Global Chat: Getting a hit of that EverQuest nostalgia

Ahh… smell that? Smells like a new batch of EverQuest nostalgia, served up to us as a fresh progression server. For some of the faithful, the chance to get a hit of that nostalgia is absolutely irresistible.

“I love EverQuest,” blogger Stargrace writes. “I love the excitement that comes with playing on a progression server. I love how busy they are, and watching chat channels fly by. I love the community and the fuzzy feelings I get when I think about that time in my life.”

Kaozz explained why this server was in such high demand: “My son was baffled how many people want to play on this type of server. I’ve been waiting on one for years and keep up with the requests in the forums I have seen for so many years.”

And The Ancient Gaming Noob finds it baffling that Blizzard isn’t cashing in on these kinds of servers with World of Warcraft. “Nostalgia sells, these servers are popular, they offer something people want and, more importantly, something people are willing to pay for,” he said.

Inventory Full: Easy to be comfortable

“The whole experience feels almost orders of magnitude more relaxed and relaxing. Where most of my older memories of FFXIV:ARR involve tension, frustration and hard work, this time it seems almost… easy. It’s not just that I no longer feel strapped to the engine of a speeding train as it careers from one meaningless cut-scene to the next (although feeling free to click through without watching, listening or reading is extraordinarily liberating). It’s that everything, every part of the process, seems to happen faster, more fluidly, without abrasion.”

The Bearded Minstrel: What’s next for LOTRO?

“People seem concerned about what else SSG can do with the world of Middle Earth after SPOILERS Sauron’s death […] I modified SSG’s map of Middle-earth to show important Landmarks in Middle-earth. Pro-tip: The greyed out names are areas we haven’t been to yet. While we have covered the ‘major’ zones in the Lord of the Rings story, there is still a TON of land we have yet to visit. Mirkwood, South of Bree-land, Southern Gondor, Mordor (Soon!) and the Dale/Iron Mountains area in particular combined make up effectively the entirety of the explorable space of Middle-earth we have today!”

Occasional Hero: Guild Wars 2 expansion wishlist

“Two stories in a row about dragons is fine. Whatever. But there’s so much more you could do! If the living world story is any indication, I may be getting my wish, but I’m still not convinced they won’t throw a random fight with Kralkatorrik in there just for good measure. Oh, but [minor spoilers] don’t kill him, because apparently killing dragons is bad for the environment or something.”

Adventures in Skywall: Expansion memories

“I know a lot of people hated this expansion because LOLPANDAS, but sitting back and looking over everything, this is my all time favorite expansion. Everything was unique, looked so different, and the lore for the zones was really awesome. It seemed everywhere I turned I was either stopping to take a screenshot or to appreciate all the little details that was put into areas. During this time, my guild also began running things with me and Pigletoos. I also have really fond memories of us on the Timeless Isle. The day that it was released, I spent 12 hours online! Many other nights there I spent with my friends chatting and waiting for rare spawns to pop up (Huolon up!). The entire expansion was just wonderful in my eyes, and I often go back to those zones to relax and listen to the music.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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Dreema

I’m always disappointed myself by Blizzard’s stubborn refusal to launch a classic server. It seems like such an obvious money making scheme, coupled with very low overheads, that it seems pretty unbelievable after all these years that we still don’t have one.

Retail WoW I quit a year ago after a decade of constant play and found I don’t miss it one bit. But classic WoW? I still find myself wanting to play it. I’ve been playing on private servers for over the four years now but I’d come back for an official classic server in a second.

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kaozz

Thanks for the mention, Justin!

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Lord Zorvan

Blizzard still has over 7 million reasons to not give a rats ass what people want.

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gary_peterson

I’m not sure that’s accurate.
While I couldn’t say why/when/if as far as what Blizzard thinks of legacy servers, 7m seems quite high if you’re talking about WoW subs. Census addons are counting 1.5m characters in US/EU realms.
Census data certainly isn’t 100% for various reasons (great at identifying trends, however) but they are all we have to go on since subs stopped being officially reported, so far as I know. I could be wrong.

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Dreema

And at one time they had over 12 million reasons.

(Not to mention that no one seriously believes WoW still has 7 million players.)