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World of Warcraft reaches milestone in the lead up to the release of Wrath of the Lich King expansion

In a press release Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the subscribership for World of Warcraft has exceeded 11 million players worldwide. This milestone was reached as Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft's second expansion, nears its worldwide launch date of November 13.

Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment commented on World of Warcraft reaching the milestone stating, "It's been very rewarding to see gamers around the world continue to show such strong support for World of Warcraft.” He also said, “We remain fully committed to responding to that enthusiasm with a high-quality, constantly evolving game experience.”

World of Warcraft debuted in North America on November 23, 2004, and has become the most popular MMORPG around the world. According to the press release World of Warcraft was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 worldwide, and finished behind only World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, the first expansion pack for the game, in 2007. In addition to being the bestselling PC game of 2007 in both North America and Europe, The Burning Crusade holds the record for fastest-selling PC game of all time, with nearly 2.4 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and approximately 3.5 million in its first month.

World of Warcraft was recently launched in Russia and Latin America, and is currently available in eight languages. In addition to North America and Europe, the game is played in mainland China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Chile, Argentina, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

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WoW is evil.
By DPigs on 10/29/2008 2:17:39 PM , Rating: 2
Quitting WoW was one of the best things I ever did. That game is like virtual crack and slowly starts to take over your life without you knowing it.

One day I finally got it together, cancelled my subscription and pressed uninstall. The disks are stashed away out of sight. The worst part though is that I know that they will indefinitely save my lvl 65 mage (and alts) and all my loot so that I can fall off the wagon and pick up right where I left off whenever I want.

Maybe I will start a support network. WoWaholics anonymous. Dial 1-800-NO-TAUREN.

Overall though, life is better without WoW, and if I ever need a fix of elves and orcs I just play a round of DotA.

RE: WoW is evil.
By Iaiken on 10/29/2008 3:38:18 PM , Rating: 2
Is wow really evil or are you just an adult with a personality that makes you prone to addictive behavior? There are workaholics, gambling addicts and even people who are addicted to competitive sports to such a degree that it destroys the rest of their life.

I find it funny how people are prone to blaming the object of their behavioral addiction instead of their own lack of responsibility to themselves and those around them. I commend you on your self honesty in coming to terms with your addiction, but I am sorry to say that wow hardly evil. In fact, it is an excellent product and inexpensive source of entertainment to those people who enjoy it responsibly.

Look at it this way, Blizzard doesn’t care one bit whether you play 8 hours a month or 8 hours a day; either way they get the same monthly subscription. In fact, the player who plays like it is a full time job costs Blizzard more in the way of bandwidth and is more likely to quit because they can easily exhaust content faster than Blizzard can create it.

RE: WoW is evil.
By DPigs on 10/29/2008 6:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
Way to over analyze.

The fact is that there comes a pint where you need to start doing end game raiding to advance your character and that demands a major commitment of time, both for doing the run itself and for just organzing the 25/40 people. And then the end boss doesn't drop the item you need and you have to do it all over again. At least that was how it was when I played; I know they have tweaked things since then.

And I stand by my statement that WoW is evil. DotA FTW.

RE: WoW is evil.
By Iaiken on 10/30/2008 10:13:13 AM , Rating: 2
Way to get defensive.

Don’t even bother trying to imply that I don’t understand; my raid managed to clear TBC raid content on a 9-10 hour/week schedule. To top it off, I was raid leader! Sure there is a small amount of logistics involved during start up, but once things got rolling it took less time than most people spend watching television.

Really, it’s just a matter of being in control of yourself and having realistic priorities. But congratulations anyway on trading in your WoW addiction for a budding DoTA addiction. :P

RE: WoW is evil.
By dsumanik on 10/31/2008 12:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
You sir are full of it... running endgame content in wow is a FULL TIME JOB...its a LIFESTYLE choice, and a daily commitment for several hours a day. I was a raid leader for about 6 months... then burnt out...9 hours a week? Some raids can take 3-4 hours just for one instance... much longer if there are unecessary wipes or you are learning new content, or dont have the right RAID composition...

i.e. heavy healing low DPS...youll make it through but its gonna take forever. Never mind keeping up with the spawn cycles, theres a different dungeon every night.

This is purposely set up by blizzard to encourage more play time, develop real "friendships" and commitment to ensure continued active play and difficulty of walking away.

Its hard to bail on the raid when you are the Main tank, or primary healer.. you let down 25 of your friends because now they cant run the instance without you.

Guild Drama, politics, Website maintenance, DKP tracking, ninja rolls, poor loot assignment by blizzard, immaturity, people not showing up, or too many showing and getting mad they cant join the raid, or subbing members out for certain bosses when they need drops etc etc....all adds to the stress and juggling act that is running an endgame guild in WOW.

9 hours a week?

Not for a serious raiding guild, its every weeknight, all day saturday and twice on sundays.

If it wasnt everyone on the server would be runnin around with sunwell lewts and legendary weapons galore.

RE: WoW is evil.
By v3rt1g0 on 10/29/2008 4:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
Good for you for setting the game down, but instead of the dramatic uninstall, cancel subscription, hide/break game disks -- make a permanent lifestyle decision, or you WILL be back.

Remind yourself of the things that you could be doing with your freetime instead. I've lost 20lbs since I stopped end-game raiding and decided to put a fraction of that time into fitness/weights.

Everything in moderation.

RE: WoW is evil.
By Aeonic on 10/29/2008 4:30:33 PM , Rating: 2
...cancelled my subscription and pressed uninstall. The disks are stashed away out of sight

if you were serious you would have deleted your character...


I laughed :)

I ever need a fix of elves and orcs I just play a round of DotA.

But.. how do you get your gnome fix?

RE: WoW is evil.
By Iger on 10/30/2008 4:52:18 AM , Rating: 2
Warcraft 2, I guess!

RE: WoW is evil.
By Darkk on 10/29/2008 11:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
I played WoW for only two months and quit. I used to be a Asheron's Call player of 2 years before I finally quit.

WoW is pretty to look at and play but it's too addicting. I prefer offline games where I can play at my own pace and not having to worry about being left behind while my friends level. And I like the ability to click "save" and play exactly where I left off 6 months later and not worry about some damn patch changed the rules around.

RE: WoW is evil.
By bighairycamel on 10/31/2008 12:30:27 PM , Rating: 2
I played WoW myself along with my brother and sister for about 1.5 years. I'll admit I enjoyed the time I played, leveling to 70 and doing some endgame raids and PvPing, but I was glad to put the game down. I had no desire to continue into WotLK because I knew it would be more of the same... level to 80 then kill bosses and arena... no thanks.

Between the three of us we had 4 accounts that we sold on for $542 after paypal's cut. We used it to buy a PS3 and some games. I know blizzard got more out of us than we got back, but I'm loving the PS3 right now.

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