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World of Warcraft Classic review: Second time lucky

World of Warcraft Classic review: Second time lucky

How on earth are you supposed to review something like World of Warcraft Classic? Not only are MMOs hard to review in the first place given their emphasis on community, but WoW Classic is already a known quantity. We already played this game 15 years ago - or, more specifically, 13 years ago as WoW Classic is based on patch 1.2 for vanilla WoW, which didn’t ship until 2006. Regardless of the specific moment in time WoW Classic captures, many of us have played this before, and we all likely have an opinion on how good this game is.

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Well, I’m addicted to World of Warcraft again

Well, I’m addicted to World of Warcraft again

A week ago today, World of Warcraft Classic launched. During this past week, I’ve been playing it pretty much whenever possible, and it certainly doesn’t seem like I’m alone there. Shortly after WoW Classic launched, it had over one million viewers on Twitch, and even now as I write this, it’s sitting at a very respectable 244,000 viewers - still enough to make it the most-watched game on Twitch by a good margin. Then, of course, we have the well-documented and oft-maligned queue times, which even after a week can still last five or six hours on popular servers. In short: A lot of people want to play WoW Classic at the moment, and I’m definitely one of them.

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How to remotely queue for WoW Classic while you work

How to remotely queue for WoW Classic while you work

We're now a couple of days out from the launch of World of Warcraft Classic, and unfortunately, the insanely long queue times don't seem to be getting any better. Players are facing 6+ hour queue times just to get into some of the more popular WoW Classic realms, and though Blizzard has added more servers in the time since launch, it doesn't seem to be helping the problem much.

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World of Warcraft Classic has been a very wholesome experience so far

World of Warcraft Classic has been a very wholesome experience so far

World of Warcraft Classic has been widely available for a little under a day now, and for many people, a lot of that time has been spent contending with mind-numbingly long queue times. Right off the bat, the WoW Classic experience emulates that of 2004 WoW pretty well. Obviously, long queue times can be nostalgic, but once you actually get into the game, you'll find something that's missing from a lot of games these days: A real feeling of community.

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World of Warcraft Classic gets three new realms as servers choke

World of Warcraft Classic gets three new realms as servers choke

It's been a pretty intense initial 24 hours for World of Warcraft Classic. A ton of players have been looking to log into the game and relive WoW as it existed in 2004, and because of that, the servers are having a difficult time keeping up. On many realms, players have been greeted by hours-long queues when they attempt to log in, and while that emulates the experience of launch-day World of Warcraft pretty darn well, it isn't exactly ideal.

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Here’s how to play World of Warcraft Classic

Here’s how to play World of Warcraft Classic

Today is a big day for World of Warcraft fans, as Blizzard is launching WoW Classic. WoW Classic is Blizzard's official attempt at (and answer to) vanilla servers that have proven to be popular with WoW fans. With it, fans will be able to play World of Warcraft as it more or less existed shortly after it released in 2004, with no expansions and none of the major modern improvements.

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WoW Classic eases character creation limits, adds realms pre-launch

WoW Classic eases character creation limits, adds realms pre-launch

After a lot of build up, we're quickly approaching the launch of World of Warcraft Classic. The game is set to release later today, and in anticipation of this launch, Blizzard has added new realms and eased restrictions on character creation. If you've got a ton of different characters you'd like to try once WoW Classic releases but you don't want to spread them out across realms, now is your chance to create them.

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Blizzard to World of Warcraft Classic players: Those bugs aren’t bugs

Blizzard to World of Warcraft Classic players: Those bugs aren’t bugs

Though World of Warcraft Classic won't be widely available until later this year, many players received access to the game via its beta launch last week. Days later, Blizzard has published a list of non-issues that players keep reporting as bugs, advising these players that 'the nature' of the game 'sometimes invokes different memories for different players...' Those discrepancies have resulted in some players perceiving normal gameplay as buggy.

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World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition includes 10″ figurine

World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition includes 10″ figurine

Blizzard has launched pre-orders for "World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector's Edition" through its online store. The kit offers a number of notable and collectible items, including a large figurine measuring more than 10-inches tall. Buyers get fine art prints, a special mouse pad, and more. The product is available to order in North America, but has already sold out its first batch.

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World of Warcraft Classic finally has a release date

World of Warcraft Classic finally has a release date

The Blizzard faithful have been waiting for World of Warcraft Classic to get a release for quite some time. WoW Classic was first revealed back at BlizzCon 2017, and ever since then, Blizzard has stuck to a rather vague "summer 2019" release date. Today the long wait finally ended, with Blizzard revealing that World of Warcraft Classic will be out in August.

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Microsoft ports DirectX 12 to Windows 7 for World of Warcraft

Microsoft ports DirectX 12 to Windows 7 for World of Warcraft

Talk about sending mixed messages. Microsoft has recently reminded its customers that Windows 7 support is ending next year and is going to start nagging them to upgrade to Windows 10. At GDC 2019, however, it is seemingly giving gamers a reason not to upgrade yet. It boasts that it has just made a critical part of DirectX 12 available on a version of an operating system it will soon abandon, all for the sake of courting Activision Blizzard's World of Warcraft players.

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Blizzard will make more WarCraft, Diablo games in the face of layoffs

Blizzard will make more WarCraft, Diablo games in the face of layoffs

If Activision Blizzard manages to pull off this near-impossible challenge, it will be a miracle. Not that it will do anything to repair the company's tarnished image. After announcing a record-breaking 2018 revenue, the game developer announced it would be laying off around 800 people. That's because it expects Blizzard to have disappointing sales this year due to the lack of new major content for existing games. And its strategy to make ends meet? Make new games instead.

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