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.