How long does it take to reboot a few servers?
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Join Date: Dec 2007
01-30-2010, 11:44 PM
The idea isn't to just bring us back up and allow the same issue to repeat itself. Most of the time when the server comes back up, we all get a new little bit of code on our ends. Even if we didn't, we don't always really have to for them to change something on their end. This isn't a MUD where you can just run it until it crashes and then reboot. The idea is that with every crash Cryptic is learning something new, a new way to crash the system can provide you with a wealth of information. The problem is, without a server loaded to epic proportions many of these crashes would likely not happen at all. There's no real way to test certain bits until you get some real world numbers. There was no way they could have known that we would defy industry standard conventions for the number of people in the beta, or during headstart.
What people who actually enjoy this game should take away from this is that while it's a pain now, it's a good thing in the long run. Even after we lose all the QQ and filter the community down to more pew-pew, we're likely to have a very substantial player base. And by April, when many of the one month folks are gone, we could very well have one of the largest subscriber bases of any new MMO. Personally, I imagine that a great many of the people who get into this game will keep playing it, I wouldn't be surprised if the initial player retention rate set some records.