How World of Warcraft was made, from an insider’s perspective

    
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It's sort of like progress.

World of Warcraft fans are buzzing about a new book that looks at the development of the game from one of the insiders who was there from the beginning. The World of Warcraft Diary chronicles the journey of John Staats, a 3-D level designer who started writing about his experiences on the game since March 2001. And yes, this book was licensed by Blizzard.

“My book offers a rare, unfiltered, comprehensive look at game development. I start at WoW’s humble beginnings, and give a fly-on-the-wall access to the dev team’s conversations, debates, failed experiments, and internal pressures,” Staats said. “I kept the pretty pictures out of the book. I am celebrating the chaotic, humorous, and ugly side of computer game development.”

Thanks to a lot of advance glimpses of the game and a Reddit AMA, the book’s Kickstarter campaign has exploded to great success in its first week.

And if that’s not enough World of Warcraft history for you, US Gamer has an obnoxiously long piece about the development, release, and operation of the game written with the help of several devs.

In the current game, Blizzard is dealing with a world quest exploit that’s been lighting up the community. “We are indeed aware of this exploit and have been working on a fix. We are also taking action against those who are abusing it,” the studio said yesterday.

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Weilan

I wish the direction of Vanilla was kept throughout the years and they ignored listening to 12 year old snots waving their parents’ wallets.

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Bruno Brito

I’ve heard John’s thoughts on Classic on a interview he did a while ago. It was interesting, he said he wouldn’t believe if Blizzard could bring classic before 2020. That being said, he said himself he was out of the loop and without insider information, and since he’s not into gaming development anymore, his info could be really outdated ( according to him ). But in his knowledge, 2020 was for him, too soon, actually.

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Stiqman

“unfiltered” – uh huh.

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Armsbend

Yeah. Like the Cliffy B Bro book where he titillates with stories about his dev pals cheating on their wives and such. I bet that is part of the book.

This stuff is trash tier garbage. Read something worthwhile instead. Anything outside of a gossip rag would be more useful.

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Armsbend

Yet another kickstarter scam. No one would willingly publish something as trivial and boring as one non professional writer’s experience as a mid level developer – so make a kickstarter for the rabid fan so you can get that free rent while you tell your shitty “tell-all” minus the personal experiences.

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Songs for Children

Aside from your own opinion, what are you basing any of this on?