I'll take a look at the achievement suggestions, but when suggesting things please keep in mind that quests like Throw It On the Ground! and items like Mark "S" Boomstick are not intended to be part of this achievement-only guide :) The Boomstick is covered here: http://www.wowhead.com/news=225727/pop-culture-item-references-video-games-movies-and-tv#movies
You forgot to add the stargate references
While there are Stargate references, I believe they are npcs/quests and not achievements.
How about Kazra'Jin? The guy's a total reference to Blanka from Street Fighter.
All im saying is that you missed a ton of soul eater stuff, though Im probably looking too much into things...
Puddle JumperIt's a referance to stargate atlantis. There is a type of ship called puddle jumpers. Becouse gateship is a horrible name.
As mentioned already, It's Over Nine Thousand!, is a reference to Dragonball Z http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsDDXSmGJZA.
How did they miss, http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=4496/its-over-nine-thousand?
oh yeah, there is no achievement tied to it. but throw it on the ground is pretty funny!
I think 'Eclipse' being a Twilight reference is a stretch, 'Hail To The King, Baby' I expect is also in part due to Duke Nukem, and 'It's Not Easy Being Green' would be from the Muppets, not Sesame Street.Also forgot "You Made Me Bleed My Own Blood" You Made Me Bleed My Own Blood from Dodgeball."You Said Crossing the Streams Was Bad" You Said Crossing the Streams Was Bad from Ghostbusters"Double Dragon" Double Dragon from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Dragon
School's Out Forever is exactly like a line from the song, to be certain, but the phrase is hardly something Alice Cooper made up. The achievement is earned in a fight where you literally end a school forever, while the song is about the feeling of absolute freedom when school lets out for the summer. With zero link between the achievement criteria and the song's lyrics, it's hard to make a direct connection.Stormtrooper seems to be more closely tied to the real-life stormtroopers in the German army in the early 1900's. The achievement certainly has nothing to do with "bad aiming", and I don't remember any point in the movies where Imperial stormtroopers capture flags or other objectives in a notable manner. The real stormtroopers, on the other hand, were a specialist type of soldier trained to take down specific enemy emplacements in a strategic effort to win the fight with minimal casualties, instead of using the older method of charging the enemy line with everything you had. The achievement criteria involves repeated elimination of a strategically valuable enemy flag carrier, which, again, seems much more likely to be a reference to the German soldiers than Imperial soldiers.Somehow I missed this one: the phrase "Shave and a Haircut" does clearly refer to a set of musical notes, as evidenced by the linked wikipedia article. But it also clearly refers to the act of getting a shave and a haircut at a barber, which is more or less exactly what is required for the achievement. There is exactly zero reference to the musical use of the phrase that I can see.For the most part I agree with you, but you're actually going to the opposite extreme from this article in a bad way. In some cases (specifically the ones quoted, thought I get your reasoning on "Stormtrooper") it's a safe bet that the incredibly more recognizable source is the intended reference.In "School's Out Forever" by Alice Cooper, he's actually singing about exactly what the title implies, so that totally works with the achievement requirements.The "Shave and a Haircut" melody is the only reason to ever reference that phrase. Barbers haven't actually offered shaves in way too long for anybody playing WoW to remember that. Just because the achievement deals with the literal act of getting a shave and/or haircut doesn't change that.Again, I see your reasoning with the "Stormtrooper" achievement, but I still feel like either case is equally possible. In any event, the usage of the word in Star Wars is obviously based on the German stormtroopers, so you could argue that they're being referenced either way.
I'm also not convinced that Eclipse is a Twitard reference. It had a book offhand though.
All of the Klaxxi buffs in Dread Wastes are all heavy metal songs, like Master of Puppets is a Metallica song, Angel of Death is a Slayer song, Painkiller is a Judas Priest song, etc....
There may be one that you missed:The Danger Zone (the new Winter Veil achievement) seems like a reference to the show Archer.For real? Archer? Is this what happens when people get older and the years go by? It's most certainly not a reference to Archer.I am disappoint.Puddle JumperIt's a referance to stargate atlantis. There is a type of ship called puddle jumpers. Becouse gateship is a horrible name.Puddle jumper is also used to refer to any small aircraft.I think 'Eclipse' being a Twilight reference is a stretch, 'Hail To The King, Baby' I expect is also in part due to Duke Nukem, and 'It's Not Easy Being Green' would be from the Muppets, not Sesame Street.Actually, it's not a stretch. You're killing "Twilight sparks". Twilight being the name of the book series and sparks being a reference to sparkly vampires.Hail to the King, Baby was more than likely a reference that Duke Nukem took from Army of Darkness considering Army of Darkness came out about 4 years before there was talking in Duke Nukem.And "Bein' Green", or just "Green", was a song that Kermit the Frog sang, but sang it originally on Sesame Street in 1970. The Muppet Show didn't start until 1976.Ludicrous Speed Space BallsMighty Roamin' Krasaranger Mighty Morphin Power RangersBetween a Saurok and a Hard Place Reference to "Between a Rock and a Hard Place".There's more, I only spent about 5 minutes looking for these.
It's missing quite a few achievements but it's still a nice compilation, although bittersweet at times. RIP City of Heroes ):
Its over 9000 is also a Dragonball Z reference or did I miss that
The achievement "Stormtrooper" could also be a historical reference
awesome! many things I didnt know they comes from games! thanks! this is great!
In "School's Out Forever" by Alice Cooper, he's actually singing about exactly what the title implies, so that totally works with the achievement requirements.The lyrics do mention the school blowing up, but from what I can tell from searching, the song itself is about the feeling at the end of the school year, assuming the wikipedia article has a valid source. It's not about literally destroying a school, or necromantic zombies, or anything of the sort. And, again, it's not like Alice Cooper made the phrase "school's out" popular. Just because someone took an incredibly common phrase, and made a very famous song out of it, hardly means that every person who uses the phrase even knows about that famous song, much less is deliberately referencing it.The "Shave and a Haircut" melody is the only reason to ever reference that phrase. Barbers haven't actually offered shaves in way too long for anybody playing WoW to remember that. Just because the achievement deals with the literal act of getting a shave and/or haircut doesn't change that.I have never in my life seen a barber shop that doesn't have pricing for beard trims and shaves right there on the wall (the last time I got a haircut, the girl explicitly asked if I wanted a beard trim), and I've used and heard the phrase numerous times in literal reference to shaving and getting a haircut. Personally, when I say I got a shave and a haircut, I really mean I trimmed my beard and shaved my head, so it's a slight misnomer, but I promise it's not a dead phrase. If you look at this review site for local businesses, there are multiple reviews praising the straight-razor shaves, beard trims, etc, including a guy who went there just for the shave, without getting a haircut. Furthermore, I've never actually heard the phrase used to describe a piece of music. I asked my room-mate, who is pretty savvy on the music genre, what "shave and a haircut" means, and even asked if it was related to music, and it wasn't until I "sang" the notes of that melody that he made any connection between the phrase and anything but its literal meaning. Clearly, there is such a reference, but to my knowledge the WoW achievement has absolutely nothing to do with it.I happen to have a personal fascination with both synthetic life forms and the philosophy of humanity and how it deals with the rights of individuals, so the movie Blade Runner is rather significant to me (much of the movie deals with the humanity of synthetic people). As such, the NPC Blazerunner immediately reminded me of that movie. But without any supporting references, it could just as easily have been a reference to the Lode Runner video games, a ridge runner/moonshiner, any number of other things I've never heard of, or it could have simply been an arbitrary name to describe a fire elemental who runs around setting things ablaze. Many people consider music to be very important to them, and they have a deep knowledge of bands, songs, and so forth, so I understand that musical references must seem obvious to them. But just because a phrase evokes a response in you doesn't mean that was the intended response, or that it's an inside joke that you happened to get.I would imagine there are many musicians and music fans in the Blizzard development teams, and wouldn't be at all surprised if some of these achievements were, in fact, an attempt to reference these popular songs or more obscure references. It's also very possible the names of many achievements have multiple intended references. But there's a huge different between possible authorial intent and an actual, demonstrable connection. So I'm not trying to say there's no way these achievements were intended to reference what the OP claims. If a Blizzard employee came out and said "yeah, that was the reference we were going for", I wouldn't be surprised. I'm simply saying there's no more direct correlation between the achievement and its claimed reference than there is between the achievement and a literal "reference", except the "correlation" added by the claimant's personal experiences.