World of Warcraft's 2001 Reveal Feels Like a Different Age

Illustration for article titled emWorld of Warcrafts/em 2001 Reveal Feels Like a Different Age
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The year was 2001. Rather than battling evil computers on white-washed spaceships, we were instead still living on Earth playing PC games, and stuck in that awkward phase between the pre-WoW Blizzard and its post-StarCraft efforts.

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That phase is perfectly illustrated here in this cover feature in the sadly now-defunct CGW magazine, giving the world its first look at World of Warcraft a full three years before its eventual release in 2004.

Some of the feature is telling, some of it is spot-on, while other parts are downright hilarious given the passage of time, but on the whole it's a fascinating read given the kind of success the game would find when it was actually out.

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World of Warcraft magazine revealing from 2001 [Reddit]

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I wish I could forget everything about WoW and discover it like in the old times. It was one of a best experience a player could have lived... The first time you stepped in Stormwind, Ashenvale or Darkwood, you were amazed! And it was the same thing for the entire game!

Getting to level 60 was quite long, it took me 20 days of /played, your character had a meaning because you put a lot of time in it. Getting items was hard. "Monkey" items which give agility and endurance were common for lvl 60 rogues. Getting your first blue in a level 60 dungeon was incredible! And I don't even talk about epics.

You had to make friends in order to play in dungeons (no automatic group making!).

Being with 39 other players on TeamSpeak and wipe continuously on the first boss of Molten Core is not a thing you can experience now :p

Alterac battles were endless, it could last several hours! 10 hours! Have you ever played for 10 hours in one huge battleground? Have you seen 150 vs 150 players near Tarren Mill?

God... That game was simply incredible.