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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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Have to chime in!
By sp33dklz on 11/21/2008 3:07:51 PM , Rating: 3
First post LOL!!!

Anyway, I can't believe the negative comments about this game, you're obviously not seeing the bigger picture and not seeing the massive amounts of profit enabled by a genre that without WoW is untouchable by anthing less than a super-nerd.

The expansion is far more than what has been said in prior posts. Take me for instance... I have 3 lvl 70 characters and have been playing for 3 years. This expansion brought me back to the game for more content because I am bored of the prior content. Just because you have only been playing for 2 months doesn't mean that the rest of us have.

To say that this game washed out the genre that used to be "exciting" is an absoultely assenine comment. The genre is now easily accessed by many because it caters to many and doesn't pigeon-hole the gameplay and make it so difficult that only the super-nerd wants to play it. For those who are more dedicated, and want the super-nerd challenges this genre would intel, try a 40 man raid and see how man weeks it takes you to clear a dungeon.

Anyway, I'm not here to defend or bash. Look at your comments subjectively and realize that the game IS a success, it IS global, it IS a phenomenon, and its not going anywhere. If your gamestyle doesn't fit the genre, find another game.




RE: Have to chime in!
By jojo29 on 11/21/2008 3:53:59 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. This game offers way more content than may other short games coughgearsofwar2cough coughmirrorsedgecouhg

Although those games are awesome, they have nowhere near the content that JUST an expansion pack brings. Let see to the person who said: just 1 new continent:

On of "areas" in the continent is easily bigger than the entire game of Gears 2 or Mirrors Edge.

It also bring with it over 1000 new quests

Along with that AT LEAST 12 new dungeons, these are not even raid dungeons.

A completely new class, with new abilities/lore etc...

A new profession ( i agree its kinda meh )

New talents and abilities FOR ALL CURRENT CLASSES

and on top of all that, all the bug fixes/patches that comes with new content.

Lets compare it to another popular franchise that "rips" people off: Madden.

What do you get for $60 bucks? An updated roster, and in MOST cases, an inferior game, no patches or fixes. Madden games are hit or miss, one year they're great, the next they're crap. $60 bucks is alot of find out. Yet, Madden is very successful because whatever it does, it does right. BUT, if anyone is ripping people off, it's Madden.
Let's compare:

1 year subscription + 3 games= $152
Madden ( if you have a 360 add $50 bucks to play online) = PS3=$60
360=$110

Now look as if we have 4 years

WoW= $360

PS3= $240

Xbox 360=$440

Going by these prices, we can gather quite a few things:

-Gaming in general is EXPENSIVE. Look at WoW, its right in the middle between buying every madden game 4 years for PS3 and 360.

-The PS3 is cheaper to game on than the PS3..poor 360 owners lol, same exact game, only your paying more than double lol..

There are key differences: Your $15 bucks goes to patching/fixing the Core gameplay of WoW. Also, this DOES NOT include new raids/dungeons/content they release for FREE. This includes the Xmas/Holloween/4th of July/x Holiday events in the game. So, in essence your getting your money's worth. Or, your spending roughly the same as if you buy a madden game every year.


RE: Have to chime in!
By jojo29 on 11/21/2008 3:58:07 PM , Rating: 2
damn my lack of proof reading abilities and lack of an edit button. Please excuse the mess i made by butchering the english language...

Here are the correct phrases i meant:

-One of the "areas" in the continent is easily bigger than the entire game of Gears 2 or Mirrors Edge.

- It also bring's with it...

- The PS3 is cheaper to game on than the 360..


RE: Have to chime in!
By walk2k on 11/21/08, Rating: 0
RE: Have to chime in!
By rcc on 11/21/2008 5:59:51 PM , Rating: 2
lol, you'd be wrong.


RE: Have to chime in!
By aharris on 11/21/2008 6:48:02 PM , Rating: 2
That also depends on what you'd consider "real content". I thoroughly enjoy questing and PvP.

Some people thoroughly enjoy raiding and heroic instances.

Some people want to play solo, some prefer to group.

Some people enjoy farming for professions, while others perfer to RP (RolePlay. As in RPGs... get your mind out of the gutter).

That's the beauty of the game, it accommodates everybody. If you don't like it, try making your own (hah).


RE: Have to chime in!
By Totally on 11/22/2008 1:01:08 AM , Rating: 1
okay jojo29, sp33dk1lz

Don't compare consoles unless WOW is playable on them.
You can't ding the 360 for the cost of Live, because it's not exclusive to only madden, and jojo nice try my friend but you are forgetting the $80 you shell out for the games themselves. That puts it up there right at the top with the Madden 360 and live factored in every year.

I'm really trying to level here and get you guys so let's run the numbers.

Subscription(3 yrs) = 14.99(36) = 539.64
WOW + TBC = 79.98
Total = 619.62

add WotLK and 1year = 219.87

that's

31 PC Games@$19.99(reduced)
15 PC Games@39.99(launch)

Is WOW worth 15 - 31 games over 3 years?

add WotLK and 1year = 219.87

4 year total damages = 839.49

Verdict: $$-wise, Rip-off not worth it. Refute this your an idiot. Your playing it because you like it or addicted. Content-wise how time do you actually spend enjoying it vs. other games.


RE: Have to chime in!
By jojo29 on 11/22/2008 2:57:13 AM , Rating: 2
Where are you getting $80 dollars from?

WoW and TBC can be had for $40 bundle + $40 for Wrath?

Also, $72 dollars is what you pay for a years worth of game time ( somewhere around there, i pay i believe yearly, can't recall off hand)

And the reason we are comparing consoles is because to me a game is a game no matter which console/system...


RE: Have to chime in!
By Totally on 11/22/2008 3:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, if you are disregarding the fact that WoW and TBC cost $40 each at the time of their release.

$72?? I'm pretty sure my friends would be interested to know how you get away with paying $6/mo. for a WoW subscription, all 14 of them.

In any time the cost of consoles vs pc are weighed against each other the console gaming is almost always more expensive, when you consider games cost more due to the added cost of media, console itself, peripherals, access fees, television. too easy.


RE: Have to chime in!
By jojo29 on 11/24/2008 10:50:17 AM , Rating: 2
I think is either $72 or $75 bucks, when you pay for a whole year's worth upfront. I have it on a re-curring credit card, if you call yearly recurring.


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