17 January, 2006

Blizzard has no foresight

I'm on the Medivh server.

This server is the one that's currently in the lead of opening the Ahn'qiraj gates.

Imagine playing on a great server.
It's fun to play.
Then imagine queue times.
Think 2-3 minutes.
Then 15 minutes.
Then 30 minutes.
Then one full hour.
Is it fun to play then? No.

One hour of a complete waste of time.

Then imagine that you want to participate in the event that will take place in Silithus.
It's something you've been waiting for two weeks to do.
Then imagine people creating level 1 alts and parking them in Silithus.
Think one, two and three at first.
Then four, five and six.
Then ten, twenty, thirty.
Then an entire guild that has 250 members called "AQ Opens".
Is it fun to play then? No.

One laggy event and one crashing server.

I don't mind at all events like this. This is great. This is what people have been begging Blizzard to do. This is why it said on the box "Epic World Events" (which doesn't include the stupid Elemental Invasions). But really, when they designed this and created a list of which servers were in the lead they should've really considered a situation like this happening. This is just lunacy.

And it's not that which is what makes me mad as well. It's the slow response. Signs of this has been bubbling all over for several days now. Server queues have been steadily growing larger and larger. Petitions have been sent to Game Masters over and over... And it seems to me that it's not until TODAY that they realized that they have to do something.

And ironically, nothing has been done as far as I can see.


Anonymous bmmp said...

I'm missing something.
Why are there lvl 1 alts parked in Silithus?
I don't see how they would benefit from 2 20 man and 40 man raid dungeons opening up.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Guilty said...

They want to see the gates open up.

Machin Shin - Zul'Jin

4:04 PM  
Blogger L'Emmerdeur said...

They aren't there to play the game, they want to see the scripted world event.

I have come to the conclusion that Blizzard has nobody assigned to fill the role of "how will our customers react to this". Such a person - or group of people - would have to be gamers who would think up exactly these sorts of contingencies.

Or maybe, with countless millions paying their monthly fee, they just don't give a shit anymore.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blizzard's stress tests suck. I was in Silithus on Shadowsong when one of the guilds started one of the scripted events there. It lasted a few moments then that part of the world goes down. I felt sorry for the poor guild that did it. They were trying to be nice and make a world event open for all and they get yelled at by people for taking the server down. Does it really take much imagination to figure out that "hey, exciting world event, maybe people would want to see it". It's not rocket science.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous snow said...

I don't know what kind of hardware blizzard is using, but it must be extremely powerful to handle what a wow server handles(lua is fast, but not C fast). They said they are in the process of upgrading it. My guess is that they are upgrading them in order of population; correct me if I'm wrong but I thought your server was in the middle. I can blame blizzard for a lot of things(paladin design) but trying to massively upgrade their hardware without screwing anything up or producing any more downtime than there is already is not a headache I would want.

That being said I too wish they would get things done faster. But then again this company is known for moving slowly(one of the reasons the games are so good).

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand how diffuclt it is to do that kind of hardware upgrades. At the same time the Devs should have asked the hardware guys "Hey can the servers handle X?". I'm not saying Blizzard is wrong for having bad hardware but the poor internal commucation that seems to plauge them.

On a differant note, has anyone played with Arcane Missiles and JoW? You may find the results intresting.

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't you mean foresight?

2:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard they teleported all the level 1-5's back to the starting areas with the promise of doing the same to anyone under level 30 if things get too crowded, is that true?

4:18 AM  
Blogger Mastgrr said...

Ops, I meant foresight :)

Yes, they sent out GM messages telling that everyone under level 30 would be teleported out of Silithus. They might've done that for Horde, but for Alliance I saw quite a couple of low level toons still there.

5:29 AM  

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