The casualties of WoW Classic's battle for authenticity

August 25, 2019 1 min read

The year is 2019. The Amazon is on fire (the one with the trees), Disney owns Spider-Man, and World of Warcraft is coming out again. Well, not exactly. When vanilla WoW launched, Martha Stewart was convicted of a felony, Facebook had just launched, and you could not escape people impersonating Lil Jon’s infamous “YEAHHH!” in Usher’s #1 hit single “Yeah!”.

World of Warcraft Classic may bring Azeroth back to its original state of affairs, but game development practices have come a long way since 2004. The world has changed in unfathomable ways in the past fifteen years, and while WoW Classic strives to emulate the conditions of its original release, the gaming industry is not what it was back then.

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