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The Downtime Blues

Posted by BillMurphy Wednesday December 29 2010 at 7:04PM
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DCUO patched today.  As I've made it abundantly clear lately, I love that game.  The problem with today's patch is that the servers are still not back up.  Ah, the joys of beta (and live experience too sometimes).  Patch day always seems to equal "Problem Day" for most games.  And now, as I wait for my lovely wife to come home with nothing but free time to do all things Geek, all I really want to do is log into my current hero-of-choice and bash some skulls.

But I can't.

I've got the Downtime Blues.

It reminds me of the early days of Anarchy Online, or more notably World of Warcraft.  Back in 2004, when WoW was the hot new kid in town the servers seemed to be down more often than they were up as Blizzard scrambled to meet demand.  These were the days when extra time would be added to your subscription for free because you couldn't play for days in a row. 

Really, DCUO is in beta.  I'm not really complaining that they need some extra time to get things in order.  I'm just expressing sadness that I wanted to play this evening and can't it seems.  And I can't be the only one around here who gets a little petulent when they get home from work to find the servers down, can I? 

You know the times I'm talking about.  When all you really want to do is go home, put on some comfy clothes, grab a beer or whatever you drink, and log into your favorite world.  Then when you go through the motions of letting the dogs out, feeding the kids, making sure Suzie (not Ford) has her homework done, and getting yourself all lined up for a good hour or two of gaming... the one game you want to play doesn't work.

Talk about a bah humbug indeed.