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A Visual Reminder That MMO Animation Kind Of Sucks

Professional fan-animated World of Warcraft clip is here to remind you that MMO animations are still pretty lame.

If World of Warcraft moved like this, I'd probably still play it:

  


That's a pretty cool little clip that probably took hundreds of hours to actually make. Since nothing in World of Warcraft moves that fluidly, I'm guessing the creator ripped the models and environments out of the game files and imported them into something else. There I go, trying to use my tiny brain to think all technical-like again. Maybe I should just leave it at GOOD VIDEO LOOKS GOOD.

And before you say it, the guy that made it--going by "percula" on Vimeo--already seems to be keenly aware that the music is kind of... bad.
About the music, it wasn't something I choose at random but an element that I consider to be just as important as the models, lighting, animations,...etc. It was the driving force for the pace and the inspiration for the story. With the feedback I've gotten consider your voices heard and it'll be something I take into account in the future. I still think I made the right decision and it's not something I'm going to go back and change so lets agree that we disagree. :)
Maybe if he was making some sort of epic Michael Jackson-like video where people were dance fighting, that song might fit a bit better.
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Posted by Jeff
If World of Warcraft moved like this, I'd probably still play it:

  


That's a pretty cool little clip that probably took hundreds of hours to actually make. Since nothing in World of Warcraft moves that fluidly, I'm guessing the creator ripped the models and environments out of the game files and imported them into something else. There I go, trying to use my tiny brain to think all technical-like again. Maybe I should just leave it at GOOD VIDEO LOOKS GOOD.

And before you say it, the guy that made it--going by "percula" on Vimeo--already seems to be keenly aware that the music is kind of... bad.
About the music, it wasn't something I choose at random but an element that I consider to be just as important as the models, lighting, animations,...etc. It was the driving force for the pace and the inspiration for the story. With the feedback I've gotten consider your voices heard and it'll be something I take into account in the future. I still think I made the right decision and it's not something I'm going to go back and change so lets agree that we disagree. :)
Maybe if he was making some sort of epic Michael Jackson-like video where people were dance fighting, that song might fit a bit better.
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Posted by Driadon

Unfortunately I am at work and without speakers. What song is playing for this video?

Posted by Dudacles

Seriously, what's the point of saying "first"? It doesn't matter at all. >_>

Anyway, my sound set just died, so I can't listen to the vid. Which sucks.

Posted by Endogene

Extremely well done but machinema, god i hate it...

Edited by BiffMcBlumpkin

You start that video, turn the volume all the way down so it's muted, and then you pause it at 15 seconds. Now turn on that YouTube video below it, don't watch it - it's just for audio, and immediately press play on that paused MMO video and it makes it way better.

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Posted by grainger

impressive, i prefer the one featuring mr. t. or maybe mini me :P

Posted by Hdfisise

Whatever the song is it is pretty bad. the video is alright though.

Edited by Rowr

lolwut.

:|

Posted by Maxszy

That was really good, even though it clearly wasn't made in-game.

If the game models rally moved like that though.. wow.. that would be something. But I recognize, that is just too much.

Posted by floodiastus

wtf the music to that vid was totally pointless, why not just use ambient sounds instead of music. :O

Posted by DBZ_Fanatic

very cool, i think blizzard should hire this guy seeing as how this video made me a person who hates mmos want to play one

Posted by RHCPfan24

Biff, I actually just did that with the two videos....lol.  It looks like it may work together with the two, how funny.  Still, the music from the original is really bad.

Posted by ZmillA

kind of like the music for this video... :/

Posted by Hector

Okay....

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Posted by Rasgueado

Is it true? Are you actually posting something about Machinima? You?

Posted by momentarylogic

LOVED the video, but the music was so tiring that I turned it off less than 1 minute in. I was perplexed.. But, then I realized something.

Most "directors" use temp tracks when filming and editing to portray the energy in a video. I think this video suffers from the director choosing the music based on the music that motivated them while making the video, or was inspired by the video for the music. Either way, I would simply suggest getting someone else to do the music, the audience has replied. That sound is terrible.

On the plus side, this is probably the best machima (sp) that I have seen since the Master Chief / Samus battle, if not better. Great job

Posted by Virtua_Ben

"Hide and Seek" by Namie Amuro

Posted by ahoodedfigure

I sometimes feel like I'm the only person who roots for the common guards in situations like this :P

And that music better not be stuck in my head or I'm going to have to call Oliver Sacks.

Posted by Player1

The music just ruined it for me. Well done though.

Posted by MrKlorox

I expected this to be about the poorly animated KOTOR MMO.

Posted by SmugDarkLoser

Well done animation, but seriously, this is boring.

Posted by Paradigmer

dance fighting! hot damn!

Edited by MrKlorox

Now that I've watched it, the animation wasn't bad. But if the song had that much inspiration on the final outcome, I cannot help but wonder how much more brutal it would have been if set to something from Necrophagist. Also, somebody buy this dude endorphin, stat!

EDIT: Namie Amuro? No wonder! He's one of those absurd japanophiles.

Posted by Geno

I thought the music was alright actually, it depends on what you expected it to be.

Posted by TheGTAvaccine

God damn that song was HORRIBLE. Pretty cool video though. Maybe with the exception of the eye scars.

Posted by Death_Burnout

I'll admit, if it had those animations, id enjoy it even more, but i enjoy it enough anyway.

The video also reminded me how much i still love WoW's music, as opposed to, yeah...actually that song didn't bug me.

Posted by Crono

Great animation... but I didn't think the song fit well at all for what we saw going on.  Either way this was awesome to watch and very creative.  I wish I had the tools and know-how to do something like that :p

Posted by Tarakun

I think it's funny how many people are trying to protect that lady. Because if you played WoW and saw people do the Jailbreak escort in Stormwind, then you know that's Onyxia. That belf would've done the whole world a favor.

It would be pretty badass if WoW actually played like that though. Reminds me a bit of Devil May Cry.

Edited by Hef

I thought the music worked great with the video.  Lyrics matched what was going on in the video; at least that's what I think.

Posted by Shane394

What the hell kind of song is this?

Posted by Gizmo
BiffMcBlumpkin said:
"You start that video, turn the volume all the way down so it's muted, and then you pause it at 15 seconds. Now turn on that YouTube video below it, don't watch it - it's just for audio, and immediately press play on that paused MMO video and it makes it way better.

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I actually followed your instructions there Biff, that was a incredible, life-changing experience.
Posted by TripMasterMunky

I know this song! Lol, it's sort of J-pop-ish. The song is called Hide & Seek by Namie Amuro. I like this song, but as far as in context of the video, I agree that it didn't match it.

Posted by JoelTGM

cool but what's the point

Posted by Carlos

Music sucks hardcore, video was alright :]~~

Posted by Media_Master

nice vid, music at the end sounded better

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

I really need to find a way to rip the WoW models etc to Blender, I have been wanting to do something like this for ages. Plus I could add sexy lighting and maybe even bump up the poly count.

Posted by Gregomasta

Lots of stupid jumping, and why didn't the broad shoot the chandelier in the first place.

Posted by TeknoMeister

I loved the music, and thought it fit really well. It had to grow on you....

Posted by MackGyver

Good video but music didn't go well with it. I feel like I should go to a dance club now.

Posted by Valandil

That was awesome. The fighting was great and i loved the whole thing.

Posted by Jayge_

I liked the music.

Posted by clarke0

About the song choice... WTF? Besides that the animation was great and it probably took him a lot of work to make this.

Posted by Pessimisten

I gotta say i actually completly love the music and totaly see the fit. You can see that he made the video around that beat.

Posted by Miniman

Wow, that's one of the greatest machinimas I have ever seen. I can now see a reason for a WoW movie :p

Posted by DazbotAthertron

I wonder why they havent made a WoW movie?

it would probably be the highest grossing film of all time lol