Ever notice that during the first couple days of a new MMO’s launch, one of the most repeated lines on the forums and in chat channels tends to be something along the lines of, “What do you expect? The game just launched.” The line’s usually said in reference to random bugs, lag issues, and login issues. The latter two, especially. “The lag will clear once people get bored of the game and even out as far as levels go,” fans argue. Wait a minute. You mean to tell me game developers launch a game without immediate post-launch conditions in mind? That… doesn’t make sense. First impressions matter, folks.
Another favorite line we often hear is, “All games have terrible launches– get used to it.” So… hold on. Since so many games experience massive launch issues, that means we’re supposed to be satisfied with game crashes, disconnects, the inability to create accounts, severe lag, and game-breaking bugs? I’m sorry, but just because something sucks normally doesn’t mean we shouldn’t expect and hope for better.