I remember when World of Warcraft was in beta. The original beta, I mean. Oh, a lot of the spells/skills didnt work, quests were bugged, some items had weird graphical glitches, and such. Then again, it was only a shadow of the game it is now. Even with buggy graphics, lag like a semi with eighteen flat tires, and balancing issues that would make the Chinese gymnastic team puke, I knew that the game would be a smash hit (actual quote: "This game reeks! If this thing lasts more than two weeks, it'll be a miracle..").
Okay, so maybe I didnt think it would be the massive entity that it is now. But I definitely knew that the game was going places (actual quote: "this game is going right into the trash"). Anyway, the game launched, and heroes were born. (We call them nerds in the real world). Now, I'll be the first to admit, I was on the fence about picking it up ("I'm not buying that piece of crap!"). I was also engrossed in the newly released Everquest II, a game which made Everquest I look like King's Quest V.
As I had predicted, the game took off, partly due to its engrossing gameplay, its user friendly interface, and the general population's everlasting love of lawn gnomes. The game was a treat, especially for those of us who'd played less than stellar MMO's in the past ("When I was young, all we had was Pong Online, and everyone's character was the same!").
Fast forward a couple years and the first expansion, "The Burning Crusade", was released. Long overdue features were added, like the ability to create solid gold toe rings. The options for creating your virtual self were expanded too, to sapphire colored demons or pinkish hued elves. The biggest addition was for experienced players though. Now you could battle new and more powerful enemies, in a whole new continent.
Now as the game's fourth anniversary is upon us, you could argue that the game has changed a little bit since it was first released. Eleven million people now populate the servers (That's way more than the entire population of Guam!). The scene now shifts to the frozen north, and the new continent of Can-err I mean Northrend. Death Knights now lay waste to everything in their path and spells can now be enhanced with glyphs for truly terrifying effects. Mages, who once simply turned enemies into sheep, can now turn enemies into penguins. The horror.
You don't have to be a fan of, or even play World of Warcraft, to notice its effect on the MMO scene, and maybe even the gaming scene as a whole. Who would have thought that Blizzard, previously known for a little played game named after Mexican wrestler "El Diablo" (take that, "El Guapo"!), would be able to create worlds that enraptured so many and caused so many sleepless nights? Probably none of us. Except me.
"Mages, who once simply turned enemies into sheep, can now turn enemies into penguins. The horror." That... is epic quote right there. You have an awesome sense of humor. Personally I like Warcraft 3 TFT a lot more than WoW. I played WoW's free trial and was like "WoW! that was great. I'd play it for free." but monthly fees aren't my thing, I'm a cheap cheap.
"You don't have to be a fan of, or even play World of Warcraft, to notice its effect on the MMO scene, and maybe even the gaming scene as a whole." Umm...yeah. It's made some of my friends disappear for eternity. One friend of mine was a supposed professional WoW player at 23 years old and even had a girlfriend on there lol. The person that lives below me (I'm in a condo) also plays regularly with his guild.
I'm not a nerd, I'm a geek. There's a very fine difference between the two that I will gladly explain with a series of slideshows and statistics.
Bah, Blizzard will always mean Diablo and Starcraft to me. MMOs are the devil I say still. I don't need to ride the digital white pony again.
oh yeah, forgot to mention been playing WoW since.... uh.... Before Burning Crusade. lol. Oct before I think.
The time WOW was in beta i didn`t have internet connection...at all:o But now when i look at how much time i spend with those freakin MMOs and endless raids...hm, still WOW look childish to me;)
lol, was just questing in Northrend and crashed, so figured I'd check out Gamespot :P My mage is only up to 73, but w/e 8) Nice blog! And damn you for mentioning Kings Quest! lol. I now want to play King Quest 1 - 7 and the Quest for Glory Games :lol: My first MMO was actually the Realm which was originally made and published by Sierra :D But with all the damned kids these days, no one remembers most of those games. Damn, I guess being 25 is archaic for a gamer :lol:
I personally don't play MMO's or MMORPG's because I don't have alot of time to dedicate to them. I also get very frustrated with other players who just don't know how to play well with others. I am glad you are really liking it. Maybe someday I will find time to play something like that... but for now I will stick to my single player campaign games! :)
I never ever played WOW ever, even after my friend game me a demo disc thingy for a trail. But half of the population of my friends play it, and I'm amazed if I ever see them come outside lol. Though it is rather apparent the size and scope that WOW is. And it only got bigger. Maybe one day I'll try it out.
Nothing against MMO games, but I sure wish that the resources spent on putting out an MMORPG would be used to create, say, three fantastic traditional RPG titles.
I was actually really disappointed with WoW. It seems like no matter what MMORPG I try, nothing just pulls me in nowadays. Had I played WoW in my younger years, then maybe it would have, but nowadays the whole experience just doesn't do it for me. :(:(:(
:lol: You have a real way with words, m'dear - this get's my vote as Most Entertaining Read For Today! Some very quotable quotes - both old and new.
ROFL :lol: !! Back on my old server I called my sapphire colored demon my little "space goat" :lol: . But I needed this read, it made me laugh a lot ^^; I can say WoW does have it's ups and downs, and at times I really enjoyed it. But now I don't think I would go back. I have just enough repetition in most console games to satisfy me. Long live FFXI Online ~ once my pc is fixed and I have the money to go back. But reading this did bring back some smiles.