I was quite quick to criticize Cryptic for their total F'ed up headstart. Mainly because they did. Servers down half the time, screwups with the C-store, and the inability to use any pre-order bonuses. Mainly the server issue was what bothered me the most. They were totally unacceptable.
By the same token, I wanted to take a moment over my morning coffee to be just as quick to praise Cryptic for their handling of the first day. I went into the evening after stopping off at GameStop to pick up my pre-order with the complete expectation of not being able to play or perhaps not even to be able to create my character. I could not have been more wrong and surprised! I don't know what yall did down there. Maybe you had a crew standing in the NOC giving warm fuzzy hugs to the servers every 5 minutes and playing Yoko Ono records. It doesn't matter. Whatever you did, you did it right. I had a completely enjoyable evening with absolutely no down time from 6pm through 11pm (CST). Seriously, awesome job.
I had only a couple minor (minor in the grand scheme of things) issues with costumes but I was able to get my key entered, pick up my connie, capacitor and shuttle from the C-store on a new character I was able ti easily create without waiting for servers. I was able to pick up all the mail and items I had stashed for this new toon during head start with no problems and the system worked. It simply worked.
I will, of course, be *****ing about more issues but I wanted to take my cynical hat off for a moment and hand out a round of attaboys when they were well deserved.
THANK YOU CRYPTIC FOR A MOST ENJOYABLE FIRST EVENING IN LIVE!
No. I am quick to criticize but I am just as quick to praise. Thats not a flipflop. I still think they borked headstart. I also think they did an outstanding job for Day 1 Live. Big difference in flipflopping and praising good work. If they keep it up, I may have to change my avatar
Flip flopping would be if he changed his opinion without any sort of outside force.
First, he has not changed his opinion, he's continues to believe that the way that the headstart was handled was horrendous.
Second, his overall opinion of Cryptic changed because they did a better job on the release day.
That's not flip flopping, that's just not being a stubborn jackass and continue hating something after the initial reason why you started hating them has been fixed.
Here. Here. And, btw, I really never hated Cryptic, I still don't. I hated what they did or failed to do, whichever the case is that nearly resulted in the launch spiraling out of control and killing STO. There is a difference there as well.
They really did a spectacular job pulling it all together. I don't think anyone was expecting such a smooth takeoff. This may be one of the smoothest launches in MMO history (head start notwithstanding).
When things were falling apart there were twenty pages of rage threads...now there are only two or three threads about how well it went. It's a shame people only come out to comment about the negative.