Today is November 23, 2010. To some, it’s just another day. To some, it means getting out of bed, going to work, following the routine. To my friends south of the border, it’s another day in the countdown to the long weekend. To my shopping fanatic buddies, it’s one more day toward Black Friday.
To the geeks, however, today is a special day. Because today is World of Warcraft’s 6th Anniversary.
Today is also the end of the world.
Yes, Patch 4.0.3a goes live today, and that little “a” at the end means that the Shattering has occurred. We bunked down in the various inns and taverns of Azeroth and Outland last night, content in our belief that we’d fended off yet another elemental invasion, that we’d done our part to secure the safety of our homeland, that the world was protected for one more day.
Oh, we were so wrong.
Today Deathwing has taken to the skies of Azeroth, sundering our beloved world in ways that we cannot even begin to fathom. Today the tsunamis have drowned Thousand Needles, earthquakes have rocked Darkshore, and mighty caverns have split the Barrens clean down the middle.
Today we log in, and the world as we know it has changed forever.
It’s been an incredible haul the last six years. Blizzard has given us an experience like no other – a magnificant magic carpet ride through lore and sunderings, through Dark Portals and frozen wastes, and today, another chapter is added in the saga that has gripped the enthralled millions across the globe.
So here’s to you, Blizzard. Another year, another expansion, another invasion. Another tier of content, another tier of gear, another notch in your belt. Thank you for giving us what is arguably the best video game to ever smash through our screens, an experience that has shaped friendships and rivalries across the world, a profound love of babbling fish people, and a true understanding of the might of Chuck Norris.