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]

El clan Lobo Gélido se reúne con los humanos liderados por Llane y Anduin, pero son emboscados por Puño Negro creyendo que es una trampa. Superados en número, los humanos se retiran, y Medivh crea una barrera de energía para protegerlos, pero el hijo de Lothar, Callan, queda separado del resto y es asesinado despiadadamente por Puño Negro. Garona y Khadgar encuentran a un debilitado Medivh, al que llevan de nuevo a Karazhan para que se recupere. Allí, Khadgar observa un aura verde en los ojos de Medivh, enterándose que está infectado con magia vil, por lo que viaja a la ciudad flotante de Dalaran, donde informa la situación a los archimagos del Kirin Tor. Alodi, una maga legendaria, es la verdadera identidad de la sombra que Khadgar vio en Karazhan, y es ella quien le revela que Medivh ha sido poseído por un poderoso demonio. En el campamento orco, Puño Negro asesina a los miembros del clan Lobo Gélido, pero Orgrimm ayuda a Draka a escapar con su hijo, enviándolo corriente abajo de un río en una canasta, mientras ella muere luchando con otro orco, quién quería traer al bebé orco para Gul'Dan. Durotan, hecho prisionero por traidor, es liberado por Orgrimm y reta a Gul´dan a una mak'gora, una sagrada tradición orca donde los combatientes luchan a muerte por el control de la Horda. Durante la pelea, Gul'dan viola las honorables reglas de la mak'gora al usar magia vil para drenar la vida de su oponente, matándolo, pero Durotan, al sacrificar su vida, logra su propósito: que el resto de los orcos junto a Orgrimm que desaprueben a Gul'dan al no tener honor. Este, para evitar la rebelión, influye magia vil en Blackhand y ordena a los orcos atacar a los humanos, que se acercan para atacar el campamento liderados por Llane, quien ha decidido atacar luego de ser engañado por Medivh.
En World of Warcraft un jugador tiene acceso a doce tipos de clases (según la expansión Legion) restringida según la raza que se seleccione.17​ Además de la diferencia existente entre cada clase, estas pueden elegir una rama de talentos entre un total de tres (o cuatro si se selecciona druida como clase), aumentando la diferencia entre estas.18​19​
^ "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.
Deep within Blackrock Mountain, the black dragon Nefarian conducted twisted experiments with the blood of other dragonflights. Intent on seizing the entire area for his own, he recruited the remaining Dark Horde, a rogue army that embraced the demonic bloodlust of the old Horde. These corrupt orcs, trolls, and other races battled against Ragnaros and the Dark Iron dwarves for control of the mountain. Nefarian created the twisted chromatic dragons and a legion of other aberrations in his bid to form an army powerful enough to control Azeroth and continue the legacy of his infamous father, Deathwing the Destroyer. Nefarian was vanquished by the heroes from the Horde and the Alliance.

When new content is added to the game, official system requirements may change. In version 1.12.0 the requirements for Windows were increased from requiring 256 MB to 512 MB of RAM. Official Windows 98 technical support was dropped, but the game continued to run there until version 2.2.3.[63] Before Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft will officially drop support for Windows 2000.[64]

24 oct Una idea "brillante" ?¿ Buenas, quisiera dejar escribo el siguiente post para los maestros de juego y que puedan hacerles llegar mis opiniones a los desarrolla dores, con la salida de Classic espero y deseo que la dificultad sea como antaño y ademas vuelva el factor social en nuestras vidas, que tu pj dentro de juego sea una extension de tu propia reputacion, ahora bien, esto es una idea (aunque a lo mejor la implementaran) pero me gustaria que sacaran todas las expansiones como hasta ahora pero con la dificultad de vanilla, que no la casualicen como han echo hasta ahora aunque.... Aunque me idea principal es otra, algunas expansiones han sido mejores que otras y cof...... draenor cof cof, ufff que tos mas mala ¬_¬-------------(mira mas abajo) A nivel narrativo algunas personas no les a acabado de gustar mucho o creen que podria haber sido de otra forma las cosas, asi que mi planteamiento es el siguiente...., porque no hacer de classic el punto de partida a nuevas expansiones? me refiero a crear una nueva linea temporal, en los libros de "la guerra de los ancestros" contaban en una parte que se habian destruido las demas lineas temporales y solo quedaba una (corregidme si me equivoco) la actual, asi que propondria a blizz que crease una nueva linea temporal diferente a la actual, se que algunos me direis: tio pero eso son mas expansiones que hay que comprar y bla bla bla bla, si tios ya lo se, son nuevas expansiones que se comprarian pero es una historia completamente diferente, imaginaros por un momento que se pudiera reescribir la historia y pudieramos de alguna forma, hacer que algunas cosas malas no ocurriesen, eso si, si blizz llegase hacerlo OS LO SUPLICO, DEJAD LA DIFICULTAD COMO ESTA Y NO LA CASUALICEIS. Esta es mi opinion, no se si mas de uno opinara lo mismo.Tragamillas0 24 oct
In September 2006, reports emerged of spoof World of Warcraft game advice websites that contained malware. Vulnerable computers would be infected through their web browsers, downloading a program that would then relay back account information. Blizzard's account support teams experienced high demand during this episode, stating that many users had been affected. Claims were also made that telephone support was closed for isolated periods due to the volume of calls and resulting queues.[115] In April 2007, attacks evolved to take advantage of further exploits involving animated cursors, with multiple websites being used.[116][117] Security researcher group Symantec released a report stating that a compromised World of Warcraft account was worth US$10 on the black market, compared to US$6 to US$12 for a compromised computer (correct as of March 2007).[118] In February 2008, phishing emails were distributed requesting that users validate their account information using a fake version of the World of Warcraft account management pages.[119] In June 2008, Blizzard announced the Blizzard Authenticator, available as a hardware security token or mobile application[120] that provides two-factor security. The token generates a one-time password based code that the player supplies when logging on. The password, used in addition to the user's own password, is only valid for a couple of minutes, thus providing extra security against keylogging malware.[121]
The great desert fortress of Ahn'Qiraj, long sealed behind the Scarab Wall, was home to the insectoid qiraji, a savage race that had once mounted an assault to devastate the continent of Kalimdor. But something far more sinister lurked behind Ahn'Qiraj's walls: the Old God C'Thun, an ancient entity whose pervasive evil had suffused Azeroth since time immemorial. As C'Thun incited the qiraji to frenzy, both the Alliance and Horde prepared for a massive war effort. A mixed force of Alliance and Horde soldiers, dubbed the Might of Kalimdor, opened the gates of Ahn'Qiraj under the command of the orc Varok Saurfang. The heroes laid siege to the ruins and temples of Ahn'Qiraj and vanquished C'Thun.
Some of the challenges in World of Warcraft require players to group together to complete them. These usually take place in dungeons—also known as "instances"—that a group of characters can enter together. The term "instance" comes from each group or party having a separate copy, or instance, of the dungeon, complete with their own enemies to defeat and their own treasure or rewards.[32] This allows a group to explore areas and complete quests without others interfering. Dungeons are spread over the game world and are designed for characters of varying progression. A typical dungeon will allow up to five characters to enter as part of a group. Some dungeons require more players to group together and form a "raid" of up to forty players to face some of the most difficult challenges.[33] As well as dungeon-based raid challenges, several creatures exist in the normal game environment that are designed for raids to attack.[28][34]

^ 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.
↑ «The Activision/Blizzard Merger:Five Key Points». Industry News. gamasutra.com. 3 de diciembre de 2007. Consultado el 24 de febrero de 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.»

14 nov Mapas de mazmorras? Hola a todos. Acaba de venirme a la mente que en antaño las mazmorras no tenían mapas (si no recuerdo mal, los empezaron a meter hacia el final de la WotlK), lo cual hacía que fuese muy facil perderse y no saber por donde ir para limpiar ciertas mazs. Es cierto que las hemos hecho hasta la saciedad y las tenemos muy vistas, aunque hay alguna que sigue siendo un autentico laberinto (maraudon, roca negra, sunken temple... [no hay que olvidar que lo que vemos de esas mazs hoy en dia si entramos por el buscador es ínfimo a lo que era antes, especialmente sunken temple que ahora es una autentica risa, la han reducido como un 80%]), pero aun así siempre es bienvenida la ayuda y la visión que te da el mapa, sobretodo para saber donde están tus compañeros de grupo. Ahora, con la tonteria de que la gente se ofende hasta con lo de que el WoW Classic tendrá el modo daltónico solo porque el original no lo tenía, quería abrir un debate sobre esto. Os gustaría que hubiesen mapas de las mazmorras? O preferís la experiencia 100% vanilla? Desde mi punto de vista, no me gustaría que los metiesen, soy de los que prefiere una experiencia lo más fiel posible, aunque no soy los que buscan el 100% de fidelidad, pues las mejoras graficas por ejemplo me parecen un acierto, siempre y cuando te permitan elegir los graficos que quieras. Un saludo ;)Monórquido17 14 nov
When players create World of Warcraft accounts, they are asked to choose a username and password. Afterward, whenever they play World of Warcraft, they are asked to supply the same username and password in full. This is also the case when using account management facilities online. This type of authentication is vulnerable to keystroke logging. While this is not unique to World of Warcraft and is common to many MMORPGs, the game has been directly targeted with trojans being specifically crafted to capture account login details.[112] Attacks have been reported as early as May 2006 and may extend as far back as July 30, 2005.[113] The game does, however, allow players to save their account name to the program to allow the player to only have to type their password.[114]
The soundtrack for World of Warcraft was composed and arranged by Jason Hayes, Tracy W. Bush, Derek Duke, and Glenn Stafford and conducted by Eímear Noone. It was released on November 23, 2004, together with the collector's edition of the game. It is sold separately on one CD in the MP3 format. On January 12, 2011, Alfred Publishing produced an officially licensed sheet music series for vocalists, pianists, strings, and other instruments, World of Warcraft Sheet Music Anthology in solo and accompaniment formats with CD. These works include four pages of collectible artwork and vary by number of songs included. In 2018, a remix of the song from the game, "Hymn of the Firstborn Son", was nominated for "Best Game Music Cover/Remix" at the 16th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards.[78]
Anduin, Khadgar y Medivh se unen a una partida en búsqueda de indicios de magia vil, pero son emboscados por orcos. Medivh utiliza un hechizo que acaba con la mayoría de los orcos, haciendo huir al Jefe de Guerra de la Horda, Puño Negro, junto con Durotan y Orgrimm. En la huida, Durotan libera a la medio-orca Garona, esclava de Gul'dan, que es capturada por Khadgar. A cambio de su lealtad a Ventormenta, el rey Llane libera a Garona, quien guía a los humanos a espiar el campamento orco, enterándose del plan de Gul´dan de traer a la Horda a Azeroth. Mientras tanto, Durotan comprende que la magia vil es la responsable de la destrucción de Draenor, y si Gul'dan no es detenido, Azeroth sufrirá la misma suerte. A pesar de las objeciones de Orgrimm, Durotan encuentra a Garona con Anduin y Khadgar, que le pide en convocar a Llane a una reunión secreta con el objetivo de que el clan Lobo Gélido y los humanos se unan para vencer a Gul'dan. Mientras estudia el libro que tomó de Karazhan, Khadgar se da cuenta que Gul'dan no pudo abrir el portal por sí solo: para ello, necesitaba la ayuda de alguien en Azeroth. Khadgar es confrontado por Medivh, quien destruye la investigación de Khadgar después de ofrecerse a ayudarlo con sus funciones de Guardián.
World of Warcraft takes place in a 3D representation of the Warcraft universe that players can interact with through their characters. The game world initially consisted of the two continents in Azeroth: Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. Four separate expansions later added to the game's playable area the realms of Outland and Draenor and the continents of Northrend and Pandaria. As a player explores new locations, different routes and means of transportation become available. Players can access "flight masters" in newly discovered locations to fly to previously discovered locations in other parts of the world.[27] Players can also use boats, zeppelins, or portals to move from one continent to another. Although the game world remains relatively similar from day to day, seasonal events reflecting real world events, such as Halloween,[28] Christmas, Children's Week,[25] Easter, and Midsummer have been represented in the game world. Locations also have variable weather including, among other things, rain, snow, and dust storms.[27]
World of Warcraft takes place in a 3D representation of the Warcraft universe that players can interact with through their characters. The game world initially consisted of the two continents in Azeroth: Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. Four separate expansions later added to the game's playable area the realms of Outland and Draenor and the continents of Northrend and Pandaria. As a player explores new locations, different routes and means of transportation become available. Players can access "flight masters" in newly discovered locations to fly to previously discovered locations in other parts of the world.[27] Players can also use boats, zeppelins, or portals to move from one continent to another. Although the game world remains relatively similar from day to day, seasonal events reflecting real world events, such as Halloween,[28] Christmas, Children's Week,[25] Easter, and Midsummer have been represented in the game world. Locations also have variable weather including, among other things, rain, snow, and dust storms.[27]
The soundtrack for World of Warcraft was composed and arranged by Jason Hayes, Tracy W. Bush, Derek Duke, and Glenn Stafford and conducted by Eímear Noone. It was released on November 23, 2004, together with the collector's edition of the game. It is sold separately on one CD in the MP3 format. On January 12, 2011, Alfred Publishing produced an officially licensed sheet music series for vocalists, pianists, strings, and other instruments, World of Warcraft Sheet Music Anthology in solo and accompaniment formats with CD. These works include four pages of collectible artwork and vary by number of songs included. In 2018, a remix of the song from the game, "Hymn of the Firstborn Son", was nominated for "Best Game Music Cover/Remix" at the 16th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards.[78]
La apariencia del juego fue ensalzada. La característica más popular fue el que un jugador pudiera ir de un lado a otro del continente sin que se le presentara una pantalla de carga.35​ Se dijo del ambiente que "dejaba sin aliento", haciendo que los jugadores no se perdieran y que cada área del juego tuviera un aspecto único y extremadamente grande.41​ Los críticos describieron el ambiente como "una cuidadosa mezcla de dibujos animados, fantasía y realidad ".32​ El juego funcionaba bien en casi cualquier tipo de sistema,15​ aunque algunos los describieron como demasiado básico41​ y mencionaron que algunos efectos emborraban un poco la imagen.42​ La capacidad de volar sobre los escenarios fue descrita como "muy atmosférica".17​ La interfaz fue descrita como simple y con ayudas para el novato.15​
Para aprender una profesión, hay que acudir a un instructor de la misma en las ciudades y algunos poblados. Todas las profesiones tienen distintos niveles, y cada nivel permite mejorar la habilidad hasta un número máximo de puntos, que se suben practicando en la profesión, ya sea recogiendo o fabricando algo. La cantidad de puntos permitirá recoger materiales más difíciles, así como aprender a fabricar objetos más poderosos. Todas las profesiones pueden aprenderse desde nivel 5, salvo la profesión secundaria arqueología, que requiere que el jugador sea nivel 20.24​
Less than two months after beginning operation of World of Warcraft in China on September 19, 2009, NetEase was ordered to immediately stop charging players and to cease accepting registrations.[108][109] A press estimate indicated that if World of Warcraft were shut down in China, the loss of subscribers would have caused Activision Blizzard's earnings to fall from 65 cents per share to 60 cents per share.[108] In April 2008, World of Warcraft was estimated to hold 62 percent of the MMORPG subscription market.[110] The game has grossed $9.23 billion in revenue, making it one of the highest-grossing video games of all time, along with Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Street Fighter II.[111]
Es también una conocida clase Híbrida del juego, pero más enfocada a la magia, es una clase que utiliza el poder de la naturaleza. Emplea el maná, a partir del nivel 40 puede usar armaduras de cota de malla y tiene la particularidad de crear tótems y escudos para ayudarlo en la batalla tanto para dañar a sus enemigos como para ayudar a sus amigos. Según su rama de talentos pueden ser buenos DPS a distancia (Elemental) o en cuerpo a cuerpo (Mejora). También puede desempañarse como sanador (Restauración), con la particular de que puede sanar a varios amigos a la vez con cadenas de sanaciones. Es un personaje bastante completo. A partir del nivel 65 puede invocar elementales, ya que son personajes que usan los elementos de la naturaleza (Tierra y Fuego) como poder.
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