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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 rdeegvainl on 11/21/2008 3:12:57 PM , Rating: 2
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Personally, I just started WoW a couple months ago. I have no toons at 60 let alone 70, and have not bought TBC yet. For a player like me, WotLK is a relative rip-off. It costs me $60 plus my monthly subscription for a very small portion relative to what I already have.


Well that just means you don't have to buy it. You can wait, till either it comes down in price, or never get it at all. It's not like you have to buy it to continue playing your regular content.

The other thing is, the value is subjective. Making say 5 bucks an hour, you have to work 8 hours to be able to afford the expansion. If you like the game, it offers maybe 100 hours or more of entertainment. You could spend that 40 bucks on about 5 movie tickets, and only get 15 hours of entertainment(LONG MOVIES), or similarly have the same effects in other entertainment venues. I've also seen many video games that you only get about 20 hours of content in that sell for 50-60 dollars.


RE: First
By jeff834 on 11/22/2008 12:03:04 AM , Rating: 2
100 HOURS? Try 100 DAYS. If you only play WoW 100 hours you won't even get to 70 let alone 80 and 90% of the game is after that.


RE: First
By Quiescent on 11/22/2008 3:17:53 AM , Rating: 2
eh maybe more like 14 hours to level 80, on a draenei shaman no less.


RE: First
By jeff834 on 11/23/2008 1:23:05 AM , Rating: 2
You can't possibly level a character from 1-80 in 14 hours, it took the best levelers around 30 hours to get from 70-80. Anyone who claims to get to 80 in 14 hours is flat out lying, or using some kind of ridiculous exploit.


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