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Tycho / on Mon, Oct 31 2011 at 12:00 am

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Surprise Ending

Having been harrowed by various modes of Halloween Party exposure, a strip like this was almost a certainty.

I’ve mentioned before how I rarely to get to choose the platform I play on; I could probably link every word of that sentence to a discrete instance of that lament.  I could play Battlefield 3 with Gabe on the computer, but he’s otherwise occupied, and given the precise nature of that occupation I don’t expect him anytime soon.  That means grabbing an Xbox 360 copy, because that’s where I can reliably get games with friends.  At least, that was the idea.  It’s a week after launch, and all night they didn’t have QuickMatch working - that’s QuickMatch, a feature that launched with Live 1.0 on the original Xbox.  They say they’ve got it working now, or that it may work, but they haven’t earned that faith.  I trust them about as far as I can throw them.  What’s wrong, anyway?

“There are a number of different factors impacting server connectivity on Xbox 360,” the spokesperson said. “It is a particularly complex server architecture and we continue to work with Microsoft to improve connectivity.”

I don’t want to bolster any “violent gamer” tropes, but that statement makes makes me want to improve the connectivity of my front two knuckles with their esophagus.  I wonder how Brenna would respond if I told her that “fidelity” was complicated.  This is the fifth multiplayer Battlefield game they’ve released on the platform, and they ran an open beta, so no: I don’t actually believe this.  I don’t think it was a priority.  I once said that Electronic Arts products come with free misery, and I can’t think of a better way to say it.

I’m beholden to them for the efficient use of my leisure time, and in this case it’s party due to their typically unreliable product but it’s also because I don’t currently have an elite PC cadre to storm with.  I feel like the patriarch of some dilapidated order, surrounded by the ruins of a once hallowed sanctum.  I must rebuild.

(CW)TB out.

you’re not my friend


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