Thursday, November 12, 2009


Warcraft is a franchise of video games, novels and other media originally created by Blizzard Entertainment for the game Warcraft: Orcs & Humans.
The series is made up of four core games: Warcraft: Orcs & Humans; Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness; Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos; and World of Warcraft. The first three of these core games are in the real-time strategy genre, where opposing players command virtual armies in battle against each other or a computer-controlled enemy. The later, and best selling title of the franchise, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Expansion sets were also released for multiple games in the series, each adding more content to each game as an effort to expand the product life span of each. Warcraft II and Warcraft III had one expansion each, namely Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. World of Warcraft has had multiple expansions, namely World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and the upcoming World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
The series also resulted in the publishing of books relevant to the Warcraft universe setting, covering a wide range of the timelines of the universe. A collectable card game was also published, which offered those who bought booster packs a chance to gain access codes to limited in-game content in World of Warcraft. An upcoming film adaptation is also being produced.[1] A number of comics have also been released alongside the books, further covering parts of the universe's storyline.