Nostalgia is one of the greatest feelings in the world in my humble opinion. I recently stumbled upon YouTube channel where an individual was playing through Warcraft 3 (WC3) custom campaigns and the even older Warcraft 2 campaign. It has been such a long time since I have played an old Warcraft RTS (Real Time Strategy) game and watching him play through these has made me feel a little homesick. I used to play WC3 all the time with some friends, even creating a custom game of our own.
It was a long time ago and lasted from when I was in middle school through high school. I spent HOURS playing that game. My parents used to get upset with me because I spent too much time on it (hindsight agrees, I was addicted). I remember not being able to sleep at night so I would sneak over to my computer and play it. When my dad installed an internet timer on my computer I used to try and find all sorts of tricks to try and get around it.
Whenever I was given a “free pass,” I would make sure not to shut down my computer so I would still have internet, because the override didn’t have a timer on it. That worked for a little bit, but eventually parents caught on. The next trick I used was to install a bunch of single player games, then just save those for when I lost internet. It worked, but I wasn’t as proud of it. It wasn’t the same not being able to play with my friends. Eventually (and this took me way too longer to figure out) I realized I could change the clock on my computer. The program was based on local time (it was an older program) so I would just set the clock back an hour or two so I could keep playing.
Once I got older, the program was uninstalled. I think my parents figured it was more hassle than it was worth, because I would keep finding ways around it. And on the occasions where I couldn’t get around it, I would either just play XBox or walk outside in the middle of the night and go hangout at my friends place. I wasn’t a very good child now that I think about it.
Despite all of this, seeing Warcraft 3 fills me with lots of nostalgia and makes me want to return to play the old games that made up such a large portion of my childhood.. Except the Night Elf campaigns. Only Hyjal and the Naga were fun. There was just so much to do in that game, and the nostalgia is enough to make me go back and try to find my old discs so I could reinstall and replay these “old classics.”