GamePro Magazine Online published an article titled: “20 Games that Changed the World”, and World of Warcraft is ranked #1 Position, trashing all the other 19 games from consoles such as Xbox, GameCube, NES, PS2 and even Arcade.
Year released: 2004
Key features: Vast, devoted multiplayer community; intricately detailed online world; king of the MMOs
Arguably the most popular online video game in the world, World of Warcraft has reached over six million active subscribers worldwide…and counting. And this fan base is more than massive, it’s devoted: fans regularly create machinima movies, music videos, action figures, and dedicated wiki pages. And though real-world currency trades are officially frowned upon, high-level World of Warcraft characters routinely fetch $1,500 and higher on eBay.
World of Warcraft is more than a game—it’s a lifestyle. What other game is so popular that foreign governments have enforced strict game-enforced playing limits? If there’s a future of video gaming, it’s World of Warcraft.”