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Things you need to know before playing World of Warcraft and Diablo 3

This blog provides information about Blizzard games for starting players that want to know the basics on the games that one of the best massive multiplayer game makers have.

Author: Fatality001133

8 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About World of Warcraft

Posted by Fatality001133 Thursday April 25 2013 at 5:09AM
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World of Warcraft has been around for a very long time now. Kids who started out playing it back in 2004 are now adults, and a lot of them still play the game to this day. With such a history in the game, there are plenty of things that the game has now that a lot of people do not know about or perhaps misunderstand to some degree. Here are a few of them that might surprise you or just seem rather interesting.

  • The World of Azeroth

To support such an expansive world, World of Warcraft servers are connected to multiple AT&T data centers all over the world. So basically, wherever these data centers are, they're the real world locations of Azeroth. These locations include San Diego, Dallas, Frankfurt, Paris, Stockholm, and so on.

  • WoW Servers

The servers are the most important when it comes to operating any MMO, and World of Warcraft really need big ones to accommodate all the players. The hardware involved in running the entire game includes 13,250 server blades, 75,000 cores, 112.5 terabytes of memory, and 1.2 petabytes of storage. This was also from 2009, so it may be even bigger right now since servers of this magnitude are updated regularly.

  • Subscriber Base

By the release of its fourth expansion, Mists of Pandaria, the subscriber base for World of Warcraft reached beyond the 10 million mark, which was an unprecedented achievement by Blizzard Entertainment, breaking their previous record of 9.1 million subscribers. The number went as high as 12 million paying customers, and the game is holding pretty strong.

  • Celebrity Players

The appeal of World of Warcraft is so vast that even people who you wouldn't expect to be WoW players actually are, including celebrities. People like Vin Diesel, Curt Shilling, Felicia Day, and Yao Ming are actually know to be geeks in their spare time, and they do play WoW as part of it.

  • Even Politicians Play WoW

In 2012, Colleen Lachowicz ran for office as a State Senator of Maine. Her political opposition thought it would be a great idea to discredit her as a viable candidate through rather unusual means. She happens to play World of Warcraft, so they set up a website to run a campaign against her by saying that “Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.”

Senator Colleen Lachowicz must have gained more supporters from the game during that time.

  • Dying from Playing

There have been news stories wherein players die while playing a game for really long periods of time, and WoW is often that game. An unfortunately common news item in Asia, they tend to be found on their chair in front of the computer, stiff and deceased. One of the causes for this could be Deep Vein Thrombosis, which is a real problem with people who sit down for long periods of time. This is a condition that people usually talk about when it comes to long plane trips, but the same can happen to gamers. To counter this, you have to get up and walk around every once in a while. Exercise would be even better. Or, learn how to level up your character on WoW properly.

  • WoW Clones

There have been plenty of clones of World of Warcraft that have been made, most of them coming from china. Such titles include World of Fight, Runes of Magic, Allods Online, and so on. They would have similar user interfaces and gameplay elements that really remind players of WoW, and you can't really blame them since the original is just so good. Of course, the real thing is still the best.

  • By the Numbers

From the stats gathered by MMORPG Realm, Blizzard had 150 developers working on the game for 4 years to write WoW's 5.5 million lines of code. These made up for 30,000 items, 1,400 locations, 7,600 missions, and 5,300 non-player characters -- all of which also had to be painstakingly designed beforehand.

Among the players, only 22% reside in the United States, while the majority are from Asia with a sizeable 48%. As most would expect, 80% of the players are male. That does mean though that the female base is 20% of the 12 million, so that's still a lot. As for the most popular race in the game, it's still good old Human.

5 Things New WoW Players Need to Know About the Game

Posted by Fatality001133 Wednesday April 10 2013 at 2:45AM
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Ever since World of Warcraft was released back in 2004 to an enthusiastic fanbase and grew into the MMO juggernaut that it is now, there may be people who do want to play it but are intimidated by how deep the story and gameplay has become over the years. Veteran players are knowledgeable and beyond comprehension of those who have not yet played the game, so those who do want to jump in now should keep a few things in mind to get the most of the game.


Create a character with a purpose

When you've decided to make a character to start playing, you are given various choices in race and classes to begin with. If you're not a veteran WoW player yet with a goal in mind, then you might as well pick one that you'll get to roleplay best with. To roleplay a character, it is all about how much you can get into it. Your character needs a motivation to embark on the adventure, whatever it may be. The more compelling you can make it though, the more fun it will be to play with that character in the game.

That purpose has to dictate most of your character's actions, including who he talks to, what he does to other characters, how he does those things, how he fights, what he fights for, and so on. Soon enough, you stop thinking about roleplaying and the character develops by itself as you play, which is a magical process for those who have gotten into playing the game and is one of the things that has made World of Warcraft one of the best games ever made.


Interact and play with others

What has made this game successful isn't just the quality of the story and core gameplay, but also the social aspect of being an MMORPG. In fact, that's what makes the MMORPG genre such a big world all by itself. But with World of Warcraft, with the vast number of players throughout the world, the game only gets better with more and more people playing it.

With that in mind, playing WoW is better with friends. If you don't have friends to play it with you, then you make friends in the game. What makes WoW so immersive is not just its lore and gameplay, but how it lets players connect in various ways. You can join parties to go on raids together or just chat and have fun. All sorts of people from different walks of life play WoW, and that's what makes this game good, especially for new players.


Leveling is not the most important thing

Role-playing games have something in common with character leveling systems, wherein characters of higher levels are stronger and are able to do more things and wear better equipment. For most MMORPGs, this becomes the focal point, especially for those that require a metric crap ton of experience points just to level up. This makes for a lot of repetitive grinding that makes gameplay dull and tedious, which is sadly common for a lot of other MMORPGs.

In World of Warcraft, that kind of monotonous gameplay takes a backseat in favor of a lot of other activities that can help with the overall experience. there is a ton of lore behind everything in the game, especially since this is the Warcraft universe that was built up from back in the day with the strategy games. This makes for a lot of roleplaying opportunities that makes leveling pale in comparison.

Many other things like social interactions and plenty of engaging quests that uncover more of the lore makes WoW more diverse and puts leveling up further down in the priority list in favor of immersing oneself in the in-game world. There are leveling guides for World of Warcraft all over the internet that can help you take off your mind off the grueling task of grinding for hours and being unable to socialize with other players, so better check them out.


Let the game take you

A common trap that most roleplayers fall into is going down only on one path, which raises a lot of questions and debates. Some see this as necessary in playing a game to your best abilities. However, what it also does is reduce the enjoyment of the game itself since the experience is more constricted as a result of this.

Of course, you'd want to have your character specialize in stats and abilities according to the chosen character class, and that's good. But what does not merit over-prioritization is the way you play the game. So you don't just raid dungeons or just do quests, for example, and do nothing else. There are so many things that you can do in the game, so feel free to get into all of them.


Play within the world

The Warcraft universe is very fascinating and has its own rules, making for gameplay that takes you to places beyond most people's imaginations. Being able to exist wholeheartedly within that world lets players continue to roleplay, which is the point of playing RPGs in the first place.

Metagaming can certainly take your game to higher levels, but it is most helpful for those who have been playing the game seriously for a long time and are looking to boost their performance for competitive purposes. As a new player, this can only ruin the fun of the game due to its focus on aspects of WoW that is separate from what makes the game interesting from the perspective of storyline and lore. Therefore, it is not very good for roleplaying, even though powergaming is an inherent part of playing RPGs.

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