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10-21-2008 @ 2:02PM
It seems to me all of this issue with the rise and fall of realms could be avoided by a little more new player rolling on Blizzard's part. I play primarily on Aggramar, and I find being on a high-pop realm helpful in some areas (finding groups/finding crafted recipes) and absolutely crappy in others (ridiculous market spikes in some areas, lots of underpricing/farming, long wait times), but every holiday, every major patch, every time there is an influx or return of players, we go from rather smooth operations to 400 to 600 player queues. They've closed our realm now, but it's a little late for that. How about more proactive limits on server populations - there are all these low-population servers, and it seems counter-intuitive that Blizzard would continue to push people (or just let people) continue to go to realms where the servers are already strained when they could shut the new entrants earlier and push them other realms. I can stand server outages, lag, and the like - those are growing pains associated with new content that are annoying, but understandable, but I see no earthly reason for wait queues to play a game I pay to play - that is, in my mind, absolutely inexcusable and smacks of poor management.
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