When bad or rocky launches (even relaunches) happen, you have two vocal crowds that emerge pretty quickly: the doom-n-gloomers and the white knights. Both can be more than a little silly, with the doomers prematurely declaring an end to all things and the knights beseeching the community to be nothing but positive sunshine and rainbows.
I’ve witnessed many situations similar to what is currently happening with WildStar’s rocky F2P launch — queues, bugs, disconnects, a grumpy community, crowds slamming servers, devs working overtime to fix it all. And I know, from experience, that there are two overriding truths at play here:
- There’s nothing like a game telling you that you can’t play it to make you really really want to play it.
- Given time, this too shall pass and all of the immediate drama and problems will be forgotten.
That said, we’re still in the thick of a terribly shaky rollout with no end in sight and it’s been going on for a week now. The smiles on the optimistic crowd have to be a bit strained at this point.
Personally, I have about a two-day supply of patience for any major MMO problem. If a server crashes or a launch goes badly… two days. I will shrug, acknowledge that problems happen with these technologically complicated games, and do something else for a while. I’ll urge patience as well during that period.
But after those two days? I think it’s reasonable to start getting a little miffed that a game I was playing happily with no issues last week now is engaging a weird sort of Russian roulette with me where every chamber is loaded with something horrible such as an infinite login loop, 10-second lag, disappearing items, and near-hourly server restarts.
I know the devs are doing everything they can to make it better. I know it will get better. I know that there’s plenty of other games to play and things that need doing. But it’s still frustrating and it’s hard not to see that what should’ve been a really awesome relaunch week for the game has been tarnished by server gremlins. Could Carbine have done more to prepare? I’m not on that side of things nor am I a tech wiz, but it’s hard not to feel that someone dropped the ball here.
Oh well. This too shall pass. Back to playing SWTOR then!