For the last few years people have been complaining that WoW is a dumbed-down version of an MMO. “It’s the Easy Button.” they would say. And they were, for the most part, right about that. As the game evolved, it tended to get even a little easier. They kicked up the experience curve to shorten the time it takes to get you to max level. Mods made the game even simpler.
Yesterday, something interesting happened. Blizzard made the game a little HARDER. They did so while making the game a little less annoying. Here’s how they did that;
As you probably know if you read MMO blogs, today is a BIG patch day for WoW. Mounts that can swim, dual talent specs, and the long-dreaded DK nerf all seem to be in. I say “seem to be” because it’s, um, down.
Blizzard originally scheduled 8 hours (3 am – 11 am Pacific) for “server maintenance” and to install and get the patch up and running.
At 1 pm, they posted that it would be another hour.
At 2 pm, they posted that it would be another hour.
At 3 pm, (when the east coast is getting home from work/school) they posted that it would be another hour.
At 4 pm, they posted that they didn’t know how long it was going to be, and started to bring servers on line.
At 4:15 pm, all those servers started coming off line. Character lists were not coming up and new character creation was causing the error “Error Creating Character.”
These are usually the signs that things have gotten away from Blizzard. Honestly, I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often. This is a pretty complex and (needless to say) large server farm. It does a ton of I/O every day, and it has to work flawlessly with a (widely) distributed client.
I’m hoping that this is temporary, because I really want to play tonight and figure out what my new free talent respec is going to be.
I’ve been tagged with a meme. I’ve avoided participating in meme-taggin exercises up until now because I didn’t want to go down that road. Wilhelm2451 over at The Ancient Gaming Noob has challenged me to wrest me from by blog-slumber on this one though. So here it is. Some honest scrap for you all.
Let’s start with the premise of the meme.