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World of Warcraft in Popular Culture?

Posted by Susan on December 1, 2008

Marge Simpson Playing Earthland Realms

Marge Simpson Playing Earthland Realms

The time has come – With these posts coming to an end, I thought I would share how mainstream WoW has become in popular culture.

Aside from the internet, the other vice that people seem to be addicted to is television. Personally, I find pretty much all I want online, so my television sits and collects dust. But that is beside the point. Last season two major network television shows aired parodies of the World of Warcraft player.

Warcraft and The Simpsons

Marge has played it – Will you? The Simpsons aired an episode in which Marge begins her foray into the Internet and plays a game called “Earthland Realms”. She creates her character in her image (don’t expect to see that in WoW cause most of the girl players are actually male, or so its been said).  Its pretty funny cause she begins to learn how to interact with the other players like Apu, a vendor in the city, Moe, and Chief Wiggam. The episode is relatively clever, with a slight understanding that is actually WoW they are trying to depict. Others say that it is a mocking of Everquest, another MMORPG, the similarities are interesting, and there is a slight joke that while others go outside to enjoy the world, Marge decides to stay inside and play the game – feeding into her own new addiction. I will not divulge the episode, you should watch it for yourself online at http://www.zath.co.uk/world-of-warcraft-simpsons/

Warcraft and South Park

Well, Blizzard actually gave the writers of South Park authority to write their episode, and allowed them to actually use the game on their show. The characters

South Park Episode Make Love Not Warcraft

South Park Episode "Make Love Not Warcraft"

of South Park make actual players, and are attempting to defeat a superpowered player, who threatens the game itself. Its actually very humorous to watch this unravel, and a little discusting since the boys become what people seem to think are the stereotypic WoW player – you know, the troll that lives in the basement and sits infront of his/her computer all night. This one is a cult phenomenon for the WoW player, the detail to the game is amazing, and since Blizzard gave rights to it, makes is authentic. There is even a picture of Azeroth in the background, and the boys party up like a real group. Yes, WoW players actually do that, we bring PCs over and all play in the same room. It actually makes for a fun night! The small things in this episode make it cool – However, the animation in the episode is modified from the gameplay of World of Warcraft, and contains elements that do not exist in the game: talking animations, controlled NPCs, Humans in the Hunter character class, the ability for a player to kill another without restrictions, and increased gore. But other than that – Totally Cool. Check it out at: http://videoutopia.smartvideochannel.com/media/playvideo.aspx?f=flash7&cid=28D323DD11C14FDB9BDCF21BC876A1F1&v=mostviewed

 

Warcraft Commercials

I will admit it, I started playing WoW – from a commercial. But not just any commercial, I saw it from a clip of a cult classic movie – Office Space. The commercial got me so intrigued that I was like – wow, I can try this for free? Why not give it a shot! So I started playing, and actually come to think of it – that was 2 years ago today! Yup, thats right my little Druid is 2 years old. Anyway, I am heddging bets that most of you, if you watch any cable television, have seen a WoW commercial – and man they have some cool ones now – With people like William Shatner, Ozzy Osbourne, Verne Troyer, Mr T., Jean Claude Van Damme, Steve Van Sandt, and Vic Mignogna – I think that the cult base is growing. Now, I know that these are commercials designed to promote the game – but come on, we have Coke commercials with WoW in them and Toyota Tacoma commercials with WoW in them. World of Warcraft is a cult phenomenon with millions of players and its growing everyday! Ok, wanna see those commercials? So Do I – So I will post em all!

 

THE ONE THAT GOT ME HOOKED!!

 Mr T’s World of Warcraft Commercial

 William Shatner’s World of Warcraft Commercial

Verne Troyer (Mini-me) World of Warcraft Commercial

Ozzy Osbourne- World of Warcraft Commercial TV Ad

Steve Van Sandt (Silvio) World of Warcraft Commercial TV Ad

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World of Warcraft Expansion: Wrath of the Lich King One Week Review

Posted by Susan on November 24, 2008

ALL I CAN SAY IS – I Just wanna play all day!

Great job Blizzard – you nailed it.

Well the expansion has been out just over a week and I have to say that I am pretty impressed with its content.   The landscapes are amazing, and the quests are pretty cool. Blizzard has tried very hard to make the environments very interactive, users can now destroy buildings, and hijack vehicles to complete quests. This makes levelling your character an interesting experience.

In contrast to the previous expansion, blizzard has developed this one on previous Lore, this gives the user a more personal feeling to the game – we aren’t just going to a new place to complete objectives, we are learning about how our characters came to be allied the way they are, why we have the abilities we have, and the story about how we all fit together in this vast and creative world.

Users are enjoying the variety of moving through the world – in previous experiences there were only two ways to travel the world a griffin or a hippogriff (well for the alliance anyway). Now you can take a bird, a dragon, a plane, a tank, the options are endless. Blizzard has out done themselves.

Now that isnt to say that I dont have problems with blizzard’s expansion. Levelling may be fun with all the new things to see, but its hard to level with your friends. Blizzard has made it that you unlock zones but doing chain quests, one after another, you finish a quest, more become available. The problem with this is if you are levelling with your buddy and you do even 2 or 3 quests without him/her and you both are way off in terms of doing the same quests.

The New Dungeons in the expansion, are interesting, making the events of killing them very interesting – bosses may summon clones of themselves, or create a shadow of you that attacks you – this makes the events interesting and challenging.

Well, so far I have only heard good things about Blizzard’s latest baby and personally i have had no problems myself – more to come later in the week, I gotta go PLAY!!

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World of Warcraft: Lich King Released – The New Addiction

Posted by Susan on November 17, 2008

What can I say? The Expansion is out and we are all busy playing. I will say that I am suprised to see how many people were scouring the net for information on what to expect as the expansion approached. It seemed like this blog exploded with views the night before. But thats to be expected, we all want to know what happens, what to expect, and how to plan our time.

I think thats what scares me, with all this new content, all this stuff to accomplish and do, I think that I, among many other gamers, will feel like there is so much, that sleep will be somewhat of a commodity. I myself am already feeling that addiction kick in again like when I first started wow. That feeling like it is the only thing to do, hell its 3 am and I am playing as we speak. Its just crazy.

It makes me wonder, do we have addictive personalities? or is the game just addictive? I am not sure if that makes sense, but its 3am, cut me some slack, I am open to opinions and thoughts… Goodnight gamers! GAME ON!

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Is Blizzard Ready For This Expansion?

Posted by Susan on November 12, 2008

Ok! I am totally frusterated!

The World of Warcraft Expansion: Wrath of the Lich King, is less than 24 hours away, and everyone is stoked and totally excited about its launch – however, today blizzard has had all the servers down ALL DAY!

The reason? Something wrong with the in-game mail system. Personally, I am a little skeptical. Many forum pages have individuals claiming that they have already purchased their copy of the expansion, and I wonder if maybe, this was blizzard’s attempt to keep those individuals from playing before the rest of us get to.

I think that is one of the biggest thing about this expansion, it is not suppose to be revealed until tomorrow at midnight – well tonight at midnight. But to hear that individuals in the states have already received their copies….and purchased at a 7-11? Its frustrating considering I pre-ordered my copy months ago.

7-11 purchased game

7-11 purchased game

It seems the Blizzard is trying to make up for the problems associated with the Expansion – not only for the massive delays in the latest patch, to which gameplay was stopped for a day, but also for todays disruption. People have noticed that there are 3 free days of gameplay added to their accounts, and today, free epic gear was made available to individuals from in-game vendors. However, it is not clear if the gear is a bug in the game or something of a peace token from Blizzard – who knows that there were a lot of very irratated gamers today. The forums online exploded, so much so that Blizzard actually shut down their forum page – most likely due to the massive influx of individuals wanting to vent their frusterations about not being able to play – again for the second time this month.

With all these glitches before the Expansion it makes me wonder – how prepared is Blizzard for this expansion? And what further problems can we expect once everyone has it? There are already whispers from the beta testers that there are loading problems with the expansion – I guess I will find out tomorrow.

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World of Warcraft and Relationships

Posted by Susan on November 3, 2008

I found something interesting that happened this weekend. My boyfriend runs a guild on my server, and of course I am a member in it. With Halloween this weekend, the guild decided to have a costume contest, and me and my boyfriend participated. Unfortunately half way through the event we got into a spat. Not about anything in the real world, but that I didn’t like how he was handling the voting of the costumes. I thought there was a much easier way to accomplish the task, and he didn’t agree. For me, this was very frusterating, cause, i worked hard on my costume and well, there was a prize of 60 gold.  The fact of the matter is, it made me wonder… many people online play with significant others, friends, or family… How does WoW impact the social relationships with those people in real life?

I found this comic online: I do warn that it does have a bad word in it, so look at your own risk.

http://www.joeydevilla.com/2006/06/16/the-dangers-of-world-of-warcraft/

The point of the comic is simple; woman loves man who plays world of warcraft, and for the sake of the relationship, joins in – ultimately becoming addicted as well. The problem is, that as two people become better at it, they also critize and frusterate each other, especially if they play together.

I thought about this as I played, and i thought that it would be a good idea to ask those playing the game what they thought about how these relationships are effected by WoW.

Those that I asked informed me that the major cause of tension between them and their significant other was the jealousy issue. They didn’t enjoy the fact that their partner was spending time online with someone else. I have seen people leave their partners for someone they met in game.

Not only is there a jealousy issue but also the issue with neglect. Recently I found a post on youtube from a tyra banks show, where an irritated spouse confessed that her husband plays WoW too much, so much that he left her in labour to play WoW.

Here is the link to that clip:

Now, It seems that I have focused on the negative impact that WoW plays on relationships. However it does have some benefits. Personally it gives me and my boyfriend something to discuss, to debate, and to get excited about. It actually is something we share in common and bonds us together. Furthermore, there have been many cases, to which Blizzard exclaims that people have found their life partners in the game, and even more crazy to the non-player, people actually have online weddings in game.

Well, with that said, its time for my boyfriend to help me level… For the Horde!

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