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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 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.


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