribe to Something Awful if you want to read the entire thread.

GMs don't speak out frequently about their jobs, but it can be a thankless task. From newbie questions to insults and petty disputes, the GMs have to put up with a lot from us; but without them the world would run much less smoothly. Yesterday was France's Labour Day, meaning that no GM tickets were available, so I dread to think what they will be deluged with this morning.

There's more about the life of a GM on the WoW website; Blizzard are often recruiting, if this sounds like a dream job. Of course, there are other ways of getting paid to play WoW!

[Via AFK Gamer]

Filed under: Blizzard

Etiquette the Something Awful way


There's a great article over at Something Awful investigating the social conventions of WoW that we all hold so dear. Covering situations ranging from guild formation to party etiquette and GM petitions, the characters Galent and Gufus embody two very different types of players.

We all like to think we're Galent, but we've all encountered a Gufus at some time or other. Fortunately, thanks to the /ignore command, these encounters are easily dealt with. What's the worst example of behaviour you've encountered in-game? LFG and guild spammers are the most frequent, but as a healer, the "/yell PLZ HEAL" types annoy me the most.

Filed under: WoW Social Conventions

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