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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 blazeoptimus on 11/21/2008 4:22:01 PM , Rating: 2
the gameplay extremely boring

There's 11 million people out there that would disagree with you. And no, the majority are not pre-pubes (Although there is enough to be noticeable)

RE: First
By walk2k on 11/21/2008 5:18:15 PM , Rating: 1
No actually, pretty much all the WOW players I knew complained about how boring it was constantly.... then they re-upped for the next month anyway. They are addicts.

RE: First
By aharris on 11/21/2008 6:34:12 PM , Rating: 3
No, really. You're making a fallacious sweeping generalization when you make that kind of claim about the WoW population. The majority of the WoW community I know and/or play with consist of professionals, college students, and gamers who actually enjoy the game in their free time. I know a few who genuinely don't, but they have real life issues of their own that can't be attributed to the game.

Despite what the Wachowski Brothers would have you believe, ignorance is truly crass. Don't perpetuate it.

RE: First
By walk2k on 11/22/2008 2:02:19 PM , Rating: 1
No I'm not. Go into any of the major game cities and read the general chat, everyone complains about everything constantly. It says more about how people just like to complain than about any real flaws in the game, but it's hardly a " fallacious sweeping generalization "

RE: First
By Pavelyoung on 11/23/2008 9:57:39 PM , Rating: 2
Odd, the only real complaints I have seen have been about gold farmers and the slow pace at which expansions are released.

RE: First
By Entropy42 on 11/24/2008 11:36:01 AM , Rating: 2
Using "everyone" makes it a sweeping generalization. If "everyone" truly was complaining in general chat, you would not even be able to read the comments because they would scroll by instantaneously.

If you enjoy WoW, it is a great value in terms of hours of entertainment / dollar. Same with a lot of first person shooters with good online play. If you don't like either type of game, don't play them. I don't see why anyone has to be so upset about the fact that millions of other people enjoy playing the game and are ok with paying a monthly fee to do so.

RE: First
By Bonesdad on 11/22/2008 10:03:37 AM , Rating: 2
well, here's another that believes it to be one of the most boring games out there. The only reason I kept playing was to get one character to level 60, just cuz I felt like I had spent the money, so I should have something to show for it. All I had to show for it after I did was a bunch of wasted time.

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