Embarrassing mainstream media reporting on games is really nothing new, but at times it reaches amazing levels of hilarity that deserve a place on the hall of fame.
The BBC’s programme Outside Source went up yesterday with a report on the Warcraft film trailer by “BBC Business and Tech reporter and self-confessed gamer,” Faarea Masud, and it’s all sorts of ridiculous.
Things start awkward already as World of Warcraft is defined “one of the most infamous computer games, since it launched in 2001″ (World of Warcraft actually launched in 2004, mind you), but they quickly go downhill as the reporter tries her worst to explain why people are excited about the trailer.
“What’s most important, though, is that Activision Blizzard’s best selling game isn’t actually World of Warcraft, it’s Call of Duty.”
Yes… Let’s compare a single MMORPG game with an FPS franchise. Because they’re obviously the same thing.
“They’re choosing to make a film out of World of Warcraft, because Activision wants to exploit the PC and mobile gaming market.”
World of Warcraft on mobile? How did I miss this news? Maybe you meant Hearthstone?
“Because console games, first of all they don’t have enough of the kind of demographic that Activision want, that’s females, and also, they just find the kind of profit margin they make on mobile games is significantly more.”
Yes. Activision is most certainly making a film on Warcraft because not enough females play console games. Not because it’s one of their most successful franchises ever… Wait, what?!
“It’s a visually rich game. The PC game has been placed in medieval times where there’s a war going on between humans and and some monsters called orcs.”
Aside from the fact that World of Warcraft was “visually rich” maybe in 2004 (not in 2001), I don’t think I could come up with a more embarrassing way to describe a game’s setting even if I tried very, very hard.
“However the film is going to be based in the future in 2065.”
“That’s why Activision is exploiting the millions of multiplayers who use World of Warcraft as opposed to the console game where the numbers are actually significantly lower, but the costs are higher.”
I don’t even…
For the record, before you proceed to watch the video below and laugh your rear off, Activision Blizzard announced just yesterday the opening of its own Activision Blizzard studios, with initial productions including a Skylanders TV Series and a possible series of Call of Duty feature films as well and television adaptations.