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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 Myg on 11/21/2008 7:16:37 PM , Rating: -1
A dangerous approach to dating, very very dangerous.

I suppose atleast 1 out of every 1000 relationships might be healthy if they started that way.


RE: First
By Myg on 11/21/2008 7:19:10 PM , Rating: 1
IF that, on 2nd thought; probably maybe 1 in 5000


RE: First
By jeff834 on 11/21/2008 11:58:08 PM , Rating: 4
As opposed to the many healthy relationships started via one night stands from bars or clubs. To each his or her own really. I didn't personally meet anyone from playing WoW, but I have friends who have, as well as married couples who play together, whole families who play together, and people who have made great friends. If I had kids I would much rather play WoW with them than bring them to a football game where they can see fat retards get drunk off $9 beers and scream obscenities. People always say games like this ruin people's social skills, but I've always seen it as a way for some of the socially inept to have better social experiences. Sometimes there are some epeens waved around, but such is every experience on the internet, including here. Everyone is so quick to judge as if all of your lives were perfect.


RE: First
By poohbear on 11/22/2008 6:25:15 AM , Rating: 2
very good points. i agree, different strokes for different folks, but WoW doesnt have any face to face social interaction and is a very sedentary form of hobby. Sure u can type your way through a conversation, but how beneficial is that to the advancement of a young persons daily social skills? Not that being a couch potatoe is any better, again WoW is just one form of sedantary lifestyles among many, but the attention it garners is ridiculous.

And on a sidenote, its very true that $40 is a rip off considering how little it adds compared to WoW vanilla, but if so many customers are buying it then blizzard has no incentive to lower the price.


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