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« on: August 27, 2004, 06:17:43 PM »

If you wanna try it out, you'll have to play nicey-nice with Fileplanet.  If I'm reading this correctly though, it should allow the general public to try things out for a bit and see whats going on!  Good luck

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 BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT® PARTNERS WITH FILEPLANET FOR WORLD OF WARCRAFT STRESS TEST BETA


FilePlanet to exclusively provide stress-test files to 100,000+ players

IRVINE, Calif. – August 26, 2004 – Blizzard Entertainment® today announced plans to collaborate with FilePlanet on Blizzard’s upcoming World of WarcraftTM stress test beta. This 7-day test will help Blizzard optimize World of Warcraft to deliver the best online-gaming experience possible when it launches later this year. Gamers in North America will have the opportunity to become one of over 100,000 people chosen to participate in the stress test and try out World of Warcraft before its release.

            Sign-ups for the World of Warcraft stress test beta are scheduled to take place exclusively on the FilePlanet Web site (www.FilePlanet.com). Additional information regarding the start date of the sign-ups and the start of the stress test beta will be released on the FilePlanet Web site in the days ahead. Anyone in North America can apply—one submission per person—and selected testers will be notified by FilePlanet and receive further instructions after completing the sign-up process.

            “We’re pleased to be working closely with FilePlanet to conduct this stress test for World of Warcraft,” stated Paul Sams, senior vice president of business operations at Blizzard Entertainment. “They have extensive experience delivering files to tens of thousands of people daily, and they share Blizzard’s high standards for quality and information security.”

            The World of Warcraft stress test beta is designed to tax the game’s server infrastructure, allowing Blizzard to evaluate the account-creation process and server performance under heavy loads. Stress-test participants will be able to play the same content that is currently being tested by World of Warcraft’s closed-beta testers, but the stress test beta will take place on separate servers in order to avoid unbalancing the closed beta test. Blizzard will also be conducting an open beta test, in which everyone is free to participate, in the months ahead.

World of Warcraft is Blizzard Entertainment’s highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the award-winning Warcraft® universe. Players assume the roles of legendary heroes as they explore the game’s diverse cities and wilds, revisiting famous battlefields and questing through vast expanses of uncharted territory. Whether adventuring together or fighting against each other in epic battles, thousands of players will be able to interact online within the same persistent world, forming friendships, forging alliances, and competing with enemies for power and glory.

About Blizzard Entertainment

Best known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment (www.blizzard.com), a division of Vivendi Universal Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard’s track record includes eight #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards*. The company’s free Internet gaming service Battle.net® reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users.

About FilePlanet

FilePlanet is a premier destination for passionate video gamers to download game betas, demos, trials and user-created mods, with 25 million registered users, and a growing library of over 300,000 game files.    FilePlanet is the core digital distribution service for parent company IGN Entertainment, which provides one of the Internet's leading destinations for gaming, entertainment and community for teens and 18-34 year-old males. The company's properties include IGN.com, GameSpy.com, FilePlanet.com, GameSpyArcade.com, TeamXbox.com, more than 70 community sites, and a vast array of online forums. IGN’s GameSpy subsidiary is also a leading provider of technology for online game play in video games.  The company’s paid content, download and game play services are among the most popular game-related subscriptions available on the internet.. The privately held company has its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the U.S.  

*Based on EDI sell-through, internal company estimates, and reports from key retail accounts around the world.
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2004, 09:28:05 PM »

Thanks for the heads up.  I will keep my eye out for it smile
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2004, 10:14:26 PM »

Yeah, but it's only for 7 days, and you're pretty much guaranteed to get poor server performance.
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2004, 01:54:45 AM »

Oh I wouldn't say that.  Yes, it is only 7 days but you can do a lot in that time to get the flavor of the game.  As for the server performance, the issues that I've seen in the last few patches have never really been server performance related.  You don't see people warping around or running in place like you do in EQ and the like.  They have done their homework...
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2004, 04:06:36 AM »

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Yeah, but it's only for 7 days, and you're pretty much guaranteed to get poor server performance.

Blizzard wants 100k people to slam into a server that's going to (based on my bets anyway) support only 4-5 thousand people overall...

Methinks it's gonna be ugly. Thankfully, the Beta servers (the ones we testers currently test on) are completely seperate than the ones you all will be able to play around with. At least that's my understanding based on the patch notes anyway.
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2004, 04:19:13 AM »

I think I'll drink beer and watch Alice reruns instead.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2004, 01:29:22 PM »

I'm in. Tongue

If memory serves me, the form I filled out had a "Check here to be considered for the standard Beta Test".

As to being on a separate server Tim, I doubt it. You're in a beta test, and they want their servers hammered as much as possible. That likely means they want *all* testers working on load testing. Or they might just ask you guys to log into the other server and create a new account.
[shrug]

I just want to see the basics of the game; I'm not expecting much. I've been involved in stress tests and betas before; neither is as much fun as playing the game [post-release].  Cool
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2004, 04:36:37 AM »

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As to being on a separate server Tim, I doubt it. You're in a beta test, and they want their servers hammered as much as possible. That likely means they want *all* testers working on load testing. Or they might just ask you guys to log into the other server and create a new account.
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From the main WoW page:

"The stress test beta, which will start soon after all 100,000+ test slots have been assigned, will help Blizzard evaluate World of Warcraft’s account-creation process and server performance under heavy loads. This seven-day test will be separate from the ongoing World of Warcraft closed beta test, but stress testers will have access to all of the game content that closed-beta testers are currently playing."


If I'm reading that right, that means that my betaing experience will be seperate from all your laggy people over on the server that was never, ever, meant to take that kind of load. biggrin
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2004, 05:07:16 PM »

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If I'm reading that right, that means that my betaing experience will be seperate from all your laggy people over on the server that was never, ever, meant to take that kind of load. biggrin



Unless they don't get their required numbers Tongue

Then they'll say:
 "Hey, TIM. Get on the slow server and create and account. Get to it. We need you there, or you lose your beta status. RFN. Go. Why are you still here? 1.... 2.... don't make me get to 3.... 2.5 .... 2 and three quarters...."
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2004, 05:25:18 PM »

Apparently Purge has a kid.  slywink
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2004, 06:44:28 PM »

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Apparently Purge has a kid.  slywink


... and clearly that little stinker doesn't listen to his dad... Tongue
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