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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Aggro Me: Watching GameORZ So You Don't Have To

Every once in while I feel like I'm proud to be a gamer and to write about gaming. Then something like the Spike TV Video Game Awards or GameORZ Week comes along and I snap back to reality.

Yeah, when something is called GameORZ week, I know it's going to be a maturely presented study of gaming. Oh, the O in GameORZ is actually a zero for added 1337 gaming effect.

But I've blogged Everquest segments on Icons and Attack of the Show, so I wasn't going to let MTV stop me. GameORZ week is a week long mix of "gaming" shows on MTV and MTV2, presumably to coincide with the
overhyped XBox 360 launch.

Now, I punished myself by turning MTV2 on early and sitting through some abject torture. But if you were smart enough to read the
SOE news item and turn it on at 8:00 PM EST, you got lucky.

Believe it or not, the EQII segment headed off the "Video Mods" show. What is a video mod, you ask? Well, apparently, it's a gameplay video. But get this, they add music! That's what I call extreme modding!

All they did was replay the Bloodline Chronicles movie in its entirety. I didn't notice any changes or additions, but I could be wrong. It wasn't a bad movie to begin with, so it was fine to watch again. The sole feature was a "pop-up" text box at the beginning which informed us of the massive amount of voiceover work in EQII. I figured they would continue to supply information throughout the video but that first "pop-up" was also the last.

The music chosen was "Bat Country" by Avenged Sevenfold. Ah, I see. "Bat Country" and a video about vampires! Genius. Regardless of the thematic connection, I didn't feel that the music really fit the video. But maybe I'm just not up on my "video mods." Or maybe I just don't "get" supposed goth metal bands that
implore their website visitors to vote for them on Total Request Live.

All joking aside, this was like a free three minute commercial for EQII, so kudos to the PR/Marketing team. And that movie has always been very nice graphically, so it might have sold some copies of EQII.

I don't have a clip for you but you could recreate it yourself simply by watching the Bloodlines video and listening to "Bat Country." Here are some pictures:

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King of Voiceover

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The Griffon Tower is over there, noob!

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Are there really that many calories in a Vanilla Frappuccino?

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This un-Photoshopped picture is from the show on professional gamers that was on immediately before the EQII one. It's the actual name of an all-girl Counterstrike Gaming "Clan." I can't make this stuff up, people.


Blogger cyan said...

I just couldnt bring myself to watch 'The Ultimate Suck' (aka MTV/MTV2) Anytime I have to watch MTV I end up drinking heavily that night. If I am put infront of celebreality for more than 10 mins then my head explodes. Thank you for the first hand account though, it is much appreciated, I was interested in how they were going to market it. As much as it sucks for 25+ year olds, for that WoW supperior / MTV watching demographic it was nothing but good for getting the info on EQ2 out. I agree it was a great move by PR, and any PR is good PR in a Rovian sense, I guess. Very funny write up I must say. First line was comedy gold, link going up on eq2-daily.com now, thx :)

EQ2-Daily.com Podcast

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Blackguard said...

Unfortunately, we'd compiled quite a bit of cool information to pop up before the video, but obviously very little of it made it. Perhaps we can reveal all the info we dug up through some other means.

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Devs Batman!!

7:20 AM  
Blogger Bandito said...

Hmmm, the first question that came to my mind was "Why, Bloodlines?", jeez they went too all that work on Desert Flames and all. Possibly, Vampires are just more cool and "goth" for the MTV generation. Genies don't get the props they deserve.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Quylein said...

I stoped watching MTV when realworld one was all the Rave. I relized it wasnt really much about Music TV and that's why MTV use to be kick ass. Then MTV2 came out all videos.. not they going to MTV1 style so it's sucks now too. There is still hope though if your lucky enough and can get into other cultured music MTV Euro still rocks shit even MTV Asia is better then MTV here. Sadly the only free advertising on MTV is only gonna get a younger generation to want to buy into EQ2.

Just great a 14 TRL adict playing EQ2.... What a great combonation.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarity. My friend at work loved this post and he doesn't even play EQII.

12:38 PM  

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