4 years is a pretty good run for being able to log into a game, select a character, wait 4 minutes while Windows is "not responding" after character selection before the game decides to load. I usually get anywhere from 3 to 9 hands of Free cell as I wait for windows to "respond" when I attempt to utilize the game client.
Unfortunately, 4 excellent years of only having to be patient and wait it out, minimizing the client so it loads quicker then not minimizing it loads, play some Freecell until I heard the game sounds is completely and totally lost in the new and not improved and completely recent (within the last 1 week...less I am told) of being DC'd and given a total white screen immediately after selecting my character.
See the biggest problem is you have some quests in this game, and they are so utterly dark that for some people, the absolute only way to run them is to up the bright and up the gamma in the game (basically, all the sjadow quests in Necropolis) so one can see just enough to play them. When one does this, I assume it to be adjusting the Gamma at least, and I could be wrong, but I'm not, anyway, when one does this, (me) even after finishing the chain and resetting the visual settings back to default, once one DC's at ANY TIME the gamma screw up that follows the DC carries over to the computer as a whole. Meaning, I DC, and my desktop is almost a white screen from the gamma.
I didn't believe this myself when I was told by family it happened for the first time last Friday on character selection, as they said they uninstalled the client (and he wouldn't lie about it) uninstalled ALL the clients, redownloaded, re-removed Pando, Re-blocked Awesomium, Re-burnt new CD's and fixed it. Except now, reinstalling the client as a last resort does not fix the problem with the gamma carrying over to infect the entire computer (read that as video card) requiring a complete system restart to fix it.................Right up until you log on again and that first login after restart is an instant DC. Again.
So, until you fine folks at Turbine HQ decide this is a problem and fix it, I will not be logging into the game except for an occasional login to get the free stuff you give away, once my gamma is screwed, I may as well get the freebies right? I think I may even just log on once a week for a free roll, free dialy token and free store deal.
I truly appreciate all the dev interaction these days. But not fixing the fundamental problems with the game that keep people from being able to even log in and play without it causing grief afterwards is too much for me.
I will still be here, on the forums. The rest of the family can do what they like, as long as they re-start the computer after a DC, which has been a rule for 3 years now anyway. Just being DC'd before I can even get to the game in the first place is enough for me to throw my hands in the air and say enough is enough of playing a broken game. Frankly I get the same waste off time from Freecell and MineSweeper and the DDO forums as I do DDO. And they don't spam me to go spend money in the windows store every time I make a click.
So, see you all here, but not there, and I truly pray that you Trubine folks will FINALLY COMMENT ON THIS ISSUE PLEASE> instead of just ignoring the players, and the threads that post about this. This is a game FLAW, and as such, DESERVES TO BE EXPLAINED TO US>>>>> THE PLAYERS.
Good weekend wishes to all, I am just tired of the no comment attitude from our community representatives on issues like this that continually crop up and get ignored.
Until it is fixed, no more game log ins from me Turbine.