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.
World of Warcraft received very positive reviews upon release,[80] following a period of high anticipation before launch.[86] Although the game follows a similar model to—and was noted for using many familiar concepts from—the role-playing genre,[10][81] the new approaches to reducing pauses between game encounters were well liked.[21] A common example was the approach to character death. In some previous MMORPGs, a player would suffer a high penalty for character death; in World of Warcraft, a player is able to recover and start playing quickly.[10] Combat was another area where "downtime", or pauses between play, was reduced. By allowing all character types to recover from damage taken, players can return to combat quickly.[21] Reviewers felt that these changes in pacing would make the genre more accessible to casual players—those who play for short periods of time—[21] while still having "deep" gameplay that would attract players of all levels of interest.[20] The concept of a "rested bonus", or increasing the rate at which a player's character gains experience, was also welcomed as a way for players to quickly catch up with their friends in progression.[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]

Conflict of Nations es un juego gratuito de estrategia para navegador, en el que se desarrolla una guerra global en tiempo real contra docenas de jugadores en campañas que pueden durar días e incluso semanas. Controlas las fuerzas armadas de unas de las naciones líderes de este mundo y eres responsable de su expansión militar, desarrollo económico, investigación tecnológica y diplomacia con el exterior.
The Corrupted Blood plague so closely resembled the outbreak of real-world epidemics that scientists are currently looking at the ways MMORPGs or other massively distributed systems can model human behavior during outbreaks. The reaction of players to the plague closely resembled previously hard-to-model aspects of human behavior that may allow researchers to more accurately predict how diseases and outbreaks spread amongst a population.[149]

El clan Lobo Gélido se reúne con los humanos liderados por Llane y Anduin, pero son emboscados por Puño Negro creyendo que es una trampa. Superados en número, los humanos se retiran, y Medivh crea una barrera de energía para protegerlos, pero el hijo de Lothar, Callan, queda separado del resto y es asesinado despiadadamente por Puño Negro. Garona y Khadgar encuentran a un debilitado Medivh, al que llevan de nuevo a Karazhan para que se recupere. Allí, Khadgar observa un aura verde en los ojos de Medivh, enterándose que está infectado con magia vil, por lo que viaja a la ciudad flotante de Dalaran, donde informa la situación a los archimagos del Kirin Tor. Alodi, una maga legendaria, es la verdadera identidad de la sombra que Khadgar vio en Karazhan, y es ella quien le revela que Medivh ha sido poseído por un poderoso demonio. En el campamento orco, Puño Negro asesina a los miembros del clan Lobo Gélido, pero Orgrimm ayuda a Draka a escapar con su hijo, enviándolo corriente abajo de un río en una canasta, mientras ella muere luchando con otro orco, quién quería traer al bebé orco para Gul'Dan. Durotan, hecho prisionero por traidor, es liberado por Orgrimm y reta a Gul´dan a una mak'gora, una sagrada tradición orca donde los combatientes luchan a muerte por el control de la Horda. Durante la pelea, Gul'dan viola las honorables reglas de la mak'gora al usar magia vil para drenar la vida de su oponente, matándolo, pero Durotan, al sacrificar su vida, logra su propósito: que el resto de los orcos junto a Orgrimm que desaprueben a Gul'dan al no tener honor. Este, para evitar la rebelión, influye magia vil en Blackhand y ordena a los orcos atacar a los humanos, que se acercan para atacar el campamento liderados por Llane, quien ha decidido atacar luego de ser engañado por Medivh.


Conflict of Nations es un juego gratuito de estrategia para navegador, en el que se desarrolla una guerra global en tiempo real contra docenas de jugadores en campañas que pueden durar días e incluso semanas. Controlas las fuerzas armadas de unas de las naciones líderes de este mundo y eres responsable de su expansión militar, desarrollo económico, investigación tecnológica y diplomacia con el exterior.

Warcraft es una marca comercial de Blizzard Entertainment que ha sido ampliamente difundida y diversificada a partir del videojuego Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1994), uno de los primeros en su género. Por extensión también implica a la marca World of Warcraft, que nace del videojuego de rol multijugador masivo en línea -por sus siglas en inglés, MMORPG- del mismo nombre.1​El universo de Warcraft que se encuentra en ambas marcas está ambientado en una fantasía épica moderna propia de El Señor de los Anillos o Dungeons & Dragons y tiene su inspiración inicial en los juegos del universo de Warhammer Fantasy[cita requerida], representando combates entre el bando de los humanos y el de los orcos, los cuales son seres fantásticos adaptados de la mitología clásica europea a la fantasía actual, pero con una concepción y estilos muy propios.
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.

The practice of buying or selling gold in World of Warcraft has generated significant controversy.[143] On February 21, 2008, Blizzard released a statement concerning the consequences of buying gold. Blizzard reported that an "alarmingly high" proportion of all gold bought originates from "hacked" accounts. The article also stated that customers who had paid for character leveling services had found their accounts compromised months later, with all items stripped and sold for virtual gold. The article noted that leveling service companies often used "disruptive hacks ... which can cause realm performance and stability issues".[144] In April 2015, introduced a means to sell in-game gold for real money. A player may spend $20 on a one-month "game time token" that can be sold for in-game gold on the auction house.[36]

En World of Warcraft un jugador tiene acceso a doce tipos de clases (según la expansión Legion) restringida según la raza que se seleccione.17​ Además de la diferencia existente entre cada clase, estas pueden elegir una rama de talentos entre un total de tres (o cuatro si se selecciona druida como clase), aumentando la diferencia entre estas.18​19​
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