It is an understatement actually to say that the World of Warcraft and all its myriad expansions have captivated the attention of the gaming world like no other MMORPG ever has. Ever since the launch of this game in 2004, the game has gone from strength to strength. Today it stands as the highest played MMORPG in the world, boasting of the largest number of subscribers in comparison to any other game that has ever been released in the genre.
Today, the entire World of Warcraft legion of fans numbers an astounding eight million, which is clearly a greater number by far than the population of most of the nations around the globe! At a quick glance, there are about 2 million players in North America alone, Europe has more than 1.5 million players and China stands at a staggering 3.5 million avid players for this mega franchise. Clearly, World of Warcraft is not just a game - it is well on its way of becoming a major worldwide phenomenon. And we are not talking just about the gaming world here!
The greatest attraction of the World of Warcraft, as most of its dedicated players would say, is the scope to evolve within the game from a struggling lowlife to a strategist. People could evolve up to 60 levels in the original Warcraft. But with The Burning Crusade patch, players can hope to go up to 70 levels and the yet to be released patch of Wrath of the Lich King will bring up the level to 80.
With so many people playing World of Warcraft from all over the world all the time, it is no surprise that a separate lingua franca has evolved for the game. Players who are engrossed in the game can converse with each other through the game's interface, using terms from the game itself.
The number of players for the World of Warcraft hasn't dwindled in the years after its release, and there seems to be no chance for it to happen in the near future. It is not wrong to say that among the reverent gaming population of the world, the World of Warcraft is nothing short of a religion.
SUMMARY: The World of Warcraft is the highest played MMORPG in the world, in terms of number of paid subscriptions. For this huge player domain of this astoundingly successful game, the game is nothing short of a religion.
Lloyd Burns has been playing World of Warcraft for over 2 years now and is the master at this game.
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