Those of us who have been in the PC gaming world for awhile know that World of Warcraft is a spectacle to behold. This game, known as a Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG for short), connects people from all over the world into realms, where they can join guilds and take down monsters while pretending to be Elves, Dwarves, Werewolves, humans, Goblins, Orcs, and other fantastical creatures.
Other MMORPG’s have come and gone over the years, but World of Warcraft (WoW) has stuck around and stays pretty solidly as the best MMORPG. Why is this the case? Here are a few theories.
It has been consistent in producing content
While there are some delays from time to time, Blizzard (the parent company) has been fairly consistent in producing content for the game. A new expansion comes out every 20 to 26 months (depending on the expansion and other projects), and there’s always new and interesting things for people to do.
They have the capital to back up their content
It only takes a little bit of research to see that Blizzard-Activision makes some pretty big bank on World of Warcraft and the other games that they are producing on a regular basis.
Having the capital to back up what they’re doing is definitely a big part of their success, and while there are fewer people playing WoW than there used to be, there’s still a big population and people are logging in fairly regularly so that they can enjoy what Blizzard has to offer them in WoW.
They were one of the first ones to get started
One of the reasons that WoW has gotten such good traction is that they’re one of the first. Much like Magic the Gathering in the Collectible Card Game space, the first is most often the best, no matter what that looks like in that context. It was the first game to really try this whole system of making these things work and there’s a lot to be said about that. While it’s taken them awhile to really get the model down, it has gotten much better and
Their story is interesting and engaging
If you’ve ever looked at the history and lore behind World of Warcraft, you’ve likely been quite confused by just how much there is to look at with the whole process. The story draws you in, gets you engaged, and helps you to be that much more interested in what’s going on with the characters and the plot – and that can go a long way when it comes to keeping people involved in the game.
World of Warcraft is not going to be around forever, but it’s a solid MMORPG that has been around for over 15 years and counting. With these factors and more, it’s not surprising that WoW continues to have a lot of nostalgia for many people and it really is something that has become engrained in PC gaming culture.