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Wrath of the Lich King breaks day one sales records

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.

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RE: First
By Ammohunt on 11/21/2008 2:00:53 PM , Rating: 4
Not to mention WoW is for am MMORPG is dated and the gameplay extremely boring not to mention the endless hordes of pre-pubes waving their epeen around.

RE: First
By Suntan on 11/21/2008 2:09:34 PM , Rating: 4
In which case, it would seem pre-pubes with epeens is a rather lucrative market.

Are you guys suggesting Blizzard is wrong for wanting to make money by selling what its customers want to buy?


RE: First
By Ammohunt on 11/21/2008 2:22:58 PM , Rating: 5
No, but they have watered down a genre that was originally fun to play and challenging. Now most of the new MMORPG's try and emulate WoW in some way and fail to inovate and advance MMO's past the same inane game play with zero risk vs reward.

RE: First
By xti on 11/21/2008 3:22:21 PM , Rating: 3
apparently "gold farmers" and only about 2.5 million US players" think otherwise...

RE: First
By Myg on 11/21/2008 4:45:03 PM , Rating: 5
Tthe only real Gold farmers here are Blizzard.

They have taken a past-time that we grew up with, distilled it to its most addictive form and packaged it in a fimilar setting.

It is the ultimate technological addiction; UO was pretty bad back in the day also, but atleast you got angry when someone killed you/robbed you blind/ hijacked your house and that may of saved you the agony of playing any longer. WOW and other MMORPGs are a magical fantasy land of fairies and butterflies that makes you feel like your high all the time and that your actually acheiving something, while in reality; your just plodding around like a gob pressing buttons repeatively.

The worst part is, those people who are actually closer to reality are the ones using it to make money off all the poor deluded saps. Though, I would spare a thought that alot of them are sucked into it themselves...

Poor buggers.

The Chinese were right to call it on this one and limit exposure, atleast thats a few thousand marriages and relationships saved, and thousands more kids who have parents who arnt zombies infront of a screen.

On with the mindless nonsense, and the destruction of our social abilities!

RE: First
By Tamale on 11/21/2008 7:01:01 PM , Rating: 2
while I agree with you for the most part, lots of relationships have STARTED because of WoW.

yeah, scary I know, but true.

RE: First
By Myg on 11/21/08, Rating: -1
RE: First
By Myg on 11/21/2008 7:19:10 PM , Rating: 1
IF that, on 2nd thought; probably maybe 1 in 5000

RE: First
By jeff834 on 11/21/2008 11:58:08 PM , Rating: 4
As opposed to the many healthy relationships started via one night stands from bars or clubs. To each his or her own really. I didn't personally meet anyone from playing WoW, but I have friends who have, as well as married couples who play together, whole families who play together, and people who have made great friends. If I had kids I would much rather play WoW with them than bring them to a football game where they can see fat retards get drunk off $9 beers and scream obscenities. People always say games like this ruin people's social skills, but I've always seen it as a way for some of the socially inept to have better social experiences. Sometimes there are some epeens waved around, but such is every experience on the internet, including here. Everyone is so quick to judge as if all of your lives were perfect.

RE: First
By poohbear on 11/22/2008 6:25:15 AM , Rating: 2
very good points. i agree, different strokes for different folks, but WoW doesnt have any face to face social interaction and is a very sedentary form of hobby. Sure u can type your way through a conversation, but how beneficial is that to the advancement of a young persons daily social skills? Not that being a couch potatoe is any better, again WoW is just one form of sedantary lifestyles among many, but the attention it garners is ridiculous.

And on a sidenote, its very true that $40 is a rip off considering how little it adds compared to WoW vanilla, but if so many customers are buying it then blizzard has no incentive to lower the price.

RE: First
By ShaolinSoccer on 11/22/08, Rating: 0
RE: First
By jeff834 on 11/23/2008 1:19:26 AM , Rating: 3
Do you have links to news stories backing this claim up or are you just assuming this? If you wanted to be anti social you wouldn't play an MMORPG it's actually the exact opposite of the point behind the game. In the 4 years or so the game has been around I have met hundreds of players and not one of them was the least bit anti social. Seriously, it's like saying lots of people became arsons because the boy scouts taught them how to light fires.

RE: First
By Pavelyoung on 11/23/2008 9:51:30 PM , Rating: 3
Not one report of someone commiting suicide has ever been reported. If you have some conflicting information please provide it.

RE: First
By ICE1966 on 11/23/08, Rating: 0
RE: First
By Natfly on 11/21/2008 2:39:04 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno, it depends on what keeps people interested.

I spent probably more than my fair share of time playing. I was probably just as addicted as some with over 200 days /played.

It depends on your style/time I guess. Raids can be fun, especially if you like the group of people. But for people with a limited amount of time, it does tend to get boring, plus you get stuck in pickup groups which usually suck. If you play a lot you get involved in the community and it gets better.

Once I stopped playing so much, I quickly got bored and quit altogether. I resubscribed once the first expansion came out and got 2 of my characters to level 70, on the 3rd character I got bored and quit at 60 something.

I don't think I'm going to play the new expansion though, I think I've already wasted enough time. 200 days, wonder what I could have done with 200 days...

RE: First
By afkrotch on 11/21/2008 2:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
That's why you set a schedule. I don't play WoW. I play RFO. I play during weekdays, as I get off at 2200 and nothing's open at that time, cept the occassional bar/club. Not like anyone goes to them on weekdays anyways.

On the weekends I don't play at all, unless I feel lazy and don't want to go somewhere at all. Can't always be driving 100+ km away to somewhere interesting.

RE: First
By blazeoptimus on 11/21/2008 4:22:01 PM , Rating: 2
the gameplay extremely boring

There's 11 million people out there that would disagree with you. And no, the majority are not pre-pubes (Although there is enough to be noticeable)

RE: First
By walk2k on 11/21/2008 5:18:15 PM , Rating: 1
No actually, pretty much all the WOW players I knew complained about how boring it was constantly.... then they re-upped for the next month anyway. They are addicts.

RE: First
By aharris on 11/21/2008 6:34:12 PM , Rating: 3
No, really. You're making a fallacious sweeping generalization when you make that kind of claim about the WoW population. The majority of the WoW community I know and/or play with consist of professionals, college students, and gamers who actually enjoy the game in their free time. I know a few who genuinely don't, but they have real life issues of their own that can't be attributed to the game.

Despite what the Wachowski Brothers would have you believe, ignorance is truly crass. Don't perpetuate it.

RE: First
By walk2k on 11/22/2008 2:02:19 PM , Rating: 1
No I'm not. Go into any of the major game cities and read the general chat, everyone complains about everything constantly. It says more about how people just like to complain than about any real flaws in the game, but it's hardly a " fallacious sweeping generalization "

RE: First
By Pavelyoung on 11/23/2008 9:57:39 PM , Rating: 2
Odd, the only real complaints I have seen have been about gold farmers and the slow pace at which expansions are released.

RE: First
By Entropy42 on 11/24/2008 11:36:01 AM , Rating: 2
Using "everyone" makes it a sweeping generalization. If "everyone" truly was complaining in general chat, you would not even be able to read the comments because they would scroll by instantaneously.

If you enjoy WoW, it is a great value in terms of hours of entertainment / dollar. Same with a lot of first person shooters with good online play. If you don't like either type of game, don't play them. I don't see why anyone has to be so upset about the fact that millions of other people enjoy playing the game and are ok with paying a monthly fee to do so.

RE: First
By Bonesdad on 11/22/2008 10:03:37 AM , Rating: 2
well, here's another that believes it to be one of the most boring games out there. The only reason I kept playing was to get one character to level 60, just cuz I felt like I had spent the money, so I should have something to show for it. All I had to show for it after I did was a bunch of wasted time.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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