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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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#1 by Russ
2003-03-27 04:32:45
Is there a double-secret submission bin I'm not aware of?

There's two kinds of people in the world. People with guns and people who dig.
#2 by LPMiller
2003-03-27 04:33:26
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Well, sounds almost worse than the Anarchy Online launch.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#3 by Gabe
2003-03-27 04:33:29
http://www.dartpublishing.com
#1 Russ
Is there a double-secret submission bin I'm not aware of?

Yes.
#4 by Bailey
2003-03-27 04:33:35
Ye... I mean, no.

One Dirty Gwailo vs 1.2 Billion Yellow Devils. I like those odds.
#5 by Bailey
2003-03-27 04:34:12
Also, Asia is a hellbiscuit.

One Dirty Gwailo vs 1.2 Billion Yellow Devils. I like those odds.
#6 by Whisp
2003-03-27 04:34:36
Are there any other websites reporting on this yet?

Googlism: whisp is de expert in zwerkbal
#7 by Foodbunny
2003-03-27 04:36:00
foodbunny@attbi.com http://www.foodbunny.com
You can find most of the bitching on the IGN Shadowbane boards.  I don't keep up with the MMORPG reporting sites these days, but I imagine they'll cover it soon if not already.

"It's great to be known, but it's even better to be known as strange." - Takeshi Kaga
#8 by crash
2003-03-27 04:42:07
this is both worse and better than AO. worse in overall issues, better in that you know you won't have to do this over and over and over again until you finally get in. with AO, it was get in, patch 2mb, get kicked out, get back in the next day, patch 2mb, patch 4mb, get kicked out, patcher corrupts, get patcher patch, 2mb patch, 4mb patch, get kicked out... over and over and over. SB's better off in that they can't even get in at all. all things considered.

on the bright side, my personal interest in SB is only and purely as a spectator, so i've got the popcorn popping and i am laughing my ass off. so there's that.

By this time tomorrow we can be doing BODY SHOTS off HOOKERS in some MEXICAN HELLHOLE
#9 by Darkseid-D
2003-03-27 05:07:36
rogerboal@hotmail.com
that sounds so much like the DAOC : Shrouded Isles euro launch.

what fun eh?

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.
#10 by UncleJeet
2003-03-27 05:15:14
CELDA!

Anybody wanna come climb my Deku Tree?

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#11 by The_Joker
2003-03-27 09:50:25
http://www.jackinworld.com
Iraq has executed some POWs

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- All your ass are belong to my wang Jafd. Prepare to are penetration.
"I fart in THX." - Sgt_Hulka

PENETRATOR: Rise of the Wang Cuming "When it's done".
#12 by Ashiran
2003-03-27 11:10:59
#0

So it has problems. And?
I thought we established long ago that MMOG players are inherently sadistic and therefore will continue to try to play no matter what obstacles are in their way?

The reason they can pull this crap is because PEOPLE WILL STILL PAY.

Now who is to blame? Evil Ubisoft for taking advantage or stupid players who act like rabid sheep?

"This is Planetcrap, where we nuke everything from orbit." - Bailey
#13 by mike
2003-03-27 11:52:44
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In comparing this to the Anarchy Online launch, let's not forget the fun little issue from US launch where all Credit Card data was being sent in unencrypted plain-text packages to the server.

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that
faith does not prove anything.
       -- Friederich Nietzsche
#14 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 12:39:45
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Why Saddam's not done yet.
#15 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 12:49:22
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Saddam Prays for a Quagmire

"I am shocked that I am not awed," says a diplomat from an Arab country that is providing substantial military support for the U.S. war. The diplomat was expressing concern that the U.S. may not bring down Saddam as quickly and cleanly as it promised to do.


LOL
#16 by "Balderama"
2003-03-27 12:58:46
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As Said agrees, the fall of Saddam probably remains a matter of time, given the overwhelming imbalance of forces and the Bush administration's strong resolve to change Iraq's regime. But Saddam's personal survival and the surprising determination of Iraqis to fight raises the specter that in winning the Battle of Baghdad, the U.S. will lose the war for Iraqi and Arab hearts and minds.


You know, it's like I said before. The USA will probably win this fight, but will certainly lose the war.
#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
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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
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
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.
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