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WoW Archivist: Vanilla WoW's launch event was out of control

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WoW Archivist explores the secrets of World of Warcraft's past. What did the game look like years ago? Who is etched into WoW's history? What secrets does the game still hold?

This Monday, WoW fans will line up at stores around the world to buy the game's fourth expansion, Mists of Pandaria. For Blizzard, the past eight years have been an incredible run, setting records for sales and building one of the largest virtual communities on Earth.

Let's look back at the game's original launch, when Blizzard wasn't quite as prepared as they are today for the game's overwhelming popularity.

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Blizzard's chief operating officer Paul Sams couldn't wrap his head around what he was seeing. Just after 11 p.m. on November 22, 2004, he was sitting in deadlock traffic on a freeway offramp in Fountain Valley, California. He looked over at the Fry's Electronics outlet not far from the road. The store had been surrounded by some sort of dark, seething mass.

Caught in traffic, Sams was in danger of missing the game's launch event at Fry's. Rather than fight his way through the jumble of cars, he decided to park some distance away. It was still unclear to him what was happening. The electronics store was only minutes from Blizzard's headquarters in Irvine. He thought he had left the office with plenty of time to spare. He never imagined that getting to the store would be difficult this late at night.

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Updated News: Wrath to be playable at 9pm PST across all North American realms

Snydri has come out with a very clear, very concise statement: Wrath of the Lich King will be playable at 9:00pm PST on all North American and Oceanic realms.

This differs significantly from previous statements by blues that have said that Wrath will be playable based on your time zone.

Additionally, there are reports that people have already gotten into Northrend on the EU servers. Quite a bunch of lucky folks.

But for the majority of us here in the states, we'll be seeing you at 9:00pm PST / 12:00am EST in Northrend!

Filed under: News items, Wrath of the Lich King

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