Children of Wrath
About two months ago I read a curious piece on one of the English-language World of Warcraft blogs about several generations of players. In a nutshell, it boils down to the following. In the four-year history of the game three periods stand out clearly:
WoW v 1.xx: November 2004-January 2007. So-called "original WoW" or "vanila WoW", "pre-TBC WoW.
WoW v 2.xx: January 2007 - November 2008. So-called "TBC WoW".
WoW v 3.xx: November 2008 - today. "Wrath", "WotLK".
A list of changes made by Blizzard developers over the course of four years would take more than a hundred pages. Changed the mechanics of the game classes, there were two new races, new territories scale continents (Outland and Northrend), small islands, new dungeons, vehicles, new heroes, and more. Twice the limit of character growth was raised. Blizzard held world events to coincide with seasonal holidays and epic events like the opening of the Dark Portal and the departure of the Horde and Alliance to Northrend.
In the aforementioned article, the author says that the generation of players starting out in Azeroth now will play a different game than those who started 3-4 years ago. They probably won't get into the legendary raid instances of Molten Core or Black Wing Lair. Gather the company in it now is very difficult. Unless they go on a fan raid with the old guys. They'll fly past the 5-person dungeons that were already empty in the TVS era. They won't see half of the Outland zones because they need half the content of The Burning Crusade to get to level 68 and get to Northrend, where life is now boiling. They don't know that in the past you could only fly to one point on a griffin, then transfer and fly on. They don't know that you used to be able to go to Stratholme as a group of ten. They might not even know there's such an instance at all, because after 58 they go straight to Dark Portal.
As the old folks in my guild said after I shared my thoughts on the article - the game is different. Some say quite different.
After that I sat and thought for a long time about what generation I belong to? I started playing before the release of WotLK, when the word "seventy" still meant something, the first riding mount given at level 40 and before the patch 2.4.3 it cost more, the system "achievements" was not the word and no one really did not suffer without it. I myself became a seventy two weeks before the release of WotLK. So technically I'm in the "TBC generation". On the other hand - I never made it to TBC raids, so I can't consider myself a full-fledged "TBC kid".
Anyway, it's an interesting topic. Yesterday in the strart zone Dun Morog ran in a party with another hunter and a mage. How to invite the party did not know. When I asked the hunter why he was backing away from the mobs, and not cajit it, he was silent. In general, both were silent as a fish on the ice. As it turned out later, both played the first day. Children of Wrath.