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June 8, 2010 2:13 PM   Subscribe

Avatar Days (SLYT) World of Warcraft in real life.
posted by blue_beetle (26 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's even better with the CC turned on
posted by blue_beetle at 2:13 PM on June 8, 2010


Fucking Paladins.
posted by kbanas at 2:21 PM on June 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


On the upside, or wait, on the downside, I think this is going to make me go home and re-up my WoW account, which has been sitting dormant these long 8 or 9 months.
posted by kbanas at 2:21 PM on June 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Cool. I don't know why, maybe it was the plaintive piano soundtrack, but that video just made me a little sad for all the loneliness and social isolation that sometimes underlies the WoW phenomenon.

Compensatory link to The Guild's Do You Wanna Date My Avatar to pep things up again!
posted by darkstar at 2:31 PM on June 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


My 2010 New Years resolution was "No more mmorpgs." I want the 5 years of my life I wasted playing WoW and CoH, Champions Online, and all the other crappy online games back.
posted by crunchland at 2:40 PM on June 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


I think this is going to make me go home and re-up my WoW account, Cthulhu which who has been sitting dormant these long 8 or 9 months. millenia.

Still works.
posted by griphus at 2:54 PM on June 8, 2010


The Guild is pretty damn funny, and there's three "seasons" out. Each season is about half an hour.
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:54 PM on June 8, 2010


... and the other kinda ability that makes her unique is that she can turn enemies into sheep.

Unique?
posted by ODiV at 3:13 PM on June 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


See and here I thought it was going to be about THIS Avatar Day.

...what?

posted by pts at 3:14 PM on June 8, 2010


Chant with me now: I will not go back. I will not go back. I will not go back.
posted by greekphilosophy at 3:15 PM on June 8, 2010


/smile
posted by greekphilosophy at 3:15 PM on June 8, 2010


neat video! Is there a Making Of around? I'm curious to find out how they pulled the modelling tricks off.
posted by Fraxas at 3:24 PM on June 8, 2010


I was expecting more like this.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 3:32 PM on June 8, 2010


My guild is full of these people - regular people, older, jobs, careers, family. I consider myself to be pretty casual, but I am comparing myself to other WoW players. That's like an alcoholic observing they don't drink more than their friends do...*cough*.

I think we are beginning to see the real life social marginalization of gamers disappearing as more people understand, accept, and best of all - play. Blizzard has done more for this than any other game company by making the games so accessible*. Some purists deride WoW for exactly the thing that has made it so successful. That's too bad. As a friend of mine once said, just because something is popular doesn't mean it's bad.

*in many different ways - gameplay, learning curve, interface, balance, replayability, economy, etc. Oh yeah, and fun.
posted by Xoebe at 3:46 PM on June 8, 2010


I wonder what an eve online version would be like?
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 4:39 PM on June 8, 2010


I wonder what an eve online version would be like?

Thousands of people screaming as they're crushed to death by spaceships.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:58 PM on June 8, 2010


"I may have, on a bad day, made a dwarf very miserable."

...Doesn't he mean a great day?
posted by rachaelfaith at 6:00 PM on June 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


No, rachaelfaith, on a good day you make a gnome very miserable.

And you punt them.

[GNOMIST]
posted by mephron at 10:31 PM on June 8, 2010


I find the "Do you want to date my avatar" video to be much creepier.
posted by dobie at 8:34 AM on June 9, 2010


it's a complete earworm.
posted by crunchland at 11:27 AM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Brilliant.

By the way, lots of gamers play socially (real life socially). I know that's what got me into gaming - my RL friends and I would get together with our computers and hang out in both worlds at once. Is it a substitute for face-to-face interaction about relationship-specific issues? Nope. Is it more interactive and just as fun as watching a movie together? Hell yeah. I have great memories of those times.

So yeah, not all gamers have isolated, depressing lives.
posted by funfetti at 1:45 PM on June 9, 2010


true, funfetti, and I did strive to say "some" when referring to the social isolation aspect. I played WoW for about 9 months (my lvl 70 druid rocked), but was fairly social during that time outside of WoW.

I have a friend, however, who will not come to any parties, won't come out to dinner with us (or anyone), etc., despite having a ton of discretionary income. He spends his evenings nestled at home in front of TV or his computer or an incredible gaming system, playing WoW or whatever. He's a poster child of how some folks have become more isolated even as they become more networked.

The stark, plodding-down-the-street scenes with avatars going about their otherwise humdrum, socially disengaged lives made me think of that isolation and loneliness. The Guild video actually plays on that theme and makes a joke out of it (where it's so much easier and interesting to date in virtual reality where there are not the complications of actual human-to-human interaction).
posted by darkstar at 1:54 PM on June 9, 2010


What do WOW characters do in their off time? Play world of workcraft.
posted by joelf at 2:05 PM on June 9, 2010


I really wanted to hate another video by someone with talent wating their time on yet another shitty fanboy type thing but I was wrong, that was just great.
posted by ciderwoman at 4:53 PM on June 9, 2010


Doh, wasting. I would have spotted that mistake if I hadn't been so busy grinding.
posted by ciderwoman at 4:54 PM on June 9, 2010


Wikipedia: a MMORPG for bureaucrats.
posted by WCityMike at 2:08 PM on June 11, 2010


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