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coughxcool
12.13.2011 , 05:50 PM | #1
How did no one at Bioware realize that rolling out early access over a 7 day period would cause a lot of customers grief? Leaving something so nebulous and open ended when money is involved is never a good idea. But I just wanted to point out that this isn't Bioware's first big blunder this year. Anyone else pay for Dragon Age 2 and then **** when they realized they were never leaving Kirkwall? I know I did. Not sure what happened, but I'd like to see Bioware regain some dignity sometime soon....

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Makar
12.13.2011 , 05:52 PM | #2
Quote: Originally Posted by coughxcool View Post
How did no one at Bioware realize that rolling out early access over a 7 day period would cause a lot of customers grief? Leaving something so nebulous and open ended when money is involved is never a good idea. But I just wanted to point out that this isn't Bioware's first big blunder this year. Anyone else pay for Dragon Age 2 and then **** when they realized they were never leaving Kirkwall? I know I did. Not sure what happened, but I'd like to see Bioware regain some dignity sometime soon....
Much like the staggered launch of this game, most of us realized what was going to happen when BIOWARE TOLD US AHEAD OF TIME.
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coughxcool
12.13.2011 , 05:58 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by Makar View Post
Much like the staggered launch of this game, most of us realized what was going to happen when BIOWARE TOLD US AHEAD OF TIME.
I dont think you read my original post. I wasnt complaining or saying that I did not expect this ahead of time. I was more saying that the customer grief which is littering the boards could have been avoided with a little more careful planning. Thanks for that, though.

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NomadTidian
12.13.2011 , 06:05 PM | #4
This was careful planning. They made us aware of their plans MONTHS in advance.

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coughxcool
12.13.2011 , 06:12 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by NomadTidian View Post
This was careful planning. They made us aware of their plans MONTHS in advance.
Careful planning shouldn't result in tons of people whining on a message board. The part of the planning they obviously neglected was thinking about the community reaction.

And please don't construe this post as me whining because I have not yet received early access. I pre-ordered like a week ago and at no point did I expect to get on before the 18th or 19th. I'm merely observing the community's reaction and offering my opinion on it.

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Makar
12.13.2011 , 06:14 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by coughxcool View Post
Careful planning shouldn't result in tons of people whining on a message board. The part of the planning they obviously neglected was thinking about the community reaction.

And please don't construe this post as me whining because I have not yet received early access. I pre-ordered like a week ago and at no point did I expect to get on before the 18th or 19th. I'm merely observing the community's reaction and offering my opinion on it.

I'm not sure what else they could have done, short of subliminal messaging, to make it any clearer. People will always find something to complain about, but just because what you read is mostly complaints, doesn't mean that's the majority's opinion. Whiners are just more vocal.
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coughxcool
12.13.2011 , 06:18 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Makar View Post
I'm not sure what else they could have done, short of subliminal messaging, to make it any clearer. People will always find something to complain about, but just because what you read is mostly complaints, doesn't mean that's the majority's opinion. Whiners are just more vocal.
fair enough

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KCToker
12.13.2011 , 06:20 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by coughxcool View Post
Careful planning shouldn't result in tons of people whining on a message board. The part of the planning they obviously neglected was thinking about the community reaction.
This is the internet. Bioware could send everyone (free of charge) their weight in gold, and people would complain that heavier people get more gold.

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noctivagus
12.13.2011 , 06:21 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by coughxcool View Post
How did no one at Bioware realize that rolling out early access over a 7 day period would cause a lot of customers grief? Leaving something so nebulous and open ended when money is involved is never a good idea. But I just wanted to point out that this isn't Bioware's first big blunder this year. Anyone else pay for Dragon Age 2 and then **** when they realized they were never leaving Kirkwall? I know I did. Not sure what happened, but I'd like to see Bioware regain some dignity sometime soon....
It took me about have of the game to get past the denial after seeing the map. There had to be more... there had to be...

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Strah
12.13.2011 , 06:21 PM | #10
Get everyone in at the same time - servers crash, nobody plays.
Get LOADS of people in at the same time ( aka stress test ) - nobody can quest properly, gameplay experience ruined for the majority.
Do it the way they did - fair but square, mostly the people that waited for this game for the longest can play, but not that many.

Either way people are going to complain, however the last option doesn't ruin the game experience for anyone, it just delays it a bit further.
I'd rather play it later and have fun, rather than play earlier and rage about the lags and 100500 people killing my questmob.