The Daily Grind: Are you celebrating World of Warcraft’s anniversary?

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, but unlike many such years, it’s not “just another Thursday” to everyone else. No, this marks the actual 13 year anniversary of World of Warcraft, as the game was released on November 23rd, 2004. It proceeded to shatter pretty much every conception of what MMOs could achieve in terms of financial success, redefining the genre, the company that birthed it, and the career of Chuck Norris in one fell swoop.

Explaining that last one would take a long time, but trust us on that one.

The truth is that I wasn’t there quite on launch, but I was there a couple of days later, and I only later found out that the game was hard to find elsewhere. (I worked at Target at the time and we had a wall full of copies.) And while the game has had bright points and low points, good and bad, it’s still been running for a really long while now. So are you celebrating the anniversary today, dear readers? Or are you too busy with holiday plans and/or otherwise disinterested?

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nobleeinherjar

I wish I was still enthusiastic enough about WoW to say yes, but alas I am not. For all those who are, however, I am glad the game is still giving.

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Jeremiah Wagner

I will be hopefully next year in Classic.

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NeoWolf

O recent;y resubbed after many years away and have been having a blast and yes it included the anniversary although the originals quest i’ve only done once so far as i only have one character high enough and its a squishy fire mage whose gear is woefully out of date but I did get a nice pair of boots out of it. The anniversary buff item is nice too.

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Cosmic Cleric

I’m celebrating by playing a pre-Legion style disc priest on a private server.

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Sally Bowls

Not really celebrating but certainly playing.

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Alfredo Garcia

I am, but it wasn’t really my intention. Now I’m having an embarrassing amount of fun just bounding around everywhere with a Pandaren grin on my face. Seriously, the Pandaren models and animations are so much more detailed than the other races that I don’t think I can play as anything else. :p

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styopa

Celebrating WoW on a vanilla server.

Thankful that I won’t have too long to wait until I can pay Blizz for that privilege.

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Jeremiah Wagner

YAY CANT WAIT!!! I’m guna make new friends and actually have fun again!

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Chris Moss

It’s hard for retail players to believe this, but I truely am ready to PAY Bliz so that I can play on a Classic server.

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zoward

Likewise. Looking forward to official Blizzard classic servers so I don’t have to feel like a sleaze when I’m logging a version of the game I like.

Legion dropped to $24.99 this week, plus the cost of a sub. I kept telling myself I qwas going to buy it and try it out when the price dropped below $30. I saw it, and just … didn’t have any urge to resub or check it out.

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Sray

Nothing to add to the conversation, just wanted to wish all the Americams here a Happy Thanksgiving.

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zoward

Thanks Sray! I hope things are going well for you and yours also.

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Zora

I celebrate loved ones and I don’t really feel Blizzard harbours any feelings for me… they only like me for my wallet really

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Armsbend

I just spoke with Blizzard and all the hair pulling and name calling was because they had a secret crush on you. They want to meet you behind the gym after school. Yes? No? Maybe?

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Mark

Not subbed currently, may resub when 7.3.5 and level scaling hits to see how it works out.

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Utakata

…I haven’t even open up those gift boxes they sent to all my characters. o.O

It’s not that I don’t care, I’m just really the celebratory type. As I appreciate Blizz’s success with WoW by logging onto my account everyday. If wasn’t successful, I probably wouldn’t be able to do that. But congrats to them anyhows! <3

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Bryan Turner

If they offer up some free time sure, I rarely re-sub my account on my own so if they were smart they’d throw me a free week or two (which would inspire me to subscribe after having a bit of fun.)

Oh well Blizz it’s only money, I’ll be spending somewhere else instead.

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Loopy

Not really celebrating per se, but i am having a good time. Couple of my friends have decided to check out the game, so i’m leveling a lowbie with them. The celebration itself is not super appealing to me, other than the exp boost token.

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Sally Bowls

Almost all of my toons are 110 so the boost does not help on XP. But 225 Time Walking badges per toon is nice.

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Nate Woodard

I am. There’s nothing earth shattering about it. New glasses. Past anniversary gifts and free time walking token thingies that were given to purchase past or current anniversary gifts. I just saved ’em to use on actual time walking gear.

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Dread Quixadhal

I resubbed for a month a couple days ago, just because I had this odd desire to try making a new character and see how much gold he’d have at the end of a month of playing but not trying all that hard.

Not really any celebrating though. Like many, I’m somewhat looking forward to the “wow classic” thing, to see how it gets done, and if it’s actually any fun to play in 2018 (or later).

I do enjoy walking my level 1 newbie around with the 4th anniversary blizzard bear pet out. Not that anyone notices, but hey… I’m old. Old people wear their old clothes as if they were still cool. *grin*

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Eliandal

Similar..although I haven’t resubbed yet…too much going on and it’s not even Thanksgiving here!!!!! (Hope all the Americans have a good one though!) I’m definitely planning on it before the event is over – haven’t missed one yet. Got me thinking about launch…..a funny as hell Thanksgiving gift would be to put us all in the gathering pose – like we were for days after launch ;P!

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Dread Quixadhal

Heh, I still remember that one copper node just outside Ironforge that would ALWAYS stick you in that pose. I think it was broken like that all the way up to wrath.

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Sorenthaz

Nope, if I have to decide between WoW and another sub game right now that other game would be XIV.

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Zen Dadaist

Elf butts.

(Don’t play WoW so no comment. Filled in my own Poll answer.)

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TheDonDude

Actually, no. I’m resting and relaxing from WoW in order to be ready for Throne of Antorus next week.

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BalsBigBrother

Nope, its still just another Thursday in my corner of the world only with extra black friday sale spam emails to delete, gee thanks America ;-)

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zoward

Odd. I live in the US, and while there’s a ton of mail and TV ads, I didn’t get any emails about Black Friday.

Does the EU have any major shopping holidays akin to Black Friday (US) or Singles Day (China)?

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Bryan Correll

Spam e-mails? Pffft. Here in America 80%* of all commercials for the past three weeks have been about black freakin’ Friday sales.

* Pharmaceuticals account for 19%. Everything else is in the last 1%.**

** Yes, I made up those numbers, but they’re probably pretty close.

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Bryan Turner

Hurray for DRUGS!!!

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Nate Woodard

You’re welcome! :D

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Veldan

Pretty much this. I did find one email interesting though, which was Steam’s. I might just grab some games that are 75%-80% off.

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BalsBigBrother

NOOOOO I AM NOT GOING TO LOOK!

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Veldan

Come on, you know you want to

:D

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Danny Smith

Not really. I subbed for the first time in years this month and was reminded that sheer level of “fuck you this is my game you fucks facilitate MY experience” assholes the games community is made up of. Setting aside a story that feels exhausted at this point the WoW community is poison not worth celebrating.

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Hirku

Legion went on sale so I’m celebrating that, otherwise business as usual.

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Necromonger

WoW still the most toxic community but the game itself has its entertaiment.

Think most of us have played MMO’s for quite some time and only a few are worth comming back to and WoW is just one of them.

Just wished something new and fresh with the quality of WoW came out….

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Dušan Frolkovič

I have actually started tracking for all new games i play the TtAE (Time to A****** Encounter) statistic. It usually takes about 2 weeks of even pretty solitary play until you meet one.

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Pandalulz

Nah, my MMO subs are finally all turned off and I’m going to enjoy my detox for as long as I can before I let myself get pulled back in.

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pepperzine

Uh… no… the thought never crossed my mind, and now that it’s salient, it’s still not crossing my mind (and I was there for launch).

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Bryan Dixon

Once everyone is gone from here I plan on logging in and doing a bunch of lfr.

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Armsbend

I’m 12 years and 9 months late to the party but I guess I’m “celebrating” by logging in and trying to nail down a few event transmog items in ‘The Originals’ quest.

But mostly no gaming for me today – heading to the suburbs for some turkey dinner with the out-laws. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And to our friends across the pond? Enjoy your dreary fall day I guess?

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Tanek

Corgi. Pup.

That is the extent of my celebrating. :)

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Schmidt.Capela

WoW drove me away a long time ago, so nothing to celebrate, not really. I still watch the game with interest, but each year that passes, each expansion that I miss, makes it less likely that I will ever return.

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