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South Park & Warcraft
Warcraft comes to South Park

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The Emmy Award-Winning Series Premieres 7 New Episodes

NEW YORK, October 2, 2006 -- There's trouble in the online gaming world when the actions of a renegade player threaten to destroy Blizzard EntertainmentÂÂ's award-winning game World of WarcraftÂÂ. The future of the game lies in the hands of Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny when all new episodes in the tenth season of the widely-acclaimed series, "South Park," premiere Wednesday, October 4 at 10:00 p.m. on COMEDY CENTRAL.

In this episode, the boys come into contact with a gamer who doesn't play by the rules. Even the creative people behind World of Warcraft don't know how to stop the renegade. They are forced to put all of their hope into the hands of the kids of South Park. The boys dedicate their lives to defeating the mad gamer and saving the game for all.

"We were excited to hear that the creators of 'South Park' were interested in featuring World of Warcraft in the opening of their new season, and we really enjoyed collaborating with them to make this happen," said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're looking forward to sharing the experience with our employees and our players as well when the season debuts this week."

World of Warcraft is the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game, with millions of players worldwide. In World of Warcraft, players assume the roles of legendary heroes as they develop friendships, forge alliances, and compete with enemies for power and glory. The game's upcoming expansion pack, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, is due out by the end of this year. Learn more about World of Warcraft at the game's official website: <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.worldofwarcraft.com">http://www.worldofwarcraft.com</a><!-- w -->.

Launched in 1997, "South Park," now in its tenth season, remains the highest-rated series on COMEDY CENTRAL. "South Park" repeats Wednesdays at 12:30 a.m., Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., Fridays at 12:00 a.m., Saturdays at 3:00 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 p.m.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are co-creators and executive producers of the Emmy award-winning "South Park" with Anne Garefino as executive producer.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft and the WarcraftÂÂ, StarCraftÂÂ, and Diablo series, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (<!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.blizzard.com">http://www.blizzard.com</a><!-- w -->), a division of Vivendi Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track record includes nine #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's free Internet gaming service, Battle.netÂÂ, reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users.

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 88 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL is a registered trademark of Comedy Partners. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.comedycentral.com">http://www.comedycentral.com</a><!-- w -->.
Vote Akora for MA!
This I gotta see. WIth South Park lambasting everyone in sight for the past several years, I find it hard to believe they'll have something good to say about World of Warcraft. I hope Blizzard knows what they're getting themselves into.
"I learned something today: playing games is all good and nice, but when they are the only thing you do you lose focus on the things in life that really matter..." or some such predictable tripe. :roll:

I love South Park but after season 7 I stopped loving them... It was all preachy rubbish with a little farty humor thrown in to make you think it was funny. Some of the new episodes are still kinda funny, but I've stopped watching them religiously. I might sacrifice to watch this one... Maybe.
You remind me of one quote from the most recent season Efluvia.

"I like Family Guy. Sure it's just idiotic jokes with no real story, but I think that's funny. At least it hasn't gotten all up it's own ass with messages like some shows."
The mighty cannot stop me, nor the wise make plans against me.
Man. I've been reading some of the comments about WoW on the South Park forum. There are a lot more people than I expected that have not even heard of the game. Then there are the people who absolutely hate the game and think it's the bane of modern society. I wasn't even aware of this kind of hostility towards the game.
The mighty cannot stop me, nor the wise make plans against me.
WoW, otherwise known as the grind game.
Kilro Wrote:WoW, otherwise known as the grind game.

(( That is silly. Do people actually believe so? What was EverQuest?

*shakes head* ))
Yeah, thats what all my fps buddies tell me, they can't be patient enough for WoW, so they play GW if they wanna RPG.
Kilro Wrote:WoW, otherwise known as the grind game.

HA! WoW has the least grind of any MMO I have ever played. Compared to EQ or DAoC there is no grind whatsoever. No downtime, little to no penalty for death, and negligible travel time. The quest system even makes what little grinding that is present seem nonexistant. This is the most user-friendly MMO to date. One of the reasons that it is so popular.
The mighty cannot stop me, nor the wise make plans against me.
I just recently migrated from EQ to WoW and I have to agree, compared to EQ, WoW is the most user friendly MMO ever.

I can understand now why people call WoW a cookie cuttter game but I find myself enjoying a MMO again after long years of EQ feeling like I was spending countless hours with nothing to show for it.

I don't know what the people who call this game a grind game are smoking but I want some I think lol

Then again, maybe I don't. I want to continue enjoying WoW
Stench of death and rotting flesh? Yes I've just come up behind you.
Okay, that was funny.
What is the best thing in life?
Crush enemy, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.
It was a very well done episode and it's quite clear that Blizzard have a great respect for themselves and their fanbase to assume that they'd not feel alienated by the lampooning. Also, the in-game segments were brilliant. Though I couldn't help but notice many, many discrepancies which I was hoping wouldn't be present due to Blizzard actually helping to make the episode.
The mighty cannot stop me, nor the wise make plans against me.
Just in case anyone was wondering what the model was for the Sword of a Thousand Truths - I was:

[item]The Hungering Cold[/item]

It's from Kel'thuzad.
"You can never run from trouble, 'cause there ain't no place that far." - Scissor Sisters, "Lights"
Enjoy! Pretty funny. It's a South Park episode on WoW.. warning however, that it rated MA.
Moorenn is right, Blizzard was brilliant to support South Park lampooning their product. This could easily have been bad PR for them, not only in how WoW players are portrayed in the episode, but if Blizzard had reacted badly to being mocked. By showing they have a sense of humor about themselves, and trusting that the player base has an equally good sense of humor, Blizzard was able to come out of this looking "cool" in the eyes of their market.

Someone in Blizzard's PR department deserves a really big cookie!

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