As you may
or may not know, one of my major hobbies is playing computer games. I've had a
designated game computer of some kind or another (often more than one) in myhome since 1981. Wow, I just realized that's over 25 years.
game I've been playing most often lately is World of Warcraft,
which is the one of the most popular MMORPGs rightnow. That popularity probably means many of you are also playing WoW.
before I posted this entry, I noticed this
target="_blank">discussion, which confirms my belief that I'm not alone in
my gaming experience. I wonder if we have enough to start a super-guild on oneof the new servers. We'd be so 1337)
playing during the beta testing phase, so I've been running around in that
universe for quite a long time. In general, I still enjoy playing; I'm more ofa PVE guy, but I dabble in PVP from time to time.
thing that irks me though is the continuing lack of stability the various
servers experience on an almost weekly basis. Maintaining the login servers,
the game servers, several databases, and whatever else is required to keep six
million players in the game happy and questing must be a real nightmare. I'm
willing to bet the administrators of those systems have some real pearls of wisdomto share about how to handle that many simultaneous connections.
to try to get an interview with a Blizzard representative to see if I can gleansome pertinent information that I can report to the TechRepublic membership.
can get them to talk to me, what do you think I should ask? I know a good
portion of TechRepublic is playing World of Warcraft
or some other MMORPG like EverQuest 2 or Star Wars
Galaxies. I mean there is a high geek quotient here. As an IT professional,
what would you like to know about how the game is served? How many servers? How
many CoLOs? What hardware? Give me some suggestions
in the comments to this blog and I'll try to get someanswers.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.