World Of WarcraftWorld of Warcraft, also called WOW by gamers, is an online massively multiplayer role- playing game (MMORPG). Around twelve years back, Blizzard Entertainment developed a game called Warcraft, a single/multiplayer adventure game, which went on to become so immensely popular that they added two more Warcraft games, and World of Warcraft is the fourth game in the series. As on May 2006, World of Warcraft had over 6.5 million active users who were paying around $ 17 a month each to play it. That works to over 110 million dollars a month in subscriptions!
How World Of Warcraft Works
World Of Warcraft GameplayWorld of Warcraft is not ranked the number one MMORPG game in the world for nothing. It features two main gameplay varieties, which are - (i) Player versus Environment: When a player adventures in order to level up, he comes across game-generated enemies as well as other players who are against his race. (ii) Player Versus Player: This is played only in specific areas where players can fight against other players, and such areas are level-specific. For example, there might be an area only for players at levels one to twenty; if you are at a higher level, you cannot enter.
CriticismSome players try to misuse the game - In one case, a transgender player formed a transgender guild and Blizzard Entertainment banned this. People for and against the action voiced their protest and the game got into a needless controversy. In another case, around June 2005, a child died because of WOW-addiction. According to a leading psychologist, around 40% of WOW players are addicted to it. Well, whatever the criticism, World of Warcraft is growing stronger by the day.