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]
World of Warcraft (WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the fourth released game set in the Warcraft fantasy universe.[3] World of Warcraft takes place within the Warcraft world of Azeroth, approximately four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard's previous Warcraft release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.[4] The game was announced in 2001, and was released for the 10th anniversary of the Warcraft franchise on November 23, 2004. Since launch, World of Warcraft has had seven major expansion packs released for it: The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, Legion, and Battle for Azeroth.
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]
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]

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.

World of Warcraft ganó varios premios tras su lanzamiento, incluyendo Selecciones de Editores (Editor's Choice awards).15​42​ Además, ganó varios premios anuales de medios, siendo descrito como el mejor videojuego de rol y MMORPG.44​ Los gráficos y el sonido también recibieron mención en los premios anuales, sobre todo el estilo de dibujos animados45​ y el sonido en general.46​ El juego recibió el premio al mejor producto de entretenimiento para Mac OS X en los premios Apple Design en 2005.47​ finalmente, World of Warcraft fue reconocido en los premios Spike TV de 2005 como el mejor juego de PC, mejor juego multijugador, mejor RPG y juego más adictivo.48​ En 2008, World of Warcraft fue honrado (junto con Neverwinter Nights y EverQuest) en la quincuagésimo novena edición de los premios Emmy de la tecnología e ingeniería por su avance en juegos MMORPG.49​ Game Informer situó a World of Warcraft como el undécimo en su lista de los mejores dos cientos juegos de todos los tiempos.50​ La expansión Wrath of the Lich King recibió el premio al Mejor Videojuego en la categoría de empresas otorgado por el certamen imagina en su edición del año 2009.51​
As characters become more developed, they gain various talents and skills, requiring the player to further define the abilities of that character.[15] Characters can choose two primary professions that can focus on producing items, such as tailoring, blacksmithing or jewelcrafting or on gathering from resource nodes, such as skinning or mining. Characters can learn all four secondary skills: archeology, cooking, fishing and first aid.[16][17] Characters may form and join guilds, allowing characters within the guild access to the guild's chat channel, the guild name and optionally allowing other features, including a guild tabard, guild bank, guild repairs, and dues.[18]

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 sonido fue muy bien recibido, en particular la música de fondo. Asignar distintas músicas a distintas áreas hacía que los jugadores sintieran mayor inmersión en el juego32​ y más interesante volver a jugar.42​ Los sonidos y voces de los personajes, tanto jugadores como no jugadores; así como los sonidos de efectos añadían personalidad al juego.32​
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.
Existen un total de trece razas jugables16​ divididas en dos facciones, la Alianza y la Horda, siendo la decimotercera raza (Pandaren) compartida por ambos bandos. Pertenecen a la Alianza: humanos, gnomos, enanos, elfos de la noche, draenéi, huarguens y pandarens; y pertenecen a la Horda: orcos, no-muertos renegados, troles, taurens, elfos de sangre, goblins y pandarens. En la mayoría de las zonas, la Alianza y la Horda están en guerra una con la otra, aunque existen zonas neutrales como la ciudad flotante de Dalaran o la Ciudadela de Shattrath, estas zonas son conocidas como santuarios.
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