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10-25-2008 @ 5:27AM
Let's not forget that under all of this Blizzard is a business and their purpose is to make money. Yeah, the problems that happened right after the patch could be solved with thousands of dollars of additional hardware and infrastructure, but it doesn't make sense to do that if all that hardware will be sitting idle the other 95% of the time. The Blizzard situation is unique... after a major patch they have millions of people hitting their servers, and putting a huge load on them. Same thing with the free days. Back when WoW was new, and Bliz wasn't sure how players would react to game problems and server downtime, they were a lot more concerned with keeping players happy. Now they have a couple of years worth of data, and it probably shows that no matter how much players whine and complain, there's no real loss in revenue after an episode like this. Without a financial incentive, they're not going to give away free time.
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