List of things unpleasant to read MMO expac launch day

G:\SteamLibrary\SteamApps is not accessible.

The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

It’s my policy not to backup things that are trivial to re-acquire, such as Steam games. It works out pretty well in general. Until the day your SSD dies just before a MMORPG launch. The expansion launches in thirty minutes, while the download will take three more hours.

The thing I regret the most is that I logged out camping to snatch a housing spot. In game houses are in much greater demand than there is supply, and taking a hiatus from the game made me lose mine (despite my having logged in once a month and entered the virtual house, it seems that I didn’t stay inside the house long enough to reset the timers). And to snatch one, you have to camp: when a lot goes vacant, a random secret timer starts, estimated between 2 and 12 hours, and once that secret timer elapses, the spot is up for grabs.

Yup: it’s an atrocious system. Housing is hugely customizable, yet most of the playerbase is barred from enjoying it fully.

I’m probably too old to manage to get crazy mad over this. I wasn’t planning to treat it like a race anyway. They even prevent access to the new raid for two weeks, to ensure everyone can enjoy the story without skipping cutscenes or bodily functions. Plus, being there at launch guarantees a lot of technical issues: login queues, server crashes, congested instance servers, random disconnections, and DDOS attacks on the servers from would-be extortionists.

But I wish I could have seen the excitement of hundreds of familiar faces rushing into new zones. More players than the game will allow to render, all clipping into each other to talk to the NPC to continue the story where we left it off a few months ago. It’s a “you had to be there” experience, that can’t be experienced if you’re not invested in the game. I hate that I won’t be there. —Aria Salvatrice2019-06-28