Don't Be Afraid!
World of Warcraft may not be the game for everyone, but don’t worry about that! Playing World of Warcraft isn’t a requirement for enjoying fun videos made by people living in their own world. How about a laugh or two? Want to be awed by the time and energy spent on a video game to create a short film?
Throughout the years, World of Warcraft or WoW has inspired hundreds of videos, mini-series and parodies online. It has become so mainstream Sam Raimi is set to direct a movie, there are a dozen commercials featuring celebrities and shows such as South Park, My Name is Earl, and Jeopardy (just to name a few) have featured or mentioned World of Warcraft in some manner.
- A Newbie’s Guide to World of Warcraft Class Groups
This is a quick and easy guide to explain the different class groups in World of Warcraft for newbies. There is a quick summary of the class types and my thoughts on which classes are the best to start off with.
Funny Is Universal
A search of World of Warcraft or World of Warcraft machinima on YouTube.com will get you over 11,000 different results to look at. It can be overwhelming searching through pages of awful editing and poor quality videos to get to that gem that literally makes you laugh out loud. To save some time and brain cells, here is a list of some of the best World of Warcraft videos you’ll find on the net.
Actually playing WoW not required.
10. Funeral Raid
This video is the exception to the general standards of World of Warcraft videos. It starts out with some real life forum chatter and some potty language so be prepared for it. It kinda sucks, and it barely made the list, but make the list it must. For WoW players, it is legendary. Why? It doesn't have good graphics or a storyline. It makes no attempt to be funny or creative. In fact, it displays how a player can forget there is a difference between real life and a video game.
This sobering moment begins with the announcement that a funeral will be held in game for Feyejin, a mage on a pvp server, who died in real life. The irony is that the guild crashing a game funeral is called Serenity Now. There is an introduction to the details of the event, then shots from both the Horde funeral and the Alliance raid in Winterspring. It is a pre-Burning Crusade video that, to this day, still creates arguments and dissension.
I promise, funny haha will be on the way after this one!
Serenity Now's Funeral Raid
9. Ca$h Hog by Bullworth
Ca$h Hog is a parody of Discovery’s mobile game show Ca$h Cab. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the original, the spoof explains itself and the humor is very relatable even for the newest WoW player.
Cleaver editing and dialogue highlight Bullworth’s work, which includes Raid Eats, Raid Eats 2 (parodies of Good Eats) and Wowbusters: Epic Fall (parody of Mythbusters). Each episode is well thought out and worth watching. You can find them at http://www.wow.com/tag/bullworth.
8. I Am Murloc
I Am Murloc is a music video by the metal group, Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain, which can be found in-game at Grim Guzzler, Terokkar Forest and World's End Tavern. It is sung like the band Rammstein, edited by Blizzard and it rocks. If you really love the song, download free onto yourXbox 360 and PlayStation 3 ports of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
7. Frost Shock! by craftingworlds.com
Of the many WoW parodies of Mac’s Switch commercial series, this one is still the best. Featuring a Level 60 Alliance paladin, it details hysterical reasons to switch to a Horde shaman and places the lines, “FROST SHOCK!” and “TOTEMS, TOTEMS, TOTEMS!” into the WoW lexicon. Though a bit dated, the delivery is timeless.
6.The Guild by watchtheguild.com
The Guild started off as a short online sitcom about a rag-tag group of guildies and has blossomed into an award winning series with its own DVD. The series centers on a guild who plays a World of Warcraft like game and features Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) and Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
It is well written, directed, edited and acted with precise comic timing that makes you wish the episodes were longer then the approximate 7 minutes it is. It’s the only live action video to make the list and would have been higher, but The Guild never mentions World of Warcraft by name. Want to watch it? Check out their site or watch it streamlined on Netflix.
5.Divided Soul by Martin Falch
Divided Soul is an award winning machinima. The dramatic storyline, editing and voice work take center stage about two childhood Orc friends who find themselves at odds after lifelong friendship. It differs from the others on the list because it feels like a Blizzard cut scene. Check out warcraftmovies.com for a listing of his work; they’re all well thought out.
4. ROFLMAO by oxhorn.com
The catchiest tune on the list, ROFLMAO will have your friends, parents, siblings, kids and everyone else who hears it humming along. Created by the makers of such funny shorts as Inventing New Swear Words, this short makes a song out of common WoW phrases such as lol, ftw, uber, l33t and pwn, eventually twisting into a WoW version of Singing in the Rain and back again. Just watch out its silliness is contagious and it will get stuck into your head.
3. Onyxia Wipe Animation by Alachas1985
Wow videos tend to be kid friendly, but not this one. Be prepared for a man with the potty mouth of a drunken sailor. Alaschas1985 uses stick figures and a cut out of Orlando Bloom to give a visual image to Dives’ (guild ironically called Wipe Club) audio from an Onyxia raid. Focusing on the raid leader’s orders, the animation highlights some of the intensity and absurd contradictions of high end raiding. It will have you saying, 50 DKP Minus every time someone does something silly in your raids.
I showed this video to some friends of mine who have no idea about WoW or any other online game. I had to force them to watch, but when they finally did I couldn’t get them to stop laughing.
3. Onyxia Wipe Animation
2. Dancing by animpinabox
Ever wonder where Blizzard gets all of the character dance emotes from? Wait no longer! This video highlights some very famous dance they used like the male Night Elves dancing like Michael Jackson and some of the not so famous ones like female Night Elves dancing like Alizée. After watching many (mostly painful) versions of Michael Jackson inspired WoW videos, I can reassure you that most just emphasize that the male Night Elves indeed dance like the King of Pop and little more than that.
If you don't play WoW, yes, you can make the players dance. It is what we do to pass the time while waiting during raids. It's either that or jump in the air non stop. The side by side comparisons are amusing and it's fun to watch the WoW characters next to the real life thing.
Save your time and watch this video.
Tunak Tunak Tun Fun
Out of the dances my favorite is the Draenei and found Blizzard’s inspiration Daler Mehndi, (Tunak Tunak Tun) a joy to watch. It didn’t make the list, but I had to sneak it in anyway. After finding that video, I found the original. Both are gems and though I have no idea what Daler Mehndi is saying, it’s infectious. The song jams, he rocks and I love it.
The Drenai Version
The Original Starring Daler Mehndi
Most of the video creators on this list spend days, weeks or even months creating masterpieces to show the world. They got (voice) actors, rehearsed and spent countless hours editing to make it perfect. The only thing Leeroy Jenkins did was scream his name and wipe his raid. He’s now famous for it and even years later…it’s the funniest, most talked about World of Warcraft video ever. It is legendary.
The video is of a level 60 raid (UBRS) in an attempt to go through the a sea of dragon whelps and an impatient restoration paladin who runs in by his lonesome, killing his entire raid. If you’ve never been in a raid and wondered what they talk about, this is the video to watch. The beginning is a typical sounding raid set up and a bit of nostalgia for those that have been there. When Leeroy barks his now iconic name, the raid leader and the team’s reaction to what he’s doing is priceless. It’s just short of 3 minutes long, but watch it until the end. The sound of their defeat is hysterical…because if you've played WoW you’ve been there.
This is my master list of greatest World of Warcraft videos out there. These videos not the one’s you’d pick? Would you put them in another order?
Neverendz on December 11, 2015:
Vurtne Frostmage was the 1st WoW-video maker I was impressed by... :) He's done some great videos..
Deandre on January 02, 2015:
Algrhit alright alright that's exactly what I needed!
Rahf on January 01, 2015:
Од 22 November, 2012 - 4:50 pmI'll gear this review to 2 types of ppoele: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and ppoele trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)
Jessica Peri from United States on September 21, 2014:
I absolutely LOVE The Guild! I recently watched it over again on YouTube and I can't get enough.
Samuel Franklin on September 19, 2014:
Onyxia Wipe Animation and Leeroy Jenkins are both classics!
Silver Gooch from Florida on May 22, 2012:
Hahaha fantastic compilation of videos! If you want to add a video to your list here is a fantastic one called "Big Blue Dress" it's the life of a mage during Vanilla, when Pom-Pyro was the best mage spec for PvP purposes. Here's the link!
Anyways, fantastic hub, hope there is more to come.
Vanessa Martinez Wilson (author) from Vancouver, WA on February 10, 2012:
Trsmd from India on February 09, 2012:
Great review about the world warcraft videos. It will be interesting for those who like to play these videos. Thanks for SHARING:)