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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:02

Most anticipated film of 2016: Warcraft - The Beginning

Written by Brendan Ihmig

Hands down, 'Warcraft: The Beginning' is my most anticipated movie, not only of 2016, but of all time. Now that is a very bold statement given the score of incredible films that have been release over the last decade or two which I have thoroughly looked forward to and ultimately enjoyed. So, be it the epic trilogies of The Lord of the Ring and The Hobbit to the most recent Star Wars film, none of all the previous great films released have ever had me as excited as I am about this film adaptation of a video game.

Even though I had read J. R. R. Tolkien's books before watching the films and had seen all the previous Star Wars films before The Force Awakens hit the cinema, none of these (or any other film for that matter) has had a deep and profound personal connection in the way that the Warcraft film will have. Simply put; Warcraft represents a significant chapter of my life and the film will let me read it all over again. An that is epic!

If you have never played any of Blizzard's games that are set in the Warcraft universe, it may be hard to grasp or imagine that a video game could hold such value. But, before I try and unravel this, you may want to watch the trailer of the film before continuing if you have not already seen it. If you have seen it, I am sure you won't mind watching it again.

My first gaming experience with Warcraft was sometime between 1996 and 1998. It was the real time strategy game 'Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal' and although I did not play it much, it lead me to discover 'StarCraft', another amazing series by Blizzard. I played a lot of StarCraft (really a lot) between 1998 and 2002 which was when 'Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos' released. Leading up to the release of World of Warcraft at the end of 2004, I basically only played Blizzard titles (Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo) along with some Call of Duty and Counter Strike at LANs and then the occasional race or two in Need for Speed. When I started playing World of Warcraft (WoW) in 2005 something 'clicked' for me, like gears falling into sync. The Warcraft universe became more than a game. It became part of my life.

I have had so many life experiences and learned countless lessons while playing WoW, experiences and lessons I still recall ever so often, albeit 5 to 10 years later. I want to briefly mention three of these (I will post  more detailed articles in the coming months of my many experiences and lessons)

  1. Mentorship: Starting to play any Role Playing Game (RPG) and even more so, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) such as World of Warcraft, can be a daunting experience. It sure was for me at first. But then I got help from a good friend who was patient and encouraging and who helped me find my way around Azeroth. The whole experience perfectly paralleled my 'real world' experiences as both a mentee and a mentor.
  2. Community: The community of gamers who play Wow (for the most part) are a unique group of people who share similar passions and be it online or off, have a common interest that goes beyond the pixels on a screen. The sense of community and friendship experienced in WoW raises the whole gaming experience to new highs, and it is an experience I have yet to have outside of that community, anywhere.
  3. Preseverance: While World of Warcraft is a game in every sense of the word, it requires near identical skill sets used in the real world in order to achieve success and satisfaction. One such skill set is perserverence. In WoW you grind your way through levels while aquiring the nessasary resources and skills to progress in the game. For the most part this requires a decent size serving of patience and percerverance, just as is needed when not in game.

So, the Warcraft film is not just another (potentially) great big screen experience to be enjoyed with a bucket of popcorn and a large fountain coke. It represents and will bring to remembrance the experieces and lessons I have had which have, in part, contributed to who I am today. I don't believe there will ever be a film that has me so excited... unless there is a StarCraft movie coming, but that is potentially a whole different story.


So, are you excited about 'Warcraft The Beginning'? Let me know if you are in the comments below.

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