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The World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is a MMORPG type game, a genre of PC games that came out in the late 1990's. As with other MMORPGs, players control a character within a game world reffered to as Azaroth. They explore the landscape, fight monsters, complete quests, building skills, and interacting with NPCs, as well as other players. The game rewards success with game money, items, experience and reputation, all of which in turn allow players to improve their skill and power. Players can level up their characters from level one to level 60, level 70 if they have The Burning Crusade expansion. Upon release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, players will be able to attain level 80 after purchasing the expansion. In addition, players may opt to take part in battles against other players of an enemy faction, in PvP battlegrounds or in normal world zones subject to the rules in place on the particular server. Duels can also be fought between members of the same or opposing factions, although these do not provide tangible rewards. Many players also choose to join guilds. Short-term parties and raid groups can be formed to conduct raids against enemy territories and instances. the game has been designed by | Blizzard Entertainment.
Horde versus Alliance
The game, very similar in nature to Lord of the Rings, takes place in an alternate world. In a place that was once a great becon of civilization, now has come under attack and war. In this world there are 8 different races split into two major factions. The Alliance is the name of the military alliance between the Humans, Night Elves, Gnomes, and Dwarves. The Horde is the military allaince between The Undead, Orcs, Tauren, and Trolls.
There are 10 races total if you include the 2 new one included in the expansion The Burning Crusade. The Blood Elves and Draeni where each added to the Alliance and Horde Teams. As soon as you are a registered player, the game will ask you to set up an account and choose a server. On this server, you will choose the Race of your player. One thing to keep in mind though, if you picked an Alliance charicater, any additional ones you create on this server must be of Allinace decent. This means that if you choose a Night elf, you can only create other players that are either Human, Dwarve, or Gnomes. This is because game creators want players to feel loyalty and solidarity with one team, making the game more realistic. Players while logged in on line can only chat with players of the same team. They can only Trade, work, and create guilds with members of the same faction. (ex. Horde can only work and chat with Horde, and alliance Players can only do the same with Alliance)
Once you have choosen a Race, you are then prompted to pick a Class. The Class of your player essentially creates a set of strengths and abilities that are perticular to that Class for your player. There are 9 different classes including a warrior class, mage, priest, warlock etc. The type of class you are will down the line take you along a different set of missions. Teams are generally created using an in-game search engine for special missions. Your class makes a differance on demand, and will affect the type of missions you are asked to join. Some classes are more difficult to level up while others are easier. A player Generally cannot change their class for a certain charicater once it has been created. You may however create another one, which will start at level 1.
Unlike most games, World of Warcraft is open ended. Players may level up their charicaters by fighting off other players or computer generated monsters. To do so, players are emersed into a vertual economy. Each player early on in the game may choose two primary professions such as herbalism, alchamy, engineering, or even blacksmithing. While in the game, players gather resources and create new items that vary in their availability. Players also have access to an E-bay type market place where various goods and servaces are traded. The game currently has more than 10 million players world wide.