Feasting on Indian food then playing soccer is its own unique circle of hell.
Nine years of WoW, from the chair of Andy
World of Warcraft just turned 9. First off, tremendous congratulations to everyone at Blizzard for not only making an incredible game, but keeping it an incredible game. As someone that’s was in the business of critiquing games for a number of years, and has been in the business of making them for a short time, I can’t even fathom how hard that team works.
And with that milestone in mind, I wanted to take a moment and get sappy about World of Warcraft.
My first strategy game was Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness. And, much to the chagrin of my dad (whose computer I ended up using for it), I played the everloving shit out of it.
Warcraft II quickly converted me into a diehard Blizzard fan, and it didn’t take long for me to come down with StarCraft and Diablo-related sicknesses that kept me home from school on countless days.
But, when World of Warcraft came out I was only 16. I had a freshly minted driver’s license, a newly cobbled together PC of my very own (sporting a GeForce 4 MX 440, an AMD Athlon 2500+, and 512MB of RAM bitches!), and a close group of friends that were primed and ready to embark on adventures in Azeroth.
I made zero hesitations when joining them.
During my time playing that game, I joined PC Gamer as an intern and quickly became their resident WoW expert. I edited stories about the game, I kept track of news, fact-checked like a madman, I even would try to slink out early whenever I could to catch a raid with my guild. (I’m positive that they noticed.)
No matter where I went during my admittedly tumultuous late-teens and early 20’s, I always had that one constant. WoW. I played it with my friends from back home when I was living in San Francisco fresh out of high school, I played it when I was living back home in Washington after my internship with PC Gamer and kept in touch with friends that I made playing the game. Hell, I’ve even had the chance to meet up with some of the people I met during my time in Azeroth, and I’m damn happy to have them as friends.
World of Warcraft was the source of my first full-time job. The World of Warcraft Official Magazine was easily one of the most incredible times of my life, and I’m still sad that it didn’t fare better in the end. It is, hands down, one of the most stunning magazines I’ve ever had the chance to work on, and I’m proud to have it on my shelf of editorial accomplishments.
Warcraft has a tremendously deep place in my heart. WoW is an incredible game and even with Mists of Pandaria, Blizzard continues to keep the story insanely interesting (and well-told, I might add), the gameplay truly fun, and the community downright amazing.
Here’s to you, kid. Now, onward to Warlords of Draenor. (And whatever the hell Titan is.)
As we collectively walk through the doors of the PS4’s launch, I’d like to take a moment and remind you that The Final Bosman is incredible.
The whole song is mind-blowingly amazing, but from 5:00 it gets downright incredible.
Listen to this and be introduced to the best part of your day.