Thursday, May 10, 2007

Where the Hell Is Your WoW Character?

Last year, I blogged about the musical genre known as wizard rock, which is music based on the Harry Potter universe. This year, well, today, a friend caught me up to speed on World of Warcraft (affectionately called Warcrack), the massively multiplayer online game. I'd asked him about it because of a phenomenon I'd noticed on YouTube. Specifically, people emulating the Where the Hell Is Matt? videos.

"Where the Hell WAS Matt?" The original video, made in 2003-04.

Matt Harding really started a phenomenon with his video, which depicts him doing the same silly dance in various locations around the world (Mongolia! Summit of Kilimanjaro! Siberia!) with Deep Forest's "Sweet Lullaby Dancing Remix" playing in the background.

In tribute to Matt, several people have created videos set in Azeroth, the Warcraft world, using characters from the game. By the way, you'll appreciate the following videos more if you watch "Where the Hell WAS Matt?" first.

There's "Where the Hell Is Rudinio" by Rudysin. Great transitions and his human character Rudinio's dance moves are well timed to the music, the same music as in Matt's video. What's hilarious is the fact that other players occasionally wander across the screen. At one point, another player even jumps over Rudinio while he's dancing.

Rudinio at Ironforge.

Another favorite of mine is "Where the Hell Is Grylax" by bucko415.

Grylax at Ragnarous' Lair--The Molten Core.

I wish the character was a little closer to the screen. But Grylax the orc has got some great dance moves and even convinces his friends to join in at the end.

I got a kick out of the fact that the characters in World of Warcraft can even dance. There's a whole page dedicated to dancing on the World of Warcraft Community Site. All the different races have their own gender-specific dances. And apparently some of those dances are based on "real" dances, like peanut butter jelly time.

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Anonymous Slayve said...

Wtf is a peanut butter jelly time dance? If you want to see a really good WoW dance, check out the Napoleon Dynamite dance of the new Blood Elf race:

4:26 PM  
Blogger aleem said...

the absolute greatest massively multi-player online game youtube video of them all is, of course, the leeroy jenkins video...

it is definitely on my list of 10 funniest things of all time:

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Slayve said...

Leeroy Jenkins is awfully funny, but I think it's only funny if you've played WoW. Otherwise you wouldn't really understand how deeply funny it is. Plus, it was faked, so that takes away from it to some extent.

3:02 AM  
Blogger Victor said...

Hi Lisa-

Greg pointed your site out to me-- crazy coincidence- we're actually making a documentary on WoW and other MMOs.

Hope you're good,

5:04 PM  

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