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Thank You to Bioware

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12.14.2011 , 03:53 PM | #1
I hope that the Bioware devs actually get to see this post before it gets lost to the trolls.

From seeing the current state of the forums, I can certainly see that a lot of people are unhappy with how early access has been handled. As an IT technician, I can relate, this is pretty much par for the course, as there will always be more complaints then there are letters of appreciation.

So to you Bioware devs, Thank you for an excellent job over the past six years. I have been playing Bioware games for as long as you have been creating them and I am still impressed with each game that you make. I was able to beta test The Old Republic on a few occasions and its nice to see your product has evolved over the last few months. I know you have put a lot of time and effort into creating it and I was impressed the first beta weekend that I was able to attend, and was even further impressed when the stress test came along.

And now, to the rest of the forum members. I have been in the mmo community for many decades. I have tested and played a good number of them, even going as far back as being a beta tester for EverQuest and I can say the same for EQ2, Lineage 2, Shadowbane, DaoC, Anarchy Online, Eve Online, SWG, and World of Warcraft. Back in the early days of mmo's, we had a general rule of thumb. "Don't judge an MMORPG (the old acronym) in its first month of play". Back in those days, it was a pretty good bet that you wouldn't get to play for the first month because of all the server problems and bugs.

I can understand that World of Warcraft has created a new generation of mmo players that don't feel the same way and aren't as patient. I understand that you pre-ordered the game and you want to play as soon as you can. But keep this in mind. Have you ever been to a Boxing Day sale at Best Buy? If you don't line up at 6am, your not getting any deals. Early Access is the same deal, if you didn't jump and pre-order as soon as possible, why are you expecting to get in on day one of EGA?

As I said before, I am an IT Technician, and I have managed quite a number of large scale projects in my time. Both software and hardware related deployments, and I can say that without a doubt, a staggered launch is the only way to guarantee that a vast majority of bugs are worked out. So my only advice is to be patient, and remember, a few days to wait can mean less server crashes in the future.

So once again, to Stephen Reid and all the devs, Job well done.

TLDR: Thanks Bioware, Excellent Job
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