Diablo III Catch-All 2.0

Moggy wrote:

I can imagine how Blizzard is between a rock and a hard place right now.

Imagine, if you will...

So you plan for release with an estimate of peak demand during that most important first day/week. You size, configure and stage enough servers to meet that demand. Maybe even add in extra for unbridled optimism. Then demand outstrips available resource. It's not like you have spare servers ready to go. If you did, you might as well have put them online to begin with. So now you scramble.

Having said that, the fact that servers are being taken down implies software changes are being applied. Wonder what limit the true stress test found...

Not sure I'll be getting to this before Wednesday evening. :-(

I suspect, have no proof at all, that the issue is more about a bug with character creation. Which has the side effect of jamming everything else up. I looked at my stats before the server went down and it had 2 lvl 1 copies of my first character being listed, but when i goto my character screen i just have the one. I'd assume this down time today has been to clean some of that up. Which in their defense probably wasnt an issue until trying to deal with the numbers they have for launch.

Unexpected inheritance, I collect Diablo 3!

Add to steam group good sirs!

http://steamcommunity.com/id/awakere...

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Invites sent to Wayfarer and TheArtOfScience.

What am I, chopped liver? (not until I can get in the game - hah!)

http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/7...

I guess I can catch up on Game of Thrones while waiting Thank you internet.

I do think Blizzard is one of the few companies that fans will (begrudgingly) let get away with always-on-DRM.

cmon servers!! My monk Ordunos literally only got to login for 10 seconds this morning! He needs to kick some butt!

Pikey26 wrote:

UGGGH I HATE YOU BLIZZARD!

the boredom/anxiety made me click on spoilers on some forum..

what's been seen in the first 15 sec of the video cannot be unseen.

guhghghhh i hate myself, i m so dumb.

I was in a SC2 stream chat last night and the first thing i read was someone listing all the major plot points of D3.

Steam invites sent to all the people who requested on this page (I think).

I'm home from work, why do you betray me you evil evil game!

Thanks Tuffalo!

Now to play D3 - looks like servers still down

My game while D3 is down: keeping up with this thread. And reading all of the internet. Think D3 will be back up when I'm done?

I feel kinda angry at myself at not jumping at the NewEgg deal a couple months back.

"Noo." I said. "I don't want to pay for express shipping or wait 2-3 days!" I said. "I want to jump into the game, right when the bell tolls 12."

At least I didn't take the day off. That would of been terrible.

Gonna go chip away Xenoblade tonight I guess.

Noooooooooooooooo!!!!

My relative did the pre-order thing for my B-day:

1. Set the delivery address to their place (and is never home during the day)
2. Checked Amazon (or UPS or whatever) says "Expected delivery date of May 25"!!!!!!!!!!!eleventyone!!!

:supersadface:

Wink_and_the_Gun wrote:

Noooooooooooooooo!!!!

My relative did the pre-order thing for my B-day:

1. Set the delivery address to their place (and is never home during the day)
2. Checked Amazon (or UPS or whatever) says "Expected delivery date of May 25"!!!!!!!!!!!eleventyone!!!

:supersadface:

buy a store copy now and return the pre-order!

thegirlnerd wrote:

Also, has Blizzard not heard of outsourcing to cloud companies on a pay-as-you-go basis?

I'm not a software guy, but I am a datacenter guy for a cloud company, and I'm pretty certain that there is no way on earth we could have handled the capacity spike this would have created. Unless I'm vastly overestimating the resources that they would want to offload, Blizzard would be stuck with Amazon and maybe Rackspace, unless they wanted to divide it up between companies.

I don't know if even Amazon would have enough spare capacity for this sort of thing, and it's entirely possible that it's things like the load balancers that are freaking out.

Honestly, though, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't have a private cloud to shift from WoW to D3 to SC2 for demand spikes on each one. At least, that's how I'd do it, but it still wouldn't be enough for this.

mrwynd wrote:
Wink_and_the_Gun wrote:

Noooooooooooooooo!!!!

My relative did the pre-order thing for my B-day:

1. Set the delivery address to their place (and is never home during the day)
2. Checked Amazon (or UPS or whatever) says "Expected delivery date of May 25"!!!!!!!!!!!eleventyone!!!

:supersadface:

buy a store copy now and return the pre-order!

They still sell box copies?

I still need a steam invite if i can get one, link in sig.

or here

http://steamcommunity.com/id/cobble75/

Maintenance message down, new error message up... maybe they are "rebooting the servers" right now...

/fingers crossed

SodaGremlin wrote:

Maintenance message down, new error message up... maybe they are "rebooting the servers" right now...

/fingers crossed

Error 37 changed again... they are coming up... /glee or /false hope

mrwynd wrote:

As IT support I have conflicting feelings about Blizzard right now. I'm mad that they screwed this up and at the same time I know exactly what they're feeling right now trying to make this work.

I have no sympathy for Blizzard over this, because they should have known. Why should they have known? Because this exact same thing happened when they launched WoW, and then again when they launched Burning Crusade. So they have had 2 separate product launches that should have taught them the lesson of having more ability to handle traffic than they anticipate, and they still don't get it right.

One time can be chocked up to growing pains. Two times is starting to look a bit fishy. Three times is complete ineptitude. There's no reason Diablo 3 should have had login issues at all.

I got error code BLZPTS00007 when trying to install. I can't get past Checking for Updates when trying to install. Normal with the servers down?

I'm in!

SodaGremlin wrote:
SodaGremlin wrote:

Maintenance message down, new error message up... maybe they are "rebooting the servers" right now...

/fingers crossed

Error 37 changed again... they are coming up... /glee or /false hope

I am in! WOOT!

In!!!

One time can be chocked up to growing pains. Two times is starting to look a bit fishy. Three times is complete ineptitude. There's no reason Diablo 3 should have had login issues at all.

The problem with that is that one "I'm in!" and it all goes away.

What really annoys me about this fiasco is that Blizzard will use it as an excuse for some outrageous humblebragging. "We knew people were excited, but we honestly had no idea of the incredible volume of people just waiting to partake of our always-on DRM. The hordes of impotent gamers dying to get down on their knees in abject worship of Blizzard's profound greatness surprised even us - a remarkable feet given our omniscience."

fangblackbone wrote:
One time can be chocked up to growing pains. Two times is starting to look a bit fishy. Three times is complete ineptitude. There's no reason Diablo 3 should have had login issues at all.

The problem with that is that one "I'm in!" and it all goes away.

Sure, but that says more about us as consumers of games than anything else. However, that's an issue that has been discussed elsewhere before, so I won't bring it up here.

Can't wait to get home and install it, now that things appear to be better. I really liked Wizard in the open weekend, but I may go Demon Hunter first since I'll be playing with friends and I hear she's more fun with a group.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

What really annoys me about this fiasco is that Blizzard will use it as an excuse for some outrageous humblebragging. "We knew people were excited, but we honestly had no idea of the incredible volume of people just waiting to partake of our always-on DRM. The hordes of impotent gamers dying to get down on their knees in abject worship of Blizzard's profound greatness surprised even us - a remarkable feet given our omniscience."

That's the thing for me, I think the takeaway will be that they (and others) can sell always-on DRM to zillions of people, rather than that they couldn't take the demand. Even if it's temporary, they couldn't provide the service/product they were selling.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

What really annoys me about this fiasco is that Blizzard will use it as an excuse for some outrageous humblebragging. "We knew people were excited, but we honestly had no idea of the incredible volume of people just waiting to partake of our always-on DRM. The hordes of impotent gamers dying to get down on their knees in abject worship of Blizzard's profound greatness surprised even us - a remarkable feet given our omniscience."

Blizzard is the game company we deserve, not the one we need.

Steam community invite for me, please?


http://steamcommunity.com/id/sithload

First game I've bought on launch day in a long, long time. And I haven't spoiled much of anything for myself so far - very little reading online, only watched a couple videos. I did play the beta, but since there weren't any cut scenes, I'm pretty excited to dig in and play.

I've never played multiplayer Diablo before. Anything I should know?

sithload wrote:

Steam community invite for me, please?


http://steamcommunity.com/id/sithload

First game I've bought on launch day in a long, long time. And I haven't spoiled much of anything for myself so far - very little reading online, only watched a couple videos. I did play the beta, but since there weren't any cut scenes, I'm pretty excited to dig in and play.

I've never played multiplayer Diablo before. Anything I should know?

Dont jump in too quickly, play solo for awhile get a feel for everything. Coop often feels very fast so play through the area at your own pace first (or second).

You know, when playing in groups it was so easy to jump into a game and it was such mindless fun that the thought of which class had better group skills never crossed my mind.

Body parts, goop, blood and bits just fly everywhere in 4 player games.