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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 eqsonic on 11/21/2008 2:54:29 PM , Rating: -1
If you feel it's a ripoff then quit the game and find another game to play. The rest of us that enjoy World of Warcraft play for hours and hours every week and this is like a cheap hobby.

Obviously the 11 million subscribers have no issues with the expansion. One less noob on the server is a benefit to all of the WoW players.

RE: First
By superkdogg on 11/23/2008 9:45:17 PM , Rating: 1
Dude if you're serious, you need to get a life.

Secondly, if I really want WotLK, I can play for free elsewhere. Free expansion, no subscriptions. F-r-e-e. That, combined with the fact that the expansion costs as much as the whole 0-60 game means it is irrefutably not as good a value.

You can pay for it, that's great. I'll probably pay for it later too. I'd actually already own it if you didn't have to buy TBC for WotLK to work-that's my real problem here is anybody who didn't own TBC (relatively small number) has to spend $20 extra to get the new expansion, and I don't like it. That's life, and I'll eventually pony up the greenbacks, I just don't like it.

You probably should take the advice that your therapist gives and take yourself and your role in WoW a little less seriously.

RE: First
By ThePooBurner on 11/25/2008 2:41:33 PM , Rating: 2
For most people the following is true.
Original game: 0-60 = 9 days /played.
TBC: 60-70 =~9days /played
WotLK: 70-80 = ~9days /played

Sounds like the same amount of play for the money to me. Northrend is actually a pretty big place. Much bigger than outland was. Something i also think about when i buy a game like WotLK is a comparison to the next book in a series. There is more story for me to read and i get to find out how the overall plot ends. My point is there are just as many, if not more, ways to find the value of the purchase as their are to find reasons to not buy it.

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