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]

World of Warcraft was first announced by Blizzard at the ECTS trade show in September 2001.[43] Released in 2004, development of the game took roughly 4–5 years, including extensive testing. The 3D graphics in World of Warcraft use elements of the proprietary graphics engine originally used in Warcraft III.[43] The game was designed to be an open environment where players are allowed to do what they please.[44] Quests are optional and were designed to help guide players, allow character development, and to spread characters across different zones to try to avoid what developers called player collision.[45] The game interface allows players to customize appearance and controls, and to install add-ons and other modifications.[46]

El conflicto centrado entre la raza humana y los orcos, que ha dado nombre a la época actual: La Era del Caos. Aunque desde la caída del Rey Terenas, su reino comienza a ser llamado El Reino Del Caos (Warcraft III). Por su parte, World of Warcraft distingue primeramente a los personajes creados como miembros de la Alianza o de la Horda.11​ La Alianza cuenta actualmente con humanos, enanos, gnomos, elfos de la noche, draeneis y huargen; mientras que la Horda la conforman orcos, troles, tauren, elfos de sangre, renegados (no-muertos) y goblins; por otra parte se tienen a el azote o caballeros de la muerte (comandados por el corrompido príncipe Arthas poseído por el rey Lich con un oculto objetivo) y al denominado legión ardiente bajo el mando de los demonios.

Before the introduction of World of Warcraft's seventh expansion "Battle for Azeroth", both "Normal" and "RP" servers were each divided into two separate categories; PvE and PvP servers. This has since been removed after the implementation of the "War Mode" option, which allows any player (of level 20 and higher) on any server to determine whether they want to actively participate in PvP combat or not, by enabling War Mode in two of the game's capital cities.
El conflicto centrado entre la raza humana y los orcos, que ha dado nombre a la época actual: La Era del Caos. Aunque desde la caída del Rey Terenas, su reino comienza a ser llamado El Reino Del Caos (Warcraft III). Por su parte, World of Warcraft distingue primeramente a los personajes creados como miembros de la Alianza o de la Horda.11​ La Alianza cuenta actualmente con humanos, enanos, gnomos, elfos de la noche, draeneis y huargen; mientras que la Horda la conforman orcos, troles, tauren, elfos de sangre, renegados (no-muertos) y goblins; por otra parte se tienen a el azote o caballeros de la muerte (comandados por el corrompido príncipe Arthas poseído por el rey Lich con un oculto objetivo) y al denominado legión ardiente bajo el mando de los demonios.

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.
Thrall, jefe de guerra de la Horda y chamán más poderoso de Azeroth, otorga el cargo de jefe de guerra a Garrosh Grito Infernal para unirse al Anillo de la Tierra en su lucha contra Alamuerte. Esta criticada y disputada decisión por parte de los altos cargos de la Horda llevará a esta nueva Horda a una serie de medidas en las que será palpable el afloramiento de la locura de Garrosh. Es necesaria la unión de los guerreros de la Horda y de la Alianza junto a los Dragones Aspecto para enfrentarse a los agentes de Alamuerte y destruir al mismo.
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