Clearly one of the best stories of modern times, known to all the people who played and enjoyed at least a few days in the beautiful land of Azeroth is the story of Warcraft, a tale that began a long time ago, when many of the people who “read it” nowadays weren’t even born and that grew ever greater with the passing of the years. From humble beginnings, Blizzard became one of the biggest game companies on the market and their greatest game: World of Warcraft, became the number one best-selling online game of all time and as with any story it had its ups and downs, but at the time when this article was written things were still going pretty well for everyone working on the project with plenty of stories awaiting to be told.
In honor of the upcoming expansion (the 5th expansion that is), I thought about making a small preview of all the events that happened and that shaped the game into what it is today, events that made it so much more than a game, they made it into a world … The World of Warcraft. Without any further delays allow me to get straight to the point and pass the talking pillow to some of my fellow gamers who told the story in a much more “visual” manner, thus making it easier to digest for today’s public. So for this post I have chosen three of the most representative videos (from three different WoW Channels) that cover all aspects of the game in very different manners, but when put together they complete each other and give a perfect sense to all that there is to know about WoW:
History of World of Warcraft (2001 – Today)
Cute gamer girl Panser from TradeChat makes a perfect review of all the major events in the history of WoW as a game, from its announcement in 2001 up until the latest news on Warlords of Draenor (as much as there was 6 months ago, when she uploaded the video). Among the most notable features of her small analysis is the introduction of all the Youtube WoW sensations, like the Greatest freakout ever or Francis gets hacked! (Awesome videos on their own terms, but not very much in with our story, maybe we’ll talk a little about those too, at a later time). Moving on then to the actual in-game story, presented from the uncertain beginnings till today.
Story of Warcraft (Complete Lore of Azeroth)
One of my favorite Warcraft channels is clearly that of Nobbel87 mostly because of all the great [Lore] videos that he made so far, but also for his small and concise guides such as the “How to: Solo” section of his channel (has some pretty good tips in those videos). This video however has to be one of the best ones he’s put out in quite some time now, for without too much effort he managed to pick out the most important events in the history of Azeroth and compile an amazing encyclopedia that covers all the major events and characters from start to date. Not to even mention that all through the video he placed links to all the various different lore videos covering each major event/character in more detail. I might even go as far as to assume that I do belive that this video is one of the best Warcraft history lessons in a nutshell that you’ll find out there, so I do hope you’ve enjoyed it and watched it all.
World of Warcraft Timeline (2004-2012)
And finally, after all the talk is done there is off course, the game itself. The best video I could out there that covers the entire main storyline from an in-game perspective was made by the fellas of WoW TCG Poland and it covers all the key gaming moments such as boss encounters in major raids and cinematics. The video begins with good old Vanilla raids and ends with the defeat of Deathwing in Cataclysm, however it most certainly managed to capture the true essence of all that Warcraft truly is for all those hardcore players out there: A game to be enjoyed with friends, a whole new way to brag about stuff you never even thought possible and why not loads of fun that sometimes needs to be thinned out with help from in-game tips (Take all things in moderation – Even World of Warcraft?! Really!!!).
That’s it for now, I do hope you’ve enjoyed this small article I’ve made up and the awesome videos on the story of Warcraft that brought back so many good memories from the good old days when the WoW community was so much thinner and basically all of us were a bunch of noobs … Now in the next post (whenever that is going to come out) I will try to make a small review of all the best guides and addons for World of Warcraft so that you may all be ready whenever the expansion comes out and who knows … One of you might even get the “Realm’s First” Achievement this time if you play your role right! Y’all take good care and keep yer game up!