Azeroth Choppers – Blizzard jumps into reality TV?

By | April 25, 2014

I waited till a couple episodes were released to write this article on Azeroth Choppers, so I could get more of a feel for this webisode series.  I’m not sure if this was going to be a TV special that no station wanted to pick up or if Blizzard just planned to hit YouTube with more content.  It’s going under their World of Warcraft channel, along with everything else Warcraft, but can be watched on their website:

Azeroth Choppers

Azeroth Choppers: The Premise

This show is all about the fine folks at Blizzard bringing in Paul Jr. Designs to create two motorcycles, one designed for The Horde and one for The Alliance.  Fans will judge the two bikes and choose one, which will become an in-game mount.  Paul Jr has divided his crew into two teams, one for each faction, and has laid down the designs.  As with all shows like this, things can’t be all rainbows and unicorns.  The first hiccup comes from Blizzard, which has moved the deadline from 10 weeks to 5 weeks.

The Good

The initial base designs are amazing, incorporating things like tank treads and tractor tires.  I definitely want to see these things in action.  It’s also good to see the driving forces of Blizzard Entertainment geeking out into a new genre.  The overall tone so far is a lot less severe than you usually see in these kinds of shows.  That might change, but hopefully not.  I don’t really care to see grown men and women throwing temper tantrums.

The Bad

I’m not sure if this is supposed to get bikers into World of Warcraft or turn gamers into Bikers.  I’m not really sure what the purpose of this show is other than to have a real world design of an in-game item.  Of course, there are currently no details on how that item will be available.  Will it be a digital purchase through the online store?  Could it be something new for the Engineers to craft?  Only time will tell.

The Unusual

It was a little weird seeing Chris Metzen represent The Alliance faction.  This guy is the voice of The Horde.  You can see and hear what I’m talking about if you watch his segment from last year’s Blizzcon opening ceremony.  We all know how TV works, so let’s be honest, this thing is fully filmed.  I wonder if the Blizz execs just cruise around on these things all day until the official reveal.  I’ll keep watching because I love World of Warcraft and wouldn’t mind getting my hand on a motorcycle in-game.

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