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South Park: Make Love, Not Warcraft

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 5th 2006 10:30AM

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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.

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Joe

I am a gamer and was not to crazy about paying monthly fee to play. After watching this episode I bought the game played it and have not stopped.

December 29 2006 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WOW Gold

Yeah of course Blizzard gave them such access, this was 30 minutes of free advertising for World of Warcraft.

November 18 2006 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stuart

Just a note on the first comment...
Where you said in the typical conversation: "Him: "I can only go on nights when we aren't raging"," it should have been: Hime: I can only go on nights when we are not RAIDING."

Sorry, being a WoW fan, and playing the game for several hours a day, I felt the need to point out this injustice. :)

Anyway... Overall, I found the episode very entertaining. And yes, I was able to point out exactly where they were in the gameworld. :(

One more note: Humans can't be Hunters! Stan's Dad has hax!

October 07 2006 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robbeh

Hilarious! Can't believe Blizzard, makers of Warcraft, aided in the production of this episode. Great mock up, couldn't stop laughing.

October 07 2006 at 5:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gudlyf

Karen -- The difference there is on VM she said "ownage", where on South Park they actually *pronounce" the 'P' in pwnage.

October 06 2006 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Don't feel too bad, SenorWeird! You STILL got more stars than I did...

October 05 2006 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Geoffrey

I was LMAO most of the time, and I nevered actually tried WoW but I seen alot of my friends play it and i think they enjoyed episode even more. My favorite quote was:

Stan: I can't believe its all over. What do we do now...
Cartman: What you mean....Now we can finally play the game
Kyle: Oh yeah...

Hilarious!

October 05 2006 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SenorWeird

Curse you, Karen. Beat me to pointing out Miss Mars did it first.

October 05 2006 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

"Veronica Mars" used "pwnage" in Season 1, "The Wrath of Con."

October 05 2006 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bgdc

I have NEVER seen Warcraft or even a screenshot of it. And it's been years since I last watched South Park. My girlfriend turned SP on last night and I laughed my butt off. Great send up of gamers.

October 05 2006 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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