World of Warcraft guides players to the jungle, enters the hall of fame

    
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So I'm going to die, but it's going to be a pretty metal death.

The opening moments of World of Warcraft‘s most recent expansion involve an assault on the Iron Horde’s base of operations, the Tanaan Jungle. Now, for patch 6.2, players are headed back to the jungle to take on the full might of the Iron Horde and knock them down once and for all. There will be vicious wildlife, quest hubs, enemies to kill, and new chapter-based quests to really put paid to everything started so far within the game’s storyline.

Outside of the game itself, World of Warcraft was announced as one of 15 finalists for the Strong National Museum of Play’s Video Game Hall of Fame. That puts it alongside titles including Tetris, The Oregon Trail, and Pac-Man. Considering the impact that the game has had on games in general and MMOs in particular, it seems appropriate.

[Source: Tanaan Jungle preview, 2015 World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists via Blizzard Watch]
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mourasaint
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mourasaint

MikedotFoster Angry Birds is definitely a “no-brainer”. In the literal sense.

XanadoX
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XanadoX

lol, how many of the list are they gonna take for the hall of fame? One?

they can keep the same list for next 5 years

Btw, you can nominee any game for 2016’s hall of fame induction…

usagizero
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usagizero

It’s weird, when WoD hit, i dove in and LOVED it. It felt like such a change from Pandaria, which i hated for so many reasons. I leveled two of my main characters, got a bunch of garrisons, and was even not playing FFXIV as much. Then… i don’t know, i just, stopped. At first i was only logging in to do garrison chores, and running weekly LFR, then less and less, now, i’m kind of linking in once every couple of weeks, if that. 

The proving grounds didn’t help, as i could only run heroics if i beat them on each character, and the few heroics weren’t that fun anyway. LFR was more fun to me, but the rewards lackluster, didn’t even just look decent. Then a long gap of nothing new, and this doesn’t really grab me either. 

Maybe FFXIV has spoiled me with having a good flow of content for all types of play, but i want to like WoW more, i just don’t. Guess if i just wait another year or two they will change directions again, and the new expansion will make this one all meaningless.

BhimaJenkins
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BhimaJenkins

Sythalin

And those games before WoW (except for Lineage for some strange reason) had as much success as pre-cursors to the iPhone. No, WoW wasn’t original for its time, and neither was Super Mario Bros. But they did catapult their respective genres and became bigger, and more influential on gaming as a whole than those that came before them.

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

Guide fails to impress how lacklustre the “invasion” of tanaan is. Grind garrison resources to build a ship because “you cant just fly there”, land and collect 3 letters before FLYING over half the zone to make a new outpost. Where you grind naval resources. You know, because you cant fly over this zone because reasons. For the finale of an expansion its not just piss poor storytelling, its the lamest hand waving excuse to add another mindless resource grind.

Honestly at this point i think they have given up the ghost on the warlords attempt at being the new direction for wow and are hastily rushing its conclusion to move onto their next extreme 180 for whatever potential subscriber catchment they are targeting next. Its not even nerdrage worthy. Just a shrug and a sigh.

At least i can play via gold now i guess.

MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

For anyone curious, the hall of fame finalists for 2015 are:

Angry Birds
Pac-Man
Pokemon
Pong
The Sims
Sonic the Hedgehog
Space Invaders
Super Mario Bros.
Tetris
World of Warcraft
Doom
FIFA
The Legend of Zelda
Minecraft
The Oregon Trail

This is the first year of the hall of fame for The Strong, which likely explains why so many of these nominees are no-brainers.

drypulse
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drypulse

“to really put paid to everything started so far within the game’s storyline.”

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Anyways, I came back for a bit before WoD launch and a few months beyond but, once again i got burned out and quit. Don’t think this is enough to get me back in.

orionite
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orionite

Siphaed Agreed. To be in any hall of fame, something should be iconic for a genre or era. WoW certainly was/is that. I was going to rant about Angry Birds being on the list, but by my own definition, maybe it deserves consideration? Makes me cringe, though.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Say what you will about WoW (I certainly do from time to time), but it does probably deserve to be in there amongst those games.  It has brought in millions of players to the genre, brought the genre out of the “geek” stereotype, and became a pop-culture hit.
Mr T wouldn’t pity the foo’ who wasn’t a Night Elf without WoW.
Leroy Jenkins would never have his chicken without WoW.  
Barrens Chat would never exist without WoW.  
Chuck Norris would not be mentioned 1,000x a day without WoW.
NGE might….still exist with or without WoW (sorry, SWG fans).
The MMO genre would never have boomed without WoW.
The term “WoW clone” would instead forever be “EQ clone” without WoW.

There are so many things that WoW got wrong, but more so are there things that WoW did right.  Adapting features much beloved in other games to absorb that particular audience as a vicious move of tactical business genius.   Turning an April Fools joke into a fully fleshed out expansion, charging people for it, and it ended up selling well.  Making everyone love flying mounts, then hating them, then removing them so that people would miss them (WoD); it’s only inevitable that the next expansion will once again turn back to flying mounts.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

That sounds like an award the developers at blizzard will cherish for minutes.