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CarbotAnimations it is a Canadian study best known for his occasional collaborations with Blizzard, the most notable of which was probably this delightful Starcraft cartoon makeover. But Carbot has done animations and videos on almost every Blizzard property (and they’re all really good), probably that’s why, when he decided to do something a little more sincere, he hit me straight.
“This is World of Warcraft” is a summary of the game’s lifespan, its relationships, and what happens over time. It’s a story that will affect anyone who has ever invested in an MMO, because of course what makes these games special is the other people. These experiences, after all, are not about reaching the maximum level or getting the best possible final team: they are about the journey and who you take it with.
The inspiration behind the animation is the recent release of WoW Classic, which was a fascinating exercise in taking care of what you want. Like many expired WoW -ers, the prospect of playing “pure” WoW rekindled my love and nostalgia for the game, and to my delight I found several old friends who felt exactly the same. It came out just like in the CarbotAnimations short film: that exciting initial success, the feeling that the old days were back, before we all gradually and inevitably fell.
Some might think this short criticizes WoW. I don't see it that way: it comes from a place of deep love for the game. It’s more melancholy than crazy. Friends coming in and out of your life are simply, well, life, and they’re not exclusive to MMOGs: since they’re community experiences, these are the games where this can and can happen. Look back on your time in worlds like this with happiness, tinged with knowledge that you will never be able to live again. Although, for a few glorious weeks in late 2019, it felt possible.