On July 6, 2010, Blizzard Entertainment announced that on its forums for all games, users' accounts would display the real names tied to their accounts.[127] Blizzard announced the change following an agreement with Facebook to allow Facebook to connect persons who choose to become friends to share their real identity (Real ID, as Blizzard calls the feature). The integration of the feature into the forums on the Blizzard Entertainment site raised concerns amongst fans of the many game series Blizzard has created over the years.[128]

In patch 2.1, Blizzard responded to this by adding additional anti-spam mechanics including whisper throttling and the report spam function. Additionally, trial accounts are prevented from speaking in the public chat channels (although they may speak to players within range or whisper to other players that have first whispered to them), participating in in-game trades, and using the Auction House and the mail feature, among other limitations.
World of Warcraft was the world's most popular MMORPG by player count of nearly 10 million in 2009.[5][6] The game had a total of over a hundred million registered accounts by 2014.[7] By 2017, the game had grossed over $9.23 billion in revenue, making it one of the highest-grossing video game franchises of all time. At BlizzCon 2017, a vanilla version of the game titled World of Warcraft Classic was announced, which planned to provide a way to experience the base game before any of its expansions launched. It went live at 3pm PDT[b] on August 26, 2019.[8][9]
In late 2007, a series of television commercials for the game began airing featuring pop culture celebrities such as Mr. T, William Shatner, and Verne Troyer discussing the virtues of the character classes they play in the game.[153] A Spanish commercial featuring Guillermo Toledo, and a French commercial featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, were also televised.[154] Two more were shown in November 2008, featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Van Zandt.[155] Another commercial in the series, which began airing in November 2011, featured Chuck Norris and played on the Internet phenomenon of "Chuck Norris facts".[156]
En un principio la acción de Warcraft trataba sobre el bien y la nobleza de los hombres y el mal e inmundicia de los seres verdes invasores llamados orcos. No era una historia muy compleja pero era un pretexto suficiente para poner en combate a muerte a dos bandos contrarios. No obstante, el crecimiento del mercado requería tomar mayor empatía de la afición, y se construyó un universo de mayores posibilidades. La cantidad de razas involucradas en la guerra aumentó en Warcraft II, los humanos se unieron con las razas de los altos elfos, los enanos y los gnomos, formando la Alianza de Lordaeron; mientras que los orcos se aliaron con los troles, los ogros y los goblins, aumentando así las filas de la incontenible Horda. Se incluyeron traiciones determinantes para el transcurso de la guerra, siendo la principal la búsqueda de poder del brujo de Gul'dan, que causó un retroceso a las «mareas de la oscuridad» (los orcos) que costó la victoria a la Horda en la Segunda guerra. Además se incluyó la participación de unidades especiales que representaban leyendas vivientes, grandes héroes como Sir Anduin Lothar o Zul'jin que daban al juego una atmósfera más envolvente y épica.
To mark the release of Hearthstone, Blizzard released the Hearthsteed mount for World of Warcraft players. The mount is obtained through winning three games in Arena or Play mode.[167] Widely advertised on various World of Warcraft websites, this promotion encourages World of Warcraft players to try Hearthstone and marked the first significant crossover implemented between Blizzard games.
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]
07 nov ¡La demo de WoW Classic! Ha sido genial presenciar el entusiasmo generado por WoW Classic y la demo para jugar desde casa que lanzamos como parte de la Entrada Virtual de la BlizzCon. Por eso, ¡queremos que la fiesta continúe unos cuantos días más! Hemos ampliado el tiempo para probar la demo de WoW Classic hasta las 19:00 CET del lunes, 12 de noviembre. Así dispondréis del fin de semana para conseguir esas pezuñas de zhebra que os faltan o para cocinar un poco de estofado de los Páramos de Poniente. Esperamos que os haya gustado la demo de WoW Classic, ¡tenemos muchas ganas de compartir con vosotros el juego completo el próximo verano!Taepsilum0 07 nov
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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