October 24th, 2005

Gaming

Pure Pwnage, "World of Warcraft is a Feeling"

Have you seen this yet? From an online gaming parody site called Pure Pwnage, a romantic teen-ballad music video, about half machinma and half acted, called "World of Warcraft is a Feeling."

This thing has got to be just about the easiest thing to make fun of in the history of online gaming. That is, presumably, the point. It's this very tender-sounding love story about two young kids, I'm guessing somewhere around age 12 or 13, who fall in love with each other through their World of Warcraft characters. And if you don't think that pre-teen online romance via an MMPORG is inherently funny, the icing on the cake is that the musical and production values, and for that matter the artistic and musical stylings, are an absolutely dead-on homage to the endless music videos by similar-aged manufactured pop stars/starlets on the Disney Channel. And if all of that isn't enough to tickle your funny bone, hearing standard gamer jargon text chat speak sung as if it were tender romantic dialog will almost certainly crack you up.

That is, it will crack you up if you can maintain enough distance from the characters (the real life ones played by the actors, not the WoW characters) to be almost completely devoid of empathy. It seems to me that if you've got even a twinge of empathy in you, you'll probably still laugh. (I did. I have, in fact, every time I've seen it, at least 2 or 3 times now.) But if you've got any empathy, if you remember how abso-freaking-lutely mind-bogglingly achingly crippling a first crush can be, it's hard to feel entirely good about yourself while you're laughing at them. (Give the teen actors credit. They obeyed the first law of comedy, which is that the characters in a comedy must seem to have no idea that what they're going through is funny.)

Sure puppy love is pathetic and silly and funny and sad, and trivially easy to make fun of. And sure, our society takes an inherently dim view of people "so pathetic" that they act as if the people on the other side of the screen are actually people, and relentlessly mocks the idea that you might form any kind of human or emotional or personal relationship with someone other than in person. Yuck, yuck. Ow.

Which is not to say that the video isn't funny. (Wry grin.)