The World of Warcraft

The journey from Azeroth is filled with intimidating demons, dragons, warlocks and monsters, but devoted fans of World of Warcraft wouldn't want it any other way.

This groundbreaking fantasy game has made waves in the gaming community since its release in November 2004. With its open structure, the game invites players to choose their own adventure – whether that be making friends, battling enemies, or simply exploring the limits of the universe. With the release of the 2007 expansion reboot World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, let's take a closer look at the most popular multiplayer online role-playing game of all time.

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The World of Warcraft is one of sorcery and adventure. The game sets off with the intent of proving your character is fit to be a hero, often completing smaller battles and tasks until larger foes are feasible. Throughout both small and large quests, though, shines one of the game's biggest strengths: its reliance on multiplayer cooperation. Before World of Warcraft, no game had ever introduced a universe into which you could enter, band together with any number of real-life players, and proceed to choose your own path on such a large scale. The combination of its open gameplay and online presence quickly piqued the interest of gamers from all walks of life. Indeed, fans of the real-time strategy series of the 1990s Warcraft banded together with new players and fantasy lovers alike to amass one of the most profitable releases of the time period.

Upon its release, the game quickly rose to the top of the charts, and remained there for two years. Fans praised its style, character design, fast gameplay and open map. However, while the designers of World of Warcraft anticipated a successful release, they were unprepared for just how well-loved the game would immediately become. As such, lots of post-release development was necessary to keep up with the demand of the players. Many servers quickly became overloaded, and the game's designers were forced to expand their capacity to account for the sheer influx of players.

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Luckily, the success of the game urged the frequent release of expansion packs, many of which were equally as well-loved, if not more. Each reiteration of the game added new elements and quests in a manner so dramatic that the expansions created a nearly brand new game each time.

Today, World of Warcraft remains the top online multiplayer game, with over 100 million registered accounts. The game has amassed billions in revenue, and is widely considered to be one of the best video games of all time. To learn more about the history and creation of this legendary game, check out this article. And, to learn more about the recent reboot of Burning Crusade, check it out here.

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