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'World of Warcraft,' 10 years in: Looking back on the MMO's history

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World of Warcraft turned 10 last November—one of its most popular memes passed the decade mark this year—and the massively multiplayer online game has remained one of the most popular titles in gaming.

How has one title maintained such ubiquity for over a decade, crossing over into the mainstream with even a major film adaptation on the way?

Find out as EW takes you through the history of World of Warcraft, from its production to the massive player community that has stuck with it for so long. Hear from players, developers, and personalities who have all helped to make WoW one of gaming’s biggest phenomena.

And for more on what the game has meant to its players, read about how WoW actually brought real-life couples together.