WoW Archivist: World of Warcraft patch 1.6

The [hide]WoW Archivist[/hide] 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?

Patch 1.6 has probably one of the worst patch trailers in the entirety of World of Warcraft’s history. It’s not just that there are no fancy custom animations in the trailer; such things came way later — machinima was in its infancy, so Blizzard itself saw no reason utilize those techniques or perhaps didn’t have the resources. No, it’s not just that. It’s that there is a token effort somewhere in the video to build drama and epic suspense, but it is all shattered by the image of a member of the QA team leaping about like a spaz in the background while a Judgement-donning paladin tries to set a serious tone. It just isn’t happening. How good or bad the trailer was didn’t matter back in 2005, though. Back then, it was the most exciting thing in the world.

Interestingly, the trailer is surprisingly difficult to find at all in places like YouTube or other video hosts nowadays, seemingly moreso than other patch trailers from around the same time period. Patch 1.5 and patch 1.7 have sources aplenty floating around, but patch 1.6? It just seems lost and forgotten.

In addition to Blackwing Lair, patch 1.6 also delivered:

The Darkmoon Faire

Battlemasters to ease battleground queues

The implementation (and complete disuse) of a Silvermoon Remnant faction, high elves loyal to the Alliance, aggressive to the Horde — and never used for anything of note.

Join me on a magical journey through the Warcraft library![hide]Continue reading WoW Archivist: World of Warcraft patch 1.6[/hide]Filed under: [hide]WoW Archivist[/hide][hide]WoW Archivist: World of Warcraft patch 1.6[/hide] originally appeared on [hide]WoW Insider[/hide] on Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our [hide]terms for use of feeds[/hide].[hide]Permalink[/hide] | [hide]Email this[/hide] | [hide]Comments[/hide]

The [hide]WoW Archivist[/hide] 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?

Patch 1.6 has probably one of the worst patch trailers in the entirety of World of Warcraft’s history. It’s not just that there are no fancy custom animations in the trailer; such things came way later — machinima was in its infancy, so Blizzard itself saw no reason utilize those techniques or perhaps didn’t have the resources. No, it’s not just that. It’s that there is a token effort somewhere in the video to build drama and epic suspense, but it is all shattered by the image of a member of the QA team leaping about like a spaz in the background while a Judgement-donning paladin tries to set a serious tone. It just isn’t happening. How good or bad the trailer was didn’t matter back in 2005, though. Back then, it was the most exciting thing in the world.

Interestingly, the trailer is surprisingly difficult to find at all in places like YouTube or other video hosts nowadays, seemingly moreso than other patch trailers from around the same time period. Patch 1.5 and patch 1.7 have sources aplenty floating around, but patch 1.6? It just seems lost and forgotten.

In addition to Blackwing Lair, patch 1.6 also delivered:

The Darkmoon Faire

Battlemasters to ease battleground queues

The implementation (and complete disuse) of a Silvermoon Remnant faction, high elves loyal to the Alliance, aggressive to the Horde — and never used for anything of note.

Join me on a magical journey through the Warcraft library![hide]Continue reading WoW Archivist: World of Warcraft patch 1.6[/hide]Filed under: [hide]WoW Archivist[/hide][hide]WoW Archivist: World of Warcraft patch 1.6[/hide] originally appeared on [hide]WoW Insider[/hide] on Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our [hide]terms for use of feeds[/hide].[hide]Permalink[/hide] | [hide]Email this[/hide] | [hide]Comments[/hide]

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