|World of Warcraft
North American and Europe box's arts
||NA - 23 November 2004
EU - 11 February 2005
||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, (Linux via Wine or Cedega)
World of Warcraft, often referred to as WoW (refer to the game without expansions: vanilla, classic, pre-tBC or pre-BC), is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) set in the Warcraft universe. It is developed by Blizzard Entertainment and contains 4 expansion packs, including World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.
As of 2010, World of Warcraft reportedly had more than 12 million monthly subscribers, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest and most popular MMORPG. It also continues its further story development throughout its franchising, other than online media, such as Warcraft novels, comics, manga, RPG books, TCG, and board games.
Note the following are the pre-expansion details:
- Uses and expands the storyline from the Warcraft series of games.
- Customizable characters:
- 2 factions: Horde and Alliance.
- 8 races: Human, Dwarf, Gnome, Night Elf, Orc, Troll, Undead, Tauren (expansions: Blood Elf and Draenei, Goblin and Worgen, Pandaren).
- 9 classes: Mage, Warlock, Priest, Rogue, Druid, Hunter, Shaman, Warrior, Paladin (expansions: Death Knight, Monk).
- 9 professions, enabling resource gathering and item crafting (expansions: Jewelcrafting, Inscription)
- The Talent (and Glyph) system allows further customization of the character's skills and stats.
- General System
- A casual-friendly character progression system.
- In-game trading, mail service and auction system.
- Four server types: Normal (PvE), RP, PvP, and RPPvP.
- Quest and Honor Systems
- User Interface and Customer Support
- Customize AddOn and Interface with some game commands support.
- Client seamlessly supports both Mac and Windows operating systems. Linux users can play via Wine, however this is not supported and can be buggy at times.
- North America (English-US - US & Canada)
- Oceania (English-US - Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand)
- Latin America (Spanish)
- Brazil (Portuguese-Brazilian)
- Europe (English-UK, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese-Brazilian, Italian)
- South Korea
- China (Simplified and Traditional Chinese; including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau)
The gameplay video displayed is the first, released on November 23, 2004. Other videos were also made before the European release.
The original WoW is sometimes referred to as "vanilla World of Warcraft," "pre Burning Crusade (Pre BC)," or "classic World of Warcraft".
The Official WineHQ website with info about World of Warcraft
4.2.x running with Wine.