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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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By callmeroy on 11/24/2008 3:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
How come of all the topics on games i've ever seen its only a huge deal with the game is WoW that people get their panties in a bunch.

Since when its is "wrong, evil, bad, immoral" for a company to charge for their product --- oh wait don't answer that...I know the mindset -- if you are a small time operation making say $1 million an entire year ...let's not critique that but if you happen to make a hit that is wildly successful so you make droves and droves of money off it -- THEN its open season? This is the same logic why folks ORIGINALLY started hating Microsoft...there's a complex in this world that folks are fine if you do "ok" for yourself but if you do "extremely well" then its not cool -- even if its completely legal and not harming anyone...well except for egos.

BTW I play the game and I agree some folks play too much and should see the real world more often.....I watch VERY little TV during the week though so my justification is -- some people watch 3 hours or 4 hours of TV on a work night, I play computer games. As for money I justify it as some people spend $5 a day on cigarettes, I spend $12 a MONTH on my hobby.

But let's not talk about that though right? :)

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser

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