Years ago, I bought Warcraft 3 Classic through BattleNet. Now Activision-Blizzard left me with a 30GB impostor.


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To say Warcraft 3: Reforged is “a bit of a disappointment” would be a massive understatement. It’s buggy, under-delivers on promises, và forces custom game creators to lớn abandon their intellectual property. Outcries escalated lớn the point where Blizzard is even offering near-instant refunds on the game. But when I installed the thing, I didn’t expect lớn get entirely pushed out of my classic Warcraft 3 experience. Surprise! You can’t even install classic Warcraft 3 anymore — even if you bought the original game.quý khách đang xem: Download warcraft iii: the frozen throne for windows

No, I’m not exaggerating. If you own the original Warcraft 3… Well, you don’t anymore. WC3 classic owners are now forced to lớn download Reforged regardless. According khổng lồ Blizzard, you can no longer download the classic client anymore, even if you’re a legal user. And you can’t even utilize the Reforged graphics.

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Basically, WC3 owners get all the frustrations of Reforged — downloading the big update và being forced inlớn the new client — without the positives of the RTS remaster.

Journey Back lớn the Frozen Throne…?

Upon the release of Reforged, players on Blizzard forums noticed that WC3 had vanished from their computers. I personally noticed this just a few days ago, when I decided lớn casually play WC3 classic to lớn actually see what the hype was about.

I’d bought WC3 legally through Activision-Blizzard’s BattleNet client years back to play some custom games with, ironically, some friends I’d met playing Dota 2. (By the way, the world needs more standalone tower defense games like the ones in WC3 and Dota 2.) I had never played much back then, but it wasn’t hard khổng lồ notice that I could no longer actually tải về the client.

The first quirk I noticed was that I had no “install” button. The WC3 tab became the Reforged tab. The page urged me to buy Reforged. Okay! Well, I got frustrated, but I’m sure that as a paying customer, I would be allowed some leeway to lớn tải về the original.

So I went on the Blizzard website, found the downloads page, và picked up the download client. And for a bit, it seemed to lớn work! The WC3 tab started a download, và I breathed a sigh of relief.

Then I peered closely. The tải về totaled about 26 gigabytes… wait, what?


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Okay. Next step: I could consult customer service to see if there was any possible way to lớn download the game I actually, like, paid to lớn play. So I sent in a ticket and got this response (name blurred because I’m not shooting the messenger here):


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Hold on, let me emphasize the important part here:

nstalling the Classic Warcraft 3 games is also installing the Reforged version. Sadly there is no way khổng lồ install just the Classic version alone any more.

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That explained that. Although I wasn’t happy lớn see that everything was working as intended.

For the record, I did kết thúc up installing Reforged lớn see what they meant. And all it really does is lock classic owners out of the Reforged graphics and… questionable upgrades.


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Declaring that I’m anything but, at the very least, irritated would be too kind to lớn Activision-Blizzard.

Why So Serious?

Reforged carries a whole mess of controversies, lượt thích I mentioned before, that might already demotivate people from touching Reforged — even for miễn phí.

Firstly, there’s my personal file size dilemma, which is also a question of why is every damn game so big nowadays? Then Reforged doesn’t just inherit old WC3 bugs, but also brings new ones, like getting sneezed on by a roommate with a flu when you have sầu a stomach bug. Blizzard has promised lớn fix these. Then again, it also promised more dynamic cutscenes than the ones double-dipping players got. And on top of that, custom games made in Warcraft 3 caught a major chilling effect — since the company claims they’re owned by the Activision-Blizzard machine now

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I didn’t pay for a non-tăng cấp. I paid for a specific piece of software. If what Activision-Blizzard’s customer service said is true, there is no way khổng lồ own that specific piece of software anymore. I’m sure I accidentally agreed to something in the Terms of Service that permits this, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

The swap between software is one of the many worrying aspects of “games as a service,” or relying on such services lớn provide us with games. There are consumer concerns like mine, for one. And obviously, WC3’s likely been torrented millions of times, but a situation like this also brings up questions of the importance of archiving games as they become more và more ephemeral.

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Not lớn mention that sometimes, you just need to lớn dive sầu inlớn a legitimate classic. Too bad one more of those classics has technically vanished.