I've been spending some time catching up on some reaing on the site lately and it seems to me that we as a community take ourselves, our genre, and our selected games quite seriously. Recently I took a little hiatus from this site and writing in general to work on a project that I have been quite passionate about for some time. In that time I ran across some fun stuff on the internet that I almost forgot about that being comics and videos that do a really good job of poking fun at mmo's and the people who play them, and I have to admit it was fun to sit back and laugh at how we as players, our genre, and our culture can be ever so slightly twisted into true comedy. So sit back eith me for a minute or two and let's take a look at those who make fun of the genre and take a minute to laugh at ourselves.
If you have never seen an episode of The Guild stop reading this now and follow the link above. You back? Ok let's continue. As you by now know the show is a comedy that follows the in-game and real life exploits of a local guild of a yet unknown MMO. Just about every type of person that plays an mmo today is represented save 'role players' :(. This show has two seasons archived and no episode exceeds 15 minutes in length so it will not take you long to get caught up on the goings on. I found myself oddly relating to a few of the characters while laughing at the fact tht I may have met the inspirations for the other few. All in all a great watch.
Flintlocke's Guide to Azeroth
Truly one of the funniest web comics I have ever read Flintlocke's Guide to Azeroth is a very funny look at a particular drawf in WoW and his band of merry friends. What started off as a parody guide to the game qucikly turned into a regular webcomic about the group, and their misadventures. What the comic does well is make fun of the game itself and if you hav ever played WoW the humor will not escape you. Althougth the series is over if you're hungry for more you may want to check out the other series Flitlocke vs. The Horde. You can get to it by following the second link.
Zero Punctuation is the brain child of Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw a Vritish fellow who lives in Austrailia. His show centers around reviewing mainly console gamesn and concoles, but sometimes he reivews MMO's as well. Yahtzee has a way of saying things that can make almost any game look absolutely ridiculous and at the same time laugh your ass off. His takes on the MMO genre are well thought and absolutely hilarous. I reccomend watching the videos in order for maximum effect. I only wish he'd review more MMO's. Oh well.
There are many other excellent examples of parody and humor in our genre, but this is where I will end for now. I would like to know if you have seen a video or read a comic that makes fun of this genre that you enjoyed as well. Feel free to comment below and I'll be sure to check it out. In the end it is good to take a look at ourselves sometimes and laugh it keeps us honest and reminds me at least that we are a fun community who also happens to be passionate about our games.
Until Next Time,