World of Warcraft runs natively on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Boxed copies of the game use a hybrid CD to install the game, eliminating the need for separate Mac and Windows retail products. The game allows all users to play together, regardless of their operating system. Although there is no official version for any other platform, support for World of Warcraft is present in Windows API implementations Wine and CrossOver allowing the game to be played under Linux and FreeBSD.[47] In addition, the Windows client allows for direct OpenGL rendering in Wine, making performance on Unix-like platforms comparable to the native performance seen on Windows.[48] While a native Linux client is neither released nor announced by Blizzard, in January 2011 IT journalist Michael Larabel indicated in a Phoronix article that an internal Linux client might exist but is not released due to the non-standardization of the Linux distro ecosystem.[49]
Warcraft es una marca comercial de Blizzard Entertainment que ha sido ampliamente difundida y diversificada a partir del videojuego Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1994), uno de los primeros en su género. Por extensión también implica a la marca World of Warcraft, que nace del videojuego de rol multijugador masivo en línea -por sus siglas en inglés, MMORPG- del mismo nombre.1​El universo de Warcraft que se encuentra en ambas marcas está ambientado en una fantasía épica moderna propia de El Señor de los Anillos o Dungeons & Dragons y tiene su inspiración inicial en los juegos del universo de Warhammer Fantasy[cita requerida], representando combates entre el bando de los humanos y el de los orcos, los cuales son seres fantásticos adaptados de la mitología clásica europea a la fantasía actual, pero con una concepción y estilos muy propios.
In May 2007, Blizzard filed a complaint against in Game Dollar LLC (trading as peons4hire) in U.S. federal court. In February 2008, the parties filed a consent decree in which in Game Dollar agreed to refrain from using any World of Warcraft chat or communication to advertise any business or sell any services relating to World of Warcraft.[140] In June 2007, World of Warcraft player Antonio Hernandez filed a class action lawsuit against IGE for interfering with the intended use of the game.[141]

Todo jugador de World of Warcraft puede aprender y desarrollar profesiones, que son habilidades que le permiten recoger y/o fabricar distintos objetos que pueden ser útiles para su desarrollo como personaje o que pueden servirle económicamente para su venta. Existen dos tipos de profesiones, las profesiones primarias y las secundarias. Cada jugador puede aprender como máximo dos profesiones primarias del catálogo de profesiones existentes, y puede aprender todas las profesiones secundarias.
¡Disfruta del mundo de Minecraft en este emocionante juego multijugador en el que te enfrentarás a oleadas de enemigos dispuestos a destruirte sin piedad! Adéntrate en el campo de batalla lleno de peligros mientras te enfrentas a otros jugadores de cualquier rincón del mundo para luchar por la supervivencia en un mundo hostil. ¡Recolecta todo tipo de materiales, armas y objetos que te permitan sobrevivir y pásalo en grande con este clásico lleno de acción!
Especialista en ataque con armas a distancia, además de acompañarle una mascota que ayuda en combate. Disponible para Elfos de la Noche, Humanos, Tauren, Orcos, Elfos de Sangre, Enanos, Draenei, Trol, Renegados, Goblin, Huargen y Pandaren. Poseen tres especializaciones en la rama de talentos: Puntería (daño con armas a distancia), Bestias (más daño con mascotas), o Supervivencia(énfasis en trampas y defensa a corta distancia). Aunque en un inicio eran capaces de llevar todo tipo de armas excepto varitas y mazas, desde el lanzamiento de Mists Of Pantaria (cuarta expansión del juego) pueden usar tan solo ballestas, arcos y armas de fuego. Utilizan armaduras de malla a partir del nivel 40. Generalmente, determinándose por sus propios talentos, hay tres tipos de mascotas:
Players who purchase Warlords of Draenor Collector's or Digital Deluxe Edition receive an Orc themed card back in Hearthstone.[168] Heroes of the Storm players who reach level 20 receive the Grave Golem battle pet in World of Warcraft and after reaching level 100 in World of Warcraft receive an Ironside Dire Wolf mount in Heroes of the Storm.[169] Starting on March 11, 2016, players who level a character to 20 in WoW, which can be completed with the free starter edition, earn the alternate Paladin hero Lady Liadrin in Hearthstone.[170]
The fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, was announced at BlizzCon 2013 on November 8, 2013,[72][73] and entered beta on June 27, 2014.[74] Warlords of Draenor was released on November 13, 2014.[75] On August 6, 2015, Blizzard announced the sixth expansion, Legion, at Gamescom 2015.[76] In November 2015, the Legion's alpha testing started and in April 2016 the beta test started; the Legion expansion was released on August 30, 2016. The seventh expansion, Battle for Azeroth, was released worldwide on August 13 and 14 (depending on location) 2018.[77]
The Warden's existence was acknowledged in March 2008, during the opening legal proceedings against MDY Industries.[125] The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Arizona, and also listed Michael Donnelly as a defendant. Donnelly was included in the suit as the creator of MMO Glider, software that can automatically play many tasks in the game. Blizzard claimed the software is an infringement of its copyright and software license agreement, stating that "Glider use severely harms the WoW gaming experience for other players by altering the balance of play, disrupting the social and immersive aspects of the game, and undermining the in-game economy." Donnelly claims to have sold 100,000 copies of the $25 software.[126]
In December 2015, Blizzard sold an in-game battle pet named Brightpaw for $10 with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[145] This resulted in a new Blizzard record donation of over $1.7 million to Make-A-Wish.[146] In December 2016, Blizzard again sold a battle pet named Mischief for $10; it helped raise more than 2.5 million for Make-A-Wish.[147] In September 2017, Blizzard sold a battle pet named Shadow the fox for $10, with proceeds going to the Red Cross to help with disaster relief.[148]

^ "The Activision/Blizzard Merger: Five Key Points". Industry News. gamasutra.com. December 3, 2007. Archived from the original on December 21, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2009. One of the intriguing things about the old Vivendi structure was that, even when Martin Tremblay joined to run Vivendi's publishing, it was specified: "World Of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment has been designated a stand-alone division reporting to VU Games' CEO, and is not part of Tremblay's product development mandate.
World of Warcraft won several awards from critics upon release, including Editor's Choice awards.[10][20] In addition, it won several annual awards from the media, being described as the best game in the role-playing and MMORPG genres.[87] The graphics and audio were also praised in the annual awards, with the cartoonish style[88] and overall sound makeup being noted.[89] The game was also awarded Best Mac OS X Entertainment Product at the 2005 Apple Design Awards.[90] Computer Games Magazine named World of Warcraft the best computer game of 2004, and the magazine's Steve Bauman described his "feeling that Blizzard has analyzed every element of every existing game, pulled out the best ones, and then lovingly lavished an absurd amount of attention to their implementation." It also won the magazine's "Best Art Direction", "Best Original Music" and "Best Interface" awards.[91]
World of Warcraft was recognized at the 2005 Spike TV Video Game Awards where it won Best PC Game, Best Multiplayer Game, Best RPG, and Most Addictive Game.[92] In 2008, World of Warcraft was honoured—along with Neverwinter Nights and EverQuest—at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for advancing the art form of MMORPG games.[93] In 2009, Game Informer ranked World of Warcraft 11th on their list of "The Top 200 Games of All Time".[94] In 2015, the game placed 3rd on USgamer's The 15 Best Games Since 2000 list.[95]

The game's audio was well received, particularly the background music. By assigning music to different areas of the game world, reviewers felt that the fantasy style added to the player's immersion,[81] and that the replay value was increased.[20] The sounds and voices used by characters and NPCs, as well as the overall sound effects, were felt to add a "personality" to the game.[81]


Las novelas y otros textos como Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, Warcraft: The Last Guardian, Warcraft: War of the Ancients Trilogy, WarCraft: Of Blood and Honor, (libro electrónico), The Warcraft Archive, Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy (manga), The Art of Warcraft y varias guías de estrategia de sus videojuegos.
The World of Warcraft launcher (referred to in press releases and the menu bar as the "Blizzard Launcher") is a program designed to act as a starting point for World of Warcraft players. It provides a way to launch World of Warcraft and starts the Blizzard updater. It was first included with the version 1.8.3 patch. The 2.1.0 patch allowed for an option to bypass the use of the launcher. Features of the launcher include news and updates for World of Warcraft players, access to World of Warcraft's support website, access to the test version of World of Warcraft when it is available to test upcoming patches, updates to Warden,[60] and updates to the updater itself. The 3.0.8 patch redesigned the launcher and added the ability to change the game settings from the launcher itself. The launcher update from patch 4.0.1 also allows people to play the game while non-crucial pieces of the game are downloaded. This requires a high-speed broadband internet connection.
^ Glenday, Craig (2009). Craig Glenday (ed.). Guinness World Records 2009. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (paperback ed.). Random House, Inc. p. 241. ISBN 9780553592566. Retrieved September 18, 2009. Most popular MMORPG game(sic) In terms of the number of online subscribers, World of Warcraft is the most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), with 10 million subscribers as of January 2008.
Patch 1.9.3 added native support for Intel-powered Macs, making World of Warcraft a universal application. As a result of this, the minimum supported Mac OS X version has been changed to 10.3.9; World of Warcraft version 1.9.3 and later will not launch on older versions of Mac OS X.[61] PowerPC architecture Macs are no longer supported since version 4.0.1.[62]
Draenor, el mundo de los orcos, está siendo destruido por una misteriosa fuerza llamada Vil. Un brujo orco llamado Gul'dan ha unido los clanes orcos en una Horda, creando un portal para pasar al mundo de Azeroth. Los orcos están utilizando la magia vil para absorber la vida de los draenei con el fin de alimentar el portal. Una vez abierto, Gul'dan lidera una pequeña avanzada para capturar prisioneros en Azeroth y sacrificarlos para poder traer al resto de la Horda a través del portal. A pesar de sus dudas, Durotan, jefe del clan Lobo Gélido, su esposa embarazada Draka y su mejor amigo Orgrimm Doomhammer se unen a esta avanzada. Mientras cruzan el portal, Draka entra en labor de parto. Cuando llegan a Azeroth, Gul'dan ayuda a Draka a dar a luz, pero el bebé aún es prematuro, por lo que Gul'dan drena la vida de un ciervo cercano y se la da al niño usando magia vil, al cual más tarde Durotan nombra Go'el.
Questing was described as an integral part of the game, often being used to continue a storyline or lead the player through the game.[21] The high number of quests in each location was popular, as well as the rewards for completing them.[10] It was felt that the range of quests removed the need for a player to "grind", or carry out repetitive tasks, to advance their character.[20] Quests also require players to explore every section of the game world, potentially causing problems for social gamers or roleplayers seeking somewhere quiet.[21] Quests that required the player to collect items from the corpses of creatures they had killed were also unpopular; the low "drop rate", or chance of finding the items, makes them feel repetitive as a high number of creatures need to be killed to complete the quest.[20] A large number of new players in a particular area meant that there were often no creatures to kill,[21] or that players would have to wait and take turns to kill a particular creature to complete a quest.[10] Some critics mentioned that the lack of quests that required players to group up made the game feel as if it were designed for solo play.[83] Others complained that some dungeon or instanced group quests were not friendly to new players, and could take several hours to complete.[20] Upon release, a small number of quests had software bugs that made them impossible to complete.[10]
The appearance of the game world was praised by critics. Most popular was the fact that a player could run from one end of the continent to the other without having to pause at a "loading screen" while part of the game is retrieved from storage.[86] The environment was described as "breathtaking". Players found it difficult to become lost, and each area in the game world had a distinct look that blended from one to the next.[21] Critics described the environment as "a careful blend of cartoon, fantasy art, and realism".[81] The game was found to run smoothly on a range of computer systems,[10] although some described it as basic,[21] and mentioned that the bloom light rendering effect can blur things.[20] One reviewer described the ability to fly over long stretches of scenery as "very atmospheric".[83] The user interface was liked, being described as "simple", with tooltips helping to get the player started.[10]

El juego fue lanzado el 23 de noviembre de 2004, celebrando el décimo aniversario de la franquicia Warcraft. La primera expansión del juego The Burning Crusade fue lanzada el 16 de enero del 2007.7​ La segunda expansión, Wrath of the Lich King, fue lanzada el 13 de noviembre de 2008.8​ La tercera expansión, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm fue anunciada en el BlizzCon 2009 y fue lanzada el 7 de diciembre de 2010.9​10​ La cuarta expansión, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria fue anunciada en el BlizzCon 2011 y fue lanzada el 25 de septiembre del 2012. La quinta expansión, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor fue anunciada en el BlizzCon 2013 y fue lanzada el 13 de noviembre de 2014. La sexta expansión, World of Warcraft: Legion fue anunciada en el BlizzCon 2015 y fue lanzada el 30 de agosto de 2016. La séptima expansión, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth fue anunciada en el BlizzCon 2017 y recientemente lanzada el 14 de agosto de 2018 siendo la primera expansión en la historia del juego en ser lanzada globalmente de forma simultánea. Con 7.7 millones de suscriptores,11​ World of Warcraft continúa siendo con diferencia el juego en línea por suscripción con el mayor registro de usuarios, manteniendo el récord Guinness para el MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Rol Playing Game) más popular.12​
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