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Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic debuts

You really have to hand it to Blizzard. They sure have a way of making something appealing through their cinematics. Whether you like the idea of Kung Fu pandas in World of Warcraft or not, this new opening cinematic for Mists of Pandaria is pretty compelling.

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You really have to hand it to Blizzard. They sure have a way of making something appealing through their cinematics. Whether you like the idea of Kung Fu pandas in World of Warcraft or not, this new opening cinematic for Mists of Pandaria is pretty compelling.

The trailer even has a touch of humor, and a part of me kept waiting for Jack Black's voice to rumble forth sometime after the Pandaran's entrance. Just another reason to be intrigued by the September 25 launch of the expansion pack.

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    August 16, 2012 7:15 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic debuts.

    You really have to hand it to Blizzard. They sure have a way of making something appealing through their cinematics. Whether you like the idea of Kung Fu pandas in World of Warcraft or not, this new opening cinematic for Mists of Pandaria is pretty compelling.

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      August 16, 2012 7:52 AM

      Pretty but not my fave cinematic. The hook of MoP is still pandas so if you weren't sold on them before, the cinematic isn't going to change your mind. ***I am excited for the xpac but mostly because as a ret pally, I get 5 holy power.

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        August 16, 2012 8:01 AM

        I liked Kung Fu Panda, so this just made me think of a grittier version of it with Orcs and humans ;)

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        August 16, 2012 9:16 AM

        Yes it will! DON'T WATCH IT!!!

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        August 16, 2012 10:15 AM

        The hook is they're going to back to focusing on the Horde Vs. Alliance conflict as opposed to the big baddy of the ex-pack like TBC, Wrath and Cata. The pandas are mostly a vehicle for that, in addition to a new race & class to play in the expansions.

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      August 16, 2012 9:25 AM

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      August 16, 2012 9:50 AM

      I thought it was fantastic! One of the better ones they've put out. Can't wait for MoP.

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      August 16, 2012 10:06 AM

      Excellent intro. Pandas still look stupid as shit though.

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      August 16, 2012 10:15 AM

      Good thing i gave away all my gold, and my Guild Storage away. It's the only thing keeping me from going back to WOW, after SWTOR took a big dump.

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      August 16, 2012 10:16 AM

      As always, Blizzard knows how to make a good intro. Still looks like Kung Fu Panda.

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        August 16, 2012 10:36 AM

        Please explain how Blizzard's Pandaren "looks like" something that came AFTER Pandaren lore

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          August 16, 2012 10:44 AM

          All anthropomorphized pandas are going to look like Kung Fu panda. Blizzard's lore may have existed pre-Kung Fu Panda, but KFP made them look like this before Blizzard did anything more than a few small low-poly models in WC3.

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            August 16, 2012 10:52 AM

            There was more to Pandaren than just the low-poly models in WC3
            But "All anthropomorphized pandas are going to look the same" <fixed>
            Blizzard is not copying KFP

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              August 16, 2012 1:19 PM

              it's still kung fu panda. sorry dude.

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                August 16, 2012 1:43 PM

                the whole kung fu thing, environment AND what the panda did in the video when he righted the broken, tilted post seemed pretty Jack Black-esque. Almost like they intended a nod to the Dreamworks films. lol.

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                  August 16, 2012 3:14 PM

                  and the part where the human slowly hands the spear to the orc, as they both stand there with dumb looks on their faces.

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                    August 17, 2012 9:05 AM

                    and as the panda places the stone hammer back and fixes it more nonchalantly

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          August 16, 2012 10:56 AM

          Because they both look like each other.

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          August 16, 2012 11:21 AM

          I was mostly talking about the cinematic itself. It's shot just like the movies with the angles, the playfulness of the fighting, etc. It seems to have taken some influence from those films. I know that Pandaren are in WC3.

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          August 16, 2012 1:24 PM

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          August 16, 2012 1:52 PM

          It looks like Kung Fu Panda because it is a panda doing kung fu.

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        August 16, 2012 2:52 PM

        I could never be a mod because I would just start banning people who post the same tired shit over and over.

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      August 16, 2012 12:47 PM

      Who needs a sword? I have a pointy stick!

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        August 16, 2012 1:24 PM

        First Blizz movie where they use grey weapons

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        August 16, 2012 2:29 PM

        This would have been a very short cinematic if the human had done the smart thing and just ducked, held the point of his stick straight up, and let the orc impale himself on it.

        If I were a pointy stick warrior in a magical land of whimsy, that's what I would have done anyway.

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          August 16, 2012 3:08 PM

          I was wondering about that. Didn't seem like a good move.

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          August 16, 2012 6:35 PM

          haha i was thinking that too

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        August 17, 2012 2:27 PM

        Yeah, and better yet, he used the sword to make the pointy stick. lol.

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      August 16, 2012 1:54 PM

      Watching Blizzard cinematics just makes me wish that a WoW movie came out that was all done this way. It would've looked unbelievable.

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      August 16, 2012 2:00 PM

      The human and orc looked cool. Then the Panda came in and shat all over everything.

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      August 16, 2012 2:07 PM

      Aww, no female Night Elf in this one. :)

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      August 16, 2012 2:07 PM

      I preordered this

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      August 16, 2012 2:44 PM

      This actually just makes me want to play WC3 again, and exploit the brewmaster.

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      August 16, 2012 3:02 PM

      is there a feature list someplace out for MoP? I hope they are adding another character slot, cause I have 1 of everything and my list is full :|

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        August 16, 2012 3:04 PM

        Just delete one, you will feel fine.

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        August 16, 2012 3:06 PM

        They are. And before long, you can have 50 characters on your account, with no limit on how many you have on a particular server.

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      August 16, 2012 5:24 PM

      Ugh. The worst of the bunch so far in my opinion. Pandaria just has very little to interest me into getting it :(

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      August 17, 2012 5:58 AM

      My wife saying "I want to make a Panda!" may unfortunately drive me back into WoW....

      Stupid pandas.

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      August 19, 2012 9:03 PM

      Hardly compelling. Looks really, really, really dumb. Makes me glad I quit the game. Seriously.. unless you're 3, how do these things appeal to you?

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