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10-29-2010 @ 4:03PM
I sense a cease-and-desist letter coming in three... two....
10-29-2010 @ 4:12PM
Yeah...this can only end badly.While you're at it, can you tell me how to hack my game files so that battle.net thinks i've got a 25year game card?
10-29-2010 @ 4:22PM
As I've noted in the post, this method was deemed perfectly acceptable by Blizzard.
10-29-2010 @ 5:22PM
Why not just purchase it? That way you won't have to change your configs
10-29-2010 @ 4:35PM
Actually, the original post in the Blizzard thread was specifically to someone who attempted to purchase the Digital Download and got an error. I would be hesitant to use it in any other situation than the one that was specifically approved by Blizzard.
10-29-2010 @ 4:41PM
Your just downloading the client that you would get in the box..you can't access any game information if you don't upgrade your account to cataclysm..like rolling worgens etc.This is just a way to get the cd early and put your code in from your CE edition and get to playing.
10-29-2010 @ 4:47PM
Well, the sudden appearance of the blue post certainly changes things.PRETTY CONVENIENT, SACCO!!!Okay, I kid. But seriously...1. It goes without saying that they have to add a lot of servers before Cataclysm goes live, and with all that's on their plate with regard to getting the new content ship-ready, the possibility that they got all the new servers installed six weeks early is a pretty hard sell. How's this relevant? Because...2. If they're making digital purchase available on release day for the first time ever, they're going to want to make sure it goes off without a hitch. Hence why, as you stated, "you can start downloading the remainder of the expansion's data THE MOMENT YOUR PURCHASE GOES THROUGH" (emphasis mine). The requirement for payment is the filter which makes sure these downloads start happening in a more steady and predictable flow between now and release day, rather than all at once.For them to just decide, out of the blue, "screw it, let's let all 12 million of them know exactly how to start their downloads tonight", an awful lot of things would have to be ready (including having been stress-tested) that I have a hard time believing actually are.There's a strong possibility a certain blue poster is getting a stern talking-to before the afternoon's out.
10-29-2010 @ 5:02PM
Editing the WTF files, which were always intended to be easily-editable and have no effect on your actual account status, has never and will never be against the rules. These are parameters that are intended to be fiddled with.If Blizzard was truly strained for server bandwidth, then the gigs upon gigs that people have had to download both for the Cataclysm beta and patch 4.0.1 would have been a pretty big hardship.This isn't against the rules, isn't a problem for Blizzard, and isn't worth fretting about.
10-29-2010 @ 5:03PM
And now that's a little freaky... I just saw my original post drop from blue all the way to black in about 4 minutes. I didn't realize such a thing was possible.Never mind, I don't really want to know how the sausage is made.
10-29-2010 @ 5:14PM
"It is not against the ToS, EULA, or any other acronym."What about the IRS?
@grovinofdarkhourReally, they rolled out a 7gig patch 4.0.1 to 11 million people without crashing the servers... why do you think they can't handle people downloading the rest of the info? Are you really that naive to think that blizz couldn't handle it?Please don't use failed logic... the big patch has already been downloaded.
10-29-2010 @ 5:29PM
10-29-2010 @ 5:30PM
-----Grovinofdarkhour Oct 29th 2010 4:47PMFor them to just decide, out of the blue, "screw it, let's let all 12 million of them know exactly how to start their downloads tonight", an awful lot of things would have to be ready (including having been stress-tested) that I have a hard time believing actually are.-----Stress may not be their concern.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent_%28protocol%29
10-29-2010 @ 5:38PM
If all those users were downloading straight from Blizz, Blizz might have a problem. But most of you are downloading from other WoW-players while simultaneously uploading to other WoW-players. This is the beauty of bittorrent: it massively reduces the strain on the content provider's side.
10-29-2010 @ 5:40PM
Question for those who have done this: the digital download has been established to not contain cinematics nor the ability to play cinematics. From http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=27187849287&sid=1#2"Just wanted to add a bit more information to the thread and inform you that when using the new digital installer for the 4.0.X streaming system you will no longer be downloading the game cinematics and as such they will not load initially and you will not be able to access them once the game is installed. This change comes to help decrease the overall size/download requirement of the game and the cinematics can always be view at the Blizzard Entertainment YouTube page."So, with this system, will you have access to cinematics if you later purchase the hard copy? Or will simply having the 4.0.3 file already loaded on your system make it look like Cata's already installed, preventing an install containing the cinematics?And why would Blizz do something like this? The cinematics are important for setting the scene, especially the ones we've seen for worgen and goblins. Leaving them out to save a few electrons from getting dizzy going through the series of tubes seems like an odd, counterproductive choice.
10-29-2010 @ 6:06PM
I am replying to this so Sacco is notified, since he also replied.Question - I am going to the midnight release. Do you suggest I pre-load Cataclysm with the WTF file alterations, or should I just install the hard disk on Dec 7 at 1 in the morning?Another Question- I am in college where they monitor file-sharing, there won't be an issue with that right? Also - I have never been to a midnight release before, so *cough* my favorite WoW website should write an article on what it is like... I'm thinking WoW Rookie column? :D
10-29-2010 @ 6:23PM
"Actually, the original post in the Blizzard thread was specifically to someone who attempted to purchase the Digital Download and got an error. I would be hesitant to use it in any other situation than the one that was specifically approved by Blizzard."Yep, Blizzard told someone that has NOT purchased the game to go ahead and do this to download the information. True, this person was trying to purchase the game, but he has NOT. Maybe it's all just semantics, but I'm with Sacco. It's just fine. As Cthulu said, Blizzard has already sent out tons of data with the 4.0.1 patch and the beta clients. Plus, any number of people could be reactivating tomorrow and have to download who knows how much info. Someone that hasn't played since early Wrath will have a lot of data to catch up on. This isn't gonna bother Blizzard's servers.
10-29-2010 @ 11:03PM
@ SaccoGood info and good looking out, so thanks, but...Dude, you edited the post AFTER Grovinofdarkhour's post, so it's not really appropriate to respond with "as noted in the post" to his concern.
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