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The World of Warcraft Collector's Edition on is now carrying a $149.99 list price, as limited supplies of Blizzard's MMORPG in stores have made the game so scarce that such gouging entrepreneurialism is possible. Thanks Voodoo Extreme.

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59. Re: Issues Jan 13, 2005, 17:47 Zathrus
Start a business, then come back and tell us that you don't think 30% of your clientelle having issues is not "a large majority".

Ok. It's not.

Majority: 50% +1
Large Majority: matter of opinion, but I'd say >70%.

The term you're searching for is "large percentage".

That said, where the heck are people getting these numbers from? The 100k+ you claim for having technical issues based off "viewed" numbers on a board is utter crap. The view count doesn't eliminate one person clicking on it several times, nor does it consider that (in general) only a small percentage of players visit the boards, much less post. Or that when there are really serious login issues you cannot login to the boards either.

As for the 800k players -- again, where is this number from? Blizzard certainly isn't releasing official player counts, nor do I see any announcement from them about a 800k playerbase. The latest info I could find is that they have sold 600k copies as of early January. It's unclear that all of those copies have been activated (want to bet that someone got more than one copy as a gift?), but probably nearly all have.

As for WoW Census -- it shows that Alliance outnumbers Horde by a large majority. Repeated posts from Blizzard developers on the boards say otherwise. So my guess is that WoW Census isn't all that accurate for one reason or another.

Edit: Oh, and I do think Blizzard has done a piss poor job of communicating with their customers. The one thing they've done right is given adjustments for extended down time. But that's it. Their website is down too much (like, oh say, most of today), the login server is down too much, and there are too many technical issues in the game for one this long after release and one which had such a long beta test. Like the game, but unimpressed by the support behind it.
This comment was edited on Jan 13, 17:55.
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