According to recent analysis by market researchers, the internet gaming industry is worth fifty billion dollars. The internet gaming companies have created their own virtual world where people can leave behind there real world and enjoy the amazing characters and glittering storyline. World of warcraft (WoW) is one of the most successful and famous online games.
World of Warcraft is Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game wherein, thousands of players are in game world at the same time playing different worlds. The players battles against each other or with different worlds. World of Warcraft is the fourth edition in warcraft Universe launched by the Blizzard Entertainment. The first game warcraft: orcs and humans was released in 1994. The world of warcraft takes you to the world of Azeroth, which is four year later conclusion shown in the previous edition Warcraft III: Frozen throne. The game was released in 2004 celebrating the tenth anniversary of Blizzard entertainment. Today the world of warcraft is the world’s largest online game with maximum subscriptions per month.
The gamplay includes the control of the various characters exploring the different landscapes, terrains, enemies and chatting with other players. The rewards are gained with more money, powers, items, experience which in turn shows the players overall progress and improved skills. The basic versions have 60 levels and the expansion pack ‘the burning crusade’ have 70 levels. The soon to be release of expansion pack ‘Wrath of lich king’ is up to 80 levels. The battles can be fought with other players with different world zones or can be fought with enemy, based on that current server rules and strategies. The same members can fight the duels but they do not provide much rewards and experience.
The characters in world of warcraft are unique with remarkable abilities. The characters are joined with the accounts and can be moved from servers. The characters or the accounts can moved in player Vs environment realm.
While creating characters players have options of eight races and nine character classes to choose from. The races are divided in to two factions – Alliance and Horde. Humans, Night Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes and Draenei are all part of the Alliance group. Orcs, Tauren, Undead, Trolls and Blood Elves are part of the Horde group. Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Druid and Warrior are the nine classes available. The Death knight class is added in the yet to be released latest expansion called wrath of the lich king. In world of warcraft, there are two types of characters- player characters and Non player characters (NCP). Then there are three types of NCP in the game which are friendly NCP, Hostile and Neutral NCP. While playing the game, characters learn to develop skills which are non combat skills. These skills are called as the player’s Profession. There are two types of profession; one is primary and the other is secondary.
Then there are reputation levels which can directly impact the player’s progress and the overall rewards. The high reputation can be obtained by wining the battle grounds and powerful enemies. The high reputation can give you cheap buying at vendors and ability to gain unique items and armors.
The virtual world in World of warcraft consists of two worlds; Azeroth and Outlands. Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor are the two main landscapes in Azeroth. The Outlands can be accessed by the activation of ‘burning crusade’ expansion pack. The location can be reached by teleporting your self through the Dark portal in the southeast kingdom.
The pricing of the game varies in different region. In USA the monthly packs costs $15. In Europe it costs 11 to 13 euros. The world of warcraft is number one in reviews and rankings and world wide users are eagerly waiting for there next release to enjoy the mysterious world of Warcraft.