Talk:World of Warcraft

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Former good article World of Warcraft was one of the Sports and recreation good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Private servers[edit]

Very odd that the article becomes locked and no mention of Nostalrius [1] or any mention of private servers at all. With the numerous articles, why is not not even mentioned? Multiple sources are available for citations - one is included here.— Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.27.158.26 (talk) 23:37, 18 April 2016‎ (UTC)

The article has been locked since 2010 due to repeated vandalism. It has nothing to do with the Nostalrius topic. There is a request for an article for Nostalrius at the WP:VG request board but no one has worked on it yet. -- ferret (talk) 00:02, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

Highest Grossing Game[edit]

I checked the source for the claim in the opening section that says World of Warcraft is the highest grossing game of all time. The slide show does not load for me, and their listed source for the information, Digital Battle appears to be a broken link. In fact, the site digitalbattle.com does not appear to exist at all.

What also concerns me is an article from last year from the same website says it is in fact only the fourth highest grossing game of all time having earned $8.5 billion. This number contradicts the $10 billion number from the original source. On this second article they give two sources for this claim, and both those sources appear to get their revenue figures from the same sources. It is interesting to note that on these lists, World of Warcraft is number one without adjusting for inflation, but it is number 4 when inflation adjusted.

Is the original source link broken for other folks, and should we edit the article to make a note that the highest grossing claim does not hold when adjusted for inflation? 137.132.200.133 (talk) 13:55, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

I'd say the information is out of date. Both BusinessInsider articles cite a source I would consider unreliable. The first one is iffy, but the second one outright sources Wikia which is complete unreliable. We need a better source. List of best-selling video games might shed some light on available sourcing. -- ferret (talk) 14:11, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

This would need to be covered in the body, with better source. I am going to drop it from the lead, once, as a wp:bold update.Shajure (talk) 17:02, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

Subscription numbers in the lead[edit]

As the world moves away from Pay to Play models, the subscription numbers will shrink toward 0. Further, these will no longer be reported by Blizzard, so the 5.5million number is the last there will be unless that policy changes. I would like to encourage an enterprising editor to propose text for the lead and the body to address this change... the rise to 12 million, droppoff since. Just for example (not for article content, just discussion), I still play 2 accounts, but I don't subscribe. I paid for the previous WoW expansion with "funny money" from the D3 auction house. I can't even imagine how they accounted for that in terms of "subscriptions" or "units sold".Shajure (talk) 17:12, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

I would propose S1 of the last para of the lead be changed to drop the stale subs number, and trim it to "World of Warcraft holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG by subscribers". I am dubious of this remaining in the lead, however, as again, the numbers will become more and more incorrect... I would expect Guinness to drop that record over time, as it becomes meaningless.Shajure (talk) 17:18, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

I would trim the lead to simply say "With a peak subscriber count of 12 million." or something along those lines, and let the body handle any other details. -- ferret (talk) 17:25, 3 May 2016 (UTC)
I added the peak of 12 million to the lead section. --Frmorrison (talk) 18:16, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

Release Date[edit]

The first line of the article says the game was released in 2004, but the info box says 2005. Somebody please hunt down the truth and fix this immediately, it is causing me a lot of stress and I don't deal well with stress. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.43.10.74 (talk) 14:08, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

Its already correct. Infobox notes two release dates, first in 2004 for NA/AUS and then in 2005 for EU. -- ferret (talk) 14:10, 28 June 2016 (UTC)