World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Declared 'Fastest-selling PC Game of All Time'

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Ever keen to shout about its success, developer Blizzard today declared that World of Warcraft's third expansion pack, Cataclysm has become "the fastest-selling PC game of all time."

According to Blizzard's internal records and reports, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm sold-through 3.3 million units within the first twenty-four hours when it launched on December 7. The previous record holder, Blizzard said, was WoW's second expansion pack, Wrath of the Lich King, which sold 2.8 million on launch day back in November 2008.

The fantasy MMORPG currently has over twelve million 'subscribers,' in a loose sense of the word, though growth has slowed substantially from the early boom days.

This sales performance dwarves that of Blizzard's real-time strategy sequel StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, which sold over one million copies on launch day in July 2010.

From The Chatty

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    December 13, 2010 7:05 AM

    Talk about depressing news. Ugh.

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      December 13, 2010 7:14 AM

      Why is this depressing news?

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        December 13, 2010 7:18 AM

        To begin with, because it will bring another 500 devs to bankruptcy trying to make a competing MMO.

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          December 13, 2010 7:22 AM

          Easy fix: Stop making crappy MMOs trying to 'be like wow'

          I'm tired of trying other MMOs just to end up quitting in 2months and going back to wow because they were rushed or just suck from the beginning

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            December 13, 2010 9:01 AM

            Easy fix: Stop making crappy MMOs trying to 'be like wow'

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            December 13, 2010 11:54 AM

            That's the thing though: everyone is stuck between WoW and a hard place. Because WoW sells, the mentality is, "That's the type of gameplay gamers want, so we need to make something like that." But then everyone plays it and compares it to WoW.

            On the other hand, developers say, "WoW is the king of what it does, so I'm going to make something radically new and different." But then the gaming community looks at it, decides it's not enough like WoW, shuns it, and the game shuts down.

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              December 13, 2010 3:34 PM

              EverQuest was the big MMO in its time, and arguably Blizzard copied tons of concepts of that game. But they made it much better, and they succeeded in the end even though EQ was quite popular.

              If some other developer were to make something similar to WoW but better, they would still succeed. But that's much, much harder to pull off now, since EverQuest had tons of flaws which Blizzard was able to improve upon, whereas WoW is now so damn polished and constantly gets improvements that is unrealistic that some other developer could release a better game that's very similar to it.

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                December 14, 2010 11:50 AM

                Honestly, WoW is a crappy game. It's way too much old and just watching other persistant worlds like GW2 makes proof someone can make something better.

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          December 13, 2010 8:56 AM

          Are you saying that they wouldn't have gone bankrupt if WoW never existed?

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            December 13, 2010 9:07 AM

            Some of them would have tried to make a non-MMO that might have made them some money, yes.

            To be fair it's not necessarily all the developers saying "omg we must make our own wow!" it's also sometimes the publishers saying "omg we must make our own wow!" They see the piles and piles of money that ActiBlizzard brings in and it's too tempting to resist at least trying.

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          December 13, 2010 10:20 AM

          So what? Stop pumping money into pie in the sky projects with no future, and that won't be a problem.

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        December 13, 2010 7:34 AM

        For more than a few reasons.

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      December 13, 2010 7:58 AM

      UGH!!!! There are other great games to play, don't panic.

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      December 13, 2010 8:08 AM

      Good for them, am more interested in their next gen MMO personally, as to what it will be.

      Still, there is a shit load of mmo's next, year to look forward to.

      - Guild Wars 2
      - Star Wars
      - Tera
      - Rift

      And probably shit loads more, so if your board of WOw I am sure this will fill the bill, else if you play wow you should be happy as well.

      Not to mention there is gona be a truck load of MP and SP games for the PC next year so really we all win. 2011 is gona be massive for all, believe that!

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      December 13, 2010 11:25 AM

      I hear you.