GameTube: The Raid
As any World of Warcraft player will tell you; we are a despised and misunderstood breed. Many a time back in my serious (fully srs businss) WoW days (See: The picture above, one of my earliest recorded raids <3) I was asked by parents, co-workers, school colleagues and girlfriends “Why don’t you just quit? How can it still be fun? What’s wrong with you?!”.
And I never really had an appropriate answer. Sure I could have spouted off a bunch of statistics about what a “game-changer” World of Warcraft was for it’s time, how it was the game of an era or how everyone was doing it. But at the end of the day, people who don’t play games will never be impressed by statistics concerning games or gamers.
So what was a boy to do?
Well, nothing, back then. Eventually (post-high school) people realise that if you really want to do something, you will probably end up doing it. My own World of Warcraft saga eventually sputtered out in my University days (no blaze of glory, no bards to sing of my sacrifice).
But what if someone created a documentary which catalogued and analysed the addictive element of WoW?
A film which somehow showed what made people return night after night, week after week, year after year to kill (quite often) the same boss over and over again.
That’s the premise behind Blue Loon Films’ doco “The Raid”, an exploration of the social movement behind one of the most addictive games (or substances) ever created.
So the next time you are in high school and a popular girl asks “Why don’t you just quit World of Warcraft?”, sit her down and make her watch this film. Then ask her out. She will probably be so impressed at your socialising skills she will want you to take her to the prom/formal/box social.
On second thoughts, yeah… probably not.
Here is a trailer for the movie (which is probably all you will be able to get anyone who doesn’t play WoW to watch) and if you want to watch the entire film then keep an eye on The Raid's official website, it should be going up in the next couple of days.
I also found this trailer of a very similar project, this one cataloguing the efforts of an American guild called “Blood Legion” who attempt to move from 10th in the world to the coveted No.1 spot. It’s called “Race to World First” and it tugged at my nostalgia strings a little bit, not because I have ever been close to number 1 in anything – but because most WoW guilds like to pretend they are. That is the level of commitment expected. I’m not kidding.