Games can have Bad Days Too
Games have bad days, just like people, go figure.
That’s what I learned yesterday in spades, as EQ2 had probably one of the worst days I’ve ever seen in the game. It was horrible.
To start it off, the game was taken down for what was supposed to be a two hour downtime to implement battlegrounds, and turned into an almost 6 hour downtime. Now if you’ve played any sort of MMO for any amount of time you’re probably already used to this as extended downtimes happen. For those who are not aware, battlegrounds were supposed to go live on the 23rd with Sentinel’s Fate but were held back two extra days for fine tuning. Apparently not tuned enough.
If you were one of the first people into the battlegrounds when the servers came up you’re probably regretting it now. Upon leaving the battlegrounds players lost all alternate advancement over 200, as well as levels in both crafting and adventuring if you were below level 90 and had made any progress. Instead of doing rollbacks, those people affected were told to send in a petition so that they could be adjusted by hand, and we all know how fast those get answered. My guild leader on Oasis was fuming, to say the least. As of yet he still has not gotten an answer back. Thankfully it was an ‘off night’ and raids were not being planned, or else it would have been a lot worse.
If the bad news had of stopped there it would have been an ok day none the less, but it wasn’t. Players who were looking for quest updates that drop from chests were out of luck, as every single chest that dropped a quest piece was opened to be found – empty. If you were working on a particular heritage quest found in Sentinel’s Fate no doubt you were very angry when the quest pieces refused to drop. I had about 15 empty boxes drop for me before I just decided to ignore them.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom though! Battlegrounds did go in, and they’re interesting. Sure, your entire guild spams you with ‘log in’ and ‘log out’ messages because it ports you to a different server, but apparently they can also be quite fun. The new adornment recipes also made it in game, as well as the new tinkering recipes. Personal harvest box? Yes please!
I worked on gaining achievements for my ratonga troubador, and giggled to myself at everyone being upset. It’s alright, games can have bad days too. I’m sure it will get better.