An old issue of Computer Gaming World from 2001 reveals the existence of Blizzard's new MMO.
World of Warcraft has been chugging along as a cash cow for Blizzard since its release in November 2004, with four expansions and countless patches and updates that add new dungeons and features. Many players have lamented the loss of the days of vanilla WoW -- the days before the first expansion and more accessibility for newer players -- and have even given up the game because of their dissatisfaction.
Well, as a tribute to vanilla WoW, and coinciding with the launch of the new 5.4 patch for Mists of Pandaria, we offer you (courtesy of Reddit) the first reveal of the game in a cover story from the November 2001 issue of Computer Gaming World. It is an interesting read, especially when you consider all the changes that have gone into the game since then. Also figure that the article came out three years before World of Warcraft was officially released. That is practically unheard of now, with games usually unveiled only a year or so before a game is due to come out.
Enter the world of Azeroth and battle against the Alliance of humans, dwarves and night elves or the brutish orcs, trolls and undead of the Horde. World of Warcraft has a very large community of players with hundreds of servers and a myriad of endgame pursuits from raiding dungeons, questing, achievement hunting, PVP arenas, and now pet battles.
The article highlights the Harvest Golem from the Westfall human zone, and also shows off some screen shot that will make players a bit nostalgic for the pre-Cataclym word of Azeroth. And check out those ancient UI images.
Perhaps the most interesting was the list of things Blizzard did not want in the game:
- Load screens between zones
- The need to camp for crucial monsters (althoigh this still happens with rares and elites in certain zones)
- Too much downtime between battles
- Food and drink needed to stay alive
- Rabbits or rats to kill
Former Blizzard developer Bill Roper had a great comment about the last point: "Fleeing with my mighty Dwarven warrior toward a guard to save me from a rat -- that doesn't make me feel real epic and mighty."
Give it a read. The jump into 5.4 and see just how much has changed -- for better or worse.