Where the Past, Present and Future Meet


What is wrong with Gamers

This week saw the launch of Diablo III. As with any launch, there were a few hiccups. May people had issues downloading or installing the digital version. Many more people were getting errors trying to sign in to the game. Blizzard has already had to take down the severs a few times, only 2 days into the game. They are post information on the bugs found and possible solutions on the website and linking to social media.

I signed up for the Annual Pass and got my game for free. I was in the Beta for several months. I downloaded the installer weeks ago and was able to actually install the game the day before it went live. As I live in the Atlantic Time Zone, it went live as 4AM. I decided to wait and play in the morning instead of staying up all night. When I got up, I logged into the game and proceeded through Chapter One. The only issue I had was when they took down the servers.

It seems like I was the exception to the rule as everyone is online, screaming and yelling, posting video about how bad Blizzard is and that the game is ruined. There are pages and pages of complaints in the forums and on websites. Twitter seems to be nothing but complaints about people who cant play the game.

Recently Blizzard released their earning and there are a few items that bear on this issue. They stated that Diablo had set a new record for pre-orders. With many people, such as myself, signing up for the Annual Pass, either for the mount or guaranteed Mists Beta access, there were approximately a million people with free copies of the game, going from the Beta invite numbers. I don’t know the actual numbers but I and guess that there were anywhere from 1-2 million people trying to access the game when it launched.

With that many people try to get in, of course there are going to be issues. It seems all the problems are on the North American servers, the ones with the most players. I don’t really care about all the ranting from may people about the game, I am just enjoying the game itself. Blizzard have done their usual good job and I am enjoying the look and feel of the game.


Addendum: The issues with Diablo are being blamed on the DRM requiring a persistent connect. With looted item being able to be sold for real world currency, I don’t blame Blizzard for tight control. If the item database was part of an offline game, hackers would soon be generating items on demand and it would be a licence to print money.

For anyone on Twitter and not following @BlizzardCS or @Diablo, please do as they are pushing out updates about theses issues as quickly as they can.

Here is a great forum link they posted for anyone having issue, downloading, installing or connecting to the game. http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/4904620655


Mists of Pandaria Pre-Release Event thoughts

When the Burning Crusade expanasion was released, we had the opening of the Dark Portal event and we fought back the demons for a week. When Wrath of the Lich King was release we had the Scourge Invasion for two weeks marked by the zombie plague and Scourge attacks on Stormwind and Ogrimmar. With the release of Cataclysm, we had three weeks of tremors, cultists and elementals invading.

For each expansion, the pre-release events have been lasting longer and are more elaborate. It is going to really interesting to see what they come up with time. Rumor has it that there will be an increase in tension between the Horde and Alliance forces. The results in the attack or possible destruction of Theramore. I can there might be possibilities for Open World PVP in contested zones such as Ashenvale, Arathi Highlands, Northern and Southern Barrrens to name a few.

With the previous expansions, there has always been an external force, demons, scourge or elementals attacking both sides. This time around I think we will be attacking each other in escalating battles all up and down Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms. I can’t think of any other way for an event to be staged at this point.

Screenshot of the Day 7

Aurora over Grizzly Hills. Blizzard does do the sky right!

Screenshot of the Day 6

A sunset seen no more

Screenshot of the Day 5

One fine day in Booty Bay back when I didn’t use addons early in the game.

Screenshot of the Day 4

From the Overlord DLC in ME2. Another example of video games as art.

What do you do to prepare for a new expansion

With Mists of Pandaria on the list of soon to be released games, it is time to start planning ahead. There are a few things I usually do to get ready for a midnight release.

1) Book the next day or 3, off work.

2) Clear out bank space for new shinies.

3) Create a couple of new toons to reserve the name of my new character(s).

4) Stock up on bags for the new character.

5) Stock up on mats to level a new profession.

The best way to prepare for an expansion or major patch is to get together with a bunch of people, friends or guildies, and pool your resources. Each of you picks something such as bags, mats, gear, pots and potions. Everyone builds up a stockpile and shortly before release, you trade with each other. You may want to even for a small guild with alts and us the guild bank as temporary storage for all the goodies you are hoarding.

In regards to your current toons, now is the time to get in all though last minute achievements you have been meaning to do. A few people around the blogoshere have even created bucket lists they want to complete before the end of the expansion.

Aralosseien of Achievements Ahoy – http://achievementsahoy.blogspot.ca/p/bucket-list.html

Cynwise of Cynwise’s Field Note  – http://cynwise.posterous.com/on-making-a-bucket-list-for-mists-of-pandaria

Angela of Revive & Rejuvenate – http://reviveandrejuvenate.blogspot.ca/2012/01/wows-bucket-list.html