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WoW! Ten Million People Who Don't Go Outdoors

WoW! Ten Million People Who Don't Go Outdoors

Blizzard Entertainment announced yesterday that their MMORPG game World of Warcraft  passed the ten million subscriber mark. Interestingly, 5.5 million of those users are in Asia, with 2 million in Europe and 2.5 million in North America.

Since debuting in North America on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular MMORPG around the world. It was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 worldwide, and finished behind only World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade®, the first expansion pack for the game, in 2007.* In addition to being the bestselling PC game of 2007 in both North America and Europe, The Burning Crusade holds the record for fastest-selling PC game of all time, with nearly 2.4 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and approximately 3.5 million in its first month.* Development is underway on World of Warcraft's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King™, which was unveiled at the company's BlizzCon™ gaming festival in August 2007.

World of Warcraft is currently available in seven languages, with a Russian version in development and scheduled for release later this year. In addition to North America and Europe, World of Warcraft is played in mainland China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.


If Blizzard can expand the international reach of online gold swapping mixed in with factional fighting and cheating, perhaps we can close down the United Nations and let diplomats play World of Warcraft instead. Same thing, really, and cheaper.
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Stick out tongue

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This game ruins friendships.  I have a friend who doesn't hang out anymore because he is too busy playing, and I refuse to start playing just to hang out in a virtual world.

I would say this is the only game that is a bane to society.  Call me Jack Thompson if you want, I just don't like what the game does to a lot people.

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vicaphit:
I have a friend who doesn't hang out anymore because he is too busy playing, and I refuse to start playing just to hang out in a virtual world.

That sucks. Can't blame the game though IMO... that's on him, but I can understand your position though.

 

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I thought the game was fun when I had played it...Of course I didn't let it take over my life.  I stopped playing when school started and also because it's expensive.

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vicaphit:

This game ruins friendships.  I have a friend who doesn't hang out anymore because he is too busy playing, and I refuse to start playing just to hang out in a virtual world.

I would say this is the only game that is a bane to society.  Call me Jack Thompson if you want, I just don't like what the game does to a lot people.

I have a friend that is the same way.  He is too busy all the time playing that game. Angry If he is not at work he is at home playing WoW!  I can't say it ruined my friendship, but man, I do agree with you 100% on the hanging out part.  Now he has his wife hooked on WoW as well. 

There have only been 2 games made that I have been "addicted" too.  And that was Quake, when it was popular, we played that Deatchmatch all the time.  The same friend that is currently addicted to WoW would bring his system over to my place on a weekend and we would hook up and play day and night.  Sometimes we even got the wives involved and teamed up against the women.  LOL!  The only other game was Half-Life Deathmatch.  We had a blast, but WoW just never interested me.

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I bet most of us can agree that video games can be very habit forming... it's up to each individual to set limits for themselves.

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 Yea, it doesn't ruin friendships, he's still a friend, just never around due to playing wow. I know it first hand..It's happened to me, and it wasn't a friend playing..It was me. I spent two years doing nothing but playing Lineage 2. It was damn fun, but it does suck you out of your world. The thing about MMO's..Is you're pretty much living a different life, even though it's digital, it's still a very pleasing experience. You meet a bunch of friends online, join a clan, start venting and talking with everyone, and meet them up eventually and move onto the next game. It's NOT a healthy lifestlye at all, but I have to admit, I SURELY miss L2....I kinda wish I never quit, but I'm glad I did. Lineage 3 is due out in 2011...Would I play it again and get just as addicted? Absolutely, it was a wondeful experience for me...and I'd love to go through it agian, only this time, I plan to make sure I diet while I do, cause sitting on a chair and playing a game while eating pizza, fast foods, etc...is not healthy. Also gotta make sure I do cardio and weight lifting =P.

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He is still in college, and I graduated in '06, but I am still at his house a lot.  He skips classes because, and I will quote him directly "People are depending on me".  He is spending tons of money for college, and failing all of his classes for WoW.

 Every time I am visiting someone at his house, or there for a party, I always go up and bug him when he is playing WoW, usually I can guilt him into coming down later in the night, but then he will always disapear in 10 minutes and go back to the world he likes the most.

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That's truly a shame... hopefully he'll come around eventually.

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