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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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Greetings from the Flip Side.
By Reclaimer77 on 11/21/2008 3:03:35 PM , Rating: 5
It has now been a week.

My eyes have shrunk back into my head. I'm tired. Beyond tired. On my desk is a collection of empty Red Bull cans, 5 Hour Energy Shooters, and Chinese take-out containers. I can't remember the last time I shaved. Days merge together as I pull 16-19 hour shifts grinding with only brief periods of sleep.

I am weary. I am broken....

I am....

Level 80.

RE: Greetings from the Flip Side.
By isorfir on 11/21/2008 3:23:49 PM , Rating: 5
Let me guess, you still haven't taken out the trash? Mom's going to be real pissed...

RE: Greetings from the Flip Side.
By Reclaimer77 on 11/21/2008 5:15:03 PM , Rating: 2
WoW isn't just a kids game. I have my own place, job, etc etc. Half of my guild is married couples.

Adults get to be obsessive compulsive too ya know ! :P

RE: Greetings from the Flip Side.
By kelmon on 11/25/2008 9:42:09 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't that the truth. I thought I was an old player (33, last time I cut my head off and counted the rings) but we've got players in their 50's and 60's. As best as I can tell, as long as you're prepared to play a video game then WoW seems to have pretty much universal appeal that only games like Myst and The Sims seems to have achieved in the past. That in itself is pretty remarkable.

RE: Greetings from the Flip Side.
By Tamale on 11/21/2008 3:29:20 PM , Rating: 2
haha, i like this comment

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