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Posted: Mar 1st 2010 5:06PM CCon99 said

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It's a good thing MAG doesn't charge a subscription fee, a situation like this could have hurt them really badly if they did.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2010 7:09AM (Unverified) said

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THANK GOD I DON'T OWN A PS3, I HAVE A GOOD SYSTEM.

HERE'S A GREAT FEATHER IN THE HAT FOR ALL THE PS3 FLAMING FAN-BOYS OUT THERE

LAST NIGHT I PLAYED ME2, COD 6, and then streamed some netflix with the GF!
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2010 7:12AM (Unverified) said

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The Only "Significant Weakness" is the ps3!

If they just ignore it, they cane make a boat load more money and bring us the best mmo experience ever!
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Posted: Mar 1st 2010 5:12PM Wensbane said

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Phew, good thing I waited for the "slim"! Had more than enough problems with my early model 360 and it's several red rings of death...

Funny how a PC assembled and maintained by myself somehow manages to give me far less problems than these (rather expensive) gaming consoles.

Yeah, I think I'll keep feeding my MMO addiction via PC, for as long as I can.

Posted: Mar 1st 2010 6:10PM (Unverified) said

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It will just feel like another server maintenance day anyways :P

Posted: Mar 1st 2010 10:26PM (Unverified) said

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Except if your MMO is on "Server maintenance" you don't have to shut down your PC and not use it.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2010 6:16PM MrDiamondJ said

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Very good point. Perhaps a better question is, does the downtime from this PS3 bug exceed the downtime of most MMOs in, say, a six-month period? My guess would be no. Heck, most patches take four to six hours to rollout to servers, so a 24-hour blackout is nothing. Combine that with typical weekly server maintenance, and this PS3 issue is maybe two or three months of aggregate MMO downtime rolled into one big mess.

Posted: Mar 1st 2010 6:20PM (Unverified) said

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Except console MMOs are still going to have patches and server maintenance...
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Posted: Mar 1st 2010 7:10PM Necromas said

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And MAG doesn't have the structure of a normal MMO, even if it were a PC game, it wouldn't have the kind of problems that WoW servers have to worry about.
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2010 7:42AM (Unverified) said

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The Answer to your questions is about 50%, this bug equals about 3 months of wow downtime, Not to mention this is a bug, Not added content, or balance fixes.

That is like comparing the time it takes to build a roof on a house to the time it takes to repair a leak in the roof.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2010 6:37PM LaughingTarget said

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This is pretty much a non-issue. I can happen at any time, but the last time a major bug like this showed up was the Pentium floating point bug, and that was so minor it wouldn't have impacted anyone not attempting to calculate how to land a robot on Mars. At this frequency, we won't see the next glitch until 2025. I wouldn't worry about it much.

Posted: Mar 1st 2010 6:44PM Itanius said

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How is this any different than any other online gaming related software bug? PC users are used to this kind of thing. What really matters is the response time and level of customer service provided to rectify any downtime, loss of data, etc.

Posted: Mar 1st 2010 8:12PM GaaaaaH said

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This sort of thing is more relevant to the DRM argument - ie the next Ubisoft one.

No servers = no game
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Posted: Mar 1st 2010 8:40PM (Unverified) said

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And it's already over. So I don't know. There is a very legitimate concern that people leave games over technical issues. But there's not a big overlap with those people and the people who complain the loudest.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2010 7:39AM (Unverified) said

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PS3 Owners complain the loudest. They bought a crap system and try their hardest to convince themselves, even outwardly that they didn't waste more money on an inferior system with less people.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2010 10:43PM GRT said

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Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2010 1:26AM (Unverified) said

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You forget to make 1 point. The "Everyone has the same hardware" is a double edged sword. Yes, if there is a screw up, everyone is affected. However, they also only have to test that one particular hardware config for bugs. PC MMO companies CANNOT test it on every possible rig setup out there, which accounts for most of the hardware compatability issues.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2010 7:22AM (Unverified) said

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It's not that much different from a windows update breaking the PC.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2010 7:37AM (Unverified) said

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Which hasn't happened in 9 years!
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2010 3:43PM remover said

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Don't defend Windows.
You'll break a sweat trying to prove that the sky doesn't exist.



As for the topic at hand,
it doesn't matter what consoles you like/don't like. (I own them all though).
it sucks when things go wrong. I don't see the point in using it as bash-fuel, as every platform has terrible flaws. Don't make fun of a legless man if you're missing a couple of arms ;)



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