View Poll Results: Vanilla or Later?

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  • Started Old School Vanilla

    2,033 79.32%
  • Came in the later days BCS or Later

    530 20.68%
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  1. #461
    The Patient Marquize's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by achrius777 View Post
    its a game its supposed to be challanging.
    Wrong, it's a game it's supposed to be entertaining and/or a waste of time, nothing that makes a game a game REQUIRES it to be challenging

    Anyways, I agree with you on the rest though, I didn't start in vanilla but I think what they're doing with WoD is going to be great and can't wait!

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    I did, started a few months after release.
    My little brother bought WoW, and I actually asked my mom to disallow him buying the game since I thought a monthly fee was ridiculous lol. I refused to play it at first but when I started my undead.....insta hooked for life. In the end it was me raiding and my bro not getting anywhere near our account during raidtimes, kinda feel sorry for him that he missed the epic raiding in vanilla because of me sometimes.

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    I did.

    During my first few months I selected 'need' for every item that dropped, because as a child I was taught to believe being 'greed'-y was wrong.

    But I also played hunter so what do you expect? \o/
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  4. #464
    I've played vanilla and I think that 40man raids sucked and group finder is the best thing that ever happened to the game.

  5. #465
    well if private servers count then i started somewhere during vanilla.
    but else at the end of BC. (which is the option i picked)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marquize View Post
    Wrong, it's a game it's supposed to be entertaining and/or a waste of time, nothing that makes a game a game REQUIRES it to be challenging

    Anyways, I agree with you on the rest though, I didn't start in vanilla but I think what they're doing with WoD is going to be great and can't wait!
    If it's not challenging and you don't have to 'work' for anything to accomplish something in the game it just feels empty now. Do you know any gear by name these days? I knew every single itemname and where it dropped in vanilla, legendary itemnames like rejuvenating gem, ashkandi, maladat, cloak of suturing etc etc which you dreamt about getting someday and after months of work it finally dropped, was waaaaay more rewarding than loot is now.

  7. #467
    Started around April 2005. But I don't see how being a "Vanilla player" is such a big deal; and obviously can't understand why there are so many "pretenders" out there. I'm not going to belittle people that started playing later or anything, it's uncalled for, and they are also an important part of the community. In fact it is likely that this poll is not representative of the actual percentages... I mean, 4 out of 5 are Vanilla players? Allow me to doubt it

    The game has changed with every expansion, and one can't objectively say whether it was "better" or "worse" at a certain point. Vanilla had some good stuff, but also had truly terrible things; and same can be said for every other expansion. I enjoyed my time in Vanilla, but I also did in TBC and Wrath.

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    Started in 2004.
    Grinded my way to Commander during the good ol' days. I'd love to see those "me wanna flyz" kiddos trying the old azeroth with mounts @ 40 that were really expensive.
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    Played in the File Planet Founder's Club closed stress beta, starting in early March 2004.

    Progression raided from Molten Core to Naxxramas and made Grand Marshal the old way.

    Come at me.
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    Dude it was a challenge cause noone rly knew what wow was... i was 40 lvl and i didnt know what Orgrimmar was...

    The AH system was still developing, AH didn't have anything you need even creating a flask back then was tought considering that you needed to do scholo. It was a different system but that was cause there was no MMO-Champion telling you what the next patch is about and there were no videos or staff like that of "test realms" etc.

    Nowadays you get to see pretty much most of the next expansion before the beta starts... a lot of guilds clear the instance on its Test realm...

    But also let me state out here, a vanilla like expansion wouldnt be good for me nowadays. When i was playing vanilla I was young, different responsibilities, i could raid from 18:00 to 04:00 and then login back again at 09:00 to kill azuregos for example, also farm from 11:00 to 15:00 or pvp or whatever, I mean I was spending wayyyyyyyyyyy tooooooooooo muccchhhhhhhhhhhhhh time in this game but I had the time to spend as well. Nowadays there is no way i would play a game like that, got few hours to myself in a week I don't rly wanna spend them grinding etc, just want to have fun. Blizz is doing good with what they have done for the moment, only thing they could do to change it is like the grinding that you need to do for heroic and mything etc.

    Have a special requirment for example "in order to join heroic verison of this raid you need to have farmed solo 500 mobs this week", smthing like that will spice it up for you that have the time to play the game and it wont get involved into normal versions which is actually for the people with no time or no skill

    But tbh noone from my mates that play in the top raiding guild would want such a grinding change, they are happy with wiping for 2-3 weeks get it down then raid once a week and continue their real life.

    Also the game is Old and we've seen everything so nothing is gonna bring you the joy you had when you were playing vanilla. Remember that time went into UBRS with 20ppl wipped at the 1st trash cause noone knew what heal tankor whatever is? That aint coming back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pencil View Post
    During my first few months I selected 'need' for every item that dropped, because as a child I was taught to believe being 'greed'-y was wrong.
    This is so cute.

    So cute, you are the first quote I've ever put in my signature. Congratulations.
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    I started playing November 2005 but I only played sporadically and was only level 44 when TBC released, so I never raided Vanilla. I didn't start raiding until mid-BC.

    I do however remember the unstable servers, the regular "Your talent points have been reset" messages when logging in (due to yet another character "rebalancing") and all the other "wonderful" features that classic wow had. All that was offset by the sense of wonder and sheer scale of the world. Everything was new.

    To the poster above - some games are fun because they're challenging.

  13. #473
    i'm really curious about how many answered the poll honestly. For me: i started in vanilla, got the game as a gift and at the start i hated the game because it was so hard (read boring grind fest) and i was stupid enough to had made a paladin which was attrocious (auto attack, seal hammer that was it) but somehow the game was very addictive and i started playing more and more and started raiding with some friends (started with mc after bwl was released) and now here i am still playing in mop (with some summer breaks ofc)

    In all honesty i dont really understand why people say vanilla was that good, it was a long grind fest where you had to grind hours of mobs just for 1 level and when you finaly turned 60 the grinding even got worse (attunements, resi gear, gold, .....) and i find it very wierd that a lot of people falsely say they played back then since you gain nothing with it

  14. #474
    Started May 2005, I had already played Ragnarok Online and FFXI so I thought I knew what to expect, but WoW literally blew my mind. Just stopped once, in TBC when raiding became too much of a chore, then I came back for WotLK and I did not stop until now.

  15. #475
    Vanilla is overrated, it's a faded memory people cling on to. This is the same syndrome as the old men at the cafè has, everything was better in the old days but it wasn't.

  16. #476
    I joined in BC, March 2007. I was such a noob back then :P

  17. #477
    midnight release back in 2004 drunk in wal-mart line .. was a fun night.

  18. #478
    I started WoW in early 2005. So I have played WoW for almost nine years (/embarassed). My brother introduced me to WoW and I was just sold immediatly. I leveled my druid to 60 along with my brother who played a rogue. Good times.
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    Vanilla was amazing for me because it felt like a "real" world.
    You saw people everywhere. World PvP in Hillsbrad was amazing and i really felt that my realm was a community.

    Things like Flying Mounts, LFD / LFR and Arenas ruined most of my immersion but i can't see WoW without them now. Also, i don't have the time to play that i had in 2004.
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    Quote Originally Posted by achrius777 View Post
    Seriously how many actually played Vanilla? From what I see not alot. World of Warcraft was one of the most succesful MMO's to ever be released.....and it all started with NO FLYING, NO GROUP FINDER, it really started with a very bare minimum system.
    And yet WoW has always been the most casual mmo on the market ever and that's the reason for its success. WoW staying the most casual mmo on the market with all the improvements makes it the biggest sub based mmo on the market.

    Oh, and I did play Vanilla and didn't like many things about it. But there was no alternative back in the day and I liked the idea of mmo in general. But really, both Vanilla and TBC has so many annoying elements that I've almost quit at the end of TBC cause I was fed up with the bs. The major changes in the game direction that came with WotLK made me stay and I don't regret because since WotLK the game was in vast majority only better and better. Yeah, there were always some issues and some things that needed a fix but nothing compares to how imperfect the game in Vanilla was.

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