Yep, another meme has started up – and this one’s particularly fun.
Started by Vidyala over at Manalicious, the idea is to show shots of your character, UI and setup now, contrasted with the oldest shots you can find – showing how you and your character have progressed since you started playing.
So far, all entries have been from WoW. And they’re all really interesting:
- Vidyala started it all, of course, with her then and now on her mage, Millya
- Rades of Orcish Army Knife was the first to respond, with a retrospective of his character, Rades and later, of Morgion too
- And Apple Cider of Apple Cider Mage was the next, showing her character from level 10 to level 85
- Fulgaralis of Killing ‘em Slowly shares his oldest and newest screenshots
- Ratshag gives us then and now of all his characters – really interesting – and a pictoral history of Ratshag himself.
- Dancing Runes offers a story in pictures
- Shamaholic offers a full retrospective
- Mataoka at Sugar and Blood looked back over both character and stats
- Navimie at The Daily Frostwolf considered what had changed and what had stayed the same
- Ironyca has a complete journal of her gear changes in Cataclysm
- Bubbles of Mischief offered us a classic Then and Now
- And Kamalia Et Alia gave us a Then and Now of both her screenshots and her drawing
- I Like Bubbles is latest to the meme
I really like this meme, and I may well contribute to it myself if I can find shots that old. (I’ve been playing for… a while now.) It’s fascinating to see how everyone has evolved, both within the game and as they have learned more about it, and it’s rather heartening to see such hardcore theorycrafters back in the day before they realised how to play their class, too!
On a similar note, incidentally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the chance to also link a different type of Then and Now:
- Eric of Elder Game shares a retrospective of how he started on his current career, as he muses on the moment when he realised he was really good at programming.
If you’re going to do the Then and Now meme, link to us in your post so we see it and we’ll add it to the list here!