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A very popular MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) created by Blizzard Entertainment. Set in the same fictional universe as the company's 3 previous "WarCraft" games, the game follows a traditional MMORPG structure of level-based advancement, as well as encouraging in-game social interaction to accomplish team goals.

The game worlds are separated by "servers", which are typically in reference to the computer server clusters that make up each game world. These are systems maintained by Blizzard Entertainment and are partially paid for by the player monthly subscription fee.

Starting at level 1, the game is designed to quickly provide players with a set of small goals, thus familiarizing themselves with the game world. These goals, or "quests", are typically tasks provided by computer-generated "NPCs" or "Non-Player Characters" and typically involve fighting and defeating other NPC antagonists or collecting and delivering certain items. Through this progression players obtain new abilities and equipment, eventually teaming up with others to fight and defeat increasingly difficult encounters.

The World of Warcraft game environment also allows players to engage and combat other players from the opposing "team" under certain rules and controlled circumstances depending on the type of ruleset the game server is running. This is referred to as "PVP" (Player Versus Player). There are currently 4 different types of game rulesets:

1) PVE: Player-Versus-Environment. PVP combat is purely consentual, requiring a player to either duel, enable pvp by typing in a command, or enter a pvp enabled battleground.

2) PVP: Player Versus Player. PVP combat is enabled in all but the starting areas of the game.

3) RP: Role-Playing. Ruleset is identical to PVE, but players are encouraged to "Role-play" their character, ideally removing modern and out-of-game references from in-game interaction.

4) RP-PVP: Role-Playing, Player Versus Player. Ruleset is identical to PVP, but with the same RP encouragement as an RP Environment.

Resources: www.worldofwarcraft.com ; www.blizzard.com
"I used to play Ultima Online, EverQuest, and even Dark Age of Camelot... but I ended up sticking with World of Warcraft for the longest time simply because there's so much to do!"
by T Anon August 08, 2006
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A place where people with no lives pretend to have one.
I'm going to go play 'life'(world of warcraft)!
by xmrselfdestructt February 06, 2007
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A huge game that takes up all of your and all of your freinds time.
I lost my job, droped out of school became additec to painkillers, becuse of world of warcraft.

I cant go to the movies because of WOW
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(n.) World of Warcraft (also known as WoW)
A Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG)(MuhMORPuhGah).

It was created by Blizzard Entertainment. In this game you play as a fictional character in an online fantasy universe where players compete to do quests and hang out with other players.

WoW players often stick together and speak a strange language that can only be understood by other WoW players.

The game derives its fun from the fact that it is a somewhat psycological game where the players set goals and compete against one another trying to be better than everyone else to get a sense of accomplishment.

It is not truely fun though it only gives the illusion of fun, kindof like drugs. WoW should be avoided at all costs. It is an addiction that is hard to break.

Seriously stay away from this game. Signs of the WoW infection:
1)Your soul was consumed by a demon from hell.
2)People do not understand you when you talk.
3)You have no personal hygiene
4)You have no friends/relationships outside of the internet
5)You have a dysfunctional family life all of a sudden
6)You're physically weaker and have no stamina.
7)You lose a set amount of money monthly

If you have these symptoms than you have probably wasted a good part of your life pretending to be someone else on an online game also known as WoW. Also you are totally FUCKED!
WoW Player: I am going to play World of Warcraft.

Uninfected: OMG! No! Don't play that you'll have your soul sucked out and you will be nothing, but an empty shell of a human with no emotions.

WoW Player: Thanks, you saved several wasted years of my life thanks!
by Orange And Blue February 02, 2009
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An incredibly addictive game which sucks you in, consumes your soul, and becomes your life. You play as Dwarves, Gnomes, Humans, Night Elves, Draenei, Orcs, Tauren, Trolls, Undead and Blood Elves as you are vexed by its unbelievable addiction power. The side effect of this is that you will forget all about the outside world for roughly 43 years, be isolated from your friends (your so-called "friends" will abandon you to have a good life), and you will not notice as people walk in your house taking away the couch and television as you click away at the mouse.
Guy-"Hey, Jason! Let's play basketball!"
Jason (staring at screen)-"..."
Guy-"Uh... Jason?"
Jason (continuing to stare at screen)-"..."
Guy (stern)-"Are you playing World of Warcraft again?"
Jason (does not move as neighbors walk in and take away his television and couch)-"..."
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Probably THE best MMORPG on the market today, and will continue to be for some time. It has a great combination of PVE/PVP content and is updated fairly consistently. The next expansion is due out (hopefully) sometime this year.

The one killing flaw of this game, however, is the community; it's the reason nobody's bothered curing cancer. You will NEVER find a ruder, more condescending group of arrogant, elitist jackholes than in WoW, and on any WoW-related message boards in particular. You ask a simple question, and a dozen of them start blasting you for something completely unrelated, such as the quality of your gear. Of course that's assuming you even get a MEANINGFUL response from them to begin with.

In-game is hit-or-miss, too. You'll find plenty of decent people that play casually most of the time, but other times you'll either have to deal with some pipsqueak 10-year-old with a microphone or one of the elitist jackholes above; both take the game WAY too seriously, and both will make you wish there were laws that keep these kinds of people from breeding.
You want an example? Go to the World of Warcraft boards at http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/child-forum.html?forumId=11119&sid=1 , pick a realm, and lurk around. You'll want to play some polish roulette immediately afterwards.
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A Way To Keep Your Childs virginity safe at 15 dollars a month
Mother:Why Is Cindy crying?

Father: Timmy called and cancelled their date he must have World Of Warcraft
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