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Shadowbane Launched
March 27th 2003, 04:28 CET by Foodbunny

There's certainly no shortage of problems.  Starting off with how it was supposed to start yesterday, with Ubi inexplicably telling retailers not to start selling the game until today.

Other delightful Ubi-side screw-ups include:

1)  Their registration website is overload.  Massively overloaded.  Completely unable to handle anything near the amount of traffic it's seeing.  According to the guys from Wolfpack the site is registering about 15 people per minute when it's up.

2)  Their registration website is bugged.  Seriously bugged.  When you go to confirm your credit card information you will occasionally get someone else's name, billing address, and the last digits of their credit card number.  It's unknown if hitting confirm will register your confirmation code and preorder code to their account.

3)  Even if you manage to register with all the correct information, some people, after paying for 3+ months, are being told that their subscription has expired and being told to buy more time.

4)  Their customer service is hiding out back, hoping this will all go away.  Their billing customer service line was putting people in a 2-hour long queue and then hanging up on them until a few hours ago when they turned off the queue and are now skipping right to the hanging up part.

Of course, the publisher doesn't get to have all the fun.  If you manage to get through the registration, your credit card is accepted, your subscription is determined to be valid, and you haven't slit your wrists yet you get to patch.  Until just recently people were getting corrupt patches, a problem they claim to have fixed.

Once you manage to patch it's time to get through the Login Server of Cryptic Errors.  Anyone who beta tested will be quite familiar with how emotionally fragile the login servers are, and how apt they are to simply throw their hands in the air and dramatically refuse to log anyone in without telling anyone what's bothering them.  They go down a lot.  And if one goes down while you are trying to figure out character creation you get dumped back to the log in screen for another long wait.

At least the 300 people playing right now have yet to experience the Shadowbane lag.  But all things in good time.. towards the end of beta the server couldn't handle more than 1100 people per server before rubberbanding and spell lag made the game start to approach unplayable.  The game servers also had to be restarted on fairly regular basis because of a server-side memory leak (a lovely mirror to the client-side one) grinding everything down to a halt.  Oh, those newbies will love it when it takes them 5 minutes to open their bank.

Maybe it's a good thing no one can get in.  Beta testers had this build for all of one week, with Wolfpack ignoring bug reports and balance issues in favor of building their own cities, making level 100 characters, and killing everyone.  But what else should we expect from "Play 2 Crush"?
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#17 by MCorleone
2003-03-27 13:25:02
Keep going, Sparkthrower.

Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.
#18 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 13:48:37
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This is what the USA is bringing the Iraqi people.
#19 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 13:48:57
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An article in the Washington Post this morning pays glowing tribute to Mr Blair: "His stature is high, his agenda ambitious, his optimism seemingly boundless ... He even looks more robust - the wan, haunted demeanour of recent weeks as he fought off the flu and widespread popular opposition in Britain to war has been replaced with rosier cheeks and his old cherubic grin." Less reverentially, the visit gave rise to ribald jokes on a British TV show last night about the nature of the two men's "special relationship".
#20 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 13:49:38
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#19 Blair and Bush
#21 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 13:56:20
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HAHAHAHAHAHA

At 8am it was time for the networks' daily competition to invent the most outlandish pronunciation of the country where central command's briefings are held. All the main channels, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and Fox, went live to Qatar ("cutter", "catter", "catarrh", "cttr") for the majority of the event.

"OK, so, a lot of negative questions there," said Fox's anchor, when it was over. "But let's focus on the positive!"
#22 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 13:57:16
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By the way, this is Balderama reporting live from where ever I am, bringing the news to you on the crap. No, please, sit down, no need to thank me.
#23 by Ashiran
2003-03-27 14:11:12
Keep it to the warthread speedracer.

"Then I ram my overpositor down your throat and lay my eggs in your chest. But I'm not an alien!"
#24 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 14:34:04
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Embedding has been an astounding PR coup for the Pentagon. The reporters use the words "we" and "us" profusely, identifying themselves with the military, and while this has prompted concerns regarding objectivity among US commentators, it is not surprising, given their very personal stake in their units' success.


Now let's focus on this. This is very interesting indeed. I have to say, whoever at the Pentagon came up with this was brilliant. This is a very good way of influencing the press and making sure only good things get reported, or mostly positive things. The embedded reporters will never say bad stuff about the unit they are embedded in, since essentially, they are part of it. And so you can expect them cheering on and expressing their full support all the time. Which will only help people in the USA watching it to be pro war, and be distracted from all the horrible things it causes.
#25 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 14:35:57
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Like I said before, this war looks a lot like Mogadishu. I can't wait for them to reach baghdad.
#26 by LPMiller
2003-03-27 15:06:04
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
I can't wait for you to realize your opinion isn't anything anyone actually gives a shit about.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#27 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 15:19:55
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I can't wait for your to realize I don't give a fuck about what you think.
#28 by LPMiller
2003-03-27 15:22:05
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
What?

I believe I can fly......urk.
#29 by LPMiller
2003-03-27 15:27:50
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
An eyewitness tells today of the heaviest battle of the war so far which has left 750 Iraqis dead.

Sean D Naylor of the American Army Times quotes a US soldier describing the fighting as so intense that "it looks like Apocalypse Now".

Naylor reports the destruction of American tanks, rocket-propelled grenade assaults and deadly air strikes called in on the Iraqi attackers.

So intense was the fighting that at one stage the 3rd Squadron commander's driver, Private First Class Randall Duke Newcomb, was forced to steer his Humvee with one hand while firing out of the window with the other.


Duke Newcomb Forever!!!

linky

Scott, George, send this guy something.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#30 by Bezzy
2003-03-27 15:31:43
painberry@hotmail.com http://www.antifactory.org
WHATEVA

HE DO WHAT HE WAAAN'

My only problem with Bezzy is, truly and honestly, about one third of his longer, passionate posts make no sense to me.  I don't necessarily agree or disagree, I just literally can't parse them.  - Hugin
#31 by Trolly McTroll
2003-03-27 15:32:10
shut up Balderdoghumper.

"..and Trolly McTroll is the best name EVER. I laugh every time I see it."  - Wudi
" If i ever have a daughter, I'm going to name her Trolly. - The_Joker
#32 by Chunkstyle
2003-03-27 15:32:38
LP, that is the best war link yet.

We are the goon squad and we're coming to town.  Beep beep.
#33 by Bezzy
2003-03-27 15:36:22
painberry@hotmail.com http://www.antifactory.org
That is quite, quite perfect, yes.

My only problem with Bezzy is, truly and honestly, about one third of his longer, passionate posts make no sense to me.  I don't necessarily agree or disagree, I just literally can't parse them.  - Hugin
#34 by Whisp
2003-03-27 15:43:11
I know others have already pointed this out, but keep it in the War! thread, Balderama.  Try to give a shit, just this once, and show some of that concern for others you pretend to have that leads you to post all those links in the first place.  I read most of them, but others don't want to.  That's why there's a separate topic!

Googlism: whisp is de expert in zwerkbal
#35 by Warren Marshall
2003-03-27 15:43:53
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
I can't wait for your to realize I don't give a fuck about what you think.

Which is why you keep spamming links.  Because you don't care.
#36 by Whisp
2003-03-27 15:49:06
#12 Ashiran
Now who is to blame? Evil Ubisoft for taking advantage or stupid players who act like rabid sheep?

Gamers should be smarter than this, yes, but it's still not their fault.  It's not nice to take advantage of those dumber than you.  Plus, there's no excuse for releasing something this non-functional, ESPECIALLY when it comes to collecting credit card numbers.  If the public interface is this bad, I'd not be surprised if there were all kinds of security problems lurking underneath that might allow someone to harvest names and numbers.

Googlism: whisp is de expert in zwerkbal
#37 by Warren Marshall
2003-03-27 15:51:11
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It's "not nice"?  When did big business ever care about being nice?
#38 by Whisp
2003-03-27 16:10:10
#37 Warren Marshall
It's "not nice"?  When did big business ever care about being nice?

You're right, but that doesn't make it good.  Besides, in this case I think it's merely an example of them being too incompetent to do otherwise.

Googlism: whisp is de expert in zwerkbal
#39 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 16:30:49
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#35 not about your opinion in any case.
#40 by Warren Marshall
2003-03-27 16:31:38
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Thou dost wound me, good sir.
#41 by snowcrash-22
2003-03-27 17:23:41
snowcrash22@excite.com
Have any of the companies which have actually released a MMOG gone out of business and shut down the servers?  Other than Meridian 59, which I thought was purchased and reopened.

With UO, Everquest and AC still chugging along, I am just curious if the lifecycle of one of these games have been chronicled, beginning to the bitter bitter end.
#42 by Chunkstyle
2003-03-27 17:32:10
Motor City Online died.  Earth and Beyond will probably be next.

We are the goon squad and we're coming to town.  Beep beep.
#43 by Chunkstyle
2003-03-27 17:34:14
Well, actually, it is dying.  I suppose you could still subscribe and watch it go.

We are the goon squad and we're coming to town.  Beep beep.
#44 by Matt Davis
2003-03-27 17:37:14
http://looroll.com
Surely Anarchy Online is next?

Troll, troll, troll your post, gently down the page...
#45 by Ashiran
2003-03-27 17:39:52
Whisp:
You're right, but that doesn't make it good.

You are right, it isn't good. But the fact remains that "The Foaming Flock™" only resorts to spamming forums with "YUO SUCK!" posts rather then doing the smart thing which is not p(l)aying at all.

The only thing companies listen to is the talk of money. Now that Ubisoft managed to pull off another AO. Publishers are going to do the exact same thing with future MMOG releases. I mean what does it hurt? People won't p(l)ay? !quote 24

I'm sorry, but while Ubisoft is being very naughty, I still largely blame the rabid sheep. Especially cause they could know this was going to happen.

#35 not about your opinion in any case.

People who need to restate over and over again how much they not care are...

#46 by Chunkstyle
2003-03-27 17:44:01
Actually, Anarchy Online fixed most of the game-killing problems, and last month reactivated all old accounts for a month, to give everyone a look.  Their numbers will actually be up for a little while.  Until Star Wars kills them, at least.

We are the goon squad and we're coming to town.  Beep beep.
#47 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 17:54:36
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Movie of american killed soldiers
Movie of american killed soldiers

THIS IS WHAT WAR LOOKS LIKE, YOU STUPID AMERICAN FUCKS
#48 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 17:57:10
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Babies and children who have been \"mutated\" because of the economic embargo placed on Iraq
#49 by Warren Marshall
2003-03-27 17:58:28
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
What?
#50 by Chunkstyle
2003-03-27 17:59:01
Baldy, are those links supposed to make us want to keep Sadaam in power?  I don't think they're working.

We are the goon squad and we're coming to town.  Beep beep.
#51 by LPMiller
2003-03-27 17:59:59
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
And if can't trust the Iraq embassy, who can you trust? I mean, we all know a lack of food causes genetic mutations, which is why dieting is so popular.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#52 by Trolly McTroll
2003-03-27 18:23:24
And this makes us want to keep Saddam in power how?

"..and Trolly McTroll is the best name EVER. I laugh every time I see it."  - Wudi
" If i ever have a daughter, I'm going to name her Trolly. - The_Joker
#53 by LPMiller
2003-03-27 18:28:30
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
In the hopes that eventually, he'll create the X-men.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#54 by Darkseid-D
2003-03-27 18:38:07
rogerboal@hotmail.com
Multiplayer Battletech 3029 never made it out of beta before EA killed it, which is a freaking shame as it was tremedously good fun.  Fun enough that several thousand people signed up for pay to beta accounts (they got refunded ok), kinda hoped someone had gotten the binarys and leaked them so we could set up private servers.

Oh well.

Do not go gently into that good night.
Old age should burn and rage at the close of day.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
#55 by Leslie Nassar
2003-03-27 18:39:42
http://departmentofinternets.com
USA! USA! USA!

obdisclaimer:  i love america!
#56 by Neale
2003-03-27 19:10:02
neale@pimurho.co.uk www.pimurho.co.uk
Darkseid:

I played that for a while. It was damn good fun.

You can't derail this train of idiocy, Shadarr. Not even with a big fat cow of logic on the tracks. - Bailey
#57 by LPMiller
2003-03-27 19:33:51
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Leslie, I'm just not feeling the bitterness or bile from you of late. I need you to step up here and start bringing your game.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#58 by Leslie Nassar
2003-03-27 19:42:59
http://departmentofinternets.com
i'm just here supporting our troops.  in times of war, it's ones duty to support ones head of state, whether that be the queen, or the prime minister, or the president.  my country, right or wrong.

obdisclaimer:  i love america!
#59 by Leslie Nassar
2003-03-27 19:43:21
http://departmentofinternets.com
ps. USA!  USA!  USA!

obdisclaimer:  i love america!
#60 by Chunkstyle
2003-03-27 19:43:50
Can someone call Lassie?  I've fallen in a sarchasm.

We are the goon squad and we're coming to town.  Beep beep.
#61 by mrbloo
2003-03-27 19:46:58
mrbloo2000@hotmail.com
Heh, that Ted Rall cartoon is my backdrop at the moment.  "United We Stand!"  "Proud to be German!"
#62 by jjohnsen
2003-03-27 19:47:10
http://www.johnsenclan.com
In case you can't tell, Leslie is still deciding whether he supports the war or not.

I always thought democracy looked more like a drunk frat boy being anally raped by vikings.
-LP
#63 by LPMiller
2003-03-27 19:55:03
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
i'm just here supporting our troops.  in times of war, it's ones duty to support ones head of state, whether that be the queen, or the prime minister, or the president.  my country, right or wrong.


I could be wrong, but no one here has even implied that - not even bago.

Personally, I can hold more than one thought it my head - I never did get the match up between supporting troops and supporting war. These guys volunteer to defend their country, it's not their fault President Bush likes big noises.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#64 by Shadarr
2003-03-27 19:55:30
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I don't understand why anyone would want to play Shadowbane.  Not only is the word synonymous with fuck-up, it doesn't have any compelling features that would make the game fun once the stability issues get sorted.  Are there really that many masochists out there?
#65 by crapmaster
2003-03-27 20:00:00
starsiege28@yahoo.com n/a
To Balderama:

Who are you to say we are stupid.  Imagine the worst americans have done in our history and multiply it by ten and that is what saddam and his regime do every day to innocent iraqis.

Comedy kicks ass
#66 by AnalFissure
2003-03-27 20:08:20
Just came across an interesting link.

It's an interesting discussion that took place on an Irish radio station not too long ago. Scott Ritter (the ex-weapons inspector) and an Iraqi expatriate have an argument over what's currently going on over there, and a few Irish news people discuss the quality of the news coverage we've been seeing.
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