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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 elgueroloco on 11/25/2008 10:24:55 AM , Rating: 2
I totally agree. Blizzard puts out a great product, and paying for it enables more great products. I can't even count all the happy hours I've spent playing Blizzard games with friends and family. Blizzard is one company I don't mind giving money to.

As for the value, think about this: A movie ticket is $10.50 where I live. Add popcorn and a drink and it's easily $15.00. An average movie lasts 1.5 hrs. So, going to the movies, you get 1.5 hrs for $15. Playing WoW, you get pretty much as many hours as you want for a whole month for $15. Much better value, IMO.

RE: First
By ThePooBurner on 11/25/2008 2:11:14 PM , Rating: 2
I think the best math I have to support this is the following:
All my characters= ~100 days played time.
(14*15$=210$)/(100*24=2400hrs)= 8.75 cents per hour of entertainment. That isn't counting all the free time i've been given as compensations either. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

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