Celebrating 15 years of making gamers look like nerds
The Warcraft series has been embarrassing normal gamers (and enthralling nerds) for 15 years. That’s one-and-half decades of orcs, elves and archmages. With more than 11 million players regularly getting their crawl on, [[xref:http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/review/games/blizzard/world_of_warcraft_the_burning_crusade/220227|World of Warcraft|Review: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade]] is easily one of the most successful computer games of all time. And we’re all the poorer for it — both literally and metaphorically.In our humble opinion, World of Warcraft combines the worst aspects of gaming into one horrendously nerdy package (indeed, it topped our [[artnid:317232|Videogame Shame File list|The video game shame file]], which is really saying something). The hackneyed D&D mythos, the tedious grinding, the Leetspeak, the elf babes, [[xref:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkCNJRfSZBU|Leeroy Jenkins|Leeroy Jenkins - YouTube.com]]... there’s a lot to be ashamed of here. But far be it for us to besmirch the festivities. To mark this ignoble occasion, we’ve collated a gallery of the most embarrassing WoW-based art in existence. (Did we say ‘embarrassing’? We meant awesome.) Disclaimer: In case there is any confusion, the following slideshow is meant to be satirical. We obviously have the utmost respect for World of Warcraft and its diverse community of players. After all, how could 11 million people be wrong?
It’s like every bad black metal album cover distilled into one image. Euronymous would’ve been proud.
Somewhere, a WoW-er is looking at this pic and thinking “man, that would make a pretty badass tattoo.” No. No, it wouldn’t.
A dwarf riding a giant eagle. We think we'll let this picture speak for itself.
An MMO wouldn’t be complete without a slippery, slidey ice world.
Hawt fantasy babes are a staple of every MMO under the sun. Almost all of them are played by bearded virgins.
Seriously. [[artnid:324570|Beards|Movember Special: We pay lip service to the best 'taches in gaming]]
Airships — an underrated staple of fantasy geekdom.
The titular vamp from Legacy of Kain appears to have wandered into the wrong game franchise. No wonder he looks so pissed.
To commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Warcraft, Blizzard released a sketch of a beardy weirdo making off with two small children. WTF?
Jean Michel Jarre eat your heart out!
These guys should so be in their own sitcom. With a wisecracking gnome called Gonad.
This reminds me of my Year 9 school photo. Being a short-arse, I was always up the front. Tch.
Pew! Get those armpits away from me!
This guy looks like a disgruntled ex-Sesame Street employee. (Presumably not the look Blizzard was going for.)
We have nothing to add to this.
Albino tigers, chain mail bikinis and kaldorei camel toe — if there’s a geekier image in existence we have yet to see it.
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