When i started playing WoW i thought it’ll be a year or two and i’ll quit, obviously this did not happen, the game is a virtual home for me now, i’m sure i’ll keep playing it for few more years, so today i would like to go back to my earliest WoW memories.
Warning: long post, better to bring cup of hot tea or coffee 🙂
WoW in computer shops and magazines, in the early 2000s the internet was slow and expansive in this part of the world, more than that the internet did not have much to keep anyone connected for a long time, computer nerds (like me!) have to buy computer magazines and go to computer shops where they sell applications and games in large boxes, how i miss these shops.
I saw a piece of news about WoW in 2004, i think it was about beta WoW, i knew from that moment that i want to play this game, it took me many years to do that, every time i go to a computer shop i’ll see the beautiful WoW box and beside it a box for subscription cards, paying online was something few people could do back then.
I watched my brother playing WoW .. a lot, fuzzy memories here, but i remember watching my brother playing WoW, i think he was playing a troll or an orc, back then my idea about Alliance vs Horde was naive and simplistic, i thought the Alliance looks good so they are good, the horde factions look ugly and evil .. they are evil!
I even asked my brother why he is playing the “evil side”? he said everyone he knows play them, nevertheless i enjoyed watching that colorful world, i was so excited to see my brother fishing “ooooh fishing amazing” but felt disappointed when all he did was clicking on the fishing bobber, you see .. games like Ocarina of time have different way of fishing:
I’m not asking for much, am i?
The Worgen almost made me buy the game! from time to time i visit World of War craft website, read about classes and races, after announcing Cataclysm i saw the worgen and i loved the game more than ever, i thought this is the coolest race.
I have to say, i miss the old web, the web designs before this lifeless flat design that look the same where ever i go, old WoW website was beautiful, the current one looks good but i prefer the old one.
My first character was a gnome monk, with green hair! i asked my brother to let me create a character, i think that was in first months of Mists of Pandaria, it was a temporary character, just to test the game, and yet … and yet i could not help it to do som “research” before i made the character!
I’ll admit: i don’t like anything famous! when people go to famous coffee shop i refuse to go there, i choose local small coffee shop because it is less known, less famous, and that was the reason to choose gnome monk, because it was the rarest combination for race/class.
My english back then was not good enough, i can read but understanding what i read meant i read quest text slowly .. reread it many times to understand it, i did all the quests in the starting area for gnomes, and i have to say this soundtrack is stuck forever in my brain, i truly feel happy every time i hear it:
After the starting zone, went to Kharanos, and there i got a quest to go to Ironforge by the flying point, but i didn’t read the text well, i walked there and i’m glad i did, Ironforge for the first time was made me stand in awe, how magnificent is the whole city under the mountain, i walked around and around, i ignored my quest and went in a journey to explore.
Lucky for me it was the time for Darkmoon Faire, i saw the NPC in a bright green robe, told her to teleport me to Elwynn Forest, and there i saw the chat explode, so many people talking.
The one when i thought i could milk cows! in Elwynn Forest chat channel someone said that all the cows in the forest are dead, someone killed them all “how can we get milk from them now?” he asked not knowing that a fool nerd (me!) was so excited by the idea .. “i can milk cows in this game?! awsome!” these small details always more facinating to me than big flashy things … of course you can’t milk cows in WoW .. how disappointed i was when i learned that.
Walking around the forest i reached Stormwind and got lost there! i have no idea how to reach the Faire, untill i saw another green-robed NPC which teleported me to the Faire, i clicked on the portal, few seconds and another soundtrack started to take a place in my brain forever:
To this day the Faire music still bring me to the first time i was there, i love this place.
Then i bought the game, it was by the end of Mists of Pandaria, bad timing if you ask me, Pandaria was one of the best expansions in my opinion, but i was excited and confused, i made 3 or 4 worgen hunters to understand the game, i make a character, i get frustrated by my “mistakes” or by not finishing zones and getting lost in exploring, but i enjoyed every moment of it.