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Warcraft Orgrim

The first images of Orgrim, one of the orcs who will appear in the upcoming Warcraft film, have appeared on Wired. Created by Industrial Light and Magic, it's fair to say Orgrim looks very orcish indeed.

Orgrim's startlingly believable rendition is a combination of concept art provided by Blizzard, and photos and scans of actor Robert Kazinsky, who will portray the orc in the movie. The technology involved goes beyond simply making "creatures in movies," director Duncan Jones said. "We now have the technology and the ability to make new characters entirely."

Kazinsky, who's an avid World of Warcraft fan, described the film's special effects during at panel at BlizzCon last year. "You know the cutscenes that Blizzard do for, like, Draenor or the ‘Arthas, My Son’ one?" he said. "It’s like that, but on crack." At the same panel, Jones said the Warcraft film will be "Avatar and Lord of the Rings at the same time," which is something I think I need to see.

Warcraft is slated to hit theater screens on June 10, 2016.

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Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.