Yesterday, WoW Insider shared some news that had my wife saying, “I may have to resub for that.”
To quote Sarah Pine in the WoW Insider article,
This year is an extra-special landmark: the 10th anniversary of WoW, and the 20th of the Warcraft franchise as a whole. As a result, we seem to be getting an extra-special battle pet, a humanoid called Hogs, who bears a strangely-similar aesthetic to that legend of lowbie leveling: Hogger.
A Hogger to hear your screams, tear out your spleen.
Sorry, Depeche Mode moment. I’m all right now.
I saw that, and my very first thought, absolutely the first thing that sprang to mind was the first time I ever played the game all those many long years ago, and the rush of feelings.
Immediately, I was there. Young(er), knowing nothing, making my Druid way through Elwynn Forest, carefully accepting quests. A Night Elf Druid making her way in the Human world, alone.
I had just shown what my cat claws could do, and my pouches were full of gold dust and, yes, I DID take your damn candles.
Now here were these new enemies to face, enemies that had staked out a corner of lush green arable land for their own.
I killed some, working my way ever closer to the river in search of this leader named… Hogger.
There he was! I snuck up on him, I readied myself, I struck from the shadows…
And SON OF A BITCH WTFBBQ OMG I’M DEAD WHAT THE F*CK BLIZZ HOLY SHIT.
I want to say it was my first experience with the graveyard mechanic. I think it was the very first time I ever saw that beautiful, faceless angel that had brought me back from the dead. That angel you can only see on the other side.
Epic moment. Total sensory rush, just thinking “Hogger pet”.
Fifteen minutes later, my wife Cassie walks up to me and out of the blue says, “I might have to resub just for that.”
I didn’t have any context for that because at the moment every idiot in the Twitter galaxy was announcing who won Azeroth Choppers before I’d even had a chance to see the episode, so I was distracted. “What?”
Cassie says, “WoW insider wrote they’re adding a Hogger pet for the 10th Anniversary.”
That immediately reminded me about the GOOD things that I’d read. “Oh yeah, I saw that.”
So then she looks at me, and gets that look, and says, “I still remember dying for the first time because YOU didn’t warn me what a silver dragon around a portrait meant. And THEN you laughed when you heard me scream when he killed me.”
What can I say to that?
“Oh yeah. Good times, good times.”
What can I say about a 10th Anniversary gift when it inspires such intense nostalgia in two out of two players tested?
Well done, Blizzard. I’m looking forward to this one. Well done indeed.