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Gamasutra says that World of Warcraft has sold approximately 8.6 million units, reporting data from the NPD group that adds further perspective to our understanding of the huge success of Blizzard's MMORPG that boasted 11.5 million subscribers as of December. While the game has not sold as many copies as there are subscribers (update: according to Dagok, these are US figures only), NPD has rolled up data on multiple SKUs of the game and its expansion packs to come to that 8.6 million figure, and Gamasutra guesstimates that this could amount to about $258 million in sales, a staggering sum, except when compared to subscription revenue, which would pass that in two months if all 11.5 million players were paying a full $15.00 a month.
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Jul 30, 2009, 15:48
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Jul 30, 2009, 15:48
 
*yawn*

I know more people that have quit than currently play.....
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Jul 30, 2009, 03:48
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Jul 30, 2009, 03:48
 
The cartoon artwork style in WoW made me feel disconnected from the game -- killed any sort of immersion. I prefer the artistic style in Guild Wars. Too bad GW is mainly a top-down gameplay CRPG with third person perspective -- lots of invisible walls and no real 3D movement.

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Jul 29, 2009, 23:43
Kxmode
 
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Jul 29, 2009, 23:43
 Kxmode
 
WoW is like hot dogs.

Nah. WOW is more like National Hebrew.
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Jul 29, 2009, 22:16
Kxmode
 
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Jul 29, 2009, 22:16
 Kxmode
 
The discrepancy between sales and accounts is very easy to figure out: people have more than one account.
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Jul 29, 2009, 21:30
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Jul 29, 2009, 21:30
 
Personally I think the reason we haven't heard any new numbers since december is because the games population is slowly reducing. People are board of the same old WoW content that is little different with each expansion or patch. Hell everyone I know who was playing the game has since quite, and most did within a month of the release of the new expansion simply because it was 'more of the same.' Though I personally had left WoW a while ago I did come back after the expansion, but only for a few weeks. By then I was bored again.

My old guild back when I used to play WoW was a big raiding guild. We were first on our server and all that stupid crap that means nothing in real life. Eventually my RL friends and I got bored of being ordered around by college people, told when to schedule, being given set bathroom break times and all that nonsense. I just checked the old realm forums on forums.wow.com, pretty much every guild is posting desperate recruitment threads and my old guilds website is a placeholder. It was a guild around since the retail release.

I'd say WoW is on the decline in terms of subscription retention. The formula is just wearing thin, you can only keep people interested by doing the same thing for so long no matter how highly polished it is. I suspect we won't be seeing any press releases bragging about subscriptions for quite awhile.
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Jul 29, 2009, 19:34
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Jul 29, 2009, 19:34
 
WoW is like hot dogs. It's not particularly good, but everybody likes it. Thankfully, I've been WoW-free for over half a year now.

Get your stadium dogs here! Get your red hot stadium dogs!
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Jul 29, 2009, 19:31
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Jul 29, 2009, 19:31
 
I'd say that WoW is a success mostly because it's a very high quality game.

Sure, in a way it's just another MMO with the same simplistic repetitive gameplay as most of the others.

But if you look at the amount of content that's there, and the polish of that content, nothing else comes close really.

I wouldn't say that it's impossible to compete with WoW. But just throwing together the same basic building blocks, and then assume you have something that can match it, will of course amount to little more than an expensive mistake.

It will require a colossal effort with design and quality control, as well as a pathological attention to detail - by the best talents available - to even stand a chance.
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Jul 29, 2009, 19:25
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Jul 29, 2009, 19:25
 
WoW is like hot dogs. It's not particularly good, but everybody likes it.

Thankfully, I've been WoW-free for over half a year now.
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Jul 29, 2009, 19:14
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Jul 29, 2009, 19:14
 
2 fairly large gaming clans I was in died out because of WoW and I have heard of many other clans die out because of it. Nobody wants to match/pub when they can do an instance and get ph4t lootz

Hell I even know a guy personally who's marriage got fucked up and ended in divorce due to WoW... Its evil.

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Jul 29, 2009, 18:15
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Jul 29, 2009, 18:15
 
At one point I nearly lost every single gamer friend I had to WoW.

I played with them for the first few months but that was all I could take before it felt like a job.

Now a few are slowly coming back out and playing other games with me again but they relapse all the fuckin time.
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Jul 29, 2009, 17:34
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Jul 29, 2009, 17:34
 
Slashman - No, you still don't get it. The core of WoW's player base consists of hardcore players. They don't play anything else because they're addicted, not because they're "non-gamers."

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Jul 29, 2009, 17:10
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Jul 29, 2009, 17:10
 
I used to not understand the WoW phenomenon, but now I get it. Apart from the Blizzard/Warcraft fans they had at launch...its subscribers are largely people who never play anything else.

Blizzard hit the untapped market of the non-gamer, whereas every other MMO tries to appeal to people already playing MMOs...including WoW. That will never work because Blizzard got there first and sucked up all the Average Joe Schmoes who would probably never otherwise have tried an MMO.

For me, there's no real depth to the gameplay to keep me interested and fantasy worlds are a dime a dozen. But I can't fault Blizzard for taking advantage of the ignorant.
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Jul 29, 2009, 16:19
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Jul 29, 2009, 16:19
 
Personally I think the reason we haven't heard any new numbers since december is because the games population is slowly reducing. People are board of the same old WoW content that is little different with each expansion or patch. Hell everyone I know who was playing the game has since quite, and most did within a month of the release of the new expansion simply because it was 'more of the same.' Though I personally had left WoW a while ago I did come back after the expansion, but only for a few weeks. By then I was bored again.
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Jul 29, 2009, 15:54
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Jul 29, 2009, 15:54
 
Never thought I would say it, but I agree with you Verno.

I notice on me and my friends when we play an MMO, we wont ever buy or play any other game while we still have fun with that MMO.
I actually missed quite a few good games in the last 5 years because of that and I am still trying to find all of them.

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Jul 29, 2009, 15:34
Verno
 
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Jul 29, 2009, 15:34
 Verno
 
I'd like to add a tax for all of the time and money WoW sucks away from every other game in the industry. The so called savior of PC gaming is it's biggest detriment in many ways. It's a game built from the ground to consume as much time as possible. They hide the hamster ball cleverly behind easy to use gameplay mechanics but WoW remains the biggest MMO in the world. Some people enjoy it and I can't blame them for that but I wonder how many still play out of a feeling of obligation as opposed to enjoyment.

I also can't help but wonder how many other games these people will never purchase for lack of time due to work, family and Warcraft.
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Jul 29, 2009, 15:16
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Jul 29, 2009, 15:16
 
The post in gamasutra said, NPD already roll up multiple SKUs of the core and expansions already. So, it's not likely a divide by 3.

Consider these are the number over 5 years life span, it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
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Jul 29, 2009, 15:08
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Jul 29, 2009, 15:08
 
They sold 8.6 million and only 2.5-3.5 million still play?
The sales figures include expansions as well. So if you figure 8.6 million units (vanilla game + 2 expansions), that's 3 "copies" of the game per person, that's about 2.8 million possible subscribers. The math works out, no one's trying to inflate any numbers.
@#$@% for every PENNY blizzard charges for WOW they make $115k a month.
But there's no telling how much of that goes into developer salaries, support personnel salaries, and infrastructure (the amount of servers and maintenance personnel for those servers required to support ~3 million people in NA alone). No doubt Blizzard basically has a license to print money because of the game, but only they know how much they actually profit from it.
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Jul 29, 2009, 14:54
Jow
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Jul 29, 2009, 14:54
Jow
 
Gets a little scary when you whip out the math, doesn't it?
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Jul 29, 2009, 14:33
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Jul 29, 2009, 14:33
 
I would like to add a PFA Tax to currently online subscriptions of WoW. A $1 fee should be reasonable for all subscribers to pay. That tax would go into the Patriotic Freedom for America Fund (PFA Tax) which would in turn pay me a monthly fee equal to all the tax collected. Hell even $.01 would equal $115k A MONTH.

@#$@% for every PENNY blizzard charges for WOW they make $115k a month. Wanna make an extra million dollars a month? No problem, charge $.10 more on each subscription... Fuck me.
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Jul 29, 2009, 14:30
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Jul 29, 2009, 14:30
 
WoW....Hmm never heard of it sounds like one of those Japanese Anime RPG's. Probably wont do well here.....
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