Monday, January 01, 2007

WoW Comedy Gold collection


To end the year in a good light (or start it, depending on where you're reading this from), as well as to spread happiness, cheer, and maybe a giggle or two, we decided to put together some of the WoW videos that have been floating around the internet for the past year. These videos have been selected under the requirement of you-really-should-watch-it-at-least-once, and so we present to you some of our favorite picks which we can look back on and truly smile about.

The Ballad of the Noob
For those who haven't seen this classic piece of WoW fan-made goodness...where have you been? Seriously though, since we're just trying to add a bit of fun into everyone's lives, since it's the Holidays after all, here's something which was originally created by the people from Stone Falcon Productions.
This video is still worth the laughs despite its age, and it teaches an invaluable lesson to both the noobs and the ubers: ubers should remember to take the phone off the hook should they decide to let anyone hit them for any reason, and noobs should remember to not get too cocky as not everyone has got an ex-wife who loves talking on the phone.
"... and so he boldly left town even though he was only level 1."

South Park: Make Love, Not Warcraft
Now, who could have ever resisted something like this? After all, it's two of the things we love, all rolled into one. Not only do we love this particular "South Park" episode because of its ties with WoW, but we love it for the fact that it does show a lot of real-life situations for WoW players... plus the fact that the guys at Blizzard may have made the Sword of a Thousand Truths into a real item...

Avenue Q, WoW-style: The internet is for Porn

'Nuff said.

The Atkins Switcher
You gotta love Machinima, if only for results like this. Anyway, the vid pretty much shows that no, your local priestess is not a vending machine and she's got feelings, too. Also, we're hoping that after this vid...well... always politely accept all bread offered to you, okay? Oh, and yeah, the macarena opening made this thing a shoe-in.

The Anti-Elf Anthem
Again... 'nuff said.

Inventing Swear Words 2
The second episode of a series, this pretty much demonstrate that the Horde is actually more educated (and sociable) than we may ever even imagine. So, can you still tell your swear word nouns, adjectives, and adverbs? And of course, there's also some very important marketing tips included here which advertisers should most probably pay attention to.

So there you go. There are, of course, thousands of other videos out there which would probably make you laugh harder, but we're just hoping that if you've never played World of Warcraft before, that seeing these clips would at least make you start wanting to.

Now, go and start the year with a laugh!

Source: WoW Comedy Gold collection
Originally published on Mon, 01 Jan 2007 14:34:13 GMT

Newly Formed Flagship Seattle To Release Casual RPG Mythos In 2007


Flagship Studios today announced that it has expanded operations with the formation of a new development studio: Flagship Seattle. Flagship Studios is already one of the most respected independent video game developers in North America. The creation of Flagship Seattle plays an integral part in the company’s development plans.

The studio is led by Travis Baldree, Project Director. Baldree previously worked at Wild Tangent as the Lead Designer on the popular free-to-play role-playing game Fate. Flagship Seattle has a diverse history of game development. Other team members have worked on titles including Total Annihilation, Dungeon Siege and SWAT 3.

Flagship Seattle is currently working on Mythos, an online role-playing game that will be used to test the networking technology behind the multiplayer component of the highly-anticipated action role-playing game Hellgate: London. Mythos will be digitally distributed by Flagship Studios subsidiary Ping0, LLC in North America and Europe in 2007. HanbitSoft, Flagship Studios’ partner in Ping0, will be responsible for distributing Mythos in Asia.

“We were very impressed with the work of Travis from when we were first shown Wild Tangent’s Fate at E3 2005,” said Phil Shenk, Creative Director of Mythos and founding member of Flagship Studios. “Both he and the Flagship Seattle team have an exceptional pedigree in games development. Their skills and expertise make them real assets.”

“To be involved in the formation of Flagship Seattle is an honor,” said Travis Baldree, Project Director of Flagship Seattle. “We are sure that Mythos will put Flagship Seattle on the map, and in turn will become an integral part of the Flagship Studios experience.”

Source: Newly Formed Flagship Seattle To Release Casual RPG Mythos In 2007
Originally published on Fri, 15 Dec 2006 09:04:40 GMT

MMO Portal Launches Sale Of Calendar To Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


MMO Portal is proud to announce that MMO Calendar 2007 is now on sale!

This unique 12-month calendar features the original artwork of some of today’s hottest and most anticipated upcoming MMOs, each dedicated to its own month. As if that is not exciting enough, the artwork has been signed by the developers of your favorite games as well!

Included in MMO Calendar 2007:

  • Dark Age of Camelot
  • Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach
  • Eve Online
  • EverQuest II
  • Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising
  • Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
  • Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  • The Chronicles of SpellBorn
  • Ultima Online
  • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
  • Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
  • World of Warcraft

It is also with great pride that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this amazing calendar go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping them in the battle to save the lives of children all over the world! Discoveries made through research at St. Jude have completely changed how children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases are treated, giving them hope they did not have before. Is there a better cause to support than helping make ill children better? We don’t think so either!

All of the development teams have been simply amazing to work with in putting this together and fully support the incredible work St. Jude does every day. Join us in the fight to save our children and get your MMO Calendar today!

Source: MMO Portal Launches Sale Of Calendar To Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Originally published on Thu, 28 Dec 2006 23:50:06 GMT

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Goes Golden!


Yes, it has begun. The end of 7+ million lives will continue, for on January 16th, 2007, the highly anticipated (and loathed) expansion to World of Warcraft - The Burning Crusade will launch. I know I hear a collective groaning from some of you, but hey, near 8 million people can't be wrong - right? According to a post on the official Blizzard forums by some dude named Tseric, The Burning Crusade has indeed gone gold and will be shipping out to stores in time for the retail launch date of January 16th, 2007.
So get ready to kiss your family members, friends, and husbands and wives goodbye. The world is coming to an end, and it will end on January 16th, 2007. Be prepared for it. Stock up on potato chips and soda. Get out the fireworks!
Link: Official WoW Forums
View: Original Story @ IGN
P.S. Happy New Year from me to all my fellow Neowin gaming comrades. I wish you all a safe and happy New Year, and a terrific 2007 for gaming.
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Source: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Goes Golden!
Originally published on Sun, 31 Dec 2006 19:25:45 GMT