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Premature ejection

Video Games | Thursday, June 29th, 2006 | 11 years, 5 months ago

I couldn’t have concocted a more spectacular and horriffic end to my WoW fiasco with the help of Stephen King!

I successfully logged in to WoW today, accepted 2 EULAs as always, and was happy to see yesterday’s patch come in quickly. In no time it was done downloading and prompted me to restart. I did so, waited a very short time for the minor patch to install, dismissed the dialog with Enter, and re-entered the game.

I accepted 2 EULAs yet again (Blizzard’s lawyers sure work for their paycheques. Small wonder.) and entered my password.

Today is day 7 of my 10-day free trial and WoW tells me I have “used up my prepaid time for this account”.

Blizzard are ripoff artists. I miss the old Blizzard of Warcraft and Diablo and Blackthorne. I guess the soul of the company was extinguished forever when Bill Roper (lead producer of amazing-looking upcoming game Hellgate: London) and much of the original Diablo team jumped ship.

I think this game has ruined MMOGs for me. It’s mind boggling how this product failed me at every single turn.

I was one of your best prospects, Blizzard. Even after my girlfriend uninstalled the game in frustration I somehow convinced her to reinstall it to play with me and give it a fair shake. A more patient and understanding prospective customer you’ll never find again, Blizzard, and you blew it. Over and over and over.

No sale.

** UPDATE **

Sweet zombie jesus, THIS GAME WILL NOT HAVE MERCY ON ME! Stubborn to the very last!

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From hell’s heart I stab at thee!

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But thou dost parry and strike at me with thine last ounce of fortitude! O, vile fiend, wilt thou torture me evermore?

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Calloo calay! After much tussle and strain I hath slain the foul beast!

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And despite the demonic babblings in its death throes there is nary a sign of the festering corpse of this most heinous entity. Goode riddance!!!

** UPDATE 2 **

I thought I’d do Blizzard a favour by expressing my discontent with their product. I went to www.worldofwarcraft.com and looked for a “Contact Us” link. No beans.

I figured most of my issues were technical so I clicked “Technical Support” and was unhappily greeted with a message board. Highly unprofessional in my books; does Blizzard torrent out their tech support to their paying customers as well!?

No matter. I didn’t feel like creating an account just for one message post so I tried to access a shared account with bugmenot. None of them seemed to work. Then I realized why.

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The logon server for the tech support forum is down.

Strike 47, you’re out. Troubleshoot your own damn game.

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