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Patch 8.1.5 Build 29220: New Loading Screens

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This week's PTR build comes with new loading screens for Arathi Basin and Warsong Gulch.

Arathi Basin and Warsong Gulch will receive visual updates in Patch 8.1.5 and Blizzard added new loading screens for both in the latest 8.1.5 build. Do you like them?

Arathi Basin

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Warsong Gulch

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Brawler's Guild and Darkmoon Faire loading screens have been updated with the Classic logo.

Darkmoon Faire

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Brawler's Guild

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One of the best things about the upcoming classic servers (which I wont be playing, I played it in 2005 have no desire for it now, but whatever floats your boat) is that it allows Blizzard to upgrade formally 'untouchable' content that people would scream "MY NOSTALGIA" about. Now they can do cool stuff and just shrug and point at classic if people want the old version.

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1 hour ago, tkioz said:

One of the best things about the upcoming classic servers (which I wont be playing, I played it in 2005 have no desire for it now, but whatever floats your boat) is that it allows Blizzard to upgrade formally 'untouchable' content that people would scream "MY NOSTALGIA" about. Now they can do cool stuff and just shrug and point at classic if people want the old version.

Yes, exactly.

I also played it in 2005. I vividly remember being in Ironforge and seeing a human warrior with Lightforge Spaulders and about 15 players (a lot back then) were next to him and spamming him with questions: "Where did you get these awesome shoulders?" Wonderful memories - of course it never occurred to anyone that they are not really meant for warriors ?. Also, seeing a gnome on a Nightsaber mount (how did he get it? ?), his name was Jetix, oh damn he was so well respected. Great times.

However, I also remember hitting lvl 3 mobs as lvl 30 to improve my weapon skill in 2H axe. Similarly, running to the class trainer to get higher ranked spells after several levels... and etc. etc. In a way also great times. I really appreciate Blizzard started with the "harder" way. But I really would not like to return to that. It was awesome, but so it is now. It is, after all, for me, always about fellow players.

So with WoW classic we will get to see more of this "progress" - or attempts at innovation. People with rose-tinted nostalgia glasses can have their fun on Classic.

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I've spent years wondering if the human in the Arathi Basin loading screen was a beautiful faced guy or a beefy warrior woman. 

WSG gets points for trying to tell players the entire objective of the map. 

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4 hours ago, Gilifire said:

 

Yes, exactly.

I also played it in 2005. I vividly remember being in Ironforge and seeing a human warrior with Lightforge Spaulders and about 15 players (a lot back then) were next to him and spamming him with questions: "Where did you get these awesome shoulders?" Wonderful memories - of course it never occurred to anyone that they are not really meant for warriors ?. Also, seeing a gnome on a Nightsaber mount (how did he get it? ?), his name was Jetix, oh damn he was so well respected. Great times.

However, I also remember hitting lvl 3 mobs as lvl 30 to improve my weapon skill in 2H axe. Similarly, running to the class trainer to get higher ranked spells after several levels... and etc. etc. In a way also great times. I really appreciate Blizzard started with the "harder" way. But I really would not like to return to that. It was awesome, but so it is now. It is, after all, for me, always about fellow players.

So with WoW classic we will get to see more of this "progress" - or attempts at innovation. People with rose-tinted nostalgia glasses can have their fun on Classic.

The thing with nostalgia is that you can only experience that feeling once. That is what makes it unique. Even if you play again after 14 years, the feeling won't match what you experienced the first time.

Honestly, Vanilla is very overrated and the only reason people still cherish it is because of those nostalgia memories; everything was new and fresh. WoW was effectively the pioneer of what a MMO should look and feel like. But if you look at the fundamentals, the game is broken, and that is ok. Blizzard was experimenting as much as the other companies trying to find out what a MMO should be.

The reason why so many people say that "WoW is dying" since TBC is because they crave for those feelings of nostalgia they will never get to experience again, with WoW. The game might get new content, new zones, but it is the same game they grew up with. The only way for them to experience something new was if Blizzard were to come up with a "WoW 2" with a brand new engine and revamp everything; which they will obviously never ever do.

For me it was during WotLK that I say I had my definitive WoW experience and memories of nostalgia. It was the first time I had a Guild of my own (its name was "Brotherhood of Bracelet", by the way), filled it members that slowly became "family", fought my way through content with said friends, building something awesome. And I know I'll never have that feeling in WoW again, and that's ok; I'll always cherish those memories, those adventures, those stories.

I see people playing the new Ragnarok Mobile saying they prefer the old days; again, it is your brain playing tricks because it was your very first experience, where you mesmerized by encountering that brand new world.

Those are just my opinions, though.

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