World of Warcraft
The world's most popular and highest rated MMORPG
- Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
- Release Date: 11/2004
World of Warcraft is currently the top MMORPG to date, with the most subscribers and highest revenue ever from such a game. Aside from being the most popular and well-known MMORPG, it has an infamously bad userbase, filled to the brim with trolls, noobs, and the like.
With each successive release, Blizzard has simplified the game and made it more attractive to "casual" (used as an epithet in-game) players, who further raise revenue streams. With each of these changes has come class balancing issues, which are further compounded by PVP being only part of the game but affecting things that are not necessarily related to it. Often a class or profession will be "nerfed" and made far less powerful in order to satisfy the complaints of poopsockers and the like.
With WoW being an ostensibly social game, it was only natural for various communities to rise from its userbase. Three of the most well-known of these have been the Official WoW Forums, Elitist Jerks, and Goon Squad.
The official forums may be a community of sorts, but it's a highly dysfunctional one at best. Blizzard offers players areas to discuss their classes, their realms, bugs and other issues, and various other aspects of the game. These forums are typically a cesspool of old memes, trolling, and assorted other idiocy. Most good players avoid them at all costs.
Elitist Jerks is a site, its associated forums, and guild dedicated to more intelligent discussion and theorycrafting, and often the best character builds are extensively researched and developed here. They proudly live up to their name and often the best players can be found amongst their ranks.
Something Awful, being a huge and well-established community, naturally has a large population of WoW players. There is a sub-forum dedicated to WoW, and quite often members of Elitist Jerks are goons as well. The discussion here is a bit less serious, and goons are well-known for trolling or griefing, especially on the Mal'Ganis server, which Goon Squad's main guild calls its home.
The game was first announced in 2001 and was extensively tested until its release. It built upon the stories and setting of the Warcraft series of RTS games, first introduced in 1994. It is said to have been developed by fans of older MMOs, most notably Everquest and Dark age of Camelot.
The most recent expansion, Cataclysm, was released in December of 2010. With each expansion, the level cap for players is raised. The base game allows players to reach level 60, with expansions allowing them to reach 70, 80, and 85, respectively. It is still going strong, with over 12 million subscribers.
- Inspired by EverQuest and Dark Age of Camelot.
- There have been three expansions released thus far: 2007's The Burning Crusade, 2008's Wrath of the Lich King, and 2010's Cataclysm.
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