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EdwardNardella
Capital Construction Research
Posted - 2009.10.27 16:41:00 - [1]
 

So that AU TZ prime users aren't treated unfairly like they are currently.

Kahega Amielden
Minmatar Ship Construction Services
Ushra'Khan
Posted - 2009.10.27 16:47:00 - [2]
 

Originally by: EdwardNardella
So that AU TZ prime users aren't treated unfairly like they are currently.


Which would then result in CCP engineers having to get up at ungodly hours just to deal with downtime.

No.

Dharh
Gallente
Ace Adventure Corp
Posted - 2009.10.27 16:50:00 - [3]
 

Actually they should probably rotate a little. Shift the time back and forth by 5 or so hours, still within workable hours though. It would at least relieve some strain for the ausies.

shady trader
Posted - 2009.10.27 17:08:00 - [4]
 

This topic has been discussed to death a number of times. There is currently 3 main reasons why down time is at the same time each day.

1) Every eve player knows when it is local to their time zone. Moving around will only cause confusion about then the server is up.

2) It impacted the smallest part of the player base as the euro zone are at school or work and the US players have not got up yet.

3) Its the best time for the team that maintain the servers. They have had a chance to drink several cups of coffee and go over that is required before the start. They also have several hours after they finish down time in case something goes wrong to fix it. It also minimizes the cost. If CCP moved down time by say 5 hours they would have to pay extra as its outside the standard working day so would be classed as anti social hours.

Abrazzar
Posted - 2009.10.27 17:15:00 - [5]
 

Downtime is scheduled when all technicians are awake and functional. That may be inconvenient for certain timezones, but that is preferably to coffee on the server drives and similar mess-ups from tiredness impaired staff.

Washell Olivaw
Posted - 2009.10.27 18:31:00 - [6]
 

3.65% of the player base is from Australia/New Zealand. I feel generous, so I'll give the 11.05% other the same timezone. That still leaves 85.30% of the playerbase for whom the current DT is the least inconvenient. Feel free to draw your own conclusion towards rescheduling/flexible downtime.

Sig Sour
Posted - 2009.10.27 19:34:00 - [7]
 

Is there still a Chinese server? If it is still up, I would assume that most of the other people in that time zone are using that server.

asdlkf two
Posted - 2009.10.27 20:53:00 - [8]
 

you missed the marketing campain for this game... "Thousands of players... one universe"...

Sig Sour
Posted - 2009.10.27 21:10:00 - [9]
 

apparently you are unaware that there is (or was) a server for china?

For the know it all

Holy Cheater
Monks of War
DarkSide.
Posted - 2009.10.27 21:15:00 - [10]
 

I have a better idea. No downtime at all?

Gaborelle
Gallente
The Motley Crew Reborn
Warped Aggression
Posted - 2009.10.28 00:19:00 - [11]
 

the chinese server is really a node with certain restriction placed upon it according to chinese laws.... basically all it does is allow chinese players connect through it to tranquillity

it acts like a proxy for want of a better description

Ezekiel Sulastin
Gallente
Shiva
Morsus Mihi
Posted - 2009.10.28 00:56:00 - [12]
 

Originally by: Gaborelle
the chinese server is really a node with certain restriction placed upon it according to chinese laws.... basically all it does is allow chinese players connect through it to tranquillity

it acts like a proxy for want of a better description


Uhh, no. It is, for all intents and purposes, a legally mandated server shard.

ThaDollaGenerale
North Eastern Swat
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2009.10.28 01:45:00 - [13]
 

Downtime in the Asia timezone is dinner time.

It's that simple. Stop *****ing.

NaMorham Santorin
Caldari
Raptor Ops
Kamikaze Project
Posted - 2009.10.28 02:10:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: ThaDollaGenerale
Downtime in the Asia timezone is dinner time.


The asia timezone? GMT +5:30 -- +9:00 Or should that also include the Asia pacific and middle eastern timezones?


I agree it's inconvienient for us (Aus/NZ/Eastern Asian players), but not insurmountable, we get a full day of uninterupted play on weekends with a break for a late dinner.

Originally by: ThaDollaGenerale
It's that simple. Stop *****ing.


If it was my company I'd not shift it either.

Slightly Green
Posted - 2009.10.28 02:35:00 - [15]
 

It's hardly a major issue. CCP have been really quick with their downtimes lately. Not all that long ago, the servers were up again after 15 minutes. If I'm in the middle of playing, I tend to use the time to find out how something works, read the forums, or watch TV for a bit.

I doubt CCP will ever be able to totally do away with downtime, but my understanding is that they're making every effort to keep them as short as possible, and that's good enough for me.

When you live in Aus or NZ, you just have to learn to get used to this sort of thing. :)

S.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZJanP97dX8

Kara Sharalien
Gallente
Federal Navy Academy
Posted - 2009.10.28 03:38:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: Washell Olivaw
3.65% of the player base is from Australia/New Zealand. I feel generous, so I'll give the 11.05% other the same timezone. That still leaves 85.30% of the playerbase for whom the current DT is the least inconvenient. Feel free to draw your own conclusion towards rescheduling/flexible downtime.


you honestly think that a timezone that runs right through asia, the most densly populated timezone on the planet with the most videogame obsessed cultures on the planet only holds 15% of the games population?

on the flip side, im from aus and i am strongly against this. moving the timezone around will make it just that little bit harder to keep track of when it is occurring. i would rather it be constant and inconvinient all the time then random and sometimes more or less convenient.

Jettisoned Can
Jenova's Witnesses
Posted - 2009.10.28 03:53:00 - [17]
 

Originally by: Kara Sharalien
Originally by: Washell Olivaw
3.65% of the player base is from Australia/New Zealand. I feel generous, so I'll give the 11.05% other the same timezone. That still leaves 85.30% of the playerbase for whom the current DT is the least inconvenient. Feel free to draw your own conclusion towards rescheduling/flexible downtime.


you honestly think that a timezone that runs right through asia, the most densly populated timezone on the planet with the most videogame obsessed cultures on the planet only holds 15% of the games population?




If you look at the numbers, it is likely much less than 15%. The only countries listed in that area of the world are NZ/Aus. Add all "other" counties and it's still less than 15%.

Ukucia
Gallente
The Scope
Posted - 2009.10.28 04:54:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: Kara Sharalien
Originally by: Washell Olivaw
3.65% of the player base is from Australia/New Zealand. I feel generous, so I'll give the 11.05% other the same timezone. That still leaves 85.30% of the playerbase for whom the current DT is the least inconvenient. Feel free to draw your own conclusion towards rescheduling/flexible downtime.


you honestly think that a timezone that runs right through asia, the most densly populated timezone on the planet with the most videogame obsessed cultures on the planet only holds 15% of the games population?

Can't follow the link, or just don't know about the China server?

Washell Olivaw
Posted - 2009.10.28 06:18:00 - [19]
 

Originally by: Kara Sharalien
you honestly think that a timezone that runs right through asia, the most densly populated timezone on the planet with the most videogame obsessed cultures on the planet only holds 15% of the games population?


Don't have to think. If you follow the link you see that the 85.30% of the population is in North America or Europe. 3.65% in Australia and New Zealand and 11.05% in an unspecified other country. Unspecified other includes the areas of South America, Africa, Arabia and Asia. So when I said I was being generous with 15%, I wasn't kidding. It's quite possible as low as 5%.

As for the chinese server, it's only accessible if you have the chinese equivalent of a social security number. It's not an option for other nationalities in the same time zone.

Sig Sour
Posted - 2009.10.28 07:13:00 - [20]
 

Well regardless of what the Chinese server is... The point Washell Olivaw was making is spot on.

Free Tibet!!!

EdwardNardella
Capital Construction Research
Posted - 2009.10.28 21:47:00 - [21]
 

I wonder if any of you gave thought to the possibility that the reduced numbers of players from that timezone could be related to the timing of downtime?

Just saying.

Naterran Epos
Eukaryotes
Guinea Pigs
Posted - 2009.10.28 23:36:00 - [22]
 

Originally by: EdwardNardella
I wonder if any of you gave thought to the possibility that the reduced numbers of players from that timezone could be related to the timing of downtime?

Just saying.


Unlikely bordering on fantasy. get over it. You think us euros like being booted out at lunchtime at the weekends?


 

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