Overflow Servers from Hunter’s Insight

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Re-posted from : Hunter’s Insight posted April 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm – He really has a point

I think people have really bad attitudes. Just in general. Which is funny because most of the time I have a really bad attitude. So really, I’m an expert on bad attitudes. Which is why I think a lot of the forum posters, and blog posts about overflow servers are short-sighted and cranky. Do I think it’s a perfect system? No, but I think it’s better than waiting in a queue and not playing at all, and that should be the main thought on everyone’s mind, but it isn’t.

Just to explain, an overflow server is the Guild Wars 2 solution to crowded servers. When a zone becomes full, a second copy of that zone is produced and those wishing to log in and, instead of being sent to a login screen with a timer, you are sent to the copy and allowed to play.

Unfortunately this is not good enough for those playing on overflow servers. Instead of blog posts or forum threads complaining about being stuck in a queue, we have blog posts and forum threads about being able to play but not where they want. Some people are never happy.

Fine, yes, it can be difficult to sync servers with friends. It usually took me several minutes of waiting to get into the normal zone after being put on an overflow server. Sometimes I would get into the normal server with friends and minutes later they would do a personal story instance and be returned to the overflow server. Frustrating, I get it.

What did people expect with such a huge crush of players in a beta? Nearly 100% of the players thrust into 3 zones.

Not to mention people quickly found ways around the queue problem. People are constantly moving in and out of zones. If one wanted to gain access to the normal Queensdale zone, all you had to do was go to Divinity’s Reach and either queue up and wait to get to the normal zone as the UI clearly offers, or attempt to enter the zone over and over via waypoint or portal effectively jumping the queue. Not fair or fun, but certainly effective for anyone desperate enough.

But no of course not. Let’s not listen to reason or use common sense. Overflow servers are awful and much worse than staring at a login countdown timer. I’d much rather not play than play. Let’s forget how innovative this is and how they’ve fixed a problem in MMOs that has been around for years.

It is beta.

Re-posted from : Hunter’s Insight