Thursday, 10 July 2014

Pop Culture References I would like to see in WoD


World of Warcraft is a game filled with all possible references to music, games, books, comics, films, and probably couple of more media I forgot to mention in this opening sentence. We all encountered them at some point in the game, some of them we recognised, others slipped by unnoticed. And we all probably have one or two that we hold dear even to this day. We all know about Harrison Jones, or Harris Pilton for example. My personal favourite though, is the knight seeking challenge in the Un'Goro Crater, Maximillian of Northshire. A reference to Cervantes's Don Quixote.

To put it short, references from various media make World of Warcraft a richer, and more entertaining game, thus here is the list of references I would love to see in Warlords of Draenor. Some are from books, others from music, films, and comics. And I think it is high time for them to get their spot in World of Warcraft. Half of these would be appropriate for the Horde, the other half would be neutral. There is reason why none would be exclusive to the Alliance. I play Horde, and I want to interact with my ideas from the side of my faction.

Let us start with everyone's favourite pirate. No, it is not Jack Sparrow. No, not Long John Silver either. No, it is not Blackbeard. Fine, I will tell you. Everyone's favourite pirate I have in mind is Corto Maltese. This rogue with a heart of gold, as is commonly described is one of the greatest troublemakers of the high seas at the turn of the twentieth century. Just ask anyone who had to deal with him for more than five minutes. For those not aware, Corto Maltese is a title hero of the comic book series created by Italian Hugo Pratt. If you still don't know who Corto is, I recommend Ballad of the Salt Sea, you should be able to find it on the internet. it is worth seeing it. What is more, everything Corto does, he does because it makes his life more interesting.


If you ever read Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series of books, you ran across the sappers. They are all awesome, crazy, and most often than not they are awesomely crazy. The greatest of them are said to be Fiddler and Hedge. The duo made things burn, explode, collapse, and demolish on more ways than anyone could really count on. Just give them enough explosives, and watch how they achieve the impossible. You want the Dark Portal closed? How about Dark Portal in space? In any case, those two would be a perfect match for the gob squad, or any other goblins that like explosives more than their own limbs. Light knows they are no rarity among the goblins.

Next in line is the paranoid android older than the Universe, Marvin. This is one robot that requires time in order to grow on you. But I would wager that anyone who ever read Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy loved him for it. Marvin is that one character whose absence and the hole he left behind you only notice once he is not present any more. It is quite funny, because at that point you have pretty good idea what kind of wisdom Marvin would share in that particular scene, and you miss him, because he is not there.

"The first ten million years were the worst, and the second ten million years, they were the worst too. The third ten million years I didn't enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline."

The last of the neutrals I suggest would be a fitting tribute to an old film based on a book of the eponymous name, Where Eagles Dare. This one is a bit harder, but I think they could still pull it off. Especially with the presence of SI:7 in Frostfire Ridge. I doubt there will be better chance for infiltration to the enemy's fortress high up in the mountains.


Next we have the Horde specifics. As we ended the neutral list with a film from the Second World War, it seems only fair to start with a film from the Second World War this time. The film I have in mind is The Dirty Dozen. I think there are few films that manage to capture the camaraderie and humour of the dozen soldiers that nobody in the whole military believes in. I would dare say they are the inspiration for Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, which is an excellent film, but in no way even close to The Dirty Dozen. If you haven't seen it I heartily recommend.

It is surprising how there is no reference to the terminator in World of Warcraft. Well, that is a lie, during vanilla there was a mechanical hand in a jar, in one of the buildings in Ratchet, but there was no robot with the killer instinct and saying: "I'll be back." or: "Hasta la vista, baby." They could use one of the goblin shredders, and there is no better time for it that an expansion where we go back in time but we don't and we go to another space instead. To say it is complicated would understate the gravity of problems with Warlords of Draenor. Anyway, I want variant of T-800 in World of Warcraft.

Many of the famous music bands have a reference or two in World of Warcraft. So, I am actually surprised, at least to my knowledge, that Iron Maiden is not among them. These Forefathers of power metal deserve their spot. Just giving us an iron coffin form which some Forsaken named Eddie would crawl out from would probably be enough.

Pween Scene Investigation is a duo of the Forsaken detectives form a World of Warcraft webcomic Flintlocke's Guide to Azeroth. By my opinion one of the best webcomics I have ever read, and a damned shame it ended, and that you cannot read it anymore because Game Spy closed its doors. On the bright side, the author of the comic, Dave Kosak is working for Blizzard now. While we had the chance to interact with Flintlocke and some of the crew during the Cataclysm, it is a great shame if we do not get to see the two detectives anytime soon. After all, Alliance did get CSI and Horatio in Westfall, only fair we get PSI on Draenor. In order you could witness the awesomeness of the PSI I put together couple of the images from the comic while it was still available.


Last but in no way least on this wish list of mine is Fëanor. Those of you who read Tolkien's works beyond the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit will know about who I am talking about. Fëanor was the greatest of all the Noldor (High Elves). He forged the three jewels over which great many wars were fought over centuries. He defied Valars, betrayed his brother, swore a terrible oath, and at the end died fighting the greatest evil in comparison to which Sauron looks like a pup. If you ever had the feeling that the elves in all the fantasy works are always holier than thou, then it is high time to read The Silmarillion. There you can see elves in their prime, when they live their lives to the fullest without thinking of eternity. The elves that are not perfect, but ridden with flaws. Elves that are jealous of the second children of Eru Ilúvatar, the humans, because elves themselves were the First Children. Silmarillion is a great read, and Fëanor in many ways represents the best and worst elves ever were. (Fair warning, some might be turned away with the first part where Tolkien describes how Arda came to be.)

I am sure we all have some references we would like to see in game, what are yours?

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