Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 16, 2016

Email: Warcraft movie, WTF?

When on earth did this happen?

I saw it in the recommended videos list of the new Ghostbusters trailer, at first I thought it’s a fan-trailer, but it seems to be real.

I don’t like it. My first Warcraft game was Warcraft III, so I’m used to the whole noble savages thing, that’s not the problem. I haven’t played the original Warcraft (interface is too old for me), but I have played Warcraft II. In Warcraft II I loved the portrayal of the orcs, they were demon-posessed brutes who just wanted to conquer so they could kill so they could conquer and kill even more. In Warcraft III orcs were turned into noble savages, but somehow it felt earned there, they had been beaten, their demon lords had been banished and the possession had faded away. They were a race that had traded everything for a bloodlust that had come to an end. Like drug addicts going cold-turkey. Thrall fit into the story because he was trying to restore the orcs’ old ways and redeem them, that’s also why Grom’s relapse was so horrible.

And that’s the thing, Warcraft III was a story about redemption (among other things). There was no denying that the orcs had been absolute monsters, but they wanted to leave the past behind and rebuild.

The movie at least as far as I can tell from the trailer portrays orcs as misunderstood. They are really not that different from us, their world is just dying. If only there was someone who could find a way to communicate between the two races, then we could all hold hands and sing songs together. My guess is there will be the demons and then humans and orcs will have to put their difference aside and unite against a common threat or some shit. Warcraft III did that as well, but at least there it made sense because the orcs had failed the demons and were cast aside in favour of the undead after the demons lost their grip on them. If fits with the theme of redemption.

A while ago you said how every industry will be automated, even the creative industries. I think that has already happened for movies, because the entire thing looks like it was generated by a computer that took in Warcraft lore and wrapped it around a template script skeleton. Of course I could be wrong, it’s just a trailer after all, but come on, what are the odds of that?

 

A future historian of gaming will look back and note that when a game company makes a movie marks the decline for that company and franchise. Nintendo with the Mario movie (1993), Double Dragon (1994), Street Fighter (1994), Mortal Kombat (1994 and 1997), Wing Commander (1999), Lara Croft (2001), Final Fantasy: Spirits Within (2001), Resident Evil (2002), and so on.

Warcraft movie marks the end of the Warcraft franchise and Blizzard. These movies always seem to be swan songs for the franchise. When a Minecraft movie comes out (don’t laugh reader, it will happen!), it will mark the end of the Minecraft franchise. Mark. My. Words.

I don’t think anyone is going to care about this Warcraft movie.


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