Maybe you're addicted to World of Warcraft and spend every free moment immersed in the most popular massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) of all time, wandering through Azeroth doing whatever it is WoW players do. I wouldn't know, but I assume it's a lot of questing and raids. As popular as WoW has become, I've never set virtual foot in Azeroth. Not once. That's okay because WoW is doing just fine without my participationThere are WoW subscribers in all corners of the globe, and it takes a massive amount of gear to host all the different game worlds, or realms, as they're referred to. Each realm is hosted on its own server, and in late 2011, Activision Blizzard began auctioning off retired server blades from the days of yore to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This was a chance to own a piece of gaming history even if, like myself, you never actually played WoW, and to add a few points to your philanthropy skill set and level up your personal character at the same time... Photo Gallery: Retired World of Warcraft Server
I so want one of these. I will be keeping my eye on eBay...
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Very nice Paul :) it is definitely a sweet show piece. What I can't believe is that they ran an entire realm on that little bit of hardware. Although I guess they were just moving numbers around in a database because all the graphics were handled client side.
It would be a cool thing to give my WOW addicted daughter and her husband.
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I'm not one of WoW's players but man that is impressive, just for the fact we get to see hardware up front. It's especially cool that you've got a piece of WoW history, especially when the servers itself may be working... It'd be good if you were able to mount it and run an illegal WoW server though I doubt it would be possible...
Still, nice grab and nice job with the pictures Lilly! Greatly appreciated.
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Keep in mind that's just the realm server. Each Instance or Raid has a temporarily-dedicated server, too. That was the major innovation that Blizzard brought to the MMO world; effectively, the end of "boss camping" by generating a unique copy of the boss(es) whenever a party entered the dungeon.
You could run a WoW server on it, but you'd need to snag the software (and some other hardware, like, power supply, hard drive, and a blade cage) also. Not impossible to do, but honestly, this makes a better wall display than a game server these days.
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