Jan 27th 2010 9:58AM @ Fryzel
While I completely agree, you have to know that it will never happen. Think about it from Blizz's perspective. The costs of moving the realms out of Seattle would be far higher than the costs of just throwing we players a day or so of credit every year.
You'd have to move the data, cancel any contracts from operating the old data center, while paying any penalties that that would entail, move or lay off any techs who work in Seattle, and pay those that you laid off a severance, then hire and train new techs for the new location (even if you were to use a current data center you'd still have to hire new techs for the increased workload), enter into new contracts for the new data center or negotiate more bandwidth for the current ones. Finally you'd move the data over and reopen the servers. Also, remember that you probably won't be able to move the mountains of data from the old servers to the new in one downtime. So, for however long the process takes the realms will be down, so Blizz will have to credit us all the time it takes.
Or they can just make us deal with it. Which is more cost effective over the short term? They are a corporation.
Jan 19th 2010 10:55AM Blizz has taken the same stance that a lot of companies have, do only enough to keep the customer coming back, and no more. Largely, I blame the influences of Robert Kotick, who is possibly this policies biggest proponent. The low ratio of GMs to Players, the lack of new art, the utter lack of customer service, and other complaints that we the player base have filed over the years, is proof of all that. I imagine that a lot of the Blizz employees that were around before the merger are chafing under Kotick's rule. This is a man who sees us all as walking cash machines for him to take from.
I'm not saying that all the problems are because of Kotick and Activision, in fact I don't know if they are because I didn't play the game pre-merger, but what I do know is that WoW demonstrates the business model that Kotick and Activision are known for.
Jan 18th 2010 10:14AM I'm thinking about getting it for my Uncle. He's a huge Trekkie, and he's really into the original series. He's also a widower and I think he's retired (so he's got little else going on), and has no previous MMO experience. So, the question is, should I get it for him, or wait a few months to see how it is or just let it go by?
Jan 2nd 2010 9:35PM Tries
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