On Nostalgia, Live Service Games, and Being an Adult

Gamer Crash

I’ve been feeling particularly nostalgic lately, probably in large part to Splinter Cell Conviction going free last month on Xbox Live along with the recent World of Warcraft cinematics Blizzard put out to hype up the upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion.

Now, I haven’t played WoW since Wrath of the Lich King, the second of seven expansions that continue to keep that game alive and kicking. By my estimates, that’s 10 years now. Still, I have this fascination with the franchise thanks to my familiarity with these characters through my time in WoW and through one of my favorite RTS games of all time: Warcraft 3.

I love the stories that game managed to tell through the base game and its expansion. Watching the downfall of Arthas Menethil, the rise of heroes like Jaina Proudmoore and Thrall, and even the character arc of Illidan Stormrage was fascinating and…

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