gunsmithx Posted October 21, 2009 Share Posted October 21, 2009 Ok this isn't about the gameplay or patch notes or how cool shamans are. This is about the fact that wow is an insane phenmonen. I was looking at the npd sales charts for pc games this month and wow has 3 of the top 20 spots 5 YEARS AFTER IT'S RELEASE! The game has around 13 million players right now and thats a number that has never once dipped down in the entire time it's been out. There's nothing like this at all in the history of gaming that I can think of(maybe some causal games?) the only thing I can think of is maybe tetris but even that didn't show up in sales charts for 5 years. Hell one of the meme's to come out of it made it to jeperody. I suppose I'm asking is what to make of this, even the most opimistic person at blizzard can't say they saw anything even remotely like this happening. It also brings the question is wow just some outlier, that when you look at the mmo market you basicly have to remove wow because it's just so far removed from everything else both in terms of total sales and in terms of sheer staying power(eve might also have kept some steady growth but I'll have to look it up, some of the numbers are hard to find). EQ was a power house with what? maybe 500k at the top, eq2 never got that high(L2 in korea did reach 1 million there abouts), every single game that was supposed to be the wow killer have seen a good spike and then a down turn in the months following(all for various reasons many of which come down to testing time and polish) Aion might break this, in this market anyway, because it's had time to be polished in other markets and the next wow expansion isn't till mid next year. You can also see the eb and flow to other mmo's based on it's expansions and patch releases(war lanuched right before lick king and saw a spike and then a dip as people returned to wow.) What do you all think? Can this keep up? are we fools for saying it can't, will blizzard ever be able to get this good again or was it simply the right thing at the right time(or as Christopher Walken says, "You never know what sticks"). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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