When it comes to the world of video games on the PC, some of the most popular games available are MMORPG titles. These same titles also offer the most profitability for the game studios thanks to monthly subscriptions and intense fan bases for the titles.
Blizzard recently launched the second expansion pack for the wildly popular World of Warcraft MMO called Wrath of the Lich King. Blizzard officially acknowledged this week that Lich King has broken the sales record to become the top selling PC game ever in its first 24 hours of release.
Lich King sold a whopping 2.8 million copies in its first 24 hours of availability. Interestingly, the previous first place for day one sales was the first expansion pack for World of Warcraft called The Burning Crusade.
The subscriber base for World of Warcraft is massive at 11 million players globally making the title the crown jewel in the Blizzard games catalog. Blizzard says that over 15,000 stores opened at midnight globally to participate in the launch of Wrath of the Lich King.
Unlike some popular midnight launch events, there are no reports of anyone being shot waiting to get a copy of the game. However, one boy in Europe did collapse after playing the expansion for 24 hours straight without taking a break or eating. Some UK officials and parents fear that the game is too addictive for young players to handle.
quote: ...paying for the constant updates, maintenance, and new content...blah, blah, blah.
quote: You are filling pockets and need to accept that. Should get outside and see some of that sunlight too.
quote: Can you name one other form of entertainment that you have access to 24x7 for the entire month for only $12 per month?
quote: Sure -- any other form of entertainment that doesn't require a monthly subscription. Counterstrike, Battlefield, COD4, half life single player, public television, a board game, solitaire, and so on.
quote: Uh...YEAH. THOUSANDS of forms of entertainment like I JUST SAID for PC games and HUNDREDS of games for the PS3 and Wii. Oh, and guess what? It's not $12 a month. IT'S FREAKING FREE.
quote: the gameplay extremely boring
quote: Personally, I just started WoW a couple months ago. I have no toons at 60 let alone 70, and have not bought TBC yet. For a player like me, WotLK is a relative rip-off. It costs me $60 plus my monthly subscription for a very small portion relative to what I already have.
quote: People seem to feel it's worth $10-$15/mo, so your desire for a lower price is actually more indicative of your greed than Blizzard's..
quote: I can tell you that if anyone here is greedy, it's Blizzard and this person you said this too.
quote: Some UK officials and parents fear that the game is too addictive for young players to handle.
quote: However, one boy in Europe did collapse after playing the expansion for 24 hours straight without taking a break or eating.
quote: Blizzard probably laughing on their way to the bank.1) ISP fees