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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: Blame it on Blizzard
By CloudFire on 11/21/2008 2:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
agreed. a noob indeed. 24 hour runs are common for me when i used to play games such as Diablo 2. it is common sense if you're going to play for an extended period of time, have food/water available close to you so this doesn't happen. not many kids these days can handle what we did back then :)


RE: Blame it on Blizzard
By afkrotch on 11/21/2008 2:57:18 PM , Rating: 3
Hell, we'd have those long weekend lan parties. 40-50 of us doing nothing but gaming for a weekend. There is the 1-2 ppl who get unlucky and have to do the food run.

It's kind of sad, as online multiplayer is killing local lan parties, where 24/48 hours of gaming in a sitting was nothing.


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