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So today's episode is the first of a two-part mini-series starring everyone's favorite Paladin - Leeroy Jenkins! In my mind, someone is yet to produce a funnier World of Warcraft video than the original Leeroy. The thing that makes that clip even more special is that it's been made in the good-old days of LBRS and UBRS runs, when getting keyed for UBRS was a major accomplishment. I still look back upon those days as the golden days of WoW.
Yes, the game was a lot less polished, yes plenty of things were less refined and less friendly towards the casual player, but, by God, that was a real game. A game made by hardcore players for hardcore players. It's what initially got me hooked on WoW so much.
I have stopped playing roughly month and a half ago. Part of it is because the work commitments in these rather troubled economical times forced me to, but to be honest with you, I'm such a junkie, real life obligations were unlikely to be the sole reason for my WoW abstinence.
In reality, the game has changed so much for me, it's been watered down so much, that all sense of hardcore geek accomplishment I was getting out of it, slowly faded away with about the 5th or so Naxx 25 full clear.
Even the arenas are now fairly toned down and a lot more "forgiving" towards the rating numbers. As the game slowly transitions from its mid-life crisis into old age, so do the developers become more tolerant towards just about anyone willing to pay monthly. In its rather natural life cycle, an aging WoW is being bled dry for money, in making room for the next big Blizzard MMO (which I'm sure to play).