The company offers parental controls[40] that allow various limits to be set on playing time. It is possible to set a daily limit, a weekly limit, or to specify an allowed playing schedule. In order to control these settings, it is necessary to log in with different credentials than are used just to enter the game. It is also possible to receive statistics on the time spent playing. Apart from controlling children, adults sometimes use parental controls on themselves.[41] The company supports this kind of protection as otherwise the potential players or their supervisors may choose to uninstall or block the game permanently.
In April 2015, an alternate way to cover the subscription was introduced. A player may spend real money ($20 in North America and differing amounts in other regions) on a WoW Token, which is sold on the auction house for in-game gold that initially could only be used to add 30 days of playtime.[36] At the launch of the feature in NA, a token sold for 30k gold and 24 hours later sold for 20k gold, therefore the gold amount changes depending on what players are willing to spend and the supply. Subsequently, the amount that an NA token sells for remained selling at above 30,000 gold and the other Battle.net regions are well above that value. Once a player buys a token on the auction house, it is account bound and cannot be resold. In February 2017, the WoW Token can also be exchanged for $15 in Battle.net balance that can be used as credit for purchases in most of Blizzard's games as well as in Destiny 2.[39]

World of Warcraft fue anunciado por primera vez por Blizzard en el European Computer Trade Show en septiembre de 2001.25​ El desarrollo llevó unos 4 o 5 años e incluyó un extenso periodo de pruebas. Los gráficos 3D usaban elementos del motor de juegos de Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.25​ El juego fue diseñado como un ambiente abierto donde los jugadores pudieran hacer lo que quisieran.26​
↑ «The Activision/Blizzard Merger:Five Key Points». Industry News. gamasutra.com. 3 de diciembre de 2007. Consultado el 24 de febrero de 2009. «One of the intriguing things about the old Vivendi structure was that, even when Martin Tremblay joined to run Vivendi's publishing, it was specified: "World Of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment has been designated a stand-alone division reporting to VU Games' CEO, and is not part of Tremblay's product development mandate.»
La Segunda Guerra Mundial: batallas de tanques, ataques aéreos, combates navales. En Call of War tú puedes reescribir la historia. Toma el control de una nación poderosa durante la época de la segunda guerra mundial. Conquista provincias, forja alianzas y desarrolla tu economía. Investiga armas secretas de la segunda guerra mundial y conviértete en una superpotencia. ¿Inteligente alianzas o temeraria expansión, investigación de armas secretas o ataques de asalto? Todo depende de lo que tú elijas. Este e...
28 oct Tiers, ansiados cambios. Buenas, como warr main que me declaro de toda la vida de dios, recuerdo que cualquier tier era para especificas ramas me explico, el warr fury si quería el t1/2/3 lo que te daba era más para tank que para otra cosa, y tenías que equiparte a piezas sueltas, me gustaría que adaptaran el Tier a las ramas que disponga cada clase, ustedes que opináis?Venath2 28 oct
The Warden's existence was acknowledged in March 2008, during the opening legal proceedings against MDY Industries.[125] The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Arizona, and also listed Michael Donnelly as a defendant. Donnelly was included in the suit as the creator of MMO Glider, software that can automatically play many tasks in the game. Blizzard claimed the software is an infringement of its copyright and software license agreement, stating that "Glider use severely harms the WoW gaming experience for other players by altering the balance of play, disrupting the social and immersive aspects of the game, and undermining the in-game economy." Donnelly claims to have sold 100,000 copies of the $25 software.[126]
Más tarde con la aparición de Warcraft, el juego de rol y World of Warcraft (ambos de 2003), la tradición popular del mundo fantástico que argumenta los juegos y literatura de Warcraft se hizo considerablemente compleja, retomó para ello a varias criaturas fantásticas o razas de Dungeons & Dragons,9​ The Lord of the Rings y la mitología tradicional de varias partes del mundo, como lo tiende a hacer gran parte de la literatura fantástica contemporánea. También ha incorporado distintos lenguajes y vocaciones u oficios que determinan los modos de vida de los aventureros, así como la distinción entre las razas mortales y los inmortales.10​
El sistema de personajes fue bien recibido, con críticos señalando a cada clase como viable e interesante, con características únicas,17​ así como que cada raza tenía un toque de distinción y de aspecto.15​ El desarrollo de los personajes también fue destacado, así como el sistema de talentos, su gran diversidad de opciones32​ y el sistema de profesiones.15​ La personalización física de los personajes fue considerada una de las cosas menos interesantes del juego,42​ aunque el nivel de detalle de los modelos fue elogiado.35​

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]

Hacia finales de 2007, fueron lanzados una serie de anuncios para la televisión en los que salían celebridades como Mr. T, William Shatner, y Verne Troyer hablando sobre las distintas clases de los personajes en el juego.56​ Se lanzó en español uno con Guillermo Toledo, y en francés uno con Jean-Claude Van Damme.57​ Se lanzaron dos más en 2008, uno con Ozzy Osbourne y otro con Steve Van Zandt.58​
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]
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]
Es una especie de mago oscuro, buen DPS a distancia, especializado en el daño progresivo DoT (Damage over Time) mediante maldiciones de la rama de las sombras a sus enemigos (aflicción), en daño instantáneo de la rama fuego (destrucción) y la especialidad de manejo de demonios (demonología) . Emplean el maná y tiene la capacidad de invocar espíritus malignos y demonios para que le ayuden en su lucha. Usan las armaduras más débiles (tela) y son malos contrincantes cuerpo a cuerpo, aunque gracias a la habilidad de Miedo (Fear) pueden mantener a su enemigo a distancia mientras causan daño DoT. Se usan para hacer convocaciones para mazmorras y para crear piedras de alma y salud entre otras.
The game's audio was well received, particularly the background music. By assigning music to different areas of the game world, reviewers felt that the fantasy style added to the player's immersion,[81] and that the replay value was increased.[20] The sounds and voices used by characters and NPCs, as well as the overall sound effects, were felt to add a "personality" to the game.[81]
Más tarde con la aparición de Warcraft, el juego de rol y World of Warcraft (ambos de 2003), la tradición popular del mundo fantástico que argumenta los juegos y literatura de Warcraft se hizo considerablemente compleja, retomó para ello a varias criaturas fantásticas o razas de Dungeons & Dragons,9​ The Lord of the Rings y la mitología tradicional de varias partes del mundo, como lo tiende a hacer gran parte de la literatura fantástica contemporánea. También ha incorporado distintos lenguajes y vocaciones u oficios que determinan los modos de vida de los aventureros, así como la distinción entre las razas mortales y los inmortales.10​
The Corrupted Blood plague incident was one of the first events to affect entire servers. Patch 1.7 saw the opening of Zul'Gurub, the game's first 20-player raid dungeon where players faced off against a tribe of trolls. Upon engaging the final boss, players were stricken by a debuff called "Corrupted Blood" which would periodically sap their life. The disease was passed on to other players simply by being near infected players. Originally this malady was confined within the Zul'Gurub instance, but it made its way into the outside world by way of hunter pets or warlock minions that contracted the disease.
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]
World of Warcraft requires a subscription to allow continued play, with options to pay in one-month, three-month, or six-month blocks, and time cards of varying lengths available from retailers, or purchasing a "WoW Token" in-game.[35][36] Expansion packs are available online and from retailers. As the game client is the same regardless of the version of World of Warcraft the user owns, the option to purchase expansions online was added as it allows for a quick upgrade. World of Warcraft is also available as a free Starter Edition, which is free to play for an unlimited amount of time. Starter Edition characters are unable to gain experience after reaching level 20, and there are other restrictions in effect for Starter Edition accounts, including the inability to trade, use mail, use Auction House, use public chat channels, join guilds or amass more than ten gold.[37]
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]
The great desert fortress of Ahn'Qiraj, long sealed behind the Scarab Wall, was home to the insectoid qiraji, a savage race that had once mounted an assault to devastate the continent of Kalimdor. But something far more sinister lurked behind Ahn'Qiraj's walls: the Old God C'Thun, an ancient entity whose pervasive evil had suffused Azeroth since time immemorial. As C'Thun incited the qiraji to frenzy, both the Alliance and Horde prepared for a massive war effort. A mixed force of Alliance and Horde soldiers, dubbed the Might of Kalimdor, opened the gates of Ahn'Qiraj under the command of the orc Varok Saurfang. The heroes laid siege to the ruins and temples of Ahn'Qiraj and vanquished C'Thun.
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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