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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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#651 by Gunp01nt
2003-04-14 00:10:27
supersimon33@hotmail.com
most. annoying. ad. ever.

"You see, house is a feeling that no one can understand really unless you're deep into the vibe of house."
#652 by Dethstryk
2003-04-14 01:23:03
jemartin@tcainternet.com
Most annoying URL, as well.

"And I'm saying without a relationship with God and those strong convictions HE put in me I wouldn't be a 42 year old who hasn't had sex with anyone today."
#653 by Gunp01nt
2003-04-14 01:25:32
supersimon33@hotmail.com
it's a microsoft service, what did you expect? there's probably some secret command hidden in that URL that makes your computer transfer all secret information to an MS server.

"You see, house is a feeling that no one can understand really unless you're deep into the vibe of house."
#654 by Your Friend
2003-04-14 01:37:42
When I click the link, it just serves me a still JPG image.  So it isn't all that annoying, though it certainly is ugly, and I can't imagine it is sending any information back to Microsoft (except for the standard HTTP header stuff sent for every retrieved page), unless they've coded some secret JPG code stashing feature into IE's JPG display routines.

I don't consider myself a signature snob, but this signature is much better than yours.
#655 by None-1a
2003-04-14 02:10:01
YF didn't you know MS does evil things with the HTTP header infomation, just like they do evil things with the time synchronize options in xp.
#656 by Warren Marshall
2003-04-14 02:26:31
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
If you use IE backwards, there are messages from Satan.

Welcome to the slaughter, I hope you're having fun.
#657 by Duality
2003-04-14 04:59:16
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
*frantically hits the Back button*
#658 by yotsuya
2003-04-14 06:40:11
Amazing! I used it backwards, and I heard,

"Goooooooooo toooooo chuuuuurchhhhh! Saaaaayyyy yoooouuurrr prraaaaayyyeeerrrrssss!"

This must mean something!

English Teacher/Vice-President of A/V Services, Respawn Games
#659 by Chunkstyle
2003-04-14 07:24:39
That you read old Bloom County strips?

Evil comes from the abuse of free will.
- C. S. Lewis
#660 by yotsuya
2003-04-14 07:46:32
And Chunky wins a cigar!!!!

English Teacher/Vice-President of A/V Services, Respawn Games
#661 by m0nty
2003-04-14 11:28:23
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
All I see is the letters EI.
#662 by Ashiran
2003-04-14 12:11:25
EI is dutch for egg.

#663 by bago
2003-04-14 12:12:56
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
but is it an old egg?

The seeming unanimity among poets makes them look suspiciously like a herd of independent minds.
#664 by Gunp01nt
2003-04-14 13:32:45
supersimon33@hotmail.com
YF:

I'll break it down for you. that JPG is a screenshot from the link bago posted. it shows the huuuge screenfilling flash popover ad I got when clicking that link.

I posted the jpg on my MSN community (cause it's currently the only free service I'm aware of that lets you deeplink images).

"You see, house is a feeling that no one can understand really unless you're deep into the vibe of house."
#665 by Greg
2003-04-14 17:05:28
Then that is your fault for allowing Javascript on every site you go to.

blah blah bleh
#666 by Your Friend
2003-04-14 19:42:16
Gunpoint,

  Showing us a JPG still of some animated ad you hate is kinda like me posting a still picture of some guy who I find annoying when he talks.  We just aren't going to get the same effect over here that you do.

I don't consider myself a signature snob, but this signature is much better than yours.
#667 by Gunp01nt
2003-04-14 19:50:26
supersimon33@hotmail.com
screenshot snob.

"You see, house is a feeling that no one can understand really unless you're deep into the vibe of house."
#668 by Your Friend
2003-04-14 20:02:58
Well, I must admit, I DO consider myself a screenshot snob.

I don't consider myself a signature snob, but this signature is much better than yours.
#669 by Matt Davis
2003-04-14 20:54:13
http://looroll.com
You and GeorgeB should get together.

Troll, troll, troll your post, gently down the page...
#670 by Matt Davis
2003-04-15 11:10:45
http://looroll.com
Ripped from C&VG...

One of the major advantages of the Game Boy Advance SP is that the machine comes with a rechargeable battery, that's good for upwards of 10 hours of hardcore gaming with the light on.
Of course, 10 hours is never enough, and just weeks after its launch, Nintendo Japan has just created a 1000mA super rechargeable battery. This new battery will offer upwards of 17 hours of backlit fun and frolics, enough for a good bash at Zelda or whatever takes your fancy.


Troll, troll, troll your post, gently down the page...
#671 by Greg
2003-04-15 16:45:56
Remember, it's only a crime to fuck kids if you're not a multinational corporation!

blah blah bleh
#672 by MCorleone
2003-04-15 16:53:53
Devastation was written by Greg.

"What am I doin'?  I'm talkin' to an empty telephone.  Cuz there is a dead man on the other end of this fuckin' line."
#673 by Ergo
2003-04-15 17:28:39
Matt--

You're about a week late.

Unneeded Editor -- Respawn Games

DVDs
#674 by TheTrunkDr.
2003-04-15 18:24:00
Remember, it's only a crime to fuck kids if you're not a multinational corporation!

If this is in reference to Nintendo's battery for the GBASP how is it fucking anyone? you got a battery with your GBASP if you even bought one, so what's the problem here?
#675 by Greg
2003-04-15 18:29:21
Ok, if you want to be dense about it, the line is from a recent Penny Arcade strip.

blah blah bleh
#676 by TheTrunkDr.
2003-04-15 18:35:08
Alright I'll admit the headphone jack is screwing people, but I've run into the sentiment that the battery is also somehow screwing people and it wasn't in jest (as yours may or may not have been). I don't see it, they released a new battery buy it or don't, it's not exactly a feature that was removed from the old one and you'd have to pay money to get back like the headphone jack was.
#677 by Greg
2003-04-15 18:43:11
I said it with much sarcasm, but you must admit that it is ironic that they came up with a battery that has almost twice the capacity so soon after the release.

And yeah, it isn't like the battery it came with is bad, but I'm reminded of a commercial from a few years ago where a guy drives by a billboard for the computer "DP 2", and the next scene is him driving home with the computer in tow past the same billboard as workers are changing the sign to show the "DP 3".

blah blah bleh
#678 by Your Friend
2003-04-15 19:04:29

Ok, if you want to be dense about it, the line is from a recent Penny Arcade strip.


Yeah because it's dense to not read Penny Arcade...  

You should be reading Science, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Penny Arcade, Nature...

Educate yourself! Stop being dense!

I don't consider myself a signature snob, but this signature is much better than yours.
#679 by CheesyPoof
2003-04-15 19:14:59
Says the blue monkey.
#680 by Your Friend
2003-04-15 19:23:24
CheesyPoof,

  I sense that you are being sarcastic. Would you like more information on sarcasm?

I don't consider myself a signature snob, but this signature is much better than yours.
#681 by Warren Marshall
2003-04-15 19:25:19
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
You're confusing your avatars.

Welcome to the slaughter, I hope you're having fun.
#682 by Eric T. Cheng
2003-04-15 20:03:54
erictcheng@hotmail.com
Mine's not confusing.

Kilt Wearing Pixel Pushing Monkey Boy
IMDB Entry
DVD Collection
#683 by yotsuya
2003-04-15 20:40:04
Hey, speaking of confused, where's Chris?

English Teacher/Vice-President of A/V Services, Respawn Games
#684 by Gunp01nt
2003-04-15 20:40:49
supersimon33@hotmail.com
coding PlanetHalflife2.com

"You see, house is a feeling that no one can understand really unless you're deep into the vibe of house."
#685 by yotsuya
2003-04-15 20:43:07
Heh

English Teacher/Vice-President of A/V Services, Respawn Games
#686 by Warren Marshall
2003-04-15 20:56:53
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Mine's not confusing.

No, just desperate and sad.

Welcome to the slaughter, I hope you're having fun.
#687 by Ashiran
2003-04-15 23:58:28
Well I'm glad he got rid of his Bonzai buddy.

#688 by G-Man
2004-09-23 08:24:33
I am an asshole.
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