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Actor Ben Foster Reveals His Role In The Warcraft Movie

Meanwhile...

Ishnu'alah, dear readers. The Warcraft movie wrapped up shooting last week, but it's got another twenty months of post-production ahead. The plot is still shrouded in mystery, though we do know that it will focus on the first contact between orcs and humans. As of yesterday, we've got a confirmed actor/character pairing, thanks to an IGN interview with Ben Foster. And yeah, it's one of the big names. Possible spoilers, though very small ones.

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Things We Saw Today: Wonderful Steampunk Wonder Woman Cosplay

Things We Saw Today

Time for some truth: This cosplay by Jo-Jo Chen is amazing. (Fashionably Geek, picture by Jason R. Eras)

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Apparently Dudes Who Use Female Avatars In MMORPGs Aren’t Doing It Right

There's more to being a lady than using winking smiley faces, guys!

You can play literally any type of character you want in most MMORPGs. Feel like being a dwarf? Awesome. A shapeshifer? Go for it. So of course some curious players are going to wonder what it's like to be a gender other than the one they identify as. But when male players try to roleplay female characters, they start acting kinda weird. Like, really weird.

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Attention All Roleplayers, Fanfic Authors, and Simmers: Drop What You’re Doing And Play Storium

Review

I’m no stranger to group storytelling. In high school, I wrote fanfic with a friend, swapping a spiral-bound notebook back and forth. During that same time I was working at a renaissance faire and my inbox overflowed with email threads of in-character letters. When I was in college, I was an active participant in a Star Trek sim. My World of Warcraft guild forums had a section dedicated to roleplaying. And in recent years, after I moved countries, my previously-local friends and I went through a short period of playing Parsely and Dungeons & Dragons via Google Hangouts. So believe me when I say — if you like to roleplay, if you like collaborative storytelling, if you have gaming friends you can’t meet in person, Storium is what you’ve been looking for. 

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Study Finds That Online Gaming Is Actually Good For Your Social Life, Mom

It's like going out to socialize, except less pants.

Online gaming is not solely the refuge of lonely, anti-social nerd bros like Warcraft guy from that episode of South Park. A new study, surprising no one who actually plays games online, shows that gaming online actually expands players' social lives, instead of limiting them. Almost like you're playing with real people online. Because you are.

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Things We Saw Today: OK, Which One of You Put Up This White Walker Sign

Things We Saw Today

Even HBO isn't claiming responsibility for this sign found in Stockholm. (via Nerd Approved)

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Forget Those Other Let It Go Mashups and Watch the Song Sync Perfectly With the Lich King

We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

Shh, shh, I don't want to hear about how this second or that was cut out of the video or song, I just want to believe that Elsa's song matches up perfectly with the cinematic trailer to my favorite World of Warcraft expansion, in which the Lich King, an amalgamate identity ruled now by the form of Arthas the Butcher, former prince of Menethil, raises the the unwilling corpse of a mad dragon's consort to join his shambling armies before he rides out to extinguish all life on Azeroth. I want to believe.

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Disney Characters as Warriors of Azeroth

i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you

LiberLibelula's redesign of Snow White as if she were a World of Warcraft character would explain why she hung out with all those dwarven men. But there are six other redesigns for you to check out in this gallery. For the rest of Liber's art, check out her DeviantArt page! ...okay, but also, Pocahontas is totally a Night Elf Druid, Stitch is a Goblin, the Beast is a Worgen Warrior, Merida is a Dwarf Hunter, and Ariel is a Human.

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The World of Warcraft Movie Knows What It’s About, Casts The Kurgan From Highlander

And Now For Something Completely Different

Do we know what Warcraft will be about? Do we know what characters, or even what races, will be in it? No. But we know the motherflippin' Kurgan from Highlander will be there. And that's perfect.

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NSA Tried to Find Terrorists by Playing Online Games, Genius Plan Somehow Failed

"Freeze, scumbag! Drop the duck!"

You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than... Xbox Live? OK, we might not be willing to repeat some of the trash talk we've heard there, but it's a bit amusing to imagine a bunch of intelligence agents deciding that it's a good place to do surveillance for terrorists. It's much easier to imagine they just thought it'd be fun.

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The Fantastical Imagination Of Artist Story Sabatino

Heffalumps and Woozles

Story Sabatino (Oozn on DeviantArt) has a style that jumped out at me immediately. While she does some wicked fan art inspired by things like Game of Thrones, she also creates wonderful scenarios of her own with some interesting creatures. See for yourself...

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Things We Saw Today: A Life-Size Captain Jack Sparrow Cake

Things We Saw Today

It took Lara Clarke of Tasty Cakes 90 hours to make this 5’5”-tall Captain Jack Sparrow cake. Worth every second, I say. (That’s Nerdalicious)

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Check out Critical Hit, A New VG Cover Band Founded By World of Warcraft’s Composer [Video]

They've somehow managed to make us enjoy Angry Birds!

Jason Hayes really likes video game music -- as the in-house composer for Blizzard Entertainment, it's sort of his thing. But apparently writing for World of Warcraft, Diablo 2, and Starcraft wasn't fulfilling enough, because now he's got a new project where he brings professional musicians together to perform famous video game songs.

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Things We Saw Today: Pokémon Engagement Ring

Things We Saw Today

Woo the Pokémon trainer o' your heart with this ring by Arts & Gems. (Fashionably Geek)

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After Years of Development Hell, We Finally Get Our First World of Warcraft Casting Rumors

Olden Lore

Deadline has named a whole slew of people whom they say are be up for roles in Duncan Jones' World of Warcraft adaptation. Colin Farrell. Anton Yelchin. And one actress who's transcended my not really caring about a World of Warcraft movie and made me sit up and pay attention.

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Internet Response League to Crowdsource Disaster Relief From Online Gamers

In which using social media could make you more of a hero than slaying a dragon would.

Ding! Level up, you've just gained 5000 experience points for coordinating disaster relief efforts. That's the goal of the Internet Response League, a group that hopes to harness the multitude of online gamers to use social media to save lives when natural disasters strike.

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Comic-Con 2013: While You Were Sleeping Part 3

and let it be known

Yesterday was Saturday, and you know what that means: A lot of major stuff went down at San Diego Comic-Con. In all likelihood you were not there. I know I wasn't. But let's power through our bitterness and take a look at what we missed. Need to catch up? Here are While You Were Sleeping '13 parts une et deux.

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Blizzard Wants Even More of Your Money: World of Warcraft Microtransactions Confirmed

Azeroth? More like Casheroth, am I right?

If buying expansions and paying a monthly fee to play the World of Warcraft wasn't enough fire to burn a hole in your pocket, then Blizzard has good news for you: Items you can buy with real money are on the way. Players recently found an item purchasable with cash that would grant you a 100% EXP bonus on a public test server. When pressed on the subject, Blizzard confirmed that microtransactions are in the works.

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Why Raid Grommash Hold When You Can Buy It? Movoto Prices Out the Orc Stronghold

Grommash Hold is a little rough around the edges, but maybe you could spruce the place up a bit.

What's a World of Warcraft orcish stronghold going for on today's market? How would one even begin to put a price on a virtual building? What is the real life equivalent of the Horde capital of Orgrimmar? These aren't questions normal people ask themselves. Thankfully, our friends at Movoto aren't normal. They've crunched the numbers and put a theoretical price tag on Grommash Hold. So, how much would it cost? Let's take a look at the numbers.

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“We Are the World Of Warcraft” Combines Everyone’s Favorite Things: 80’s Pop and WoW [VIDEO]

We Can Be Heroes

For Video Games Week, Jimmy Fallon offered a heartfelt tribute to World of Warcraft through a 1980's-style pop anthem. Joining him in celebration of the MMO are some famous people such as Felicia Day, Chris Hardwick, and the viral video star "Leeroy Jenkins." There are also some not-so-famous people, like the guy with the horse mask. As a side note-- you know the Lich King was killed two expansion packs ago, right? Yeah. Just checking. (via Blastr)

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