The Big Bang Theory is this terrible wednesday night filler sitcom on CTV channel 8 in Toronto. I’m not exactly sure of its syndication status right now in the US, but well…iunno. Let me quote the description by the CTV website.
“Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant theoretical physicists, the kind of guys who understand the nuts and bolts of how the universe is put together.
But none of that genius helps them deal with people–especially women. When a free-spirited beauty, Penny, moves in next door, sensitive Leonard realizes that she could represent his best chance to live in the real world.
Even Leonard’s pragmatic roommate, Sheldon, whose idea of meaningful social interaction is gathering “friends” on MySpace and playing Klingon Boggle until 1:00 a.m., can see that Penny might just change both of their lives.
This comedy was created by Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men,” “Dharma & Greg”) & Bill Prady (“Gilmore Girls,” “Dharma & Greg”).”
So yeah, 2 nerdy guys and a total babe. Except that the two nerdy guys are terrible nerds, and the babe is, well, okay, she’s pretty hot. The characterization of the former two is overly stereotypical.
Why is this worth mentioning on the blog? Well, the latest episode tonight features Penny dealing with unemployment and general life failures by playing an MMO played by Leonard. Guess which one?
Nope. Not WoW. Age of Conan.
And boy, if success of an MMO is reflected by its promotion by mainstream media, then this fits the bill quite well. Where WoW has gotten exposure by the big boys in South Park, all AoC can muster is a terrible produced episode in the BBT.
Some points to consider:
– better usage of MMO-lingo by the writers of South Park. For writers supposedly trying to characterize geekwads in Leonard and Sheldon, they do a piss-poor job of being leet haxxors, using the word noob ONCE, and Leonard not knowing what “OIC” stands for. blah.
– in-game production values are superior in South Park’s “Make Love, Not Warcraft.” In-game was represented by actual WoW machinema, while AoC was represented in TBBT simply terribly.
– Still watching just now, I notice that Penny is using the same Logitech headset that I use, except with the red-colored plates for the earphones rather than my blue ones. I’m all of a sudden much more attracted to her, haha!
Extra Content: What I’ve been doing lately in WoW, all in one Screenshot!
In the screenshot:
-Tabard of the Argent Dawn
-Argent War Horn
-Argent Dawn Banner
-(Not Included, but worth mentioning that I currently own): Gloves of Undead Cleansing