When I experienced my first login queue in WOW, it was a shock. “What do you mean I’m 47th in line to play? I have to wait 10 minutes? Is this what I’m paying for?” A far cry from the instantaneous logins of Guild Wars. Usually the only time that there is a delay when logging into Guild Wars is when the client is downloading new content. For example, I logged in this morning because one of my guildmates told me that there was an update. It took me about 2 minutes to download it before my character appeared at the outpost.
I imagine that there will be more downloads tonight, in the lead up to the pre-release headstart event tomorrow and the full release on Friday. However, as I understand it, we’ve already got most of the Guild Wars: Factions content in our computers. It’s been streaming to us in little bits for about a month, so we just need the retail CD key to unlock it.
WOW is compelling enough for those 6 million players to wait in queues. Sometimes I think I am missing something that those 6 million people aren’t, but I don’t have time to quest in Azeroth when I’m having loads of fun in Tyria, and after the release of Guild Wars: Factions on Friday, in Cantha as well.
EDIT: The BBC has picked up on WOW‘s server woes.