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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 Pavelyoung on 11/23/2008 9:53:14 PM , Rating: 1
Can you name one other form of entertainment that you have access to 24x7 for the entire month for only $12 per month?


RE: First
By kristof007 on 11/24/2008 4:13:03 AM , Rating: 2
24x7 minus 4x7-9 hours for maintenance every Tuesday :)


RE: First
By spluurfg on 11/24/2008 9:52:55 AM , Rating: 2
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Can you name one other form of entertainment that you have access to 24x7 for the entire month for only $12 per month?


Uh, you mean $12 per month plus the cost of the game, right?

Sure -- any other form of entertainment that doesn't require a monthly subscription. Counterstrike, Battlefield, COD4, half life single player, public television, a board game, solitaire, and so on.

This isn't to suggest that WOW players don't get value for money -- I leave that to others to debate. I'm just saying that it isn't the only form of entertainment with 24/7 access at the same price.


RE: First
By callmeroy on 11/24/2008 4:03:29 PM , Rating: 2
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Sure -- any other form of entertainment that doesn't require a monthly subscription. Counterstrike, Battlefield, COD4, half life single player, public television, a board game, solitaire, and so on.


COD4,HL, CS -- excellent games and I play them as well as WoW (though rightnow I'm way into Fallout 3).

But are serious with public televesion, a board game and solitaire?

I think examples in disagreements are good and all but only if its valid. If its an example that under normal circumstances then it doesn't count. For instance I would NEVER play a board game or solitare and public TV is horrible -- so there fore those are all weak and moot examples.


RE: First
By quiksilvr on 11/24/2008 1:21:50 PM , Rating: 2
Uh...YEAH. THOUSANDS of forms of entertainment like I JUST SAID for PC games and HUNDREDS of games for the PS3 and Wii. Oh, and guess what? It's not $12 a month. IT'S FREAKING FREE.


RE: First
By callmeroy on 11/24/2008 4:05:33 PM , Rating: 2
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Uh...YEAH. THOUSANDS of forms of entertainment like I JUST SAID for PC games and HUNDREDS of games for the PS3 and Wii. Oh, and guess what? It's not $12 a month. IT'S FREAKING FREE.


Btw two things --- 1 ) Who the hell are you to tell anyone how they spend their money?...which leads to....2) Why do you care?


RE: First
By quiksilvr on 11/24/2008 7:01:27 PM , Rating: 2
1) It's not about the money, it's the principle behind it. You already showed your support for buying the game, the least they can do is give you a free online experience, especially since so many others do it. If you want to be an idiot and spend your money on monthly passes just to play a game then go ahead, but if that leads to future rip offs thanks to it then I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be the only one pissed off about it.

2) I'm tired of companies being extra greedy and ripping off customers. Broadband internet access alone costs $30 a month and most of the time the speeds are too low for gaming. Games are now costing 60 bucks. PC's to run them cost 500 to 1000 dollars. Enough with the damn nickel and diming and let me play my game online for free.


RE: First
By callmeroy on 11/25/2008 10:42:56 AM , Rating: 2
So now I'm an "idiot" for paying $12 a month to play game? And MMO's should be free?

I think you are mixing your personal ideology up with economics. Would I love for WoW to be free to play -- hell yeah I would. Would I pay ANY amount they raise it to play hell NO I wouldn't. Unlike some folks I do have a budget set for myself for recurring monthly gaming expenses (that budget is about $30 a month btw if you are playing the home game and following along...I currently do NOT spend $30 a month, but that is the amount I'd draw the line at.)

Look -- I was just busting your stones because you are obviously very upset over the fact of Blizzard charging for their product and then charging to play it. But I'd trumpet your cause in a heart beat if I thought it would make a difference.

The other thing that we do, I say we because you do it in your arguments, and I've done it in the past - is play the compare game. "Well Guild Wars is free so why can't WoW be free as well!" ....."Don't tell me that it costs X amount of money to pay for bandwidth, I'm buying my bandwidth for Y amount of money!"....Companies exist to turn a profit -- and they all have different expenses to consider. Hands down i can tell you from playing WoW and Guild Wars -- the content in WoW is much more refined (much bigger "play world" as well) and I can bet WoW is a more expensive operation than Guild Wars or many other free to play online games. PLUS -- don't kid yourself , the free to play guys aren't saints.....if they had an enormous subscription base and people constantly signing up to play -- my bet is they would start talking around their board room meetings "so guys...we are getting incredibly popular -- I don't think we can be free to play much longer....".

FPS games are just stupid to mention as an argument to how they can be free to play online so why can't an MMO. Not saying you did or didn't make that assumption (I honestly forget now to be honest..lol)...but if you did... An MMO is a huge persistent world, taht requires whole server farms to run. An FPS is a friggin server you throw install the game and then configure the network client to offer it up for folks to play on. Its like saying McDonald's gave out free cheeseburgers , so why doesn't a five star restaurant give out free Filet Mignon and Lobster -- the expenses are completely different.

Finally back to me being an idiot for paying $12 a month...I'm a cheap bastard. I penny pinch all the time (especially now with this economy)...don't smoke...don't drink...one of the very few "luxuries" I allow myself to enjoy is $12 a month to play a computer game I realy have fun with. I work - my money is earned, so its not like its hand out money I'm spending either. Aside from the game and few DVDs I buy here and there -- I really don't splurg that much on myself. So sorry I don't feel like an idiot at all for spending $12 a month. Why not tell a smoker they are idiots for spending $60 a week?


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