I’m an avid World of Warcraft player, seven years and counting. Can this
game, with a 30 GB hard drive footprint, be installed and run on a tablet?
Looks like PCs may be on the dinosaur path. Thanks.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #11, I look at the software configuration and hardware needs
of World of Warcraft and discuss whether it will ever be available for tablet
and Android systems.
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World of Warcraft on a tablet?
Well, let me start by saying, “Me too!” I’ve been playing World of Warcraft
probably for about as many years.
The short answer is, “No.” I don’t think you’re going to see a tablet
version of it. You certainly aren’t going to see a tablet version of it running
on anything other than a Windows tablet and there are a precious few of
Necessary resources for WoW
The real problem with a game like World of Warcraft is the user interface.
There’s no way to effectively map all of the different keystrokes and mouse
actions to a ‘tablet’ kind of interface. Think about it; there are gaming mice
out there that go to the extent of adding upwards of ten additional mouse
buttons simply to make games more playable.
On a touch screen (a tablet), you simply don’t have those kind of options.
Knowing how the game is played, I simply don’t see how you could effectively
play that game without a true keyboard and mouse available.
So, you’re probably not going to see it on anything but a Windows platform
– simply because it is written for Windows. Tablets, such as Android and iPad
based tablets, are not Windows at all. Even then, you’re going to want the
hardware associated with a desktop PC in order to play the game more fully.
Is the computer on the way out?
Are PCs on the dinosaur path?
I really don’t think so; I think they’re going to be here for a long time to
Tablets, and devices like them, are wonderful devices for various uses; but
the desktop PC is here to stay for a while longer – if for no other reason than
things like games, and business use.