Well... the reality is that it was a mediocre Head Start. It took 1.5 hours to be able to log in, and another 2.5-3 hours for my Liberated Borg to show up. It appears that they were/are using the same login servers for STO and CO, and the login servers couldn't handle the deluge.
Yes, SWG's launch was horrible... there's a reason that SWG is 10 on the Torres Scale.
There was a fair bit of rubber-banding from roughly 8PM-9:30PM ET, but aside from that, the game has been very playable. I've been able to complete my missions without bugs. I managed to get to Lt. 5 in a few hours.
I had a beautiful time with this launch, came back from work. loaded up the patcher, didn't even have to patch. Started up the game, rolled a character and gamed for 5 hours straight. Absolutely beautiful.
It'd be nice if people actually read Full_Metal's thread rather than bash Steam because it's just easier to do, he actually knows what he's talking about. It's even been forwarded to the dev team because it's something Cryptic did.
Again, It is STEAM that hosed you guys, not cryptic. Look at Full_Metals thread it plainly states STEAM moved the install directory. All MMO's have intensive file scanning, checking, and fixing aspects to them. It is down right necessary in MMO's. I am not trying to be a cryptic defendant here, but rather a Steam critic.
I loathe Steam... there is absolutely no reason for Steam to shift the default install directory. Now Obviously cryptic will make a fix, not because it is their fault but rather hell would freeze over first before Steam would correct the issue on their end.
I have a ton of sympathy for those screwed up and not enjoying the game... I hope all of you read the suggested fixes threads (as linked by Uffhedjinn in the quote.) and I hope to see you all in game soon.
Look at Full_Metals thread it plainly states STEAM moved the install directory.
If Valve did this, it's because Cryptic required them to do it. Steam is nothing but an FTP server that handles billing for other companies. All pricing/policy and maintenance of the game is handled by the publisher, not Valve.
And it wouldn't be a problem if this registry key worked properly.
I've seen much much better launch in the other mmorpgs, **** for example, it was very smooth.
Anyway no pre-order items, no joined trill, no other perks, whats the point playing a headstart, for me its extended beta. I wanted to create a joined trill character, now I have no choice but to play an alt then restart on a new char, which sux big time.
I can agree that it is minorly annoying not having access to the pre-order items at Headstart. I would have liked to have had my joined trill option at character creation. Luckily for me however I like the generic alien template that lets you hand pick all 4 starting traits, many of the races with pre-choosen traits lack anything truly ground breaking in my opinion. I find advantage in being able to select 4 space specific traits, never mind the advantage of the Character creator for Generic alien, I can litterally switch at will my look to nearly any alien race in STar Trek.
Currently I am enjoying life as a "Free-Alpha" Jem' Hadar.
As for steam, again I have beaten that dead horse in my opinion about that POS software. It is far more then a simple FTP download tool. For example to play Dawn of War 2 (my initial experience with steam) I actually BOUGHT the game from a store. I had physical discs. To play Dawn of war 2 not only was I forced to install steam for no apparent reason, but for the game to be played I had to LOGIN to steam online to play the single player offline campaign.
Then of course on my network if my son was playing another game which required Steam to be running it would not let me login with the family account as well to play the single player offline game campaign of DOW2. Then of course Steam became linked to my damned Microsoft login which is used for my Xbox 360 on my home network. So yet MORE login issue conflicts with steam if my son was playing a game on Xbox Live and I simply wanted to play DoW2.
That my friend is an invasive and annoying POS piece of Software forcing itself upon a user. Now granted many people seem to like steam and disagree with my opinion about it. I of course grant everyones point in having a just as valid opinion about Steam as mine is. But Steam has proven itself to be far more then just a simple FTP download tool. Direct2Drive does the same thing as Steam says it does, but D2D does not cause login conflicts, nor have I encountered a Store bought game that forces me to install D2D to play an offline single player game from a DvD installed game.
So my opinion is simple, Avoid Steam like the plague and my life is that much easier... I am sure I am not the only person with that opinion.
*sigh* It's not Steam. Me and at least one other poster I've seen had the 10g patch issue with the launcher without getting the game through Steam. Never touched Steam, likely never will, but this is not a Steam issue.