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Varchild goes to Gamespot to buy World of Warcraft

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September 11, 2009 – Comments (15) | RELATED TICKERS: ATVI , TTWO , EA

So for any that believe there AREN'T any new people willing to create a brand new account and sign up to (ATVI)'s World of Warcraft game... That's changes this month as I am about to purchase World of Warcraft + both expansion packs + 6 month subscription fee.

Heck... Why not? The only thing holding me back this year was that I was still involved with another MMORPG video game.... But that one has grown stale.. So now I have a gigantic MMORPG with multiple expansion packs... plus another one coming around the corner...

And ultimately...  By purchasing the video game on a 6 month increment... I am only charging myself about $3 a month more than I paid for the previous MMORPG I had.

The previous MMORPG was Phantasy Star Universe.  That game no longer interests me.

Of course... Just cause I am about to spend $178 on a video game doesn't mean that ATVI's Q3 earnings report is going to be totally based  on my big purchase....

Nor will it be based on the $150 pre-order I did last month when ATVI reported their Q2 earnings of their video game "Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2  Prestige Edition."

Totally meaningless that Varchild is looking forward to ALSO purchasing Marvel Ultimate Alliance II when that releases next week.

So please disregard my purchasing of ATVI's products cause that's not going to make a single dent to ATVI's earnings reports....

But... It sure as heck will be loads of FUN for me for the next 6 months and beyond in the World of Warcraft:-)

P.S.  At some point I want to purchase John Madden Football 2010.  I don't own a football game and this one they released is a noticeable upgrade and certainly deserved better ratings from critics than it got.  Plus Matt Stafford (hopefully) will be a playable game character!  Go LIONS!

15 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 11, 2009 at 2:45 PM, InflationSilver (99.95) wrote:

Varchild, I didn't know how much I liked you until now.  I am also a huge Lions fan.  Good luck with the WoW, it made about two years of my college life extremely enjoyable.

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#2) On September 11, 2009 at 3:43 PM, skeptic86 (92.90) wrote:

i should get back into WoW. its a cheaper hobby that drinking.

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#3) On September 11, 2009 at 3:51 PM, whereaminow (20.41) wrote:

Varchild,

Fellow ATVI holder here.  Thanks for the read.  

And I would love to see the Lions go 4-12 this year, with 2 wins over the Pack and ViQueens.  (Hey, that's a 4 win improvement! I'm rooting for ya!)

David in Qatar

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#4) On September 11, 2009 at 3:54 PM, dividendhound (< 20) wrote:

I need Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith to have a good year.  And yes, ATVI rules.

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#5) On September 11, 2009 at 4:02 PM, MistyB78 (< 20) wrote:

NO WAIT PLEASE! let me sign you up with recruit a friend! I want my free mount!!! please! lol :)

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#6) On September 11, 2009 at 4:03 PM, MistyB78 (< 20) wrote:

If you do I will power level you with my big bad 80 :D

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#7) On September 11, 2009 at 5:45 PM, Varchild2008 (83.82) wrote:

Good grief though... I am still downloading installing WOW client updates here :-) 

Haven't even installed the expansion sets yet..  But I have my account set up.

This game looks immense...especially considering the 3rd expansion set to release next year.

That's what I like though.. We get Starcraft II  +  Cataclysm releasing in the same year 2010.   That is going to be earnings explosion for ATVI especially if the Jobs Market turns around.

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#8) On September 11, 2009 at 5:46 PM, Varchild2008 (83.82) wrote:

Oh.... And I did notice that when I bought the expansion packs, they were the last copy of each in the Gamespot store...

Geeze..  I guess Gamespot's going to have to order more :-)

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#9) On September 12, 2009 at 5:05 AM, DarkToast (43.69) wrote:

WOW is getting pretty stale at this point. It is and has been a fantastic game and played an important role in making MMO's mainstream, but I think that the days of tremendous growth of the player base are in the past.

Diablo III and StarCraft II are going to be the big drivers of profitability for ATVI in the near term. Blizzard's next generation MMO might be one for the medium term.

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#10) On September 12, 2009 at 7:45 AM, JibJabs (89.45) wrote:

"Good luck with the WoW, it made about two years of my college life extremely enjoyable."

I know where you are coming from, because Starcraft and Diablo II were that for me in high school (I just graduated college). But, still, I remember it as a fantastic bit of fun and a spectacular waste of time- about the same way I recall all the binge drinking and pot smoking I did in college, except with those activities I actually talked to people. So I guess what I'm saying that great video games are a lot like the mainstream recreational drugs in collegiate America, except with a lower volatility on returns. With pot and booze, the high is fantastic and even rewarding when used in moderation, with the inevitable 10-20 percent of participants that never leave their potentially fatal crutches. More upside, more downside. WoW and its predecessors can be every bit as addictive to a much smaller slice of the population and in aggregate are less addictive, but less enjoyable. (Dont agree? Ponder this: would you rather have sex online or with a joint?) Fascinating parallels between drugs and video games- I've always thought so once I had the experiences required to compare the two.

I just talked myself into buying ATVI when I get the cash. 

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#11) On September 12, 2009 at 7:47 AM, JibJabs (89.45) wrote:

*clutches, not crutches

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#12) On September 14, 2009 at 4:27 PM, Varchild2008 (83.82) wrote:

"WOW is getting pretty stale at this point. It is and has been a fantastic game and played an important role in making MMO's mainstream, but I think that the days of tremendous growth of the player base are in the past."

That may be true.. But, so what.. I am already being sent into "WAITING QUEs" just to get into the "new players" realm.
That has happened at least 2 or 3 times now.

That tells me that there are more new players than that single realm can handle..... Although, certainly, a lot of really high level people enter that realm to pick on the newbies...

But still... You can't really say that the user base is "leaving the game" when realms are generally packed..  Most of the realms are listed as "MEDIUM"  some low, some high......some inaccessibly high.

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#13) On September 14, 2009 at 4:28 PM, Varchild2008 (83.82) wrote:

Oh and while WOW may be stale in North America.... That won't be the case as this game opens up in other emerging markets.

There are still plenty of areas where this game has not been introduced...

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#14) On September 14, 2009 at 4:40 PM, ozzfan1317 (79.27) wrote:

Good luck Lions this year as a Bears fan hope they do me favor and sweep the pack and Bi Queens..lol

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#15) On September 14, 2009 at 5:05 PM, Melaschasm (55.96) wrote:

Even if WoW is stale, if they can hold onto 10 million active accounts, that is $150 million dollars a month in stable revenue.  Not bad for an old, stale, game, and better than most new releases.

Add in a huge blockbuster success with Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3, and you have some amazing upside potential.  It is just a shame we could not buy blizzard only, and avoid activision.

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