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]
In May 2007, Blizzard filed a complaint against in Game Dollar LLC (trading as peons4hire) in U.S. federal court. In February 2008, the parties filed a consent decree in which in Game Dollar agreed to refrain from using any World of Warcraft chat or communication to advertise any business or sell any services relating to World of Warcraft.[140] In June 2007, World of Warcraft player Antonio Hernandez filed a class action lawsuit against IGE for interfering with the intended use of the game.[141]
Seven expansions have been released: The Burning Crusade, released in January 2007; Wrath of the Lich King, released in November 2008; Cataclysm, released in December 2010; Mists of Pandaria, released in September 2012; Warlords of Draenor, released in November 2014; Legion, released in August 2016; and Battle for Azeroth, released in August 2018. Players are not required to purchase expansions in order to continue playing; however, new content and features such as higher level caps and new areas may not be available until they do so.
To create a new character, in keeping with the storyline of previous Warcraft games, players must choose between the opposing factions of the Alliance or the Horde; Pandaren, which were added in Mists of Pandaria, do not commit to a faction until after the starting zone is completed. Characters from the opposing factions can perform rudimentary communication (most often just "emotes"), but only members of the same faction can speak, mail, group and join guilds. The player selects the new character's race, such as orcs or trolls for the Horde, or humans or dwarves for the Alliance.[13] Players must select the class for the character, with choices such as mages, warriors, and priests available.[14] Most classes are limited to particular races.
¡Disfruta del mundo de Minecraft en este emocionante juego multijugador en el que te enfrentarás a oleadas de enemigos dispuestos a destruirte sin piedad! Adéntrate en el campo de batalla lleno de peligros mientras te enfrentas a otros jugadores de cualquier rincón del mundo para luchar por la supervivencia en un mundo hostil. ¡Recolecta todo tipo de materiales, armas y objetos que te permitan sobrevivir y pásalo en grande con este clásico lleno de acción!
World of Warcraft won several awards from critics upon release, including Editor's Choice awards.[10][20] In addition, it won several annual awards from the media, being described as the best game in the role-playing and MMORPG genres.[87] The graphics and audio were also praised in the annual awards, with the cartoonish style[88] and overall sound makeup being noted.[89] The game was also awarded Best Mac OS X Entertainment Product at the 2005 Apple Design Awards.[90] Computer Games Magazine named World of Warcraft the best computer game of 2004, and the magazine's Steve Bauman described his "feeling that Blizzard has analyzed every element of every existing game, pulled out the best ones, and then lovingly lavished an absurd amount of attention to their implementation." It also won the magazine's "Best Art Direction", "Best Original Music" and "Best Interface" awards.[91]

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.

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 nombre de estas dos facciones tiene su origen en Warcraft II: Mareas de oscuridad. La Alianza es la facción de los humanos, fue creada en el preludio después del éxodo de Anduin Lothar y los demás supervivientes humanos del reino de Ventormenta, cuando las hordas orcas eran imparables y estaban fortalecidas por otras criaturas como troles, ogros, goblins y dragones.

Las misiones formaban parte íntegra del juego siendo la mayoría de las veces usadas para continuar la historia en el juego o para guiar al jugador a través de él.41​ El gran número de misiones en cada localización fue muy popular, así como las recompensas por completarlas.15​ Aunque en realidad no eliminaban la necesidad de repetir una tarea o matar de manera repetida a una criatura, la percepción que se tenía de esas acciones era distinta.42​ Las misiones hicieron que los jugadores exploraran cada sección del mundo, lo que repercutió negativamente en los jugadores sociales o de rol.41​ Las misiones que implicaban conseguir objetos de los cuerpos de las criaturas no fueron tan populares.42​ Algunos críticos mencionaron que la falta de misiones que obligan a los jugadores a agruparse hacía sentir a veces que el juego estaba diseñado para un solo jugador,43​ mientras que otros se quejaban de que las mazmorras (que se deben jugar en grupo) no eran fáciles para nuevos jugadores y costaban demasiado tiempo acabarlas.42​ En días posteriores a lanzarse el juego, algunas misiones tenían errores de software haciéndolas imposibles de completar,15​ mientras que la masiva presencia de jugadores nuevos en algunas áreas hacía que no existieran criaturas para matar,41​ o que los jugadores tuvieran que esperar turno para matar a alguna criatura en particular para poder completar misiones.15​
In December 2015, Blizzard sold an in-game battle pet named Brightpaw for $10 with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[145] This resulted in a new Blizzard record donation of over $1.7 million to Make-A-Wish.[146] In December 2016, Blizzard again sold a battle pet named Mischief for $10; it helped raise more than 2.5 million for Make-A-Wish.[147] In September 2017, Blizzard sold a battle pet named Shadow the fox for $10, with proceeds going to the Red Cross to help with disaster relief.[148]

Como en otros, los jugadores controlan un avatar dentro de un mundo en una vista de tercera persona (con la opción de jugar en primera persona) explorando el entorno, combatiendo contra varios monstruos y jugadores, completando misiones e interactuando con personajes no jugables (PNJ) u otros jugadores. El completar misiones ayudará a los jugadores a poder subir de nivel y de esta forma, podrán conseguir equipamiento que les ayudará más adelante a combatir a las distintas criaturas que vayan apareciendo en su camino.
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