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WoW Moviewatch: The Grind Returns, Episode 1: Face Time

You could easily be forgiven for not remembering The Grind from machinima-maker Oblivious Films: The series premiered way back in 2009 and has been quiet since 2010. While that's a long time to be gone, The Grind is looking to make a comeback with a new video, which hopefully has an "episode 1" moniker, which implies we'll also see episodes 2, 3, and so on.

So just what stymies our heroes after so long gone? Mostly being confused by the model changes that have happened while they've been away. Check out their latest adventure and, while you're at it, we highly recommend going through the old episodes too -- they're like a WoW time capsule, and some of the jokes are even funnier with the added dimension of "Did we really used to go through all of this to play?"
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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: The Grind - Episode 3

If you've been following machinima for a while, you should definitely remember The Grind. It was a favorite of many fans for a very long time, and it's now come one the street with a new installment. With one of the best opening sequences I've seen on a WoW movie, The Grind: Episode 3 has been released by Oblivious Films.

Clocking in at 15 minutes, this new edition has a great deal of comedy and content. There's a handful of cameos and shout-outs to other work, as well as a wrap-up to a dozen loose plot threads. The embed above only has about half the movie; you can check out the full version here at

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WoW Moviewatch: The Grind: 3 Minutes

It's been a while since we've seen a new episode of The Grind, so it was great to hear they'd created a new episode for entry into the BlizzCon 2009 machinima contest. The Grind: 3 Minutes did not win. As Macheath put it on, "it not only didn't win, it really didn't win."

That's kind of a shame, because I thought The Grind: 3 Minutes was funny as heck. I laughed out loud during a few of the gags, and the frenetic, energetic pace of the video kept me engaged and entertained. That the author managed this pace without resorting to Robot Chicken style micro-clips is that much more impressive, and reinforces the power of quick dialogue. I'm not sure there's a story taking place here, and the whole thing seems like a stage for that witty exchange between the characters.

All in all, I thought the video was strong and funny. Here's hoping it won't be too long before we see another episode.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: The Rumpus Machine

The Rumpus Machine is the latest offering from Oblivious Films, of The Grind fame. It's the story of what happens when an easily-frightened dwarf and his friends stumble upon a "metal pig" which seems to grant their every wish. It's not a follow-up to The Grind storyline, but rather a new, self-contained story. It's kinda like what O. Henry would have written if he'd only lightened up a bit. The moviemaking here is top notch and the storytelling is quite funny with everything from sexy dancing girls to throwback dungeons. Make sure you stick around throughout the entire credits roll for some final jokes at the end.

Drew "Drewbie" Syring from Oblivious tells Moviewatch that Macheath made this film for the BlizzCon machinima contest and, for you Diablo III fans, "yes, that is really the real Deckard Cain who was kind enough to lend his voice talents to our production." How'd they manage it? Just watch it, you'll see.

Updated: In case it wasn't clear to anyone who watched the film: The filmmakers want you to know that they got the actual voice actor for Deckard Cain to perform in their film.

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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: Chronicle of the Annoying Quest, Episode 20

Bakasavant Productions has finished another episode of Chronicle of the Annoying Quest! The good guys are getting further in their quest, but experience some setbacks, including a cavity search. The bad guys are also hindered by their female companion's vanity. In the end, a meeting takes place between the elders and the recruits, where they are tasked with stopping Juran.

This series is far from flashy, but I find it enjoyable. While they may not use many special effects, and the voice acting could definitely use work, they consistently produce solid episodes. Look out for a cameo by Drewbie, of The Grind series, at 4:25! If you liked Episode 20, check out the high quality version.


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Filed under: Machinima, Humor, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: The Grind, episode 2

If you enjoyed yesterday's episode of The Grind, today's continues in the same fashion as our intrepid heroes continue their search for a way to defeat Onyxia. (Though if you're wondering where the story goes from here, there's not an episode 3.) And if you don't watch anything else -- skip to the end for the Ask a Ninja feature. (Unless you're a member of the anti-Ninja Pirate contingent, of course!)

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: The Grind, episode 1

Somehow this episode of The Grind reminds me a lot of my guild's last attempt at Onyxia... (Don't make the same mistake we did: just because you're level 70 doesn't mean she's a pushover!) However, instead of heading out to Dustwallow Marsh and experiencing Onyxia wipes for yourself, you could enjoy the suffering of others vicariously, with the entertaining characters from The Grind. (Though their Halloween Special took top prize for comedy at BlizzCon, episode 1 isn't new. Sadly, we haven't seen anything new from Oblivious Films since summer.)

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

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