I had the chance today to sit down and watch the WoW documentary Blizzard unveiled last weekend. I didn’t look up what it entailed, so I went in blind. Now normally when I see a “geek” related documentary, it tends to come off as doing a terrible job of playing to the stereotypes. It tends to come off as folks literally coming out of their (parents) basement to step in front of the camera. LFG doesn’t do that at all. Given that it’s Blizzard, you do go into it with high expectations. But that doesn’t mean my traditional reservations weren’t there.
The documentary opens at the cinematic release for Warlords of Draenor and then goes into a basic biography of the game, starting with the formation of Blizzard nearly 25 years ago. There’s such a vast array of people interviewed, from developers to players, analysts, celebrities, etc. I think the only prominent name from WoW that I don’t recall seeing was Ghostcrawler. Collectively, though, there is a fantastic narration of how the game has gone from dreams to reality. I also love that they flat out give credit to predecessors Ultima Online and Everquest, and it isn’t just a passing comment.
You learn so much about the game, from day one to now. Nuggets of information, such as Metzen only plays Human Paladins, or Molten Core was done in a week (?!?!). Also, the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj. This was one of my favourite parts of the documentary, though I thought they might touch on the player who held the server ransom, essentially. They didn’t acknowledge it, but they did admit what a server/tech nightmare that it was. They also made it clear that was a one time only deal. So for those of us who didn’t get to participate, it sounds like we’re truly out of luck when it comes to experiencing anything like that.
What Looking For Group does best is convey pride. From the opening comments about being a geek, to the fans, to the Blizzard team talking at various points at how impressive certain things are (not even just in their own department), there is a fantastic level of “this is who we are and why this is awesome.” Obviously that’s the point, since they’re not going to downplay their own product. And sure, LFG is clearly tailored to the fans of the game rather than a casual person wondering about it, but that doesn’t take away from the fact it wasn’t done properly. If you have an hour to spare, you should definitely watch the video above.