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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, weíve 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 Ė all they need is a Battle.net account and an Internet connection. To mark the occasion, weíve 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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44. Re: Burning Crusade Free, WoW Free to Play Jun 29, 2011, 15:03 Darks
 
Ravener wrote on Jun 29, 2011, 14:45:
Creston wrote on Jun 29, 2011, 11:30:
Here's what I don't get about grinding for gear: Why do you do it? I can see grinding for better loot if that better loot helps you beat specific dungeons and stuff, but it seems that in WoW, you're already DOING those dungeons (or raids, whatever) just to get better gear?

So with that better gear you can then... do that exact same raid with less effort?

That's never really made any sense to me. Admittedly, I've never played WoW, so perhaps I'm just misunderstanding the whole thing.

Creston

There are several tiers of raid dungeons after the level cap. So, while you stop raising your level at 85, you continue raising your item level, through tiers of increasing difficulty, to the hardcore raider status, if you want. Similarly, you can find the level of PvP you enjoy. If you want easy PvP, gank noobs in World PvP. A step up in organization and teamwork is in Battlegrounds. And the hardcore tactical fights are in Arenas.

There are so many ways to play the game, that the problem becomes not that Blizzard doesn't care about your specific gameplay preferences, but that it can take a while to find it yourself.

The other part of this that I think Creston doesnít understand about the gear grinding is that Blizz keeps introducing higher level tiers on gear to prepare you for the next patch to a new instance or possibly for new add-ons that are coming out so you can start to Raid those areas. I personally donít care for this type of gear grinding. I know Iíve spent a ton of time doing it and Iím pretty much tired of it.

But as itís been said, itís a form and way of keeping players in the game and paying for it.

One of the reasons Iím looking forward to the new Star Wars MMO is that its story driven. Iím enjoying that aspect of the game now. It gives you more of a feeling of playing a single player game rather than grind this and grind that. But all MMOs no matter who are making it have the same formula in their games. In the end they all will feel the same way.
 
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