South Park: Make Love, Not Warcraft
Cartman: You can just hang around outside all day tossing a ball around, or you can sit at your computer and do something that matters.
I think I can say with almost absolute certainty that South Park is the first television show in history where a character actually uses the word "pwnage." Since I'm online doing this here blogging thing all the time I caught that particular phrase, though there was a lot in this show I didn't understand, since I've neither seen nor played Warcraft before. The episode gently mocked those who do nothing but play Warcraft, but at the same time, it made it clear what an awesome game it is. It was funny to watch everyone become so immersed in the game they begin to think of it as real life, but it did make me think back to my younger days when a particularly difficult Nintendo game would cause me to throw my controller across the room in anger. I guess we're all susceptible to the allure of these games. Well, not all of us, but those of us with nerdly tendencies. Truth be told, I think that, like Butters, Hello Kitty Island Adventure is more up my alley.
As I mentioned before, Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind World of Warcraft, helped out with this episode, creating a brilliant juxtaposition between the characters within the game and their real life doppelgangers. The best player in the game, a man who "has no life" has reached a level of experience so high that no one can defeat him. Within the game he's a muscular, shirtless warrior. In reality, he's a fat guy with a goatee who munches on chips while playing, his mouth hanging open as if in a vegetative state.
Other great moments:
- Stan's father becoming so obsessed with the game he actually pulls a stranger from a car in order to get the "Sword of Truth" to his son.
- Cartman's mom actually holding a bedpan under Cartman so he can take a crap and keep playing, and doing it willingly as if it's no big deal.
- Stan's dad only being able to say "I love you" to his son through his game character.
NOTE: Our sister site Joystiq also has a review of the episode. Thanks, Ross.