Hello. My name is JoePwnU, and I play World of Warcraft.
Ever since Blizzard Entertainment released it in November 2004, World of Warcraft has taken the online gaming community by storm. With 11.5 million monthly online subscribers, WoW is easily the most popular MMORPG on the market today, at least according to Guinness World Records. Heading into its fifth year running, WoW obviously has features that keep the gamers happy. We’re going to go through some of these features and hopefully explain why WoW is one of the most addictive games out there for PC.
When it comes down to it, the name of this game is Gear. The graphics are impressive, the environments are stunning, the storyline is epic, but the one thing that drives every player to add yet another fee to their monthly bills is the promise of better gear. To get that gear, however, there are a few other things you have to do first, and it all starts back at level 1.
With two expansions already under their belts most WoW players have all but forgotten about the old world, about killing boars and collecting meat for faceless NPCs (Non Player Characters), but this is where it all starts. Players get to create the look of the avatars that will carry them through the world, and decide on faction (Horde or Alliance), race (Orc, Troll, Tauren, Undead, Blood Elf or Human, Night Elf, Gnome, Dwarf, Dranei), and class (warrior, paladin, hunter, shaman, druid, death knight, rogue, mage, warlock, priest). Each class has unique abilities, and each race has a unique history, all of which affect how you will play the game.
Now, RPGs are long. It’s part of their charm. And World of Warcraft lives up to the genre. The first major hurdle for the new player is to reach is level 60. If it gives you any indication of just how long this takes, Blizz (Blizzard Entertainment) made several changes to speed up old world leveling just after the first expansion was released, and again after the second expansion, in order to give new players any chance at all of reaching end game content. The newest class, death knight, starts at level 55, allowing them to skip the most grueling parts of leveling. This is probably why nobody else likes them.
The first expansion, The Burning Crusade, was released on January 2007 and raised the level cap from 60 to 70. Wrath of the Lich King, the second expansion, was released late last year. Both releases featured new abilities and uncharted dungeons for teams to explore and conquer.
In essence, the gameplay is very simple. A 12-year-old can be a very effective player in this game. The challenge is in the coordination and cooperation with the other players in your group. Groups can consist of 5, 10, or 25 people. The 10- and 25-man raids drop better gear, but the 5-mans are easier and faster. Each class uses its unique abilities to contribute to the fight, either by tanking (keeping the attention of) the monster, healing the tank, or dpsing (damage per second) the monster. These are the only three roles in the game, and every class fits into at least one. With proper leadership and coordination, a group can take down a boss and claim the phat lewt that it drops.
While the main purpose of World of Warcraft is getting the gear, there is much more to this game than simple avatar improvement. Some players have been a part of this game since its release almost five years ago. With that much time invested into a finite universe, and so many different people interacting on a daily basis, a distinct culture will develop. Go to the World of Warcraft website and read the thousands of pages of forum posts and discussions. Take the 10-day free trial and spend an afternoon reading the many chat functions in the major cities to get an idea of the kind of language and attitude that has developed among the players.
What makes World of Warcraft such a huge success is the sheer volume of stuff to do. Raiding (described above) is a major activity, but there is also the massive player-versus-player action taking place in isolated arenas or extensive battlefields with hundreds of players. Achievements have recently been added with Wrath of the Lich King, recognizing specific accomplishments under certain circumstances. With hundreds of dungeons, thousands of quests, and millions of players involved in World of Warcraft, this game provides endless hours of entertainment for a relative low cost.
Article from Gamersyndrome.com