We're Number Two! We're Number Two!

We're Number Two! We're Number Two!

It was almost inevitable that China or India would eventually surpass the US in the total number of Internet users. Both countries have about four times the population of the United States. China already has the most cellphone users, and now it has the most people online as well.

The number of Chinese on the Internet hit more than 220 million as of February, according to estimates from official Chinese statistics by the Beijing-based research group BDA China. The government is likely to confirm the leap at its half-yearly report in July.

The longtime Internet leader, the USA, which founded and developed the network of computers, had 216 million users at the end of 2007, according to Nielsen/NetRatings.

The percentage of American users — 71% — still exceeds China's 17%. China has 1.3 billion people, compared with nearly 304 million in the USA.

China, however, has a higher growth rate, says BDA's chairman, Duncan Clark. By the end of March, for example, Chinese users climbed to 233 million.

No word on exactly how many of those users are playing MMORPGs to earn points to sell to American players trying to get ahead. But Sun Xin, a 19 year old student quoted in the article said: "My friends all agree — no Internet, no life," ... "We use it every day for MSN, and I love playing games like World of Warcraft."

OK, WoW I understand; but MSN? I guess Bill Gates was working while we were all asleep after all.
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Heh, at first I thought this was the Sony PS3 thread. 

Yeah, it was only inevitable.  With a population that huge, they stand to get all records.  We better watch out, or they will have the #1 economy in a couple decades. 

And when Blizzard advertises that there are more than 10 million WoW users, most of them are in fact in China.

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Crisis Causer:
And when Blizzard advertises that there are more than 10 million WoW users, most of them are in fact in China.

If all of the 20somethings of china are playing WoW, their economy is going to drop in the next decade because those poeple still won't have jobs.

 I know you can sell your characters, but how much money do you get for having a level 70 character that has taken you 2 months of in game time to complete?  Suppose it did take 2 months of in game time, that is 1440 hours of actually sitting at the computer playing the game.  Suppose you could get a job making minimum wage, which is $6.75 here.  You would have to get at least $9720 for your character to be able to justify the time spent.

I say 2 months because I know someone who has logged 2 months of game time.  It may actually take less time, but I don't know.  You guys get the point though.

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well lately america has been slaking in many different ways, we still have the biggest military budget in the world (bigger than the next 8 down put together) but we (america) are starting to get on a slippery slope we are loosing everything :-(  the ammount of engineers china is producing is insane compared to america.  

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Chinese people are insane with playing WoW,and a lot of them died because of that 

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coolzonestefan:

Chinese people are insane with playing WoW,and a lot of them died because of that 



not to devalue life, but how can a few cases be represented as alot???!!!

also, you are being very stereotypical for saying that chinese people play wow. and what does wow have to do with this at all? blizzard only has 10 million subscribers world wide thats a drop in the bucket in china.

do not post nonesense. think of what you are saying.

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LOL, a PS3 thread.

 

"no Internet, no life"

And here I thought it was the other way around. 

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