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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 17, 2008 by Korby

So I’ve finally decided to make that 10-day WoW trial from the summer of 2006 into a real account. I ordered the WoW “Battle Chest” from Amazon on Tuesday, and it showed up today. At approximately 6:30pm I began attempts at installing it. It took me 3 hours until it finally finished. Yes, hours. Three of them.

The first 3 or so tries ended at 98% with an error message about not being able to rename various install files and directories. So I went off to the support forums and there was a suggestion to copy the DVD to the hard drive and install from there. Nope, didn’t work. Now even though I had 125gb free on my D drive, I wanted more. So some moving of old watched anime to my massive 750gb external drive put me up to 193gb free. Then I cleared out my temp files, rebooted, closed Google Desktop, disabled Norton and attempted install again. There was then much dancing (not that much) and cheering (I’m lying) as the damn thing installed successfully. Burning Crusade installed on the first attempt without copying the install to the drive and now I am downloading a 262mb patch file.

My god, this thing is huge. For comparison’s sake, I have my old EQ directory still on my computer and it’s 3.88gb. That’s with about 6 or 7 expansions installed and screenshots and logs, and all the stuff you tend to accumulate while playing a game for 4-5 years. This fresh install of WoW is 7.73gb. It’s like Microsoft programmed it.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 10, 2006 by Korby

An hour of EQ impressed me more than an hour of WoW.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 9, 2006 by Korby

I came so very close to just saying “forget this” and giving up. This system of using a gimped out BT style of distributing patches is the most retarded thing I’ve ever seen.

I have a good connection, ok. I get something like 90~k/sec download speed and 13~k/sec upload speed. When I typically download something using Azureus it comes really fast provided that there are other people out there sharing the files. Now while I do my part and share the files as well, I throttle my upload speed to about half of what I could give. Why do I do this, you ask? Because if I were to just throw open my modest little floodgates, my Internet connection for whatever else I might wish to do with it while I’m downloading for the next 2 hours would be hosed. It would appear that Blizzard doesn’t consider this and left out any kind of option for us to save our bandwidth so that we don’t end up bored out of our minds while we download their huge patches in that P2P logjam they call a patching system.

Hey Blizz, if you’re going to use BitTorrent to distribute your half-gig sized patches, then let us, the people you are asking for money every month, use our own goddamn BT clients. There’s a very minor chance that I may become one of those who wish to pay you to play this game, but so far between your broken ass server and your bandwidth hogging patch program, I’m not at all impressed by your retardedness. At least with a direct download mirror I’m getting a CONSTANT 76k/sec connection and it’s only going to take me about 90 minutes to download this FIRST PATCH. It’s really pathetic that it’s been 3 hours already since I only just installed the game (which took about 40 minutes, btw) and I still can’t play it.

My patience is becoming very thin.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 9, 2006 by Korby

Finally connected and got my account setup and then…hey, a 454mb patch file I need to download. Estimated time, about 3-9 hours.

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwesome.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 9, 2006 by Korby

wowfail

Hahaha, I’m gonna go play some EQ. Too funny. Can’t say I didn’t try.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 9, 2006 by Korby

WoW, this takes a long time to install. I’m already wondering how long it will take to uninstall it.