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WoW reaches another subscriber milestone

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its hugely successful World of Warcraft MMORPG title has surpassed another historic milestone for subscribers. The new high was reached shortly after the launch of the second expansion pack for WoW called Wrath of the Lich King.

WoW now counts 11.5 million subscribers worldwide. DailyTech reported in late October that WoW had reached the 11 million subscriber mark. The huge success of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack boosted the subscribers to the game by half a million in slightly more than a month.

Wrath of the Lich King set an all time 24 hour sales record for PC video games, besting the previous top selling PC title for the same time period -- the first WoW expansion pack. Blizzard says the expansion pack has now sold over 4 million copies after moving 2.8 million the first 24-hours it was available.

CEO and cofounder of Blizzard, Mike Morhaime said in a statement, "We’re pleased to welcome the new and returning players who have helped World of Warcraft reach these new milestones, and we appreciate the enthusiasm and support that the game’s global community has continued to show. We look forward to providing all of them with an excellent entertainment experience for a long time to come."

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and the world...
By Screwballl on 12/23/2008 2:32:11 PM , Rating: 5
... shrugs its shoulders.

How many people are still playing CS:S online? At minimum 11 million worldwide on a slow day, plus the updates and new maps are free. How many other online games can we find as a comparison? Not many but they are there.

WoW is only unique in that its users are stupid enough to actually pay to play the game on a daily basis. Maybe their subliminal mind control system is actually working properly... or maybe people really are too dumb to realize they are getting shafted by paying each month.

RE: and the world...
By kristof007 on 12/23/2008 2:51:27 PM , Rating: 3
Yea we are stupid enough to pay a monthly bill for a game that gets content updates about every three months for our standard playing fee and gets balanced/tweaked weekly. I'll pay $15 (or less) for that and to have a fun social experience online.

If you want to meet with random people (or get your handful of friends on the same server) and yell insults at each other over a game of capture the flag for "free" .. well be my guest.

RE: and the world...
By Screwballl on 12/23/2008 3:28:43 PM , Rating: 1
Versus a game that has user generated content with new maps STILL popping up daily for FREE. You can get online and have fun for free, or get online and have fun for a monthly fee.

The smart ones do not pay for something that you can get elsewhere for free (try the game Planeshift or any of the other worthy games).

RE: and the world...
By on 12/23/08, Rating: -1
RE: and the world...
By amanojaku on 12/23/2008 4:42:33 PM , Rating: 2
Ouch, don't be so negative! Why don't we just accept the fact that some people like WoW, others don't, and the rest of us are AFKTTGL (away from keyboard trying to get laid?)

RE: and the world...
By Myg on 12/24/2008 10:47:11 AM , Rating: 2
WOW is a plague on the gaming community, it completely eroded any "Social" foundations that were being built up by the gaming community through LANs and friendly meets.

Why play with a group of the local lads when you can experience a whole world of weird people online and feel like your acheiving something while your at it...

Lack of human interaction == disaster

RE: and the world...
By Reclaimer77 on 12/24/2008 9:19:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yes because when I was playing FPS's back in the day, hearing kids scream the F word all day was the epitome of "human interaction".

If you don't like WoW, that's cool. But come on, don't be so dramatic.

RE: and the world...
By Myg on 12/25/2008 9:53:07 AM , Rating: 2
People screaming bad words at eachother is not the best type of interaction. If thats how you interact, then thats your business/problem, but what was being built up before these WOW games came on the scene actually allowed opportunities to properly interact with other people and get to know them as a human being.

It is a plague, yes; and it has stunted the growth of the gaming community. It is no over dramatic, just the truth, a sad one; mind you.

RE: and the world...
By Yames on 12/24/2008 11:30:52 AM , Rating: 3
How about AFTKAGL (away from the keyboard actuality getting laid)

RE: and the world...
By The0ne on 12/23/2008 7:29:59 PM , Rating: 2
So in your opinion paying for local channels makes you stupid, paying for any games on any console is stupid because of course there are free games out there to enjoy, paying your credit card interest because you're (in general terms) too stupid to not buy stuff when you don't have money to pay it off, going out to dine while you can cook for cheap is stupid too I guess :)

I say if the game is worth your time and you see justification to pay for it or the use of it then that's your choice. How smart or dumb that is subjective imo. Because really, think about it, almost everything you or anyone do is because it pleases them.

RE: and the world...
By Screwballl on 12/23/2008 9:36:51 PM , Rating: 2
I say if the game is worth your time and you see justification to pay for it or the use of it then that's your choice. How smart or dumb that is subjective imo. Because really, think about it, almost everything you or anyone do is because it pleases them.

I understand your perspective... but this is the equivalent of paying the local cable company $12/month for local channels versus spending a one time fee for an antenna and getting similar or same content for free.
Yes I disagree with paying a monthly fee for Xbox Live, you pay $200-500 for a system and $40-60 for games and still have to pay a monthly fee to be able to play online? To me that is just stupid.

Credit Card interest? Cooking vs dining out? You lost us when the purple pig started flying...

RE: and the world...
By xti on 12/24/2008 9:41:16 AM , Rating: 3
while i hate wow, 12 to 15 or w/e the monthly fee is, isnt the biggest deal in the world. I spend more on tacos.

RE: and the world...
By nerdboy on 12/29/2008 7:21:59 AM , Rating: 2
Me and my wife both play wow so I spend $30 a month. That’s a month worth of entertainment. That’s cheaper the dinner and a movie. My wife dosn't like CS:S or L4D so $30 a month isn't bad. Just depends on how you look at it.

RE: and the world...
By FITCamaro on 12/29/2008 12:55:18 PM , Rating: 2
A coworker of mine and her husband also follow this mentality. Me personally I think WoW is the disaster of the MMO world in that every other MMO is trying to be like it so they're all sh*t just like it.

But I have nothing against MMOs. I've played many and they're fun. WoW is not. I'm hoping KOTOR: Online or whatever its going to be called will be worth the wait. BioWare has yet to disappoint so I'm keeping my hopes up.

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