World of Warcraft

What is World of Warcraft (WoW)?

World of Warcraft (WoW) is currently considered to be the most popular video game. At the end of 2008, there were more than 11 million participants, worldwide. WoW is an MMORPG type game (See related FAQ).

WoW is set within a medieval fantasy world, called Azeroth. Each player creates an "avatar" which will be defined by their social status; firstly by his "faction" (Horde or Alliance), next by his "race" (Night Elf, Dwarf, The Undead, Humans etc.), and finally by *class* (Warrior, Mage, Priest, Rogue etc.). The player has the option to create numerous avatars and use these as they wish.

A fundamental characteristic of the game is that the world is "persistent". This means that the world evolves even when the player is not online. Each avatar develops with time and acquires experience and new skills through "quests". These may involve finding particular objects or killing certain creatures.

WoW also contains groups called "guilds", which enable the player to interact and collaborate with other players. This is an important feature of the game. The size of the group can vary (from 10 to 40 people) and the rules (contained in a "charter") differ from guild to guild. The guild has its own "private forum" outside of the game that is used for discussion and setting shared objectives.

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