World Of Warcraft Starter Edition Is Free To Play (Until Level 20)

In most movies about drug addiction, this happens: a dealer will give you the first hit for free, thus setting in motion a spiralling morality tale of physical and spiritual decay. Blizzard's latest move, providing gamers with a World of Warcraft Starter Edition, allowing new players to play for free right up until they hit Level 20. In short - they have become that drug dealer. The first hit is free, man...

This is genius on the level of a Blofeld or Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - a cruel, insidious genius that will leave you broken and penniless. By the time potential players hit level 20 they'll be too far gone. The credit card details will come out of gamers' pockets like a long forgotten instinct, they'll hand over the money without thinking... and before you know it you'll be crawling on the street missing your original teeth and possibly an arm like Jared Leto in Requiem For A Dream.

Genius. Actually, make that ingenius.

Alright - further details on this free until level 20 scheme can be found in the Blizzard store. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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    I wonder if I could get any cash for appearing in one of those Quit campaigns for WoW addiction as someone who's been there but has been clean for 2 years or some such now.

    There was always free trial, wasn't there?

      Indeed and in the time of the trial one could easily hit level 20.

        Yeah I remember giving myself the trial, then activating the account so I could RaF myself.

        from memory the free trial was 14 days and was capped at lvl 10. a capping at lvl 20 means a twink at 19 doing battlegrounds cause you don't gain experience doing battlegrounds :-) and I myself wouldn't mind seeing what azeroth looks like now

          2 things:

          There has been an option to turn off exp gain for quite some time now, you dont just have to do BG'S

          Also, ATM trail accounts are severly limited on their actions. They can't join guilds, use mail or use the Auction House, for example. It's quite hard to play a twink without access to the Auction house

          It capped at 20 I'm pretty sure.
          Twinking is mostly obsolete now.
          Good luck starting a new account, capping at 19 and making enough gold for twink items.

    It's only vanilla WoW, so none of the new races, so it's like, the leftover crack that got dropped on the floor of the crack den and was way over the 5 second rule. If you want the China Ice you still gotta pay for it choco.

    Anyway, drugs and WoW is a more analogy, there's nothing even remotely druglike about WoW. Now I'm going to play as my purple skinned pointy eared ninja man and ride my sparkling flying space lion to the World Tree at Mt Hyjal.

      If it's only Vanilla WoW then that's the good stuff.

      Vanilla WoW was the real, cut properly kind of drugs.

      BC and beyond is the dirty crud cut with bleach and other cheap chemicals.

        You forget that vanilla isn't vanilla anymore after Cataclysm, it's all changed.

          I did forget that actually and all I can say is;

          FFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...

            Sentiment agreed with.
            It's so boring now, it basically plays itself.

              Vanilla, non-vanilla.

              It's a EQ clone.

              Any MMO that doesn't belong to the Ultima Online geneaology tree is boring as hell and forcibly group oriented.

                Basement dweller much?

                An MMO that is "forcibly group orientated" is a bad thing? Yes it's ridiculous you have to socialise and work together with other people in a MULTIPLAYER scenario!

    That is no doubt going to ensnare some, however I do wonder if the game is good enough to keep people playing. I don't really have time for MMOs these days and I don't think I'd enjoy them as much as I used to, so I am a little tempted to play this just to see if WoW is a good game on its own, or if it is just an MMO with a very polished addictive side to its gameplay.

    I will not however give in and try it lest I do get addicted. I'm saving myself for Diablo.

    I always have thought of WoW as the heroine of video games.

      The female savior of videogames?

      A female hero?

    WoW is already dead as a game. I've wanted to go back this year, tried to go back, but it's gone.

    I remember getting a trial disc, but then after installing and updating, it wouldn't even let me start it without entering my credit card details - which was crap considering it was meant to be free, so I uninstalled it and never became afflicted.

    It can't be that addictive, right........ guys?

    So, free lvl 19 twink accounts?

    Eh in my opinion they should basically let you level to 40-50.

    Biggest issues with things like WoW and that is that starting a new character is boring work. Seeing as until you get into the 80's for the most part your not going to be playing with anyone

      This. This is why WoW, which is one of the most sublime games to ever be released, fails utterly in my opinion. There is -no- meaningful player interaction before level 85.

    I played WoW when it first came out, got up to about level 35 or so when the level grind started getting to me. Put it down and never looked back.

    loved it when i first started playing trying to figure out everything and exploring was awesome but then i realised because i was a little late on the take up of wow i missed all the real fun and i was always behind everyone.
    you group with someone and they know exactly where said item is and just went straight there.

    wish the amount of people from WOW would move straight over to another MMO maybe knights of the old republic. it was said that WARhammer online didnt work out.

    So they took the 14 day trial, removed the 14 day limit on it, then rebranded it as a free starter edition.

    To be honest, I find WoW to be cheaper than going to the movies or dinner regularly with your friends/family. But yes they are evil >:D

    It'd be nice to try WoW but isn't there like 50gb + of updates? [Possibly exaggerating, sorry. <.<]

    Considering I bought my copy in 2007 and have never installed it properly mainly because of the huge amount of updates.

    Myth. The first hit is totaly not free.

    Also WOw's new move is borrowed genius, because there's nothing groundbreaking about adopting something that is succesfully working in many other games prior.

    @Azoshi, it's probably a reduced client. You couldn't access a lot of the areas anyway so they don't need to update those into your client. WOW also features a streaming patch technology that lets you start playing sooner while parts not necessary are downloaded in the background or later when you logout. Also possibly only as you access an area which needs those files and I'd imagine a lot of the "trial client" will be like that.

    And for 20 bucks you can now buy the battle chest online which you then refer a friend with yourself and have RAF upto level 80.. Mind you when you hit 70 you then need Wrath for the other account, but it's pretty cheap..

    all trail wee want lvl 1 from lvl 85

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