Parent page: World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft, often known as WoW, is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) and was developed by Blizzard Entertainment Inc., and since its first inception in 2004, the game has been played by millions of enthusiastic gamers worldwide.
The game is enormous, as it contains two game worlds, Azeroth and Outland, which have sixty regions across four continents. If this is not large enough, each area has its own inhabitants and its own landscape with its own weather, with both friendlies and un-friendlies populating this virtual environment. Players are able to personalise their avatars, making clothing and weapon choices, and enjoy the so-called gaming savagery that is assumed to take place. Due to the high volume of gaming traffic that is received daily, information and game updates are frequent. Updates apply to all the electronic devices, which include PC’s, mobiles or Xboxes, and this often means that crashes occur on the servers, resulting in the need for patching and many restorations.
While these gaming glitches may happen and often cause mini social media fires and tempers to flare, the loyalty to the World of Warcraft is continually growing, with each generation. Changes are accommodated with minor frustrations, and the harnessing of skills, and conquering of foes, far outweighs any technical glitches that may be experienced. The player dedication is why this game is still fascinating, even over a decade, when other games have become a one or two years wonder. New players are welcomed to the fold, through adequate knowledge accessibility, which is in no way a spoiler for this huge game.
Beyond gaming, a study conducted in 2017, by professor Nathan Weidner, found that people who played WoW were found to be great employees. The focus of the research indicated that due to the teamwork requirements of the game, players were able to harness this skill and apply it intuitively into their professional lives.