WoW have to buy again?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by leehal, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. leehal macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2009
    I have played World of Warcraft on my PC for years and now finally have an iMac and want to migrate on to playing the game on there.

    What is the easiest way to obtain the game? I am assuming my PC licence will not work anymore or is it linked to my account?

    Are there any trials to download and then pay for the game or do I need to buy all the discs including expansions again?

    Not trying to do anything illegal here by the way, I would like to know the simplest way to move my game playing to my iMac.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Last I checked when WOW was given to me as a gift (the battle chest) it was Mac & PC in the same box, same license. No?
  3. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    You can download all the data for the game for free from their website.

    'Registration' is linked to the account you use to play with, which can be billed via game cards you buy from shops, or via payments online.
  4. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    Either put the discs into your Mac and install or log into and download the Mac client from there.

    Blizzard now lets you download all the games you've registered from Except for Diablo and WarCraft 1 & 2. :(
  5. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    If you don't want to download a lot of data, you can go find a WoW demo disk, if they are still around (places like Best Buy), but the problem is the demo only covers the original version of the game. Downloading might be the best way to go.

    I wonder how feasible it would be to transfer most of your data from your PC to your Mac? I believe that 99% of the data is the same on the Mac version as it is on the PC version. It's the 1%, things like the application, that would cause complications.
  6. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    Your registration key/code is account bound, so no worries there, you can install it on how ever many machines you want.

    The best way to get the game installed on your iMac is to download it from blizzards servers... really.

    Even if you had a demo or game disc it still will have 'LOADS' of patches to download... you will be looking at close to a day downloading upwards of 16GB.

    The other solution may be to copy the files from another mac that has the updated game installed although I have experience that that isn't always as successful as we'd like it to be.

    My advice download the game agent/client and get it started, fly to destination of your choice make a day of it in Vegas or something, fly back the next day, and then you should be ready to get back into the WoW. Of course depending on your connection speed, you could also just spend a week in Orlando (if you had too).
  7. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    So if he downloads from Blizz, is that just the downloading client to get things rolling?

    If it is, and he obviously won't be playing during the download, then he can set the preferences so that all the bandwidth is used for downloading so he gets the files quicker.

    Just a thought.
  8. StopSign24 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2010
    Blizzard has a "download as you play" downloader for both Mac and Windows, not sure how it works, but it will download a few major files, then you can play while it downloads the rest. I didn't notice any difference in performance either.
  9. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    Your game license is PC/Mac interchangable. No need to get another. Your account is linked at the server regardless if you connect via iMac or Windows PC. Your safe there.

    If you already have the disc's (assuming you do) they include the Mac version in them. You can re-download the client from blizzard or install from the discs you already have and let it run through the patch processes.

    Blizzard has been dual formatting their discs (PC/Mac) for a long time. WoW is definitely one that contains both clients Mac and PC.
  10. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    This is only for the next update. To get INTO the game you have to have the latest version of the game. When a new patch is going to come out, they release it early to the servers and as you're playing it download it; and then when the next patch is released, you already have it. It makes getting the patches much less painless because you're playing while it is downloading. BUT if you are not at the current version, you still have to download the latest version to get in, you can't be playing with a year old version while the newest version downloads.
  11. StopSign24 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2010
    Actually it's just for the trial version, so your best bet would just to make a trial account to download the download-as-you-play version. Like I said, I'm not sure how it works, but I used it before and it worked just fine.
  12. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    Ah could be, I have not played in a few years. I know that patched load in the background as you play so that you have them on patch day. But having the trial do this for the full version is a good idea. The trial is very limited on what you can do and where you can go; thus it can have an older client. Makes sense. Almost all of the restrictions are server side, so changes are minimal, and just applying the full version patch after the trial is converted to a full version should allow it to work right.

    I wonder if it causes problems if your account isn't a trial account?
  13. StopSign24 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2010
    Well the trial client is the same as the full client, the only reason that you would have a restriction on what you can and cannot do is because you are on an actual trial account, if your using the trial client with a full account then it doesn't matter.

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