Nostalgia can be a heady thing. It’s also currently trendy, with two primary camps of opinions on the matter. There are those who honestly believe you can never go home again and that dipping too deep into nostalgia is a bad thing, often because it blinds people to the cool stuff already around them or prevents them from looking to the future and making progress. On the other hand, others prefer to sink into that nostalgia and remember the good times they once had when the world was different, emotionally tied to things such as shared achievements and meeting special friends and significant others. MMO historian Tony Palumbi, author of Blood Plagues and Endless Raids, led a rather vibrant panel at PAX East this year to discuss that conundrum that is WoW Classic. He delved into its existence and made hunter jokes (as is right and proper) and discussed why it actually became a thing despite now-Blizzard President J. Allen Brack once infamously quipping about wanting a classic or vanilla game, “You think you do, but you don’t.”

We’ve embedded audio of that panel below, posted with kind permission from Mr. Palumbi. If you’re interested in a copy of his book, you can go to for more information.

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