World of Warcraft Classic is compelling in ways that modern WOW isn't

From Eurogamer: "When I booted up the World of Warcraft Classic demo for the first time a couple of weeks ago - while BlizzCon was still in full swing, and the servers were busy - the general chat channel was flooded with nostalgic longing. People were loving this recreation of the great massively multiplayer game's early days and lamenting what WOW had become in the 14 years since. Someone celebrated freedom from the tyranny of item levels. Someone mentioned the hushed sound design, noting that they could hear every footstep and clink of their chainmail. Someone else remembered how the community was so much friendlier back then, in so much less of a rush."

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bigmalky25d ago

MMOs were pure, fun, community led gaming back in those days. All the random parties, focus on soloable content, and microtransactions killed the genre.

WoW, Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest 1 and 2, City of Heroes/Villains and Guild Wars were amazing... Then it all suddenly died on it's arse to make games more accessible.

PapaBop25d ago

Completely agree. I miss that community social feel of old MMORPGs back when server choices felt like they really mattered and you actually felt like you was a part of something., I still consider myself a proud Farstarian despite SWG being dead for a long time now. That feeling has gone now and I really hope classic brings it back.

I think the problem with this approach though is highlighted by Thunder God Bane below, those of us who enjoyed that experience back then are all older now and I know I struggle to make the time to play those sort of games. I'm sure I'll have a blast with classic but I just know that running MC for the first few times is going to feel extremely uncomfortable because of just how long it's going to take and I will be questioning whether or not it's worth it.

bigmalky25d ago

I was in my mid 20s with a family and full time job when these games were out. No idea why people don't have time, other than playing multiple other games at the same time.

That's not a disparaging remark from me, by the way, just that the MMOs were so good back then, that there was no need to play anything else long term. I don't play online FPS anymore at all, so I reckon I'd have the time for an old school MMO.

clouds525d ago

Makes sense. MMOs were amazing back in the day. It a new and fresh experience, you could explore a new world together with your friends. You needed them and they needed you. But bit by bit it was dumbed down to the state where now you can do all the things by yourself and change difficulty and farm achievements...

Thunder_G0d_Bane25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

Ahhh those rose tinted glasses...

I have fond memories of playing my first MMOs ; The Realm Online, Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies and then WoW.

But as a parent now with a career I could never sink the same amount of time those games demanded. Call me crazy but I prefer the more casual state of WoW today cause it suits my needs and I think Blizzard understands their fans from launch (like me) are now 13 years older.

Right now I'm rotating Destiny Forsaken, Red Dead 2, Battlefield 5 and will resub to BFA when patch 8.1 launches. I'm already having a hard time balancing it all lool I have no interest in going back to the grind of vanilla WoW.

Kosic25d ago

A lot of people don't understand that Classic was super slow, broken and not balanced at all. It was fun the first time around, but to play a class that had one raiding spec (paladin) was boring at times.

Things what take a week to achieve, took months back then. I'd consider playing if they fixed all class specs to perform in raids.

Btw, who actually misses sitting in trade chat asking for the ubrs key or someone to tank brd... Then 3 hours later the group disbands before you even make it to the dungeon? Yeah, I'll pass on that.

Thunder_G0d_Bane25d ago

Hahaha exactly.

God sitting on chat asking if anyone had key to Urbs or the gate for Strat UD. I really couldn’t be asked with any of that today lol

bigmalky25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

That's the thing though, you're grinding out Destiny and Battlefield... To me, after Bad Company 2, those types of game were less interesting than grouping up with your guild and going adventuring.

I would have gladly dropped any FPS to play a good MMO, and still have the time for family and work.

Thunder_G0d_Bane25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

I don’t grind in those games. I play at leisure. It’s easy to jump in play a game of gambit or a crucible match in destiny just like a round in battlefield.

You cannot do that in vanilla wow. Finding a group alone for a dungeon will take you 20+ mins in trade chat without group finder. Man vanilla is an absolute no go for me. It’s too heavy in time sinking.