Warcaft, the movie based on the World of Warcraft online video game, may be receiving middlin’ reviews in the United States, but it’s shattering box office records in other parts of the world. Warcraft is rated 26% Rotten, according to Rotten Tomatoes. But Warcraft scored a record-setting opening day – including midnight shows – in 290 IMAX theatres across China with box office of $5.32 million.
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.
So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
World of Warcraft is a worldwide gaming phenomenon. It’s a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) from Blizzard Entertainment. According to the website, World of Warcraft is “an online world of myth, magic, and limitless adventure. Explore jagged, snowy peaks; vast mountain fortresses; and harsh, winding canyons. Witness zeppelins flying over smoldering battlefields; battle in epic sieges — a host of legendary experiences await.”
Interview w/Genese Davis
World of Warcraft is one of Genese Davis’s favorite games. She is a long-time gamer and well-known in the gaming community. She hosts panels at Wizard World Conventions and the San Diego Comic Con. In addition to being a gamer and a host, she’s a published author, and the host of several podcasts. Her own video game podcast, The Gamer’s Dominion, showcases one-of-a-kind interviews with writers, creatives, developers, and producers.
I met Genese Davis after she hosted a panel for Wizard World Philadelphia on being impactful in gaming. She generously agreed to answer questions by email about the new Warcraft movie.
First, who are you in World of Warcraft? What race and what name?
Thanks again for having me, Nancy! Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft have been two of my favorites over the years. In WoW, I played a shadow priest, mage and warrior (with shadow priest being my main). My character name is Loxy.
In the Warcraft movie, orcs and men must fight together. What have been some of your favorite team-ups?
It’s a blast teaming up with a large group of players and heading in to a PvP (Player versus Player) battleground. That and raiding are my favorite team-ups in WoW!
As an avid player, what do you want to see most in the movie?
I hope the movie is able to capture the lore, the vast world, and the rich characters that Warcraft has always produced in its games.
What has been your favorite missions or adventures?
Achieving the server-first legendary achievement in WoW was the most difficult, the most rewarding, and the most prestigious award I remember obtaining. Huge heartfelt thanks to all of my raiding teammates who helped me achieve it!
What is the one misconception about World of Warcraft that you’d like to clear up, for people who don’t play it?
There is often a misconception about WoW that a player has to play 24/7, or that every player is addicted to gaming. However, I have known incredible gamers who play WoW only as a hobby, one or two days a week, just as they would go to a friend’s house or pick up a game of cards at a park. I would play WoW Tuesday and Wednesday nights and go to my running group Monday and Thursday nights. It’s all about balance and fun and I think gaming offers a great avenue for social get-togethers and even personal growth for players. For the most part, all of the gamers I have encountered are hard-working professionals who delight in a fun pastime together with their friends for a fun night in the game.
Tell us a little about the books you’ve written. What’s your inspiration? What elements do you draw from?
I’d love to! Thank you so much for asking. The Holder’s Dominion began as a tiny seed of an idea back in 2009. I discovered a fire in my belly to unite the people in my life and I thought there was no better way to do that than through storytelling! Today, The Holder’s Dominion is here and has been heralded as a breakthrough novel and a story that is debunking stereotypes and forging a bright and adventurous trail for the new adult genre. Unlike young adult, where the characters in a story are in high school, I love that The Holder’s Dominion allows the reader to immerse themselves in that pivotal time in our lives when we’re plunging into a new life at a university or a new career or relationship in the “new adult” age range of 18-22.
The part of the world/story for The Holder’s Dominion that came to me first was the idea of our hero, Kaylie, going up against the villain, The Holder. I could envision Kaylie taking on this mysterious hacker and through her mission she’d discover pivotal details about herself and the people in her life. Personally, I also needed to write this story because it was a way for me to pour my own fears and detrimental traumas I had experienced into the plots and subplots of the story. It was very cathartic in a way to write The Holder’s Dominion.
What’s next for you?
I would love to meet fellow book lovers, creators, readers, and people of all fandoms and passions. For the last few years I have been speaking at events such as the San Diego Comic Con and Wizard World Comic Cons. Continuing this year, I will be speaking at more events and signing books coming up in Sacramento, San Diego, Chicago, Tulsa, and Austin. If you are near any of those cities, please stop by and say hi and grab giveaways from my table! All my appearance dates can be found on my website GeneseDavis.com or you can see all my live updates on Twitter @GeneseDavis and on my author Facebook page: Facebook.com/ GeneseDavisOfficial
Lastly, when and where will you be seeing the movie, if you haven’t already?
I have tickets for the Warcraft movie this Sunday! Woohoo!