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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

WOW RELEASE NEWS

"How they’re going to put Ironforge onscreen baffles me."

World of Warcraft is releasing their new expansion "Cataclysm" today, hopefully in a sort of commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day. The expansion is set in a time after a horrendous event tore the land up, causing volcanos, flooding, tidal waves, earthquakes, and so on across almost the entire planet. As a result the topography of the game setting has changed and so have most of the quest chains.

It was a chance to rebuild the game from the ground up, refreshing the old world with new quests, new ideas, new settings, and rebuild the old so it is fresh again. In addition the level maximum was increased to 85 and new high level content was added. And, for those who've played the game before, you can fly with any flying mount in the old world.

Like previous expansions, this is a highly anticipated one as each one has not just been great and interesting, but better than the last. Blizzard has worked hard each time to not just add new content but create new gaming concepts and implement new ideas so the game gets ever fresher and more interesting.

Meanwhile, in the film world, Sam Raimi has been working hard to try to get a World of Warcraft movie made. So far he hasn't been able to even start, but it is a dream project of the Spider-man and Evil Dead director. Now that he's not working on the rebooted Spider-Man franchise, he'll have more time to try to make that happen, and now would be a good time. World of Warcraft is more of a cultural phenomenon than any of its predecessors, and there's considerable interest in the game even among non players.

Mila Kunis used to play WoW, and strongly implies in an interview with Zimbio she's far from the only celebrity player. She was the guild's alchemist and describes how she used to get chewed out for not getting flasks maid for the raids. She loves the game and wants to play a mage in it, as she noted in an MTV interview recently (courtesy The Movie Blog):
“Hell yeah! I would do it, of all things,” said Mila Kunis when MTV asked her if she would like to be in a World of Warcraft movie. “I don’t know if I would want to be a big character in it,” she said. “But I would totally want to run around as a little mage. Like a kick-ass mage. With pigtails? Mmmmm… Awesome!”
Apparently she was a big time Call of Duty fan too. If I was better with image manipulation I'd make Mila into a gnome mage for the picture above but I don't have the time or inclination and it probably wouldn't turn out that well. I picture her with pink hair and big pouffed pigtails.

With the expansion coming out, I bet she picks up her account again. Most of these celeb players like Curt Schilling and so on don't reveal their server or tell fellow players who they really are - you might be in a guild with one now. I suspect a lot of them are not real great players.

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