The Daily Grind: What were some of the most memorable MMO outages?

    
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The Daily Grind: What were some of the most memorable MMO outages?

This past week, many Lord of the Rings Online players impatiently nibbled on lembas bread and took to Reddit as several of the North American servers remained offline for multiple days. It’s unfortunately not the first time that LOTRO’s seen such an event, with a four-day outage happening back in March 2019. Maybe it’s an annual festival of sorts?

The frustration of a game being down when you want to, you know, just play it tends to rankle our instant gratification centers and create lasting impressions upon us that we will later tell to our therapists.

Many of the Massively OP community have been witness to great MMORPG outages of years past, so I thought it might be fun to dredge up those painful memories and grouse about them. What were some of the most memorable outages you’ve ever experienced?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Castagere Shaikura

Asheron Call 2 just after a new expansion came out they shut the game down.

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

The one Justin wrote about in 2011. Hangame accidentally deleted an MMO.

https://www.engadget.com/2011-11-15-hangame-mmo-accidentally-deleted-shut-down-forever.html

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Ironwu

Well, LOTRO just went down again (12:30pm pst), all servers. No projected time to return. No information as to what is going on.

LOTRO is a really fun game, but I am thinking that all they will have left if this keeps up is the real die-hard fans. I do hope they can find and fix the problem(s).

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If you add just one letter to the headline you get a question for our times:
The Daily Grind: What were some of the most memorable MMO outrages?

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Oleg Chebeneev

Every SC funding milestone since 2013

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Oleg Chebeneev

First few weeks of WoW launch were barely playable. Outside 10,000 queues, there were severe latency and server crash issues. I still played it through all that

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xpsync

Reading all the outage stories below, for example swg, i don’t recall them?

I always have two mmorpg’s on the go, so no memorable moment. OK, I’ll go play the other one while you sort your shit out.

Example just recently i’ve been playing retail because swg was going down so often, i’ll play something else for a few days until it’s stabilized.

The only memorable one i have was wow launch, mainly i think as my ex and i were so focused on getting in there to play. It’s all we did for several days, kept trying…

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Ironwu

Anytime WoW went down for a significant period of time was/is always traumatic. I do usually have backup games waiting in the wings to be played (which is how I am getting by during the LOTRO outages).

I feel the pain of the small companies when something like the LOTRO hardware/software meltdown happens. It can be really tough to track down and isolate some types of issues.

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Toy Clown

I still remember the Sony Online outage that affected all of its games and services for close to three weeks about 10 years ago, of which I was deeply into SWG at the time. It feels like it ended up being a foreshadowing event as the impending shutdown of SWG was announced not long after the servers were stabilized and the game was reopened again.

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Rheem Octuris

This happened shortly after EverQuest 2 went free to play and I remember the free server that was thriving was a ghost town after the servers came back up.

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PanagiotisLial1

I vaguely remember some mmo long ago went for an outage and never returned, that was it – but I cant recall the title

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Big_Red

The one that comes to mind is Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising

I was a sucker and paid the lifer as I LOVE the genre and believed in the company’s commitment in making the title viable. Took my money and ran.

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Justin Hartman

It’s not the outages that cause the biggest frustration, it’s the lack of communication during them