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Originally posted by Nitth The problem here is they have orchestrated it in such a way that this number will ever decline. "2million units sold" 90% of the population could leave and it still would be "2 million units sold" I personally think there is a hard ceiling to this game, Where everyone who wanted to play it, did.
That's the beauty of the system, it always looks good.
Really longterm it's down to the CS and how rapidly they can bring out Expansions and charge for them.
2million though is far below what the diehards claimed it would sell, that's the only thing really confirmed.
This looks like a job for....The Riviera Kid!
Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by roo67 Originally posted by tank017
WoW has 9 million people WILLING to pay the monthly fee..
Question is for how long ? Guild Wars 2 will have an effect on that number and it was already in decline before GW2 arrived . Imagine the numbers GW2 will get when its released in China (if it proves popular) .Thats going to cut into that 9 million like freddie does into dreaming teens .
This is with just one Buy to Play game . Theres inevitably going to be a long more in future now .
WoW will never hold onto 9 million players now . I know as a WoW fan this must be worrying for you .
MoP has had a mixed reaction due to its content to say the least so you cant rely on the that to boost its flagging subs by much and certainly not for a sustained period .
WoW has had to compete with many other games in china, gw2 is just another medium sized fish in the pond. China has so many people, and so many different games that never make it to the west... Blizzard is used to the competition there, and anet would probably be more worried about how it will fare vs the other games over there, instead of trying to take a chunk out of wow.
I personally believe that gw2 in its current state will not do well in china... it may sell a lot of boxes due to hype and curiosity, but the game is way too easy with a severe lack of content, that chinese gamers will consume within days.
Just to point out that much of GW2 content is far harder than WoWs so if GW2 is too easy why does that explain how WoW does well in China .
WoW has the easiest pve content in any mmo I've ever played and I've played most .
I have to ask have you actually played much of Guild Wars 2 content ? because I have my doubts from that statement .
Originally posted by IceAge Originally posted by Loktofeit Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by QuicklyScott
WoW has been growing since the release to around 2010/2011 if I am correct which then had 12 mil subs! Let's just say that 20 mil has tried WoW since 2004 till today, it's a bit much , but just let's assume! From the total of 20 mil, 10 mil are the ones who bought boxes, since the rest are from Asia and most of them play from internet caffe's where they don't need to buy a boxe in order to play, they just need to pay by hour.
From the total of 10 mils of box buyers, in no way, they could ALL buy all 4 expansion.
Let's see :
Burning Crusade = 2.4 in the first 24h. 1st month 3.5 mils copies ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_Warcraft:_The_Burning_Crusade )
Wrath of the Lich King = 2.8 mil in the first 24h ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_Warcraft:_Wrath_of_the_Lich_King
Cataclysm = 3.3 mil in the first 24 hours ( see above link for the source )
That makes 9.6 mils of box sales. No, it does not mean that if they sold 2.8 mil in the first 24 hours, it doubled in the first month ( see Burning Crusade )
Ok, let's say they sold 4 mil copies on each expansion, since WoW sold after the first month too! Fuck, let's put 5 mils each expansion. That means we have 15 mil boxes sold. Let's do a simple math now! 15 mil : 3 expansion, that's 5 mil players ( which is normal and kinda true from the blizzard reports ) and then let's add the 5 mil to the 15 mil , since peoples owned and payed for the box since the release of it! That would be 20 mils of boxes sold in EU/NA!
Heck, let's put 25 mils boxes, but that's it! No 40-60 or 80 mils boxes sold!
You really love making up random numbers, don't you?
Originally posted by roo67 Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by roo67 Originally posted by tank017
Just to point out that much of GW2 content is far harder than WoWs so if GW2 is too easy why does that explains WoW does well in China .
I highly doubt you were a top progression wow-raider if you believe this to be the case... I was one of the first 80s on my server (crystal desert, a very high pop server) I went through the dungeons on explorable mode... if you think that type of content is hard... i dunno what to tell you, because it can be done in your sleep if you were a hardcore progression wow raider circa vanilla-tbc. Let alone eq raider.
Originally posted by roo67
Harder, how? everything is marked on the map, everything is explained to you and you are guided through the game. What is so hard? even games like TSW and GW1 give more skill variety in builds. So you can not even claim that skill system is too complex in GW2.
Look man i love GW2 but you gotto stop making comments like these. Anet plans to release GW2 in China soon so whatever you are saying makes zero sense.
Originally posted by rlhegira Originally posted by IceAge Originally posted by Loktofeit Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by QuicklyScott
If you are going to quote me, please do so and state what did you found .. "wrong" , "random numbers", in my post! If I would have to go with close numbers , I would have been lowered the total amount of boxes sold! So please, let's .. talk a bit about what could I have been saying , wrong!
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Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by Bladestrom How do we know the population in gw2 is dropping? I don't think that is the case is it?
A lot of people are blasting the game... to the same degree that games like swtor or d3 were blasted... that is never a good sign for retention.
None of the thousands on my sever seem effected by the "blasting". Everything is fun as h-e-double-toothpicks If I remember correctly, which I do, a small game called WoW had a few problems on launch for several weeks.
Anyway, good job ArenaNet! You may be pulling NCSoft about an inch out of the outhouse.
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Originally posted by Nikkita Originally posted by Bladestrom How do we know the population in gw2 is dropping? I don't think that is the case is it?
From overall population from servers maybe ? it is too soon to tell.
I have noticed the servers seem to be transitioning from Full, to High to Medium, but, we don't know how ANet's Tweaking of servers and adding in servers to the clusters for increased load balancing is affecting those. But I will say, I'm seeing fewer people online concurrently in the populated areas than I saw in previous weeks. Which can also be explained by populations spreading out now. It's also normal. Every MMO since WoW experienced a downward turn in populations in the early weeks/months.
Originally posted by Omnifish Originally posted by Nitth The problem here is they have orchestrated it in such a way that this number will ever decline. "2million units sold" 90% of the population could leave and it still would be "2 million units sold" I personally think there is a hard ceiling to this game, Where everyone who wanted to play it, did.
I can not remember winning or losing a single debate on the internet.
Originally posted by GeezerGamer Originally posted by Nikkita Originally posted by Bladestrom How do we know the population in gw2 is dropping? I don't think that is the case is it?
Also a lot of the people were playing 10+ hours a day in the first week. Which is crazy from a casuals perspective.
All you can do is establish the primetime for your region and look at where server populations fall at during that time... to get an idea of how things are going, obviously that isn't concrete because we don't know what high or full or medium entail in exact numbers.
Originally posted by IceAge Originally posted by rlhegira Originally posted by IceAge Originally posted by Loktofeit Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by QuicklyScott
Just saying your base number of 20 million does not account for retention of WOW subs, becuase we have no stats to show what WOW's rentention rate is. Also using figures from the first 24 expansion sales does not count any expansion sales since those first 24 hours. So your numbers are quite random, weither they are close or not is something only blizzard marketing and CEOs know. All I stated is that your numbers are random as they are not weither they are close to solid or not.
Originally posted by Lethality Originally posted by Adiaris Originally posted by Lethality Originally posted by Adiaris Originally posted by Lethality Originally posted by Nikkita Originally posted by Lethality Hehe, no. This game isn't mainstream enough... it has a limited appeal, and there are signs that the foundation has cracks in it (endgame, broken designs, balance.)
According to Anet they want to beat WOW in sales and be number one. I think they know for that they have to go for mass appeal hence mainstream.
But the design *isn't* mainstream. It tries to be, but falls short in the general appeal.
According to who?
Most friends and guild members.
Then we strike off even cause mine feel the opposite. In fact, I have 3 friends who have never got into MMOs that bought it and love it.
It's because it doesn't work like an MMO... no mechanics at all for grouping vs not grouping, dimished importance of character progression, etc. It's closer to a "social" game with the "Do XX/XX Vistas" than an MMO. And the depth is about on par with Diablo III.
You mean it doesnt work like obsolete MMO desgin a'la wow and clones. Thanks god becouse it was the wrost thing that happened to mmorpgs.
Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by roo67 Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by roo67 Originally posted by tank017
This makes me laugh because your talking about a tiny part of the game . You still have to wade through 85 levels of pve content you cant possibly fail at . Then and only then do you have a handfull of raids and dungeons to give you any kind of challenge .
OK maybe I should say Wow is 98 percent easy and 2 percent challenging . Over all Guld Wars 2 is far more difficult .
Makes me laugh when WoW PVE players make this arguement as it holds less water than a bucket with a whole in it .
Originally posted by silverreign since the game isnt sub based, the box sales vs actual people playing are deceiving. i bought the game but i am not playing anymore. yet my box sale is being considered as a playing member. 2 million box sales doesnt exactly mean 2 million people playing
Well 9.1 million subscriptions doesn't mean 9.1 million players either. Not even close.
Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by Cursedsei Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by Bladestrom How do we know the population in gw2 is dropping? I don't think that is the case is it?
It's always cute when you try to play off like you actually know what you are talking about.
World of Warcraft gets blasted all the time by lots of people too! Can't be a good sign for retention, huh?
Also, me thinks you might be looking for "bashing", not blasting. Blast can be used as a positive description, so "blasting" a game could mean lots of people are saying it's a blast! Bash, not so much. You get a D for effort with your trolling though, sad to see such bad trolls around, I miss the good ones.
Well you may think i am looking for bashing, but I said what I meant, and I meant blasting. When you blast something it has a negative connotation, unless you are referring to sound in which case it usually depends on context.
Also the rest of your post is incorrect... there is a difference in the way WoW gets blasted, and the way new games get blasted when they are hemmorhaging players. Some people notice these differences, I guess you aren't one of them.
But calling someone a troll just because they understand things in a way you don't seem to, makes you a certain type of person yourself. And trying to correct my word usage, when it didn't need to be corrected, makes you look sorta silly.
Actually you are wrong. Blast can be used for, and hold onto your seat bucko, both negative AND positive connotation.
And really now? Do tell please. Last I checked hating on a game is hating on a game plain and simple, but obviously someone of a muuuuch higher intelligence should be able to explain the differences. I mean you were the one who posted about this first, so it falls on you to explain it!
And hey, I call them as I see them. My 100% legitimate insider in the game industry told me so! I'm sure you know about those, seeing as you've claimed before you knew a few.
Originally posted by IceAge Originally posted by Loktofeit Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by QuicklyScott It is estimated WoW sold between 60-80 million boxes.
WoW is estimated at around half of that. To achieve those numbers they would have had to sell 15-20million boxes of the original, and then every expansion after that would have had to sell the exact same amount.
If the game, in its 8 or so years of existence, had perfect retention and absolutely no acquisition after the first year then you'd be right. It would also be the most extreme anomaly ever to happen in the sale of any service ever offered in the entire history of mankind... and, yes, that includes prostitution.
That was a rather unintelligible ramble of made up numbers and arbitrary calculation to prove your point. The fact that you were snarky about it made it quite amusing.
Can you share the formula you used for churn to get that 20 million? You did figure in churn, right?
I ask because i don't see it anywhere in your numbers - numbers you so smugly present to support your position.
See, my post to him was solely about the missing part of his math. If you took a moment from jumping on people to try to prove them wrong, you'd see that.
EDIT: Reading the past two pages and seeing that you're arguing with other people on point they never contested was amusing, too. Thanks for the entertianment!
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Originally posted by rlhegira Originally posted by IceAge Originally posted by rlhegira Originally posted by IceAge Originally posted by Loktofeit Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by QuicklyScott
True! 20 millions it's random! Could be more, could be less! Fine! I give you credit for that! But I did not used figures from the first 24h only , if you readed my post entirly! I used the 1 month of BC, 24h for WOLK and Cata , which resulted in 9.6 mils, but if you would read more, you would see that I puted 4 mil each expansion at first , then I even add 5 mils for each expansion. Which "normally" would have been a *FAIR* amount of box sold, but as you said , we will never find the true if Blizzard does not release such results!
What I found funny about your first comment, it's that you found my numbers to be random, but the 40-60-80 mils boxes numbers, which have been stated by the 2-3 guys, were *OK*.
Hence, my numbers are random too , but I somehow , gave some sources from where i've build does numbers, bisde .. others!
Originally posted by Beelzebobbie Originally posted by silverreign since the game isnt sub based, the box sales vs actual people playing are deceiving. i bought the game but i am not playing anymore. yet my box sale is being considered as a playing member. 2 million box sales doesnt exactly mean 2 million people playing
meant to quote this
Originally posted by IceAge Originally posted by rlhegira Originally posted by IceAge Originally posted by rlhegira Originally posted by IceAge Originally posted by Loktofeit Originally posted by caetftl Originally posted by QuicklyScott