World of Warcraft is one of my favourite games ever. I used to be a little hesitant about MMO games in general but I could not resist to try WoW after seeing a Wrath of the Lich King cinematic trailer. In fact it looked so good that I even thought it was a new Hollywood blockbuster. Needless to say I got hooked instantly and after 3 and a half years I’m still absolutely captivated by the game.
Warcraft universe is so vast, expansive and highly developed that few other games can attempt to match it. Blizzard put so much work in it that when you play the game it feels fluid and natural – like a parallel world that lives on it’s own. Over the years playing World of Warcraft I’ve met so many amazing people. This was an experience unlike anything else.
Unfortunately lately time constraints mean that I can’t play the game as much as I would like to (I don’t play at all at the moment), but I found other ways to enjoy Warcraft, namely collecting stuff. I have Collectors Editions of the game, books, etc. – the usual stuff. But during last year’s BlizzCon it was announced that retired server blades that were used to run the actual game are going to be auctioned off for a charity. This is what got me really excited! This is the ultimate collectors item! And not only it helps the environment by getting rid of e-waste, preserves an important part of gaming history but it’s also helping a good cause: all the benefits are going to St. Jude children’s research hospital in Tennessee.
I was fortunate to be able to get a blade server that used to run my realm, Azuremyst EU. Operational datas engraved on a metal plaque are October 24, 2008 (a few weeks before I joined the game) to June 15, 2010. Below is a text about it and signatures of the World of Warcraft team. All the components and circuits are covered by a sheet of plexiglass engraved with WoW logo, held by magnets. All in all pretty cool stuff!
It’s quite interesting to have a real physical object, a huge server weighting 10kg in a world where almost everything is digital. Collectors Editions of the game with all the goodies inside, mouse pads, T-Shirts, books they are all physical objects as well, but are just representations of a digital work created on a computer. Mostly images printed on various objects. The blade server is something different, it is closely related to the game, yet it’s not based on it’s IP. It is nice to have an analogue object in a digital world.
Below are a few pictures of my server blade and more can be found on Flickr.