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WoW Not-So-Live Maintenance 58

scdeimos writes "WoW servers are currently displaying the following Welcome message:
Breaking News
All realms will be offline for scheduled maintenance.
* Date: January 2nd 2007
* Time: 5:00am — 11:00am PST

For more information, please check our realm status page.
Thank you,
Blizzard Entertainment.
So much for Blizzard implementing Live Maintenance in WoW to bring an end to Patch Tuesdays! The WoW Realm Status forums page has nothing further to add at this time."
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WoW Not-So-Live Maintenance

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  • Hmmm (Score:3, Funny)

    by MartinJW ( 961693 ) on Monday January 01, 2007 @09:48AM (#17421892)
    Working as Intended
  • Non story (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tridus ( 79566 ) on Monday January 01, 2007 @09:49AM (#17421900) Homepage
    This is only a story if you make something up about them eliminating maintenance days in the first place. Thats not what they said.

    What they actually said is that they were working on reducing the number of maintenance days by doing some things while the realms were live, and that they were trying it for the first time December 26.

    Somehow that got morphed by people into "there will never be another maintenance day," which is flat out wrong.
  • Oh noes! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Eggplant62 ( 120514 ) on Monday January 01, 2007 @10:05AM (#17421966)
    I won't be able to get my WoW fix tomorrow morning. Oh noes! Whatever shall I do? Clean house? Work? Interact with family members? Oh noes! Not that!
    • "The WoW Realm Status forums page has nothing further to add at this time."

      When did it ever?!
    • by MrNash ( 907751 )
      Indeed, heaven forbid we try some of that human interaction stuff that people have been raving about. :p
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Shillo ( 64681 )
      But remember: WoW = Works on Wednesday!
    • Well, one thing that they may not have taken into consideration is that the feds (along with many local government agencies and the major US exchanges) have declared tomorrow a holiday as a day of mourning for Gerald Ford. So, this particular downtime is probably a bit uglier to those people than others as they might have hoped to get in a lot of extra time on their 4-day weekend. Me, I'm in the medical business so I don't get "extra" holidays. :)
    • by tepples ( 727027 )

      I won't be able to get my WoW fix tomorrow morning. Oh noes! Whatever shall I do?

      ACWW [wikipedia.org].

      • HUH!? No WOW, so go play AC:WW? I love AC, but when I canned my WOW account last month, I didn't say "Yay! Now I can play Animal Crossing"...

        Though given a choice, I'd choose Animal Crossing. It works properly, isn't constantly broken by the developer, and doesn't charge you for being, in essence, a beta tester.
        • HThough given a choice, I'd choose Animal Crossing. It works properly, isn't constantly broken by the developer, and doesn't charge you for being, in essence, a beta tester.
          You mispelled "hamster."

  • by Alcoholic Synonymous ( 990318 ) on Monday January 01, 2007 @10:33AM (#17422158)
    This "Not-So-Live" maintenance is the "Not-Really-Possible-To-Do-Live" 2.0.3 patch.

    Last weeks maintenance went off without a hitch, so expect it become more like one day a month when bugfix patches are rolled out.

  • implemented? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Toridas ( 742267 )
    They never "implemented" live maintenance, they were just testing it. They could test it again next week for all anyone knows.
  • Some Of Us.... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ObsessiveMathsFreak ( 773371 ) <obsessivemathsfreak@@@eircom...net> on Monday January 01, 2007 @10:41AM (#17422206) Homepage Journal
    You know, those of us who have never played World of Warcraft always find these headlines rather amusing. Beneath our stolid contempt that is.
  • I never expected them to get rid of maintenance days. That's how it's always been done and I'm guessing there is no way for them to update without taking down the servers. It's not like GW where you get a system message saying there is a new patch, log off when it is convenient and download it.
  • Ahh the irony of taking the servers down to install a patch so that the servers won't come down. :) I think we will see a lot more emergency fixing. I have 5 lvl 60 chars and my frost spec'd mage seems to get problems with the elemental he summons. The elemental refuses to attack until you manually make it fire a frost bolt off at a monster. Just clicking the agressive button and "pet attack" (special action 1 usually) does not make it enter combat, but it's fine if you make it use frost nova on the mob fir
  • Delete this nonstory (Score:3, Informative)

    by WilliamX ( 22300 ) on Monday January 01, 2007 @02:12PM (#17423708)
    Delete this non-story. Bliz never promised no more maintanence days, just reduced them for normal maintanence tasks. This Tuesday is a patch day (or have you not noticed the 140+M file you've been background downloading recently, that should have been your first clue), and thus NOT "normal maintanence." Non-story, should never have been posted, and full of misinformation.
    • I haven't been background DLing jack because Blizzard's download client sucks donkey balls! I'll just wait until patch day and and DL it in five minutes off of Filefront!
    • Aye, and the only reason i'm posting to this thread right now is the servers have just come down in Europe for 6 hours! :)
  • How exactly did this make the cut? I mean, maybe it's a slow news day, but posting blatantly false news stories is pretty dumb.
  • Articles like this sure makes me happy noone at slashdot were into posting useless MMO info back when patch periods were weeklong, and often followed by months of rollbacks.
  • ...this is the only way they can pull the Winter Veil content out of Azeroth. What would happen if the content suddenly dissappeared? Crash in 5, 4, 3...
    • Seasonal content doesn't require a patch. (Considering it is exactly the same as last year) It's just turns on and off based on the date. They line this up with server downtime so that there is no wacky discontinuity.
  • Does this really belong on Slashdot?
    Who really cares if WoW is down for a few hours or one entire day?
    Shit happens, people; get a life.

    If my favorite MMO was down for a day, I'd normally be disgruntled for 5-10 minutes, then shrug it off and go play or work on something else and come back to it the next day.
    • Of course this has to be on Slashdot. Rather than interact with people while the servers are down, the WoW junkies find the most recent WoW news story on Slashdot and whine, or if there hasn't been one in a while, they whip up another one and whine there.
  • Thanks for lettuce gnomes, /.?

    (Yeah, it's a WoW forums thing)

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