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Zarithar Savageclaw
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 10:25 am    Post subject: Penny Arcade Reply with quote

We aren't the only ones upset with all the downtime, server issues, etc...


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In other news, we hereby revoke 2004 Game of the Year status for Blizzard's "World of Warcraft," effective immediately.

If you are familiar at all with the newspost, you know that it has been a spigot of almost unmitigated goodwill towards the title. We've been playing it for months in another form, and even chose to write thirteen comics for the guide. Understand that we don't need to take or even entertain projects if they are not utterly delicious, your readership of the site itself guarantees that. We took it because we loved the game and had faith that any hitches in the experience would be ground down before release. This has not been borne out.

I would not disagree with you if you said that the game was good - indeed, as delivered, I still maintain that in the Massive genre it provides the greatest reward for the least nuisance. It also succeeds in many ways corollary to that, but I've said plenty of things along those lines, and the puff piece phase is over - particularly with the European launch en route. Now is actually a good time to appraise their technology. It is, in a word, wanting.

I'm putting aside issues like class balance or Gamemaster abuse, because honestly those things are only a problem when the !&$%ing server is up. They will no doubt be very interesting topics eventually, but it's actually four and five times a week at this point that I can't even log in to the game. It's not like I'm sitting here trying to connect at odd hours so I can catch them in something, either - this is in prime time, or on a weekend. The mail system works when it is good and ready. The servers themselves appear to have other things on their mind.

Every week, there is some new calamity that necessitates some huge response on their part, servers are coming down, but if you think that the servers coming back up again will represent an improvement in the basic functionality of the game you're mistaken. They took them down most of the day Thursday (and again for "emergency service" on Sunday), and when they came back up it should have been something supernatural but it was actually utterly imperceptible. It should have been like when the Genesis device hit and a lifeless rock became a !&$%ing paradise. That didn't happen. So, if I say, as I'm about to, that their emergency service amounts to parlor tricks, what evidence can they give to the contrary? Because near as I can tell they've been doing "emergency service" since release, only they used to credit people's accounts for it.

If this happened in Galaxies, or Dark Age, or AO, of course it'd be everybody everywhere piling on. But it's Blizzard, and since they made a few good games years ago now they can do whatever the !&$% they want to. Great policy, and it totally serves consumers. Good job. Where's Lum The Mad when you need him.

When a young person comes into a noticeable sum of money, it is often the case that strictures are placed on its expenditure. The thinking is that such a person will plow their inheritance in things that are critical to them at the time but do not represent a wise long-term investment, such as Sweet Tarts. A trust fund protects this amount and purifies its purpose. So it can be said for the coveted Game of the Year award - it was given too early, and they have squandered it. It is now withheld. It will be released only when they prove themselves worthy stewards of it.

(CW)TB out.
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Zooruel
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The crazy thing is that I really like the game... when it's working. I'm thinking of actually canceling my account in protest. I gave SoE 2 years of goodwill after they nerfed me the first time, and they never made amends.

I've been burned once, and I'm not about to do it again. At most I'll give Blizzard one more month of this. If it's not fixed by the end of February, then I'm not paying them anymore money.
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anomalee
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like it too, have more fun than I ever did regular grouping in EQ. Unfortunately, I prepaid six months and cancelling is not an option yet. I will never prepay again. Now that there are queues on DH, I am even more frustrated.
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Zooruel
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anomalee wrote:
I prepaid six months and cancelling is not an option yet. I will never prepay again. Now that there are queues on DH, I am even more frustrated.


I always do month to month now. The extra couple of dollars spent is worth the ability to cancel at will.

I haven't run into a queue yet on DH... Not that it'd really matter. Queue vs. timing out. Same result...

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Kishan
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what are these ques you're speaking of?
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Dennen
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really do love the new problem... "THE SERVER IS FULL! WAIT IN LINE!"... That Blizzard, they're such kidders.

P.S. I feel like i'm waiting for a download at Fileplanet.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Queues are brand-new on Doomhammer today!
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Tairy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might have been Hellscream, but I know I got em right after release too.
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Dennen
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This just in from Blizzard *not a joke*

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Hot New Job! - Network Operations Manager
Are you experienced in managing IT personnel and projects? Is keeping gamers happily playing games a top priority for you? If so, then please see the Network Operations Manager posting for more information on how you can join Blizzard and help us support our players.
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anomalee
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone apply-Quick!
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Dennen
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That position was not open when WoW was released...

Can we say - "You've been terminated"?
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Cellen
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dennen wrote:
This just in from Blizzard *not a joke*

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Hot New Job! - Network Operations Manager
Are you experienced in managing IT personnel and projects? Is keeping gamers happily playing games a top priority for you? If so, then please see the Network Operations Manager posting for more information on how you can join Blizzard and help us support our players.


hmm...
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anomalee
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cellen wrote:
Dennen wrote:
This just in from Blizzard *not a joke*

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Hot New Job! - Network Operations Manager
Are you experienced in managing IT personnel and projects? Is keeping gamers happily playing games a top priority for you? If so, then please see the Network Operations Manager posting for more information on how you can join Blizzard and help us support our players.


hmm...


I don't wanna move to California. Someone there drinks 12 pepsis and poops himself!
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Thorzek
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anomalee wrote:
I don't wanna move to California. Someone there drinks 12 pepsis and poops himself!


Sounds like a job for a Hot New Network Operations Manager !
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Thorzek
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

443 in queue, estimating time. This ain't gonna be pretty....
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