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Then the cost of the game would have been much higher than it was...probably in the hundreds of dollars.

Im still entry level to the networking world, but maybe leasing out a 6 month contract with another company until the storm passes would have been a viable option, especially with this always DRM.
    
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How can you test a server system with the load they received on launch? Also, don't start w/ pre-order numbers, because that is only a very rough estimate and does not include release day purchase/downloads.

Maybe by looking at the loads incurred on any of the other online games that exist and going from there?
 
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If they didn't have DRM, but like a CD-key check, then you could use a HTPC as a server if you wanted! no need for servers -_-

The amount they spend on DRM and supporting the infrastructure....probably outweighs what they lose from piracy
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Im still entry level to the networking world, but maybe leasing out a 6 month contract with another company until the storm passes would have been a viable option, especially with this always DRM.

My thoughts exactly!!!
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Im still entry level to the networking world, but maybe leasing out a 6 month contract with another company until the storm passes would have been a viable option, especially with this always DRM.

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Maybe by looking at the loads incurred on any of the other online games that exist and going from there?


Exactly, I wouldn't even say 6 months, just lease additional servers for the first month and then go from there.

Also, EA now has its own all-in-one on-line game client, surely they should know what kind of traffic to expect, plus all the pre-orders and page-hits to assess public interest in day 1 purchases. But these server outages are recurrent, which makes me wonder that some companies always try to get by on the cheap, it's as if they don't learn.
 
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"I, I, I, I, I, I, ain't gonna play SimCity..."
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Exactly, I wouldn't even say 6 months, just lease additional servers for the first month and then go from there.

Also, EA now has its own all-in-one on-line game client, surely they should know what kind of traffic to expect, plus all the pre-orders and page-hits to assess public interest in day 1 purchases. But these server outages are recurrent, which makes me wonder that some companies always try to get by on the cheap, it's as if they don't learn.

Well only reason why I say 6 months is because I dont actually know what kind of options are available for NaaS as far as server leasing goes, and even then if the 'servers go down' they could blame the leased out servers instead of leaving themselves to be the only target for bad PR. Not saying it would be right of course, just that from a cold business perspective its a win-win. Sometimes I wonder who the heck even makes these decisions for EA lately, its definitely not working for them that much is evident to us.
    
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I hate to join in on beating the dead horse, but it's like EA does everything they possibly can to make people hate them. You think they would learn from their past mistakes and listen to the consumers when they tell them EXACTLY WHAT NOT TO DO. It such an unbelievably easy fix and its like they choose to make it hard it hard on themselves.

I really don't have any sympathy for them anymore.
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Maybe they can see it coming, but choose not to do anything about it. The day-1 load of a server and network for something like this is HUGE compared to the average load the rest of the time. Instead of spending money on hardware and the team the properly run it and predict day one load, they say, "lets just let the crapstorm happen and we'll eat the bad PR with some free DLC or something, since this is cheaper than actually preventing the problem." A couple of finance guys run the numbers on a few worst case estimate, and give it the stamp of approval on whatever makes the most money.

Exactly what happened with Diablo 3. Blizz faced the same issues during open beta, they saw it coming. They may win now but in the long term I expect this policy to backfire.
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I hate to join in on beating the dead horse, but it's like EA does everything they possibly can to make people hate them. You think they would learn from their past mistakes and listen to the consumers when they tell them EXACTLY WHAT NOT TO DO. It such an unbelievably easy fix and its like they choose to make it hard it hard on themselves.

I really don't have any sympathy for them anymore.

You and many others continue to say that, but you will ALWAYS continue to support their products by purchasing it.

More talk, less action...oh wait.
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