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    WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    Greetings mmo-champion and its visitors!
    I have recently produced and published a video that showcases interestingly different places on an old ALPHA client (from 2003) of the original World of Warcraft, and I thought some of you might be interested in it as well.
    Some things were seriously different back then, and at least I found it very interesting to see how WoW have evolved since then.

    linky:
    http://www.warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=147137

    ps. I would love it if you would leave a comment on the movie at warcraftmovies.com if you have an account there. Thank you

    Movie Description:
    A journey through time to a WoW once forgotten.
    From before most people had even had a chance to play it.
    Many areas, things and places were very different and this video aims to show you some of these.

    All footage within is from a client released December 11'th in 2003, which is just before the official BETA of the original WoW was launched.


    You'd be surprised how much was finished, but many things and intentions seemed to be very different from how they turned out in the end.


    Places explored (random order):

    Winterspring - Unfinished
    Ironforge - completely different layout
    Caer Darrow (scholomance) - Wierd
    AQ entrance - As if not an instance
    Stratholme - Interesting end.
    Gillijim's Isle - Forgotten and vanished Island
    Island of Dr. Lapidis - Also gone
    Karazhan - Very different design.
    Gadgetzhan - Smaller, BB buildings
    Darnasus - How do you get off?
    Zul'Gurub - Unfinished
    Old dark portal - Portal different
    Ogrimmar - Strange pathways.
    Mt. Hyjal - Beginning different

    I tried to make the places shown in the video get progressively more interesting, but I am not quite sure if I succeeded in this. So hang on if you think it might be a bit slow in the beginning

    This Movie is a relaxed tour through a WoW that once was.
    So sit back, and enjoy the ride.

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    Heh.
    Someone linked me this movie earlier.

    Some of the places really were fubar! Especially Karazhan, the layout looked nothing like it does today.
    Also, whatever happened to those island in the south seas west of STV? Why were they scrapped? ???

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    Karazhan looked freaking epic as hell.
    The two isles off STV coast looked so win

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    Awesome. Great video.
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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    Thanks, I enjoyed watching it

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    I'll have to watch most of it when I get home because watching a naked female NE run around on my work computer probably isn't the best idea >.> But from what I saw, it looks very cool. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    holy crap, everything was awsome!
    i realy liked scholomance and karazhan!

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    realy nice video, enjoyd it ( was that the music from alice in wonderland btw ? )

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    The thing that baffles me abit is that AQ seemed already finished and textured back then.

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    OMFG!!!! really, i LOVE the video!! great job, i enjoyed it very much. thanks alot for sharing
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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    Thank you! You kind words mean more to me than you think

    Quote Originally Posted by Douwe
    realy nice video, enjoyd it ( was that the music from alice in wonderland btw ? )
    Yep, it is - I wanted to create a feel of "adventure" and that theme fit perfectly.
    However, only the first theme is from Alice in Wonderland

    ps. I would love it if you would leave a comment on the movie at warcraftmovies.com if you have an account there. Thank you

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    very cool! makes me appreciate the efforts blizzard put forth. I like the old version of IF better though. It reminds me of LOTR's Moria.

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    Gilligan's Island.

    That could be a reason why Gillijim's Island never made it in to release.

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    Nice video, I had no idea some things were so different back then. Karazhan is just... O.o

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    Awesome video and music, xcept for the Avatar song which saddened and distracted me

    It just amases me how much ahead did the developers think back then! I mean look: Ahn Qiraj, Naxxramas, even Kharazan were partially done, more than 2 years before being released.

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    Alas, why cant Ironforge look like in this videos I had a real epic feeling when i saw this. Also AQ was realy stylish imo more than now. thanks for sharing
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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    One word: AWESOME.
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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    still have the alpha client on my external hard drive ;D

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    I admit I expected the Lich King to be stadning where Scholo would be XD

    Interesting, though--ZG and AQ are instanced so the emptiness didn't surprise me. Straholme did surprise me, though. That unfinished tower...the area looks like the place where the Scarlet Bastion now is. The Necropolis has me wondering if Blizzard had been planning to introduce us to the Death Knights of today way back then. Just look at how it's positioned compared to Acherus.

    Some of the textures from those two islands in STV were actually moved to the mainland. You can see that just by looking. IF looks like a maze and IMO, putting the Flightmaster within the city's gates makes alot of sense. You can tell Darnassus had been done when they were still deciding weather or not the Nelves would be a playable race or not.

    As I suspected, Karazhan was supposed to have been included in vanilla. It just wasn't ready so it was released with TBC.

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    Re: WoW Alpha Exploration - The Movie (Catalyzt)

    Now I'm pissed that they changed Kara so much.
    Looks so fucking epic!

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