WoW Final Stress Test on FP

Details on a week-long final stress test for World of Warcraft have been revealed, though the World of Warcraft Community Site has been battered into uselessness by the announcement. Details on the test are available on FilePlanet, where you will see it requires a paid subscription for the privilege of helping test the game. Word is the test will run for a week, at which point open beta testing of Blizzard's eagerly anticipated MMORPG will begin.
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No subject
Nov 5, 2004, 19:49
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No subject Nov 5, 2004, 19:49
Nov 5, 2004, 19:49
 
I've finally played EQ2. My god is it horrid. I don't know how anyone that has played WoW would still think EQ2 is better. HOrrid interface, messy, bad graphic engine(can't even run maxed out and still runs sluggish on my tricked out comp), and everything is so boring about it. Please, if your on evercrack, shoot yourself, do the world a favor.

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 19:54
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 19:54
Nov 2, 2004, 19:54
 
BT is and will be the official method of distribution.

The things you get in 4 seconds are :

1)the torrent client's (for patches)
2)config files

They said they are working on alternative methods as well and im expecting to see the patches mirrored on fileplanet once the game hits retail. Why do you think FP got so many exclusives ?

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 12:59
Nix
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 12:59
Nov 2, 2004, 12:59
Nix
 
A patcher that is newer than the one used for the last push? Does it use the same method to acquire the data?

I don't know for sure if the new patcher uses the same method, but I seriously doubt it does. It downloaded for me in about 4 seconds. I wasn't around for last push as I was never in closed beta so I'm only assuming this patcher is new.

I guess this means the BT experiment is over?

I dunno. Quite possibly.

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Re: FilePlanet Dropped the Ball...
Nov 2, 2004, 12:21
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Re: FilePlanet Dropped the Ball... Nov 2, 2004, 12:21
Nov 2, 2004, 12:21
 
I received my key as well at about the 13th hour mark and created my account with Blizzard.

Now all I need to do in download the client.

See you in game...I hope!

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 12:15
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 12:15
Nov 2, 2004, 12:15
 
You misunderstood me. There's a new PATCHER. You still need to download the game via blizzards downloader or fileplanet, but patches will no longer be distributed through the blizzard downloader.

Nix, I sure hope you are correct. A patcher that is newer than the one used for the last push? Does it use the same method to acquire the data?

So at retail, barely anyone will have these download woes.

I would say so, yes. I guess this means the BT experiment is over?

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 12:09
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 12:09
Nov 2, 2004, 12:09
 
Hey guys, if I download this, will I have to download the OB all over again?

You will not. Blizzard has stated that there will be a patch prior to OB (Pally and Hunter talents) but no redownloading of the client.

As a heads up to people, if I were you, I'd start a Pally or Hunter. The talents are ALWAYS overpowered at the start so they will be the strongest classes for PvP prior to release.

Otherwise if you are looking for pure DPS for soloing I'd go with a Rogue. If you think you will have time to level enough for high end grouping I'd go warrior priest or mage.

Some people in the closed beta ran a study on high level classes and their comparative DPS. It turns out that the Rogue did far more damage than the same level mage in the group.

Of cours the Rogue could take a beating from the nerf bat this patch....

Just some info for those that are either finished downloading or should soon be.

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Re: FilePlanet Dropped the Ball...
Nov 2, 2004, 11:58
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Re: FilePlanet Dropped the Ball... Nov 2, 2004, 11:58
Nov 2, 2004, 11:58
 
If it makes you feel any better, I just received my key after a 15 hour wait.

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 11:44
Nix
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 11:44
Nov 2, 2004, 11:44
Nix
 
Hey guys, if I download this, will I have to download the OB all over again? since my current conn count all MB's and I have to pay for them

I seriously doubt you will have to download again to enter open beta...

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 11:32
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 11:32
Nov 2, 2004, 11:32
 
Hey guys, if I download this, will I have to download the OB all over again? since my current conn count all MB's and I have to pay for them

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 09:55
Nix
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 09:55
Nov 2, 2004, 09:55
Nix
 
Bronco:

You misunderstood me. There's a new PATCHER. You still need to download the game via blizzards downloader or fileplanet, but patches will no longer be distributed through the blizzard downloader.

So at retail, barely anyone will have these download woes.

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 09:19
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 09:19
Nov 2, 2004, 09:19
 
Did you see there's a new patcher?

Yes I did. I tried using it for 4 hours yesterday and managed to download 48MB of the 2563.93MB that the new client represents. My upload was 50K and my download 1K. Not only that, surfing the web was impossible. MSN messenger kept losing it's connection. My mail client was reporting that it could not connect to the mail server. If I closed the Blizzard downloader everything worked again! This is exactly what downloading every single patch has been like for me.

I have followed Blizzards instructions which include:

  • Turning off your Firewall - a dumb idea but I tried it - no improvement

  • Forwarding a series of ports to your PC if it is on a router - I did it - no improvement

  • Removing the router and connecting directly to the internet - again not very practical but I did it - no improvement

While the WoW forums were crashing last night I found a link to a website that posts the tracker info for the WoW patches. I fired up a third party BT client this morning and was downloading at 85-90K and uploading at 14K. Please note that the 85-90K was with the firewall ON, and the router IN PLACE.

I've tried to use the downloader for every single patch. After 4-8 hours of little to no progress I've given up every single time and found the tracker info. Every single time I have tried every step listed above. Every single time my download has skyrocketed and I'm back online playing/testing when I use a third party BT client.

I want the Blizzard downloader to work. I want to test it so they get the results they need. That is why I tried the above tests every time despite my serious doubts that they would work at all.

I'm not an expert with BT but from what I understand the issue with the Blizzard downloader is that it does not limit the upload speed. This in turn saturates your connection to the internet and prevents downstream data from being recognized. The beta testers have been through this a million times with Blizzard, merely asking for a way to limit the upload. Blizzard has stated that they are looking at the issue but nothing seems to have changed in a while.

So when we buy the game, just install from CD/DVD and then patch via the patcher... no need for the blizzard downloader anymore really.

I'm sure there will be patches upon patches. Some of them quite large in size. Remember, there is a lot of content that is not in the game yet. Now, I haven't complained about this issue so far because after all, this is a beta and we are testing their systems. However, if I am paying for this service and it does not improve or alternate methods are not allowed or provided for that matter, I will complain.

I find it interesting that Blizzard has had little to say with regards to the problems with the downloader (even going so far as to nuke threads on the subject and delete posts that point to the tracker) and yet when it comes time for the second stress test they go ahead and make the client available via Fileplanet. If there are no issues with the downloader then why use Fileplanet's bandwidth? I understand that there is money involved here but I also find it funny that the closed beta people that have 'tested' the downloader are expected to continue to 'test' the downloader while people that are signing up for the 'STRESS TEST' do not need to test the downloader which obviously needs more 'testing'.

The patcher was quite fast for me too...

I think a lot of this has to do with people catching a connection to a seed. With my BT client I can see when I connect to a seed, my D/L rate really boosts. I also wonder what type of connection you have to the internet and how it may have some impact on your ability to download. Apparently ADSL has more issues with this than cable connections.

Well, I didn't want this to be a rant against Blizzard. Overall I'm happy with the game and will be buying it when it goes retail. I've just resigned myself to using alternate methods to the 'Blizzard downloader'.

edit - spelling/clarity

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FilePlanet Dropped the Ball...
Nov 2, 2004, 09:09
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FilePlanet Dropped the Ball... Nov 2, 2004, 09:09
Nov 2, 2004, 09:09
 
on this one.

I have been waiting approximately 12 hours for my beta key to arrive via email, and still nothing.

Sorry, but there is no excuse for this piss poor service, this is just very poor planning on FP and Blizzard's part.

This demand was NOT unexpected, and yet FP and Blizzard were still overwhelmed.

Nothing like paying for a stress test. I feel like an idiot for having put myself through this. WoW made the hoop and I am happily jumping through it.

I feel so 'dirty.'

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lol
Nov 2, 2004, 08:55
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lol Nov 2, 2004, 08:55
Nov 2, 2004, 08:55
 
If you can't afford eight dollars a month then please go hang yourself right now.

I get 4mbits down and it's worth every cent. I got the 2.6 gig installer in about 2 hours.

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 08:21
Nix
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 08:21
Nov 2, 2004, 08:21
Nix
 
Hey Bronco:

I don't think the BT downloader will be a big issue at retail. Did you see there's a new patcher?

So when we buy the game, just install from CD/DVD and then patch via the patcher... no need for the blizzard downloader anymore really.

The patcher was quite fast for me too...

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 07:27
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 07:27
Nov 2, 2004, 07:27
 
Odd that they'd have separate servers for CB testers and FP subscribers.

Consider this...

The CB servers are filled with tons of high level characters with GOBS of gold (I'm level 41 now with a mount all plate and over 30 gold in my pocket).

I believe that part of the OB will revolve around watching the early steps of the economy and how the low level quests handle an influx of players. Throw in a large amount of cash and high level people to help friends blow through the lower levels....

I think that is the main reason CB won't mix with the 2nd ST or the OB.

What will be really interesting is if they let OB people carry their characters into retail but prevent CB from doing so. I don't think they will let any characters into retail.

I'm just glad I can download the client via FP as the Blizzard download is worse than ever.

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Re: No subject
Nov 2, 2004, 07:23
Nix
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Re: No subject Nov 2, 2004, 07:23
Nov 2, 2004, 07:23
Nix
 
Why is it "clearly" not an open beta? The Open Beta has not yet begun, this is the second stress test.

And, apparently you did not try guild wars this weekend nor have you ever played WoW or you wouldn't be making such statements about their talent.

I'm just curious if you're ever right.

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Re: No subject
Nov 2, 2004, 07:19
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Re: No subject Nov 2, 2004, 07:19
Nov 2, 2004, 07:19
 
Why is Blizzard calling the OB portion of the beta OB when it clearly isn't? It's no wonder all the real talent jumped ship at Blizzard. Blizzard used to be great, now they're collapsing in slow motion.


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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 02:17
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 02:17
Nov 2, 2004, 02:17
 
--NOTE TO CLOSED BETA TESTERS--

World of Warcraft closed beta test participants are already qualified to enter the final stress test. The final stress test client is NOW available for download by testers at WorldofWarcraft.com. Please note that your account and characters are still available and ready to continue where they left off! Also note that the client that you download will NOT be noticeably different from the last version of the beta that you played. In the days ahead, we will provide a patch that will update everyone’s game client with the features, such as Paladin and Hunter talents and racial traits for all races, that you’ve been waiting for.






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Re: Er...
Nov 2, 2004, 02:09
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Re: Er... Nov 2, 2004, 02:09
Nov 2, 2004, 02:09
 
I never said fileplanet was paying Blizzard (though I would assume that since they're running a business Blizzard counts free publicity as free money).

(From the Blizzard FAQ)

"Blizzard is not charging a fee to play the final stress test or the open beta. However, to help defray the costs associated with distributing a large number of files and to keep our focus on finalizing World of Warcraft, we have partnered with FilePlanet for the distribution of the final stress test client."

(Frome your flame)

And to address your idiotic statement about offsetting the cost of development? What the hell do you think they makes games for? To make money you toad!

I'm not sure I understand your point (it's possible that I'm too much of an idiotic toad). That statement was the only statement in my post, so what were you addressing before that? Anyway, the entire point behind my post IS that Blizzard wants customers to jump through hoops to help them 'defray' the costs of developement, which should be already included in their DEVELOPEMENT budget. And these wonderful customers are the ones who, yes, will eventually MORE than defray those costs by buying the game, which is why Blizzard shouldn't be making them jump through hoops! See what I mean now?

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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me
Nov 2, 2004, 01:14
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Re: Early Christmas Present for Me Nov 2, 2004, 01:14
Nov 2, 2004, 01:14
 
Ohh, I see what you're saying, Muffinman. Odd that they'd have separate servers for CB testers and FP subscribers.

and us having to look at these damn popup ads

Silly rabbit, download Firefox.

This comment was edited on Nov 2, 01:16.
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