Michael Farcasin
Staff Writer

Last week marked the release of the first expansion to the world’s most popular online game: “World of Warcraft.”
For those who aren’t familiar with the game, “World of Warcraft” is what is known as a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The game is sold at $20 for the initial software, but to play, gamers have to pay an additional $15 a month. Luckily, it’s worth it, according to the 8 million or more players who spend hours each week behind the computer screen, and now there’s more.
“World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade,” is the first expansion to the game, released on Jan. 16. Priced at $40, this expansion was met with mixed reactions but many buyers.
On the release date, at least one store sported a line that was so long that Ricardo Torres, senior console preview editor for gaming Web site GameSpot, commented on the line looping around the building. The opening day lines of buyers matched that of the Wii or Playstation 3 at retail stores.
“This year is craziness. This year is basically all of our fans coming out here showing their support,” Shane Dabiri, the producer of “World of Warcraft,” said.
Some gamers were not as excited about the game’s new expansion. For many who tried the new expansion, “The Burning Crusade” is so integrated with old “World of Warcraft” gamers that it fails to attract new players. For example, the new continent, “Outworld,” is only accessible for players above level 58, and those who get this far will be annoyed at the ease with which hard-earned equipment can be replaced. Moreover, if you aren’t at level 60 already, the expansion adds very little to the gaming experience.
David Russell, a fifth-year engineering major, thinks that both the expansion and the “World of Warcraft” have little to offer.
“WoW is the worst game ever created. It makes you fat and lazy,” Russell said.
But opinions aside, here’s the rundown on the new game: The price is $40 for the expansion alone, and the level cap has been raised from 60 to 70. High-level characters can now access a new continent called “Outland,” and a new skill has been added: jewel crafting. Jewels can then be inserted into “socketed” items.
Also, two new species are available for play: Blood Elves and Draenei, each with their own species’ quests for low levels. Furthermore, provided your character is level 70, there are new flying mounts to ride.
Millions have already tried it, but you’ll have to make your own decision.