Elder Scrolls Online: Logging in

Yes, sometimes I play games that have just been released. Try not to faint.

And yes, “Logging in” is possibly the lamest blog title that has ever been written by anyone anywhere. I don’t care. It’s appropriate.

I’m only about 30 or so minutes into ESO, and at Level 3 if I recall correctly, so I won’t talk too much about the quality of the game or compare it to WoW or anything like that.

I will talk a small amount about one particular thing that ticked me off.

To start, Bethesda made my favourite game ever, Fallout 3. Second, I got ESO for sale on Steam for 1/2 price ($30) including 30 days of playtime. Excellent deal. Third, Skyrim was the most fun I’ve had gaming in a LONG time. I haven’t played any earlier Elder Scrolls games (though Morrowind and Oblivion are among the long list of Steam games I own but haven’t played).

Thus, Elder Scrolls Online has a lot of rope with me.

BUT.

You freakin’ guys.

I couldn’t login to the game after I bought it. Seriously.

Normal steps in playing a game you buy from Steam:

  1. Buy the game (why not? you got a sweet deal, else why are you buying the game?)
  2. Download the game.
  3. Hit ‘Play’
  4. DirectX auto-installs… again…
  5. Steam pops up your game key
  6. You Cntr-C said game key because, hey, sometimes you need it.
  7. If the game is kinda lame, you go to its website to create an account… *cough* EA *cough*
  8. The game fires up, you enter your account info.
  9. BOOM you’re playing the game and shooting zombies or whatever.

That’s like 9 steps max. More like 3 if you’re not an idiot.

ESO has a secret step.

Enter your game INTO THEIR WEBSITE TO ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT or some BS like that. And, oh yeah, you can’t login until you do that AND IT DOESN’T EVER TELL YOU TO DO IT OR GIVE YOU AN ERROR IT JUST SAYS “ACCOUNT INFO NOT RECOGNIZED”.

Good Gord, what a piece of crap sign-in process.

After that, I had a freakin’ blast creating my Lizard-man stealthy guy.

PS – watch this video shared to me by Rocketbouchard.
Megaman + learning about learning in games = super-rad times.

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3 thoughts on “Elder Scrolls Online: Logging in

  1. rocketbouchard

    This appears to be a universal shit show. I remember problems signing in with UO, EQ, and even WoW in the beginning. Did you install DirectX?

    1. forsoothed Post author

      Very true, so why don’t they do better? To be fair, the technical login worked relatively well.

      Maybe I installed DirectX too many times. I’ll install it again to be sure.

      1. rocketbouchard

        My point is that it may just be a really hard thing to do (that’s the name of my sex tape). There’s no economic reason for them to continually fuck it up, so I assume it’s just non-trivial. The other possibility is that it’s sort of the Microsoft model. That is that we give so little of a shit about you that we can’t even bother to make sure you can play the game. Just pay, bitches.

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