World of Warcraft. An introduction. Origins. Released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment. The story and myths continue from previous Blizzard games. Burning Crusade expansion was released in 2007 Wrath of the Lich King expansion was released in 2008
As of December 2011,it currently has 10.2 million subscribers
Ultima Online was the first MMORPG (1997) and Everquest was the most notable in the U.S. (1999) until WoW was released.
When signing up, you are asked to put your character on a realm (sometimes called a server). There are limits to some of the interactions across realms, although you can also chat with RealID friends.
In WoW, you can play one of nine classes, and most classes can be “speced” (talent specification) in different ways. There are three primary specs: