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The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger took the long way around Old Town, south through Tanner Circle and down Bulwarks, across […]

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Nostalgia and Warm Fuzzies
comment 7 Written by on August 28, 2008 – 8:45 am

This little video is something I’ve had since back before Burning Crusade that’s come to mind as I’ve been playing my little alts.  It’s not the most advanced machinima out there, but it’s something I’ve always enjoyed for various reasons.

Warcraft has been a lot of different games over it’s course – and it’s fun to look back at how things “used to be”.  Loronar talked about the generation gaps in WoW and how they affect the way that we play now.  It’s fun to think about the first days of playing, and remembering the silly things I did leveling up.  I started playing this game just before patch 1.5 (when the first battlegrounds were released) – before Blackwing Lair was introduced, though I’ll admit to being more interested at the time in the Darkmoon Faire than the 40 man, tier 2 raid.

I remember particularly when a very good friend (and the person who taught me how to be a hunter) found out that I’d never been to Rachet, and rounded me up with a pile of Cherry Grog and we went and got drunk and danced with level 10 Taurens in the inn.  Also, cliff jumping in Ferelas!

Was everything perfect and rosy back then?  Of course not.  Are things perfect and rosy now?  Not really.  That doesn’t make things any less fun.  The game is getting ready to change again – and it won’t be perfect and rosy then either.  But I think, regardless, it’ll be fun – good people, good characters, and crazy adventures that make all of our heads spin.

What are the things you most remember about being a new player in Warcraft?  Do any of those memories stand out?  What “wow generation” are you a part of?

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7 Responses to “Nostalgia and Warm Fuzzies”

  1. I started playing about a week after TBC release, this being my first ever MMO. Things that I still remember feeling very noobish about:
    1.) Not learning how to swim underwater till around level 25 or so. Incidentally, this was also the first time I learned to click both mouse buttons to move.
    2.) Hearing the term “tank” for the first time and wondering how the heck large machines with guns had anything to do with the game and how they’d get into Deadmines.
    3.) Wondering why Hogger had such a pretty portrait frame than the other Gnolls and trying to solo him as a lowly level 11 warlock. As you may imagine, that ended poorly.

    Nowadays, I happen across those low level players that are obviously brand new to the game and try my level-best to be patient and explain the basics to them. Everything from talent points to professions to defining what an instance is and the difference between their Torn Leather Pants and my Merciless Gladiator pants. It’s fun for me and reminds me that, to so many players, this game isn’t necessarily about farming, raiding and arenas. It’s about exploring a new land for the very first time.

  2. You know, going back to the night elf starting zone still gets me all nostalgic. So does Elwynn Forest, really, since my poor night elf was dragged there at level six =P

  3. Similar to the “late vanilla” generation that experienced levelling to 60, but never got to raid eve onyxia’s, let alone naxx, I find myself in the “late BC” generation that managed to get to 70, but will never set foot outside of 10-man raids before wrath is out.

  4. I’m kind of in the same boat as I was pre-BC. I started BC having seen all of MC/ONY/ZG and the first half of BWL. Never set foot in Naxx.

    Going to end Burning Crusade working through (and possibly finishing) Black Temple, but I don’t see Sunwell in my future.

    Wonder if this is common (raids are finding about the same amount of progression as they did in “vanilla wow”)?

    By Anna on Aug 28, 2008 | Reply
  5. If the game was perfect it would not be so involving. It is the unfairness that keeps us hooked.
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  6. I find myself switching roles with Anna. I started my priest just past Christmas at release with no concrete plans. I never thought I’d reach 60, see the inside of MC, or ever earn Benediction ((now a trophy to pre-BC priests)). Then I found myself sub-healing and ultimately MT-healing full clears of BWL and downing several bosses in Naxx.

    Now in BC, I find myself down 1 boss in SSC and 1 in TK, with no particular plans or progression into and past MH, BT, or ever to SWP. I’ve found it’s always striking a balance between WoW and real life, and my time commitment and interest has varied over the last almost-4 years I’ve played. I do wish I could go back to the start of WoW, of the immense world that took forever to traverse and endless quests, lands, and sights.

    By Niyahti on Aug 28, 2008 | Reply
  7. Being an “older” player, I first came to WoW after years of playing board games and then floppy disk/cd rpgs.
    The breadth and depth of WoW astounded me (and still does). Not growing up as a person of the computer-generation I do not take for granted the the world of WoW.
    I was fascinated and excited to discover each new area. I laugh now, but remember the fear I had traversing Dustwallow the first time. So afraid of dying.
    I don’t like 25 person raids, though have done parts of Gruul’s and Hyjal, and probably never will go into those areas. I look forward to the 10 person options in the expansion. Solo or guild, main or alt – I really enjoy my time….. though I have had bad experiences in pugs – left in too many instances to trust them anymore.

    By Kebb on Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

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