World of Warcraft has been out for over a decade, roughly a third of my entire life, and it has had a huge impact on me over the years. I played it for nearly 9 years straight, and intermittently following that. I have gone back a few times, and I have always kept an eye on it. Even when I say that I’m done with it, I keep going back and at least checking to see what has changed… and I don’t see that changing.
I’m not going to try to conjure some sob story, because in reality I had a pretty comfy home life. But I did suffer from bullying and social anxiety and I was ostracized a lot in school, so I never really learned how to socialize, how to value people, or how to treat people. Looking back, it is kind of hard to believe I found someone who was able to tolerate the person I was enough to stay with me to become the person I am now… but that’s neither here nor there. The point of this is that when I started playing WoW I was your typical socially awkward, angsty, angry nerd. And while some of that still holds true, I like who I am now. And a lot of that I owe to the experiences I’ve found through gaming, especially WoW. The rest I owe to the one I mentioned a second ago.
This post is going to be a combination of reliving some of the great memories and appreciating the impact this game has had on my life. I spent around 9 years with this game. It’s kind of crazy to think that I played the same game for around 1/3 of my entire life, especially thinking about how much has changed in that time. I got married, moved out from my parent’s place, bought a house, got my first full-time job, started a stuffed animal collection, started this website and so much more.
StarCraft 2’s final chapter is upon is with Legacy of the Void. After the first two chapters focused almost entirely on Kerrigan – first on de-zergifying her and then on re-zergifying her – Legacy of the Void takes a different direction and focuses on a race that isn’t Kerrigan: The Protoss! But, all jokes aside, I have been waiting a long time for this so I am very glad to be writing this now.
This review is going to focus on the Co-Op Missions and the Campaigns – both the core and the epilogue – as I am not really interested in the competitive side, save as a spectator.
I know his story… I know all their stories
Blizzard and I have a lot of history. Some of the first computer games I ever played were Warcraft 1 and Warcraft 2. The first game I ever played online was StarCraft. Blizzard has been a part of my gaming life for at least a decade and a half, if not longer – it’s hard to remember exactly what year it was I got my introduction to them and we hit it off really well. Their games made me happy, and I loved the communities they’d built. For a while, in my eyes they could do no wrong… but over time… that has changed. I think we’ve been drifting apart for a while, and I’ve just had a hard time recognizing it… but recently, it’s been becoming more and more obvious.
Blizzard has recently announced that they’ve cancelled another much-anticipated title – this time the secretive Project Titan, which was supposed to be Blizzard’s next attempt at a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG. In order to mourn its loss, along with the finally confirmed to be cancelled StarCraft: Ghost, I’d like to celebrate the greatest of Blizzard’s works. This is not an easy list to narrow down, because while Blizzard hasn’t released a lot of games, they’ve (nearly) all been well made and they also have a vast array of books set in their game worlds. Here we’ll highlight the best among all of those… so let’s take a trip down Blizzard’s history.