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DarkEpyon
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IRVINE, Calif. - November 24, 2004 - Blizzard Entertainment® today announced that World of Warcraft® has become an instant success, achieving epic sales figures in less than 24 hours. Launched Tuesday, November 23rd, the company's subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) sold-through to consumers an estimated 250,000* copies of the game. At retailers across the country, players lined up for blocks at midnight to purchase the game, which sold out in many stores nationwide after only one day on store shelves.

In just the first day alone, over 200,000 players created World of Warcraft accounts, and over 100,000 were already playing the game concurrently as of 5:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday. The account-creation and concurrent-user populations are both record numbers for a MMORPG on its first day of launch, making World of Warcraft the fastest-growing online game in history. World of Warcraft is expected to continue to shatter records and achieve a record-setting week-one population in the days ahead. With dozens of World of Warcraft servers already filled to capacity, Blizzard is deploying additional servers rapidly to match the growing player base.

"We had a lot of confidence in World of Warcraft, but the success on day one far exceeded our expectations," said Mike Morhaime, president of Blizzard Entertainment. "We are extremely happy that players are enjoying our game, and we are doing everything we can to meet the demand and maintain a fun and smooth game experience for everyone playing."

Retailers across North America, including Wal-Mart, EB, GameStop, and others are reporting that hundreds of their stores have sold out of World of Warcraft due to the demand. If consumers have not yet purchased their copy of World of Warcraft, they are advised to call ahead to make sure their store has copies still in stock.

"World of Warcraft has once again shown that Blizzard consistently delivers the best games in the industry," said Robert McKenzie, vice president of merchandising at GameStop. "It sold better than any other PC game this year - in fact, World of Warcraft enjoyed the best day-one sell-through GameStop has ever seen on a PC title!"

Blizzard Entertainment and its retail partners are expecting all remaining supplies of World of Warcraft to sell out soon. Meanwhile, the company is working diligently to increase server capacity to accommodate the growing number of players connecting to the game. As the additional servers are brought online and proven stable, additional copies of World of Warcraft will be made available at retail. Blizzard will announce the availability of those additional games as soon as they are on retail shelves.


Taken from Allakhazam.

Go Blizzard! Looks like they've hit mega paydirt. This should be enough to turn the heads of SOE and Squeenix no doubt.
Oddies da Nerfed
Having a big opening day dosent mean shit if the game cant retain the numbers. If WoW has the lasting power is yet to be seen. Since the bnet kiddie hacker tards were running rampent in the betas. I am going to guess they will have a large impact on people staying aboard. All the games blizz has released online have suffered severly from the fucktard problem. Since PvP is built largely into WoW (even on blue servers) it will be interesting to see how the griefing/corpse camping/fuck others over in any way possible because you are a retard, kinda things impact people after the "newness" wears off.


note: This isnt a bash on the game/blizz, i really enjoy their games and hope WoW does well. But after playing a large selection of MMOs and seeing people all hyped because they launch big then bomb after 6-9 months. One gets to be a little wary, even from someone like blizz. If blizz takes the usual "too godamn long till patch" routine and the pvp suffers from major grief problems. This game will suffer badly. CoH has already proven its worth for people to turn to. As well as EQ2 will be trying to show its not a giant steaming pile of shit as well. Time will tell how these go, but i have some concerns about WoW that have been a plauge for past blizz games.
SaitoH
QUOTE (Oddies da Nerfed @ Nov 26 2004, 01:08 AM)
Having a big opening day dosent mean shit if the game cant retain the numbers. If WoW has the lasting power is yet to be seen. Since the bnet kiddie hacker tards were running rampent in the betas. I am going to guess they will have a large impact on people staying aboard. All the games blizz has released online have suffered severly from the fucktard problem. Since PvP is built largely into WoW (even on blue servers) it will be interesting to see how the griefing/corpse camping/fuck others over in any way possible because you are a retard, kinda things impact people after the "newness" wears off.


note: This isnt a bash on the game/blizz, i really enjoy their games and hope WoW does well. But after playing a large selection of MMOs and seeing people all hyped because they launch big then bomb after 6-9 months. One gets to be a little wary, even from someone like blizz. If blizz takes the usual "too godamn long till patch" routine and the pvp suffers from major grief problems. This game will suffer badly. CoH has already proven its worth for people to turn to. As well as EQ2 will be trying to show its not a giant steaming pile of shit as well. Time will tell how these go, but i have some concerns about WoW that have been a plauge for past blizz games.

So much anger ...

Anger leads to hate,
hate leads to suffering.

Seriously though, time will tell. At least it's lotsa fun right now.

^w^
Dive
I agree with SaitoH, so maybe the world will be eaten by Galactus sometime in the future, the fun is to be had right now. I cannot worry about future events.

Ellianna
mine mine mine! had to get it, the urge got me. if anyone decides to play and wants to say hi i'm on the Gilneas server east coast ;) Name Ellianna of course
Mute
QUOTE (Ellianna @ Nov 26 2004, 10:40 PM)
mine mine mine! had to get it, the urge got me. if anyone decides to play and wants to say hi i'm on the Gilneas server east coast ;) Name Ellianna of course

Gotta get on Stormrage.
:D
Ellianna
noooo *pouts* come over heeeere ;/ i have a friend over here hm >.> maybe i can get him to switch servers >:D
Ellianna
not going to be able to switch :/ cant transfer character, i'd have to start completely over
DarkEpyon
Hey, at least levelling isn't anywhere near as murderous as FFXI.
Azrael
I'm starting to feel somewhat interested in trying this out. Only problem is I'm still enjoying FFXI somewhat and It would have to be one or the other for me. cry2.gif
Ellianna
how busy is stormrage, i was looking for it on the server list and didnt see it anywhere. thought about starting a character over there.
Mute
QUOTE (Ellianna @ Nov 29 2004, 08:15 AM)
how busy is stormrage, i was looking for it on the server list and didnt see it anywhere. thought about starting a character over there.

Unforunately, we are located on what seems to be the most populated PvE server on the Eastern tab (and possibly anywhere). I've been stuck in queues a couple times waiting to get logged in and that is really no fun. I suppose we should've jumped on a server with a less "cool" name but oh well, what's done is done. Though, perhaps things will begin to get better as some players flock over to the new servers that were just put up.
Dive
I agree that Stormrage is pretty crowded, but aside from the queue, having a lot of people around is a good thing. Bryn and I have characters on Hellscream as well, due to Stormrage being down a few times last weekend, and it was pretty desolate. The beauty of this game however, is the fact that you can have characters on many servers, and it feels like a different game when you go from Humans in Azeroth to Tauren in Kalimdor. You need to break free of the FFXI mindset, where it was only viable to have one main character.

You may as well at least make a character on Stormrage. Try a different race/class, I bet you would find it interesting.
Sheik
both of my brothers are on the BoneChew server I believe...if anyone is interested.
They are on a P vs P server in the Pacific area.

The game looks cool, the graphics and game play are cool.
This is more simple than FFXI in general I take it.
I may not get into this game because of so many other things going on and school...also I am playing around with FFXI...I am sooo late, I got on the FFXI game after everyone else...just like PSO...hahahaha.

Anyway, this game really rocks!

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Ellianna
finally found the server hehe i made Ellianna on there as well but i've put a lot of work on my char on gilneas server but we'll see, thing i love is that i havent had to go out and kill to catch up to be able to do more quests and i'm at lvl 12, i've just been doing quest after quest.

what are your char names on stormrage so i can look for you guys.

also..gilneas is a low population server it's very nice
Zorya
I was thinking about playing WoW until school starts up again. My fears, however, are that it will play a lot like FFXI, and I'll constantly have to farm and interact with the morons that play.

Can anyone give me a mini-review or an explanation of how the game works? What race do I choose if I want to do a mage class? Do I HAVE to be in a party? Do I HAVE to depend on others if I want to progress far in the game? Do I HAVE to stay in one place for a range of levels? Can I play different jobs if one job bores me? How easy is it to get money for equipment? Are the quests WORTH doing? Do I lose exp when I die, and can someone come loot my corpse if I die?

These are all the questions I have now, but I'm sure I'll have more.
SaitoH
QUOTE (Dive @ Nov 29 2004, 06:21 PM)
I agree that Stormrage is pretty crowded, but aside from the queue, having a lot of people around is a good thing. Bryn and I have characters on Hellscream as well, due to Stormrage being down a few times last weekend, and it was pretty desolate. The beauty of this game however, is the fact that you can have characters on many servers, and it feels like a different game when you go from Humans in Azeroth to Tauren in Kalimdor. You need to break free of the FFXI mindset, where it was only viable to have one main character.

You may as well at least make a character on Stormrage. Try a different race/class, I bet you would find it interesting.

You playing Horde on Hellscream? I was thinking of making my horde toon on a completely different server so if one goes down I have a fallback.

I've noticed a bunch of people doing that. hehe
Azrael
I've read around that you can actually solo in the game(after last night, I would really prefer it) and that leveling isn't nearly as bad as FFXI.
Dive
QUOTE (SaitoH @ Nov 29 2004, 09:07 PM)
You playing Horde on Hellscream? I was thinking of making my horde toon on a completely different server so if one goes down I have a fallback.

I've noticed a bunch of people doing that. hehe

Indeed, we initially went to Hellscream because Stormrage was gone from the list a few times and we just wanted to try out a few races/classes. We ended up getting really attached to our Tauren and plan on playing them as well as our Humans on 'Rage.
Zorya
Maybe I should just wait for Middle Earth Online. :/
Bryn
QUOTE (Zorya @ Nov 29 2004, 08:55 PM)
Can anyone give me a mini-review or an explanation of how the game works?

I can offer my views so far from my somewhat limited experience of less than a week of playtime.

What race do I choose if I want to do a mage class?
I don’t think one particular race clearly exceeds as a mage, however certain mage classes are restricted to certain races.

Do I HAVE to be in a party? Do I HAVE to depend on others if I want to progress far in the game?

No. Never. From all reports, this game can be soloed through its entirety. There are “elite” quests that come into play, that may require parties, however they are not absolutely needed for character advancement.

Do I HAVE to stay in one place for a range of levels?
Someone of more experience and higher level would have to answer this one. ^^

Can I play different jobs if one job bores me?
Once you pick a job on your character, its set. In order to play a new job, you’ll need to create a new character. But, leveling really isn’t a chore and playing multiple characters to me, is much like having multiple characters in PSO.

How easy is it to get money for equipment?
So far easy. What you can’t quest for, you can make.

Are the quests WORTH doing?
Not only are quests worth doing i.e. money and USEFUL equips, they are fun to boot.

Do I lose exp when I die, and can someone come loot my corpse if I die?
When you die you have the option to either run back to your corpse and revive, suffering no xp or equipment degrade (your ghost will spawn in the nearest graveyard), or revive in the graveyard and pay the penalty of a 25% xp loss and equipment degrade. Your corpse is not lootable by other players.

So far this game is very fun. I can play for a couple hours and get something “accomplished”, or sink many hours in without getting bored.
SaitoH
Bryn answered everything, but I'll add my 2 cents. =P

It's very fun and it's approach is completely different than FFXI. The game is fast paced and you don't sit in one spot and kill a certain mob. You can solo the entire game, but if you want to do instances like deadmines (see pics in WoW screenshot thread) you need a group. Most elite rated quests (aka tough) can be soloed if they are green (difficulty rating Red,orange, yellow, green).

Can't promise you'll like it Z, but I've been having a great time so far.
Zorya
Thanks Bryn! I may go pick it up tonight. :]
Sheik
QUOTE (Bryn @ Nov 29 2004, 07:28 PM)
Do I lose exp when I die, and can someone come loot my corpse if I die?
When you die you have the option to either run back to your corpse and revive, suffering no xp or equipment degrade (your ghost will spawn in the nearest graveyard), or revive in the graveyard and pay the penalty of a 25% xp loss and equipment degrade. Your corpse is not lootable by other players.

I want to add to this.
I heard that you do not level down for having a death.
You may lose experiance, but you will never lose a level.
If you have not gained any experiance in your current level, and die, you will lose experiance you don't have...in other words, your experiance will go negitive!

So, you can lose experiance, but not a level. Once you level up, you are there forever.

--Sheik at-emote1.gif

Allow me to capture some FAQs that I found on the internet off Blizzard's web site forum below:
I decided to create a new topic about this so the link is provided below.
http://apocalypse-tribe.com/athq/index.php...=ST&f=20&t=1830
Azrael
This is making it harder for me. I love FFXI, but sometimes it can get a bit stressful and it would be nice to have somewhere else to go to get away(and even play solo) when I need to. My problem is at the present time, $30 a monthfor two games would be a drain on the bank account.
Mute
I've been res'd by the Soul Healer and only suffered the durability loss, no exp loss whatsoever. I counted what I had before the res and it was the same after. I was around level 15 at the time so perhaps the exp penalty doesn't kick in until later levels? Not to mention it is insanely easy to get your corpse back (at least so far). There is actually a radius where you can res yourself and you can see the mobs before you do it.
beigesmile.gif

As far as staying in one place for a range of levels, I suppose this could be yes and no. I've been in Loch Modan for the past 5-6 levels or so but all I have been doing is quests. I'm level 18 and there have been very few instances where I just mindlessly killed mobs. I know there are mob levels around the same range in Redridge Mountains so, yea, you can move to a different area if needed. beigebigrazz.gif

As far as money, I seem to be making enough to get decent equipment, learn all my spells as I level and increase my skill in blacksmithing (I also mine, so I don't buy raw materials off the AH). Close to break even, but once you hit around 15ish, money needed for those levels isn't too hard to get.

EDIT: Oh yea, picks don't break. No need to sink time into raising money just to afford stacks of picks to sink more time into mining with them.
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Azrael
Well, I can say I will be getting WoW. Thanks to the price including the fee, I'll have income taxes by the time the first fee is induced, sinceI'll be getting it for Christmas. That solves my problem of worrying about one or the other since I'll be playing both.
Riel
Cool Azrael....looking forward to seeing you on WoW..!!!!!!!!!
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