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World of Warcraft: "8 Million Served"
Posted: Tuesday January 16th, 2007 by

Blizzard announced recently that over 8 million people across the globe subscribe to World of Warcraft: 3.5 million in China, 2 million in North America, 1.5 million in Europe. World of Warcraft's first expansion, the Burning Crusade, was released today (1/16), and is rated T for Teen. The Burning Crusade currently retails for $39.99. The original game is $19.99 and is required to play the expansion.
Source: Gamespot [ more info ]
This comic was originally slated for Friday of last week, but with the expansion hitting on the 16th, I figured I'd hold it since it was likely to be more relevant as people crush the servers to play the expansion.

Unfortunately a Photoshop error cost me the 4+ hours of work I'd spent coloring the relatively complex image. I'll begin the coloring job again as soon as I regain my composure. I'm still pretty angry. If you'd like to give coloring today's comic a go: Feel Free.

As far as the numbers go, I suspect they are a touch misleading. Ridiculously impressive to be sure, even if you didn't count the dual and triple accounts for some players, and the bucket full of accounts for each farmer out there.

The concept for the comic is based almost entirely on a previous GU strip where similar overcrowding occurred. Of course with over 8 million WoW users... the two instances don't exactly compare.

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