There are a great deal of people pushing back against blizzard for the implementation of the cross realm zones. I've even asked everyone that does not like it to start putting in tickets every day on every character they have asking for the ability to disable the option.
I've been in a back and forth with a GM about it for days now and I refuse to let it go until I get what I want from them. So I will share my experiences with you.
I have a good connection, a great computer, brand spanking new actually, and have never had problems with the game in any way really. On the rare occasion if I have an issue it is usually my internet service provider having issues, not the game itself.
With the release of the cross realm zones I have experienced dozens of crashes from error 134 to lag spikes that just make me hang there until I force close and reboot. I've had my computer completely crash as soon as I changed zones three times. I have constant lag and can not even quest because of it. If I try to interrupt a spell even if I am dead on balls accurate hitting the interrupt the millisecond the cast bar starts I will not interrupt the spell. If I try to do the fire in the skies quest in molten front it will take me an hour because while I see myself hitting the targets directly, the game sees it as me not hitting them.
The game has reached a level of being completely unplayable. There are so many other bugs that I can mention but nothing can beat the constant lag spikes. Oddly enough the few characters I have that have not left stormwind or org since the release of cross realm zones do not have any problems what so ever. It seems once my character leaves stormwind or org however that they are ruined forever. Any character I have that has been out in the world has those lag issues now in anything I do. While in the city, while in a random, while in a raid. Going out in the world has ruined my ability to play those characters.
I can do randoms all day long with no lag or problems on a character that has not left stormwind since the introduction of the CRZ. I've actually done that on one. Ran looking for raid, both parts, to get used to my new skills and rotation and 6 dungeons. Not one single lag spike at all.
Yet on a character that has been out in the world even once since the release of CRZs I can not even do one random without massive lag spikes. If I go into a random with one of those characters I have been forced to restart at least once per run and have constant lag spikes every run. They can't say there is no connection. If every character that has not stepped out of the main city can do them with no problem and I can not even get one good run with any character that has, that means going out into the cross zone realm changed something in the setting or files that is causing it.
So I wrote this all out, with detailed information about my system and the errors and put in a ticket from the web site to blizzard asking simply, please remove me from the cross realm zones as I wish to be able to play the game again.
The response I got was the usual blizzard crap. Delete the WTF folder. You do know what WTF stands for right, what the fuck. That was the response I had for that. I did it however, I would do anything to stop these lag spikes that make the game impossible to have any fun playing the game.
After doing so I logged in and had the same problems. I put in another ticket that said, I deleted the WTF flies as suggested and it has not helped, I am still experiencing errors, disconnects and lag spikes no matter where I am. Could you please just put me back on my own server.
Next response they once again completely ignored my pleading to be returned to my own server were life was nice and there was no such thing as lag. They did not even make a mention of it in their reply. This time around they wanted me to rename the WTF and two other folders and try again.
I did just as they asked, even if all I wanted was to be on my own server, and logged in again. Mounted up and took a fly around to see how things were working and disconnected once I changed zones. At least it was not an error 134 this time, maybe we were getting somewhere. I changed zones again, disconnected again. This time when I logged back in not only had I been disconnected but it also dismounted me. Thank god I was pretty darn high up and was on my druid, it gave me enough time to save a repair bill as I popped instant bird and headed back to fill out another reply.
I said, I did everything you asked, again, and it did not work, can you please, pretty please with a cherry on top, just let me get back on my own server so I can play again. All I want to do is play. Nothing you are offering me is helping me, your system is not ready for release. Just leave me be and remove me from the cross realm zone.
Once again the GMs totally ignored my pleas. I was still being nice about it. I was not rude in any way. I even made a joke with the cherry on top thing hoping that perhaps it might cheer up the GM and they would take mercy on my soul and let me play the game by putting me back on the server I belong on. This time around, instead of actually addressing what I asked, they gave me detailed instructions on how to run a repair on the game itself.
Okay, so repair it is and repair it is that did not work either. I popped on a character and used my hearth to get to dalaran because I wanted to do the dailies there. I landed in the inn and everything seemed fine. I walked out of the inn and headed to the fishing trainer to get the fishing daily and then had a benny hill moment. In super speed, and with no control over my character, I moved backwards to the point where I first landed in dalaran when I hearthed in. Admittedly it was humorous to watch, very much so, but it was also annoying when it happened a second and third time within 10 minutes.
Just add this to the huge pile of errors thanks to this cross realm zone crap. I was now reaching the point that I no longer was going to be nice about it. I was not going to ask to be removed from the cross realm zones. I was going to demand it. It was no longer a wait until we fix it thing, I just want to play the game I pay for. Is that really that much to ask?
Before I put in another ticket I took it upon myself to try and remove another possibility of what might be causing the error and I lowered my graphics from ultra to low. Mind you, I can have two copies of warcraft on ultra, one copy of rift at max as well and my browser open playing videos on youtube all at the same time and have not even come close to over loading my computer so I doubted that graphics were an issue, but you never know and I wanted to rule it out. On low graphics I mounted up in dalaran and headed to icecrown, figured I would do a little mining while checking it out.
Before I even got to icecrown I had another benny hill moment and rewound all the way to when I turned in the fishing daily. Flying backwards is funny with super fast wings flapping, but at this point it was more annoying. I then tried it again and crossed from crystalsong forest into icecrown and disconnected. I wanted to scream. I logged back in to head back to dalaran and disconnected again crossing back into crystalsong forest from icecrown. I was cursing the people at blizzard now, it was not a nice sight to see me at the moment, the words I said at that moment should never be said in mixed company. I log back in and get to dalaran and put in another ticket.
I tried everything you asked of me, I said, please just put me on my server. I paid to be on that server. If you want to put me on another server you can pay for it. I am sick of the errors and the game is completely unplayable. Just put me on the server I paid to be on. Do not tell me to try something else, just fix it and put me back on my server.
As you can tell, while still not rude, I was getting a little hot under the collar now. Even worse when they sent me another message back telling me to try three things. One was the WTF thing, for a second time which leads me to believe that whoever answered it did not look at things that were already tried. Second was run the repair tool, been there and done that too. Third was to disable all addons. I was actually surprised that this was not the first thing they suggested. It is blizzzards MO to always blame everything on addons. I thought they told all GMs to always blame addons for everything.
So even if I told them not to give me any more suggestions to fix it they gave me one. Even if I demanded to be put back on my server they ignored me again. Either way, like an idiot, I did what they asked and disabled all addons. Heck, I even removed them all, so there were no addons at all. I changed the name of the folder so they could not effect anything even by freak accident. It did nothing. I still disconnected the second I left the city. I still had lag spikes but guess what, they were higher now and more frequent. Gee thanks for the awesome idea blizzard.
I left addons disabled, I redid everything they asked previously. I deleted folders, ran repairs, renamed other folders, even added my little thing of setting the graphics really low. I did it all at once this time. And I log in on a character I have not tested with yet, so I knew I had a clean test subject, and left stormwind and crashed the second I left stormwind. Mother F'N son of a B.
I restarted my addons up, put my graphics back up and logged back in knowing it was nothing what so ever on my side. It was their crappy cross realm zones. I put my need more help ticket in this time and I held no punches.
I have done everything you asked. I am still crashing and I am still lagging. Put my on my server. Now. I don't give a crap if you think cross realm zones are the best thing since sliced bread, they suck and I do not want to be on one. Put me on my server now. I am sick of you asking me to do things when it doesn't work because cross realm servers were not ready for release.
I get a mail back near instantly. Kind of funny how I was online and the GM did not talk to me at all. He just replied and I got the little message pop up. Perhaps that is for the best, I really would have not had any kind words for him at all.
His response? Try resetting your UI, follow the instructions below.
Nope, not doing it, not even going to pretend to do it. Just put me back on my server. This cross realm zone thing has to go, at least make it optional so I can say no and start playing the game again.
Next response, if you have a suggestion you can go to the forums and make it here and he gave me the link.
You stupid piece of shit. It is not a suggestion. Take me off the cross zone realm. There is no suggestion in what I said there. I am not asking for the option I am telling you I do not want to be a part of it. What about that don't you understand?
I've received no reply since then. I doubt I will. They were actually very good with me trying to fix the error they created. It just bugged me that they did not do the one thing that could have really fixed it. Put me back on my server, the same one I paid to be on over four years ago and have not had any problems with ever.
There is a reason I was on that server, because it was smaller than my other server. That is why I paid to be on that server. That is why I do not play on the other server even if I still have three mostly unplayed now characters over there. It was too crowded, there was lag and I could name a dozen other reasons, some even of a selfish nature like gathering and such, why I wanted to be on a smaller server. None of that matters however.
What matters is I pay to be on the server I am on and they are not giving me what I paid for. They moved me from a stable server with no issues and force me unto an unstable server with many technical issues using a new feature that is broken and should not have been released yet.
Easy fix, just make the cross realm zones optional. If I do not want to get thrown on to another server, for whatever my reasons might be, allow me to stay on my own server.
I am not asking for anything special. All I am asking for is the ability to play the game I pay to play and I can't do that now with the cross realm zone.
Is it too much to ask to be able to play a game I pay to play? I don't think so.
Make cross realm zones optional.
I will choose the option to play if there was an option and that would mean I would not participate in cross realm zones as I can not play on them. I should have that right. I should be allowed to make that choice. I pay for the ability to play and I should be able to play. Seems fair to me.
Don't give up on blizzard. We pay for the right to play. Do not let them force cross realm zones on us. Keep putting in tickets so we can get back on to our nice stable servers. We deserve that because we pay for that. So put in your tickets on every character every day and ask to be able to disable cross realm zones.
I finally got a GM to actually talk to me instead of sending me tickets back with information. I apologized for being frustrated and being rude but I was at my wits end. He said he understood, it can be frustrating.
He spent a good 15 minutes with me and went over everything step by step. I told him I did not want to have to go to a full install and he said he would make sure we did everything we could before we had to resort to that.
In the end he came up with an idea of what it might be and told me that many other people have had the same exact problem I am having. It seems my internet service provider and the new patch are not getting along well. While he could not give me a solution he was aware of the problem and told me they are working on it.
He also told me that he would pass along my displeasure for the CRZs and told me to not blame them for everything. The 134 errors and some of the others could have been from that but the majority of the issues are because of the provider and the game not communicating well.
That was all I wanted. Someone to actually address the problem and to understand I was upset with the patch. Goes to show you that sometimes the GMs should take a few minutes to talk to people instead of just replying with tickets.
One person talked to me and that one person figured out what the problem was. It is nice to see there are a few GMs that do their job well and help people. So in the end, it was the CRZ and it was not the CRZ. It was the CRZ coding and my internet provider that are not communicating which is causing the problem. I would give the GMs name, but I'll just say thank you to him, he knows who he is and I doubt he would ever read this anyway.
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