World of Warcraft is set in the same universe as the Warcraft series of real-time strategy games and has a similar art direction.[10] World of Warcraft contains elements from fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction: such as gryphons, dragons, and elves; steam-powered automata; zombies, werewolves, and other horror monsters; as well as time travel, spaceships, and alien worlds.
Warcraft es desde su aparición en 1994 una de las principales marcas comerciales de Blizzard Entertainment, junto con StarCraft y Diablo. En primer lugar, es una popular serie de videojuegos del género de estrategia en tiempo real bajo la temática de guerras épicas fantásticas. Consta de tres entregas y dos expansiones, pero también tiene otras modalidades de presentación.2​ El gran éxito en ventas y condecoraciones3​ entre los juegos de estrategia en tiempo real que le ha permitido rivalizar con otras marcas importantes en el género como la serie StarCraft, del propio Blizzard, o la serie Age of Empires, de Microsoft. Gracias al apoyo de los aficionados, Warcraft ha ampliado sus alcances incursionado con otros tipos de productos. Así, se puede encontrar un juego de mesa, un juego de rol, novelas y un manga:

Los orcos arrasan muchas villas en Azeroth. Anduin Lothar, comandante de las fuerzas humanas del Reino de Ventormenta, revisa los cuerpos de algunos de los hombres asesinados, encontrándose con un mago llamado Khadgar, quien explica que está investigando los cuerpos al hallar en ellos indicios de magia vil. Khadgar convence al rey de Ventormenta, Llane Wrynn, de consultar con Medivh, el Guardián de Trisfal, y Llane envía a Lothar y Khadgar a la fortaleza de Medivh, la torre de Karazhan, para informarle sobre la presencia de magia vil en Azeroth. En la biblioteca de Karazhan, una figura fantasmagórica guía a Khadgar hasta un misterioso libro, que él toma.


World of Warcraft funciona de forma nativa tanto en ordenadores Macintosh de Apple como en Windows. El juego en caja usa un CD híbrido para instalarlo. Los jugadores pueden jugar juntos sin importar el sistema operativo. No existe ninguna versión oficial para ningún otro sistema operativo aunque puede ser jugado en GNU/Linux o FreeBSD mediante Wine.
As characters progress in World of Warcraft and take on some of the toughest challenges, many of the rewards received are bound to that character and cannot be traded, generating a market for the trading of accounts with well-equipped characters. The highest noted World of Warcraft account trade was for £5000 (€7000, US$9,900) in early September 2007. The high price was due to the character possessing items that at the time were owned by only a handful out of the millions of active players, due to the difficulty in acquiring them. However, Blizzard banned the account five days after the purchase.[142]
While a character can be played on its own, players can group with others to tackle more challenging content. Most end-game challenges are designed in a way that they can only be overcome while in a group. In this way, character classes are used in specific roles within a group.[19][22] World of Warcraft uses a "rested bonus" system, increasing the rate that a character can gain experience points after the player has spent time away from the game.[15] When a character dies, it becomes a ghost—or wisp for Night Elf characters—at a nearby graveyard.[20] Characters can be resurrected by other characters that have the ability or can self-resurrect by moving from the graveyard to the place where they died. If a character is past level ten and they resurrect at a graveyard, the items equipped by the character degrade, requiring in-game money and a specialist NPC to repair them. Items that have degraded heavily become unusable until they are repaired. If the location of the character's body is unreachable, they can use a special "spirit healer" NPC to resurrect at the graveyard. When the spirit healer revives a character, items equipped by the character at that time are further degraded, and the character is significantly weakened by what is in-game called "resurrection sickness" for up to ten minutes, depending on the character's level. This "resurrection sickness" does not occur and item degradation is less severe if the character revives by locating its body, or is resurrected by another player through spells or special items.[23][24]
In South Korea, there is no software package or CD key requirement to activate the account. However, to play the game, players must purchase time credits online. There are two kinds of time credits available: one where the player is billed based on the actual number of minutes that will be available, and one where the player can play the game for a number of days. In the former, time can be purchased in multiples of 5 hours or 30 hours, and in the latter, time can be purchased in multiples of 7 days, 1 month, or 3 months.[54] As software packages are not required, expansion pack contents are available to all players on launch day.

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]
El Lanzador de Blizzard es un programa diseñado para ejercer como punto de partida para los jugadores de World of Warcraft, sirve tanto para arrancar el juego como para actualizarlo. Fue incluido por primera vez en el parche 1.8.3. Además también incluye noticias, acceso a la página de asistencia técnica, acceso a los reinos de prueba (para probar parches antes de su lanzamiento al público), actualizaciones a Warden (sistema antitrampas implantado por Blizzard) y actualizaciones para el propio lanzador.27​ El parche 3.0.8 rediseñó el lanzador y permite cambiar la configuración del juego. Un nuevo rediseño en la versión 4.0.1 incluyó la actualización "al vuelo" permitiendo la descarga e instalación de actualizaciones de contenido mientras se está utilizando el juego.
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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