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The Wrath is nearly upon us

November 12th, 2008 Bartman Leave a comment Go to comments

I can’t help myself with this one…
After watching the third installment of the Warcraft Retrospective at Gametrailers, I can’t wait to see what Blizzard has in store for us tomorrow when I install a copy of the newest expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.

Whether you are a long time WoW player, or someone who has never seen the game before, I highly suggest checking out the retrospective (above video is just the trailer, retrospective here). The entire series is very good, but the third installment outlines all the elements of Warcraft, why it’s so popular, and insight from the designers. One of my favorite lines from Rob Pardo:

We don’t care if people come to our game not knowing the lingo. We’re going to teach them along the way.

It’s an excellent look at how an MMORPG, long known for being a niche genre of hardcore gamers spending 10+ hours a day in an online world, turned into one of the best selling computer games of all time. Interesting facts:

  • The Burning Crusade, the first expansion, sold 2.4 MILLION copies in the first 24-hrs it was available(!)
  • World of Warcraft currently has 11million subscribers. If you charted this on a list of the countries around the world by population, it would be the 75th largest country, between Greece and Chad(!!)

Staggering…

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