World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Launch Mania Strikes

Matt Peckham writes:

"Grab your chair pads and Big Gulps and get ready to hide from your spouses or drag them with you, the second expansion pack to World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King, finally comes out tomorrow. For many of you, that means exhilarating weeks and sleepless nights, missed classes and late homework, "sick" days from work, stacks of pizza boxes, soda-can mountains, and telling your spouse you'll be down to dinner in "just a few more minutes!" while remaining inert in your desk chair until supper's just a collection of refrigerated tupperware containers.

In case you hadn't heard, World of Warcraft is the biggest massively online multiplayer game in the world. Its monthly subscriber base numbers more than 11 million, each one paying around $15 a month to pilot virtual elves and dwarves and other high fantasy types around a gigantic interlocking collection of stylish countries and continents, battling the forces of good, evil, or simply each other."

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