All over the planet the phenomenon that is World of Warcraft has become a massive hit. Never before have we seen such a meteoric rise to fame or such a solid fan base.
At one point 14 million people were subscribed to the Blizzard Entertainment game and as of 2010 this figure has levelled out and stayed at a constant 10 million. Imagine that 10 million people playing the same game, in the same world. It’s a like a small country!
The thing that makes World of Warcraft so popular is that it appeals to both experienced gamers and complete novices. It is played by middle-aged men and women and children alike.
The ability to interact in real time with real people also gives this gaming genre a really unique appeal and feel. Being able to connect with real people and develop real friendships while playing a video game in a fabricated world has its advantages.
For example it has been shown that World of Warcraft GCLUB can greatly enhance a person’s interpersonal skills and strengthen their communication abilities. Because you must be able to communicate effectively within you own group or guild in order to get the most from the game and help your character develop you naturally gain much needed real-world communications skills.
Leadership skills can also be developed from within the game if you take on the role as a guild master where you have to regulate a large pool of people and resources just like any real-world business or corporation.
So although World of Warcraft is a truly enthralling and enjoyable game to play it also has many other benefits.
The ability to make friends all over the world and thus learn how to interact and work with other cultures happens every day in the computer generated world of Azeroth.
Communication skills are strengthened and leadership qualities are developed all while playing a visually appealing and very enjoyable video game.