Watch Video of the New Animated Login Screen for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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Watch Video of the New Animated Login Screen for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Check out a sneak peak what you will see every time you log in to World of Warcraft over the next couple years.

The login screen of an MMO is kind of like the opening theme of a TV show. Every time you hear the first few chords of the M*A*S*H's Suicide is Painless [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD8ljNobUys] you are emotionally transported to exactly what that piece of content means to you. World of Warcraft's original loading screen was awesome because it featured the Dark Portal into another world. With Burning Crusade, we saw the other, more demonic, side of that same portal in Outland. In Wrath, the frost wyrm Sindragosa bellowed from the snowy parapet of Icecrown Citadel, and we immediately knew we were in Northrend. Cataclsym's login screen is no less iconic and features the dreaded Deathwing atop the crumbling wall of Stormwind.

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Get used to this, WoW players. This is what you will see each and every time you sit down to enter Azeroth when Cataclysm launches on December 7th, a day that will live in infamy.

Playing in the background is the musical theme from Cataclysm, which is composed by longtime contributor to WoW, Jason Hayes. We've been listening to his compositions since vanilla WoW and I look forward to hearing more of his music in Cataclysm.

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Mr.Pandah

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Well, it definitely looks cool. I'm pretty sure I'm never going to see it though (thanfully). I've finally completely moved on from WoW.
 

cobra_ky

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Oh man, it's like I'm already waiting for the bevy of patches which will inevitably follow the launch!
 

Rad Party God

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WoW always had the best login screen I've ever seen in a MMO and this is the best login screen to ever grace WoW. Sadly, I think I won't be playing it, because I'm trying to stay as far away as I can from any MMO, until Guild Wars 2 hits the shelves.
 

Armored Prayer

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Oh wow.

I don't play WoW, but thats one pretty sweet login screen. I especially liked the music playing.
 

NotKyle

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You know, I think he might be a little bit too heavy for that castle. Maybe he should look into a weight loss program? Especially for his chin.
 

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At least he's somewhat quiet. Sindy's flaps and roars made me come to regret ticking the "play music while game is in background" option during long login-queue waits.

Also, inb4 "more like Jay Lenowing" jokes.
 

Greg Tito

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Well, it's good to see they're keeping consistent with the horrible fucking music.
 

hansari

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Well....

I dunno...I mean no offense. I get that theres a lot of WoW love here, but... this isn't a newspost about say the first people to defeat Arthus, which would be a big deal in context of WoW I imagine...this is just the a login screen.
 

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Well, it's good to see they're keeping consistent with the horrible fucking music.
Hahaha, well I'm not gonna argue with you on that.

At least the screen is better than WotLK's.
 

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Music is dull and cheesy, and there is a dragon on a castle, which looked just as good (and was just as old) in a storybook.

The whole idea of the expansion is really exciting, and I say that while scarcely believing people can tolerate the gameplay in WoW, but it's a just a loading screen. And a ho-hum one.

The Warcraft 3 meteors in the opening cutscene environment was much better, and we didn't even know anything about that cataclysm.
 

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NotKyle said:
You know, I think he might be a little bit too heavy for that castle. Maybe he should look into a weight loss program? Especially for his chin.
he cant get a smaller chin. its built from metal. watch the cinematic intro, Deathwing is almost as much dragon as metal dragon.
 

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Christemo said:
NotKyle said:
You know, I think he might be a little bit too heavy for that castle. Maybe he should look into a weight loss program? Especially for his chin.
he cant get a smaller chin. its built from metal. watch the cinematic intro, Deathwing is almost as much dragon as metal dragon.
I guess someone at Blizzard is a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh!:


Anyway, while I don't plan on playing Cataclysm (I have quit WoW long ago and want to spend money on other games), I like the intro screen overall. Deathwing seems less annoying compared to Sindragosa (the roars got old eventually) and also seems a lot more imposing. I bet Varian Wrynn wasn't too happy about him trashing Stormwind. :p
 

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This video would appear to be rather old news as i like WoW as such a reviewer of WoW on youtube know as Cynicalbrit/totalbuscuit has the new updated login screen since people complained that Deathwing was roaring every 5 or so seconds so they changed it to him looking around.
 

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Deathwing looks tired... and needs to learn to chew with his mouth closed.

Also: HAHA, stormwind sucks.
 

Ashcrexl

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that's... that's so awesome. maybe i will start playing WoW just so i can see this login screen ALL THE TIME (no not really its not that awesome, but it is awesome)
 

funksobeefy

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Ahaha, yeah no. Lets just say I know I will watch it too many times in teh next year to care about what it is now
 

Coldie

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Not seen heard in this video: the music builds up to a fairly dark theme that contains a mix of both Vanilla and TBC main themes, complete with a choir. It's really awesome.
 

Greg Tito

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Won't make much sense after you've downed Deathwing and ground him for a month to gear up for... more grinding Deathwing on heroic.
 

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I'm actually kinda meh on this one. I wish he did something, like Sindy did for WotLK's screen.
Here, all he's doing is sitting on a castle, panting, and looking like he forgot what he came there for.
 

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Why is it pretty much that half the news articles these days have all been about WoW? It feels like it's the spotlight game for the news staff here.

As for the video, cool I suppose... it's just a dragon moving around. Burning Crusade had a twirling portal. Feels pointless added.
 

Zeema

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That music is so epic makes me wanna play WoW now. i wonder if they you will be able to pick the opening theme and music i really liked the BC login screen.
 

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That is certainly more impressive then the Guild Wars login page (it is just a snowy mountain with some building in the night) although what was the old login screen before the new one?
 

Greg Tito

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Wow what's with all the WoW? We're watching a video of a log-in screen now? Really?
 

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Now I get why Deathwing is called Deathwing. With those jaws he could never eat properly, poor mutant, and starved to death.
 

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Grey Carter said:
luckycharms8282 said:
who would name a castle/town stormwind?
Apparently Blizzard went to the death metal school of fantasy naming conventions.
Black. You mean black metal. Death metal tends to have slightly more sensible naming. Slightly. Not much, I'll grant you.
 

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The thud at 6 seconds was really underwhelming...

I would have expected more of a mighty crash from Deathwing. I am disappoint.
 

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Greg Tito said:
Get used to this, WoW players. This is what you will see each and every time you sit down to enter Azeroth when Cataclysm launches on December 7th, a day that will live in infamy.
Oh damn. You did not just quote Franklin D. Roosevelt and his Speech of Infamy (or was it Infamy Speech?) with Cataclysms launch date! xD

Well, It's not a bad login screen, that's for sure, but it doesn't beat the login screen for Vanilla and TBC though imo. Yay for him not roaring or anything annoying like a certain other login-screen dragon though >_>
 

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One thing I don't like about it, cool as it is, is why he's just chillin' on Stormwind. Doesn't he have mountains to sunder? Innocents to destroy? What about all the adventurers in SW taking potshots at his face? He wouldn't just be sitting there for 11 minutes while [email protected] is still trying to remember his password.

unwesen said:
Now I get why Deathwing is called Deathwing. With those jaws he could never eat properly, poor mutant, and starved to death.
He's immortal. It might explain why he's so angry.

luckycharms8282 said:
who would name a castle/town stormwind?
They're named Stormwind after the cities frequent wind storms (Which... don't actually appear in game). They probably just felt that "Windstorm" would have been stupid.
 

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Two people commented about the frequent WoW news... Have they not seen the amount of (Awesome) Minecraft news as of late?
 

tyriless

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When you make a statement like that you need to follow it up with some support. "It's droll" "Too Heavy" Whatever your problem is, state and then back it up.
 

tyriless

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Yeah, but he is sitting on capital of the Alliance (at least as far as the players are concerned). It's like Godzilla hanging out in Tokyo or the Independence Day saucer looming over New York. It builds dread. Also, no other WoW villian has personally attacked a capital city. Even the Lich King never entered SW or Ogrimmar when he sent out his army.
 

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What they should do now is every april 1st replace this with a rick roll. I would have respect for blizzard if they did XD
 

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I'm going to miss seeing Icecrown Citadel every time I log in, it's one of the most beautiful sights in all of WoW.
 

Wicky_42

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Oh god, the sound effect when he huts his paw back down is horrendous! Jarred so much for me, lol.
 

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AngryMongoose said:
unwesen said:
Now I get why Deathwing is called Deathwing. With those jaws he could never eat properly, poor mutant, and starved to death.
He's immortal. It might explain why he's so angry.
Yes, an eternity without cookie dough ice cream will do that to you.