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Burning Crusade Free, WoW Free to Play

The World of Warcraft Website has word that the Burning Crusade expansion for World of Warcraft now comes bundled with the game for $19.99, and is also now available for free to all owners of Blizzard's MMORPG. Also, though this isn't reflected on the site, Blizzard sends word that the game's free trial is no longer time limited, it now allows players to play as much as they want, though they are capped at level 20 (apologies for erroneously saying level 30 at first). The Battle.net forums say: "The restrictions should still all be in place. Trial accounts simply no longer expire." They say more details on this will be revealed soon. Word is:

Starting today, weve removed the previous 10- and 14-day trial time restrictions, and players who are interested in trying out World of Warcraft can now play the base game for free up to a maximum character level of 20, including draenei and blood elf characters all they need is a Battle.net account and an Internet connection. To mark the occasion, weve also given the trial a new name: World of Warcraft Starter Edition. Players who had previously signed up for 10- or 14-day trials will be able to hop back into the Starter Edition right where they left off.

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37. Re: Burning Crusade Free, WoW Free to Play Jun 29, 2011, 12:10 Verno
 
Darks wrote on Jun 29, 2011, 10:44:
Read the first posters comments. Im not sure how much your friend plays the game but the problems all started when Blizz introduced add-ons. It made the lower end starter areas barren and low populated for anyone going out and questing. you were not able to find anyone to help out with the harder quest that required pairing up.

The problem started long before addons when they weighted the game activities heavily on end-game. What attracted people to WoW was not that the repetition and grinding, it was the ease of use and accessibility. They used to weave those aspects of gameplay with well written quest chains and challenging content. They stopped doing that recently (IMHO), that's the problem.

People grinding out multiple toons are doing it for several reasons but that's outside of the scope of what I'm talking about.

Blizzard made it easier to quest and level faster because people were getting sick and tired of grinding out new toons. As for making it easier. Well I guess you havent played the newer content or raided it. Because its far from easy on Hard Modes.

If you read my comment I was talking specifically about pre-level cap activities. Elitists like to complain a lot about how people don't know how to play but that shouldn't be at all surprising given the ridiculous ease of the leveling and dungeon experiences pre-level cap. That's really the problem with the MMMORPG execution in general, you need a game within a game to keep people paying the silly subscription fees. Instead of making unique or interesting gameplay it's more about stringing the player along because it's difficult to make content for a varied audience.

The thing I don't get is people bitching about the game because they clearly don't enjoy the concept of MMORPGs.

That's your definition and WoW is obviously different things to different people. Saying "oh its not your type of game" is silly when many aspects of it are targeted directly at what you are saying it isn't.

This comment was edited on Jun 29, 2011, 12:16.
 
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