It seems to me, in my experiences so far with GTAIV's online world, that a (majority?) of the people on there are...how can I be politically correct? I'll just say it. Immature children. This because even more obvious to me when I tried to participate in GTAForums in the weeks leading up to the game, and the time since its launch. I've been playing the game inside and out from the time I wake up till I go to sleep, and I've learned quite a few little tips & tricks that I like to share with others. But I can't ever go back to my threads, because they're all nothing but troll comments. So I'm leaving that place, and will hopefully find a new home here, troll-permitting I guess. I've already read a good number of threads here (including several from you, Mr Blacklisted), and they seem to be troll-free.
So because the demographic for GTA seems to point toward a much younger (and thus, less-mature) crowd, I don't expect them to understand what's really going on. I'm not that much older myself, I'm 22, but I've been working with my step-brother for the past year and a half in building and maintaining a somewhat large-scale TV/Movie-streaming website, that requires constant attention.
And in doing so, I've picked up a few things:
* Nothing is guaranteed - especially access to something. Even if you've paid a one-time fee to access certain content, that itself cannot financially support a service that operates for free, that could theoretically operate for many years.
* Sys Admins can't see into the future. All that crying about "they should have been prepared"... it's like the person you quoted said: "Rockstar Didn't really hire Tens of Millions of people to REALLY test the Servers" - there's no way to see what's gonna happen with absolute certainty, until it's put to FULL use.
As for me, I haven't even installed the update yet. I heard a rumor that it interrupted single-player operation, and a couple posts said it wouldn't even load. So I'm gonna wait till I finish the game (doing the last mission now!) until I even attempt it. And even then, I might play through again, see if I can make a little more single-player money (knowing what I know now, could help me make better investments next time around!) So I feel like maybe I'm doing my part to help one other person get in...one person who's just screaming like a toddler to get in, like I've been seeing on GTAForums, one person who really needs it worse than I do. I'm just gonna go on there to free-roam anyway, if it lets me -- at first anyway.
Oh yeah, if ya want, friend me on PSN: LaurieX - maybe someday I'll get around to joining a crew, if I can find one with adults.
Almost forgot, the reason I started this reply, I wanted to share something I found on GTAForums, entitled "An Analogy for the Complainers", that summed up what we've been saying perfectly:
Meet Todd. Todd is the owner of a popular franchise of movie theaters. People love Todd's theater chain because they tend to show a lot of content that most other movie theaters are afraid of.
Todd has invented a new business model for a theater complex that will allow visitors to engage in watching movies in a much more social and imaginative way. Furthermore, he intends to offer entrance to the theaters at no cost to people who have been long time patrons of his theater franchise!
Each movie screen in his franchise can accommodate hundreds of viewers, but each screen represents an investment in very complicated and expensive hardware. Even though entrance to the screen is free, he hopes to offset the tremendous cost of each screen (as well as the significant upkeep and other recurring costs) with money spent by viewers on popcorn, candy, sodas -- you know, "extras".
Here's the problem... Todd knows from past experience that at any given time, there will be 5000 people who want to watch movies at his theater. If each screen can handle 500 people, he knows he will need exactly 10 screens. However, he also realizes that at peak hours or on special occasions, there may be many more people than on a regular day -- so Todd smartly plans to purchase and build 5 additional movie screens.
Because his new business model is so innovative and heretofore unavailable to anyone ever, he anticipates that everybody in the entire world will want to come to his theater on the day it opens. Remembering that each screen represents a huge investment in money, time, and other resources (and that there will be no money coming in except in the form of micro-transactions), he is faced with two options.
a) build 15 screens -- more than enough to handle daily viewership even on a busy day -- knowing full well that on opening day, he'll have to turn a LOT of people away. He anticipates that the normal income on micro-transactions SHOULD be enough to cover the ongoing costs of 15 screens...
b ) build enough screens so that on opening day, every person in the entire world can find a seat in his theater...
What do you think?
Edited by LaurieX, 02 October 2013 - 12:35 PM.