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July 16, 2007 7:53 AM   Subscribe

The History Of Dance -- World of Warcraft style.
posted by empath (40 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
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The world is a strange, strange place.
posted by slimepuppy at 7:57 AM on July 16, 2007


now, I recognized some of those dances as coming directly from the dances those races do in the game, which surprised the hell out of me. Where the hell did the rest of them come from? the trees and giants and shit don't dance. is there some modding app a person can get, or a way to rip the models and textures from the game into 3dsmax or something?
posted by shmegegge at 8:10 AM on July 16, 2007


They all come directly from the game. The dancing tree is a druid player in treant form, the ogre is a player disguised as an ogre, the murloc is the Murky non-combat pet, etc.
posted by emmastory at 8:13 AM on July 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Too. much. time. on. their. hands.
posted by Debaser626 at 8:15 AM on July 16, 2007


So all of these dances are in the game? Did the designers just model the dances after all of these famous performances? If so, that's pretty damn cool.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 8:15 AM on July 16, 2007


yeah, that's what I'm thinking. what's even crazier is someone noticing and bothering to see how well the moves sync to the video footage.
posted by shmegegge at 8:18 AM on July 16, 2007


Yeah, a lot of the built-in dances are based on easily identifiable sources. Some of them are more generic - male undead characters like to headbang, female undead characters do a willowy goth girl dance, etc.
posted by emmastory at 8:22 AM on July 16, 2007


For context: World of Warcraft, among other things, involves a lot of chatting with other people. Part of the chat system is funny emotes, commands like "/hug" or "/cheer" or "/charge". A few of them have scripted animation, the one here being "/dance". Doesn't serve any specific purpose, it's just one of those little grace notes that makes the game seem pretty rich.

About once a month I stumble into something in the game that lets me turn into another type of character. The first thing I do is hit /dance to see what goofy animation I get this time.
posted by Nelson at 8:28 AM on July 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


This? This is what breaks up marriages and causes people to drop out of school?

/shakes head (motion capture from Smokey and the Bandit)
posted by unixrat at 8:44 AM on July 16, 2007 [2 favorites]


Wow, the timings are practically right on. (Except for the Twist and Riverdance, but those are recognizable anyway.) I guess this makes sense--how else is some cube nerd going to show a realistic dance if not by basically copying an existing video?
posted by DU at 9:18 AM on July 16, 2007


I don't know anything about WoW, but I thought that was pretty cool.
posted by iconomy at 9:26 AM on July 16, 2007


I've put on the Gordok Ogre Suit a million times* and relished in the delight of the ogre dance...and never realized where it came from! Thanks for posting this.

*and the Quel'Serrar book never dropped...stupid Tribute...
posted by baphomet at 9:42 AM on July 16, 2007


If zombies don't do the choreography from Thriller, I'll be appalled.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:57 AM on July 16, 2007


Um, who is that female singer on Top of the Pops with the short hair doing the slinky dance that's making me feel strange urges?
posted by papercake at 10:40 AM on July 16, 2007


I KAN HAS DEEZYR 2 BAK AWAY SLOWLEE?
posted by blue_beetle at 10:40 AM on July 16, 2007


papercake, that's Alizée Jacotey.
posted by iconomy at 10:48 AM on July 16, 2007


papercake: according to the video description its: Alizee- J'en Ai Marre. Hi-res. I love google image search.
posted by Mach5 at 10:48 AM on July 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


yes, i realize thats the song name after the -.
posted by Mach5 at 10:49 AM on July 16, 2007


As an ex-WoW player (Orc level 39, thanks!) I always got a kick out of making my big hunky avatar dance while waiting around for the next thing to happen. As Nelson pointed out, the /dance command was just one of the many things that made WoW playing so much fun. That and the freaky addictive quality of the game progression.
posted by heatherbeth at 10:52 AM on July 16, 2007


The Ogre dance is actually enacted by Ogres to quite a disgusting degree in Outland, when you hear the "King of Ogres" announcement in Blade's Edge Mountains. Typically there are a hundred or so Ogre NPCs gathered around the base of the arena tower dancing about.
posted by thanotopsis at 11:00 AM on July 16, 2007


Papercake: Alizée
posted by grabbingsand at 11:02 AM on July 16, 2007


I just quit the game (8 days sober, whee!) This post is not helping my withdrawal symptoms. Time to go eat some cookies.
posted by saturnine at 11:09 AM on July 16, 2007


man, say whatever you like about the game itself, but that is an awesome bit of sleuthing and compositing. Many WoW fans know that the Night Elf dance came from Alizée, but how about Hammer and Napoleon! And that random Korean girl. I wonder if it's a Blizzard insider - it is the uploader's only video.
posted by anser at 11:23 AM on July 16, 2007


I don't know which I like more, this video, or Alizee- J'en Ai Marre. She wears that outfit well.
posted by absalom at 11:35 AM on July 16, 2007


No capoeira?

And I'd never seen the one amateur looking video in there "Dance First". Was that a viral, or?
posted by ODiV at 12:17 PM on July 16, 2007


Thanks for the info and the links on Alizée.

*wiping salivating mouth with hand*

*feeling creepy because she looks like she's 15*
posted by papercake at 12:48 PM on July 16, 2007


absalom: "I don't know which I like more, this video, or Alizee- J'en Ai Marre. She wears that outfit well."

The most sadistic thing is IMHO the little red fish. You can't help looking at it. It's just so... hypnotic.
posted by PontifexPrimus at 12:54 PM on July 16, 2007


oh my
posted by papercake at 12:55 PM on July 16, 2007


That Chris Farley/Chippendales dance gets me every time.
posted by spec80 at 1:17 PM on July 16, 2007


man, say whatever you like about the game itself, but that is an awesome bit of sleuthing and compositing. Many WoW fans know that the Night Elf dance came from Alizée, but how about Hammer and Napoleon! And that random Korean girl. I wonder if it's a Blizzard insider - it is the uploader's only video.

Hammer and Napoleon... those are two of the most recognizable dances in modern pop-culture, I'd say... The tunuk tunuk dance, though... whoever decided on that one is clearly a web junkie.
posted by dopamine at 2:30 PM on July 16, 2007


Wow, deja vu! I thought this was a double, then realized I posted it somewhere else after someone sent the link to me after....well, anyway, it's awesome! Thanks.
posted by misha at 2:42 PM on July 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


The origin of all the characters' dances is well-known.
posted by TypographicalError at 3:07 PM on July 16, 2007


Hey, that was fun! I knew where most of the dances came from, but it was still interesting to see how closely they matched their sources. I was surprised there was no Macarena (human female) clip included, though, theres' got to be a ton of those online.

If I remember right, the "Dance First" video from Korea was a girl in a dance school doing a Britney Spears-like routine. I don't remember it being a huge viral hit, though.
posted by gemmy at 4:25 PM on July 16, 2007


Dancing is one of the many things that makes WoW so much fun...
posted by Vindaloo at 5:00 PM on July 16, 2007


That was pretty fantastic.
posted by danb at 6:57 PM on July 16, 2007


That was pretty cool.
posted by Bugbread at 7:50 AM on July 17, 2007


What's that song in the middle-ish that looks like it comes from a Hindi movie?
posted by arcticwoman at 9:13 AM on July 17, 2007


What's that song in the middle-ish that looks like it comes from a Hindi movie?

It's the music video for Tunak Tunak Tun, by Daler Mehndi.
posted by vorfeed at 11:09 AM on July 17, 2007


gemmy: According to the YouTube comments thread, the Macarena was not included because the WoW version is not quite right and doesn't sync with the original.
posted by emmastory at 2:16 PM on July 17, 2007


This was pretty funny.
posted by tehloki at 5:41 PM on July 18, 2007


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