Ragefire Server Launch Delay & Debacle

Ragefire’s launch didn’t go so well yesterday. In fact, I think I called it rather nicely.

I’m not going to be overly negative. The entire thing was a debacle. If you’re looking for the facts, here you go:

  • Ragefire came up 30 minutes early with no warning
  • The moment the server came up people were logging in level 50 with gear and spells
  • People proceeded to buff and power level their alts/friends
  • Daybreak locked the server, but did not remove the thousands of people online abusing the bug
  • Daybreak insisted “No one benefited unfairly.” See below:

More of the insistence.

  • Server was brought down completely at this point
  • Daybreak brought the server back up after over an hour of downtime
  • Annnnnd this:

Needless to say, server came back down. And guess what? A few more hours later, they wiped. 

After a few hours of testing by allowing only a few people on at a time, they finally let people on and at 9:30pm pacific (ish) level 50s started appearing again. They announced that Ragefire would launch (hopefully) around Noon pacific today on May 21.

I’m disappointed about not getting a Wednesday launch. Wednesday was perfect for me, and Thursday (today) sucks because it’s my busy day where I’m stuck at work. But, hey, that’s how these things go. Welcome back to 1999. I remember the server being offline for like a week and all we had was that archaic chat room you could access from the patcher. Remember that?

Every time this happens, people (including me, I can’t help it) will rattle off the “Dey Break Games” stuff. I pity their marketing department. The name really should have been vetted a bit more. But calling a spade a spade here, this wasn’t handled great. The minute you had 100 level 50’s appearing within minutes of launch it should have been brought down. Not locked. Not looked into. Shut down, wiped clean, and brought back up for testing.

We’re paying customers now, not a free-to-play crowd, and we’re paying for a progression server. When level 50s are able to get in there and buff people up and boost other people that affects how the server progresses. Ultimately, I think that’s why they wiped and will hopefully handle this with a little more finesse moving forward.

WAR Returns and Nintendo Remains Awesome

Sorry for the slow updates! I’ve had a busy week with work projects, and I haven’t had much time to game or write. I need to catch up on a couple of things I missed.

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Well this is a thing, I guess. Someone decided to emulate Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. I’m all for these kinds of projects. I’ve played on many of them ranging from Star Wars Galaxies to Dark Age of Camelot, EverQuest, etc. I wish someone would make an EverQuest Online Adventures emu… yeah, get on that would you?  Anyway, WAR is back and alive. What they should honestly do is fix the stuff that sucked in WAR and try to tweak it until it’s fun.

Nintendo Doesn’t Want Whales

This is one of the many reasons why Nintendo remains one of my favorite companies. They’re not after the few people who spend lots of money in their game; they won’t analyze those whales and figure out how to get them to spend more. If they did that, Iwata says, “I don’t think we would be able to entertain hundreds of millions of consumers all around the world or to produce large and long-lasting achievements.” Mr. Iwata, I salute you sir. That’s a great way of saying that those who hunt whales are a flash in the pan. Nintendo focuses on making games fun and available to children and adults of all ages while staying true to their brand. Has it always been profitable? Not in the past couple of years, but that changed in their recent earnings report. Why can’t more companies emulate Nintendo?

Nintendo is also launching a new service in the near future all about bridging the gap across platforms. They want one single login for multiple devices that will link communities and create an ecosystem of tracking and rewarding players. Seems like it has potential. Oh, and they have this secret NX project coming soon… what could it be?

I’m excited for Splatoon to come out on May 29! Can’t wait to play with Graev and have another great game on my Wii U.

Partnered with GMG

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I’m excited to share with you all that we are now partnered with Green Man Gaming!

We’re always on the lookout for opportunities to provide our readers and community with resources to save them time and money. At the same time, we have a requirement of anything we endorse, recommend or affiliate with: We must have already used it ourselves and love it.

Green Man Gaming has been a great resource for gaming deals over the years. Being as transparent as possible, here is a list of every game Graev and I have purchased from GMG in the past two years:

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Use code: KEENAN-DGRAEV-G20OFF Save 20% on games like Mortal Kombat X and GTAV

  • Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • XCOM: Enemy Within (NA)
  • Battlefield 4
  • THIEF: Master Thief Edition (NA)
  • Titanfall
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition (Two Copies)
  • WildStar
  • Tropico 5
  • The Evil Within and Season Pass
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization®: Beyond Earth™

Most of those are Steam keys, some are on Origin, and the rest are stand-alone titles. TESO, WildStar, BF4, and Civ 5 were all pre-orders. GMG handles pre-orders very well and has never been late delivering our keys (which they store in a convenient section on the website under your account).

GMG is a great place to save $5-$10 on new games. For example, when ESO hadn’t even come out yet I purchased both copies at 20% off. The way GMG does this is through these voucher codes like the one in the image above. Using the code KEENAN-DGRAEV-G20OFF you can save 20% on even new titles like Mortal Kombat X and GTAV. It’s silly to pay full price for games when they’re available at a discount right at launch.

So what do we get for this partnership? It’s an affiliate program. That means we get a percentage of what you buy. All of our earnings go directly toward paying for our hosting, domain, and Ventrilo server (which cost more than we have ever made on ads/affiliate programs).  I want to get to the point where we can break even by sending you to places where you can actually save money (like GMG) and ditch these Google ads we have on the blog.

How will we utilize this new partnership? I’ll be watching GMG closely and letting you know about deals. Follow us on twitter (@keenandgraev) where I’ll tweet about a great deal when I find one. I’ll also likely include a link in a review or something. No spamming, no banners, nothing obnoxious. Just honest down-to-earth good deals when I see one.

Thank you for your support!

AFK Getting Married

Tomorrow is the big day! As you might expect there will be some downtime here while I’m on my honeymoon. I’ll be back and posting on March 30!

In the meantime, feel free to post here about any gaming news or cool things I miss!

See you on the other side!

AT&T U-verse Questions – HELP!

My fiancée and I are moving stuff into our new place, debating which TV to buy, waiting for the bed to be delivered, trying to find decent furniture, and then we realized one important thing: We should probably get internet. Before I jump to the point of this post I want to give a little preface.

When choosing this place we did so based on a huge list of criteria ranging from our budget to its location, etc., etc. Everything is truly amazing except for the fact that the only internet provider we can get is AT&T U-verse. What a total drag. I hate being victim to a monopoly, but supposedly the developers gave TWC time to come in but they were late so they closed up the ground and said no more running lines.

Our apartment complex was built just under a year ago. AT&T U-verse ran fiber lines directly to each unit during construction. U-verse has a dedicated rep for our complex that supposedly gives pretty good deals to rival what AT&T will sell you on their website. So I got the guy’s number and gave him a call.

I got on the phone and cut right to the chase: I want the best internet you got and I want a little bit of TV too. So he put together a package that comes in at $76/month +California taxes (that price includes their hidden fees and modem leasing, yada yada) and a guarantee that our prices do not go up each year due to the special deal we got through our complex. Yep, that’s cheaper than their online prices (I’d be paying 86 for the same package and slowest internet). I choked when he told me how fast the connection was: 18mbps. Excuse me, say what? I currently have 100mbps from TWC. The rep told me “Yeah but this is Fiber running straight to your unit. It’s better.” I asked, “Why?” He said, “because it has more bandwidth and on TWC you have lots of people sharing the same line and that slows you down.” I replied, “Speedtests showed me getting 100mbps-125mbps at all times. I didn’t feel slow. I downloaded any time of day at 10 megabytes to 13 megabytes a second.” He replied again about it being consistent and great.

Having no choice, we’re going to have our setup occur on March 30th. My question to you all is whether or not this guy is giving me a load of crap. I see 18mbps and I think I’m about to go back to the stone age. I want to watch my Netflix in super HD and not have any buffering issues, and I want to do it while playing online games with great ping. Am I going to be okay? Speak comfort to me, friends!