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WoW reaches another subscriber milestone

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its hugely successful World of Warcraft MMORPG title has surpassed another historic milestone for subscribers. The new high was reached shortly after the launch of the second expansion pack for WoW called Wrath of the Lich King.

WoW now counts 11.5 million subscribers worldwide. DailyTech reported in late October that WoW had reached the 11 million subscriber mark. The huge success of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack boosted the subscribers to the game by half a million in slightly more than a month.

Wrath of the Lich King set an all time 24 hour sales record for PC video games, besting the previous top selling PC title for the same time period -- the first WoW expansion pack. Blizzard says the expansion pack has now sold over 4 million copies after moving 2.8 million the first 24-hours it was available.

CEO and cofounder of Blizzard, Mike Morhaime said in a statement, "We’re pleased to welcome the new and returning players who have helped World of Warcraft reach these new milestones, and we appreciate the enthusiasm and support that the game’s global community has continued to show. We look forward to providing all of them with an excellent entertainment experience for a long time to come."

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and the world...
By Screwballl on 12/23/2008 2:32:11 PM , Rating: 5
... shrugs its shoulders.

How many people are still playing CS:S online? At minimum 11 million worldwide on a slow day, plus the updates and new maps are free. How many other online games can we find as a comparison? Not many but they are there.

WoW is only unique in that its users are stupid enough to actually pay to play the game on a daily basis. Maybe their subliminal mind control system is actually working properly... or maybe people really are too dumb to realize they are getting shafted by paying each month.

RE: and the world...
By kristof007 on 12/23/2008 2:51:27 PM , Rating: 3
Yea we are stupid enough to pay a monthly bill for a game that gets content updates about every three months for our standard playing fee and gets balanced/tweaked weekly. I'll pay $15 (or less) for that and to have a fun social experience online.

If you want to meet with random people (or get your handful of friends on the same server) and yell insults at each other over a game of capture the flag for "free" .. well be my guest.

RE: and the world...
By Screwballl on 12/23/2008 3:28:43 PM , Rating: 1
Versus a game that has user generated content with new maps STILL popping up daily for FREE. You can get online and have fun for free, or get online and have fun for a monthly fee.

The smart ones do not pay for something that you can get elsewhere for free (try the game Planeshift or any of the other worthy games).

RE: and the world...
By on 12/23/08, Rating: -1
RE: and the world...
By amanojaku on 12/23/2008 4:42:33 PM , Rating: 2
Ouch, don't be so negative! Why don't we just accept the fact that some people like WoW, others don't, and the rest of us are AFKTTGL (away from keyboard trying to get laid?)

RE: and the world...
By Myg on 12/24/2008 10:47:11 AM , Rating: 2
WOW is a plague on the gaming community, it completely eroded any "Social" foundations that were being built up by the gaming community through LANs and friendly meets.

Why play with a group of the local lads when you can experience a whole world of weird people online and feel like your acheiving something while your at it...

Lack of human interaction == disaster

RE: and the world...
By Reclaimer77 on 12/24/2008 9:19:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yes because when I was playing FPS's back in the day, hearing kids scream the F word all day was the epitome of "human interaction".

If you don't like WoW, that's cool. But come on, don't be so dramatic.

RE: and the world...
By Myg on 12/25/2008 9:53:07 AM , Rating: 2
People screaming bad words at eachother is not the best type of interaction. If thats how you interact, then thats your business/problem, but what was being built up before these WOW games came on the scene actually allowed opportunities to properly interact with other people and get to know them as a human being.

It is a plague, yes; and it has stunted the growth of the gaming community. It is no over dramatic, just the truth, a sad one; mind you.

RE: and the world...
By Yames on 12/24/2008 11:30:52 AM , Rating: 3
How about AFTKAGL (away from the keyboard actuality getting laid)

RE: and the world...
By The0ne on 12/23/2008 7:29:59 PM , Rating: 2
So in your opinion paying for local channels makes you stupid, paying for any games on any console is stupid because of course there are free games out there to enjoy, paying your credit card interest because you're (in general terms) too stupid to not buy stuff when you don't have money to pay it off, going out to dine while you can cook for cheap is stupid too I guess :)

I say if the game is worth your time and you see justification to pay for it or the use of it then that's your choice. How smart or dumb that is subjective imo. Because really, think about it, almost everything you or anyone do is because it pleases them.

RE: and the world...
By Screwballl on 12/23/2008 9:36:51 PM , Rating: 2
I say if the game is worth your time and you see justification to pay for it or the use of it then that's your choice. How smart or dumb that is subjective imo. Because really, think about it, almost everything you or anyone do is because it pleases them.

I understand your perspective... but this is the equivalent of paying the local cable company $12/month for local channels versus spending a one time fee for an antenna and getting similar or same content for free.
Yes I disagree with paying a monthly fee for Xbox Live, you pay $200-500 for a system and $40-60 for games and still have to pay a monthly fee to be able to play online? To me that is just stupid.

Credit Card interest? Cooking vs dining out? You lost us when the purple pig started flying...

RE: and the world...
By xti on 12/24/2008 9:41:16 AM , Rating: 3
while i hate wow, 12 to 15 or w/e the monthly fee is, isnt the biggest deal in the world. I spend more on tacos.

RE: and the world...
By nerdboy on 12/29/2008 7:21:59 AM , Rating: 2
Me and my wife both play wow so I spend $30 a month. That’s a month worth of entertainment. That’s cheaper the dinner and a movie. My wife dosn't like CS:S or L4D so $30 a month isn't bad. Just depends on how you look at it.

RE: and the world...
By FITCamaro on 12/29/2008 12:55:18 PM , Rating: 2
A coworker of mine and her husband also follow this mentality. Me personally I think WoW is the disaster of the MMO world in that every other MMO is trying to be like it so they're all sh*t just like it.

But I have nothing against MMOs. I've played many and they're fun. WoW is not. I'm hoping KOTOR: Online or whatever its going to be called will be worth the wait. BioWare has yet to disappoint so I'm keeping my hopes up.

11.5 million..
By TheInternal on 12/25/2008 11:57:09 AM , Rating: 2
I guess that's enough of a reason for them to not allow calls through during business hours, deny product defects, nor respond to my complaint with the better business bureau in over a month's time.
To the more "hardcore" (aka those who play way too damn much/obsessively) players, it's a regular joke/assumption that Blizzard, having reached so many users, is rolling around in so much money that they don't need to bother addressing the more serious customer concerns.
If the lore behind a product includes a bit about customer neglect, there may be a problem.

RE: 11.5 million..
By ICE1966 on 12/26/2008 4:13:46 AM , Rating: 2
I guess for me it's about the money, lol, just kidding. I tried WOW and was not impressed with it at all. The quest are somewhat stupid, and the game play is very slow at times. I do not like the idea of having to level up a character while having to pay $15 to play this online. I see it like this, if I have to pay to play then I should get the max of everything from the start of my character. At 11.5 million people playing each month, paying an average of $14 a month, you do the math at how much these people are ripping you off. The burning crusade cost $40 when it came out and the newest expansion cost the same, do the math on that. I can tell you this much, it does not cost Blizzard tens of millions of dollars to keep up the servers they do for WOW. The game has zero social interaction, imo, none whatsoever. I have friends who play WOW and I never hear from them and they never call. When I try to get in touch with them I get the same response, "thier play WOW, and will call you back". guess what, that call very seldom gets returned. I just do not understand the effect of WOW in domoinating a persons life, thats the really stupid part about the whole thing.

RE: 11.5 million..
By Regs on 12/29/2008 1:05:40 PM , Rating: 2
Look at it this way, 11.5 million is also a good sign for new competition. Better games, competitive prices, more functionality and so fourth. If the consumer is welling to pay for it, then they're going to keep making it.

Now if only COD4 would be updated with new maps. The modded maps make no logical sense. They de-list the server on normal search so basically you're stuck playing with maybe 1-2 other people.

Darkfall online
By HostileEffect on 12/23/2008 7:47:37 PM , Rating: 2
I had so much time on my hands after I kicked WoW, now I lift weights and run while waiting for Darkfall.

RE: Darkfall online
By icanhascpu on 12/24/2008 5:01:00 PM , Rating: 3
Or you could just have botted and done both.

Weights eh? Who ya try'n to fool?

By omgwtf8888 on 12/26/2008 2:58:10 PM , Rating: 3
11.5 million players but only 4 million expansion copies sold? Pardon me but... MUHAHAHAHA!!! where are all these people that are limited to level 70 so I can have a gank fest with my level 80s..... I play the game.. I like the game, but like everything else moderation is the key. Regarding paying $15 per month, every one has hobbies and they all cost money. Bowling, softball, tennis, golf, I like them all, and they all cost. Warcraft is my cheapest hobby of all.

RE: hmmm
By FITCamaro on 12/29/2008 12:59:58 PM , Rating: 1
I wish car parts were only $15 a month. I've owned my GTO for 2 months and have spent four and a half years worth of MMO playing time on it. Now I want a new shifter, some center gauges for oil pressure, IATs, A/F ratio, and volts, a beefed up rear diff cover, sport suspension, headers, a cam kit, and a tune.

Blizzard really got it made
By BZDTemp on 12/23/2008 1:56:00 PM , Rating: 2
Their users are so into WOW that they pay to play and are willing to pay extra for new content. Anyone able to sell a commodity in that has almost has to make money.

I really hope they do not go the same way with Diablo III because then I might find my credit card on their list.

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