IRE Asks: How do you deal with internet downtime?

Dwarf warrior

The worst thing for any MMO player is to be seperated from their beloved fantasy realm by the very thing that establishes the gateway. When cruel fate raises its finger pointedly and says "you need a break!", we respond "no way, d00d!" and defiantly jam our pens into the tiny Reset buttons on the modem. After twenty-five resets and three "full unplugs" later, we resign ourselves to the fact that this is beyond our control.

 

Like losing a cherished loved one, MMO gamers will go through stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance (or more depression) when the link to their nirvana is lost. So how do you handle it, IRE players? Do you endlessly pace the floor, staring out your window for the installation tech? Do you run to the hardware store and buy the longest ethernet cable you can find, hoping your neighbor will let you siphon his bandwidth?


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Grab a book and read

A good book

Usb tethering has recently gained my love. I normally use powerline ethernet since the wireless reception in my room is terribad, but some internet > no internet. It's because of this I don't even have a regular wireless card in my pc, so I make do.

 

been watching the olympics lately.

I start to go through withdrawl and get the shakes after just a few hours being parted.

sit in the corner crying b/c I can't connect to achaea

epp

epp

I'll usually scan through game notes and see if there's anything to write in the meantime. Books are a viable option as well. Currently enjoying Game of Thrones, book 2.

backup games and books and.. well, you can always clean the house

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offline on my combat system.

You mean the internet has an uptime, too?!?! I lag and drop so much, it's not even a bother most of the time, anymore. But I do just about whatever sounds like fun at the time.

...that usually means a lot of other things could be down too, like TV, cable, DVDs. So I usually resort to reading by flashlight, in a snuggie to keep warm.

I deal with it internet downtime. I'll do any number of things. I'll watch some tv. Do some housework. Go get food. Play some other sort of game. I might work on some work for one of the game, paperwork or something I want to publish in game (particularly if it is for Lusternia, where publishing can really help your organizations).

razzle on iphone 4s

cry and find the drugs, junior!

Nothing like the sweet sounds of Boston's favorite band to get me amped to get back in

Now this I approve of.

 

Boston's favorite band is Chicago.

Do the homework I'm avoiding, probably...

Now that the Fall term has started, exactly this D:

school and homework 

And then I write a letter about how angry I am!

I read a book or just turn my phone into a mobile hot spot :D saves the death message for FLEE

read a book

had an entire weekend like that

I play Skyrim or fallout alot.

Deep depression

Until my internet went down a few weeks back, I never knew about this amazing world of wonder and magic called the outside world. Only visible from my basement window it always intruiged me but I never felt the need to leave my small, dusty, dark, basement. I went outside, and it was wonderful, everything was so crisp and clear, the greens were greener and the colour shading was just amazing. I really do enjoy it. However, due to lack of intersting side quests, easy ways to level ones character stats, and large amounts of grinding required for income to purchase items to keep the character alive, I decided to leave it be, perhaps I'll dust it off again in a month or two.

nah take it back to gamestop.

yea

But don't let them stiff you I only got five bucks for mine.

Clever.

Me: 2

Router/Modem: 0

Me: 3

Router/Modem: 0

Books/TV

I play minesweeper.

derp

and minesweeper.

to tell the truth it never happened to me yet..

Or... you know... be productive for a bit so I remember how.

Re-discover that I have rl friends, and that there's an outside world. But then I get sunburned.

Read, watch tv, stuff like that.

Work on my model railroad.  Or go fishing if the lakes aren't frozen over.

I paint.

cry tears of blood and cut my way slowly into an new reality which has internet... it has yet to work, but there you go.

Look for a new provider.

ho

hum

You go outside and find something else to do? :p In other words, Gym or Drink time!

yay

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Is that even a word? I start working on what I'm sipposed to be doing. :)

Never a shortage of stuff to play.

Sims, Assassin's Creed, some Samurai Warriors, or something retro on an emulator. Warcraft II is always amusing. Something that doesn't require internet. The last two weeks, my internet has been going out five or six times an hour. Tech's coming tomorrow morning to give me back my lives.

Or, I might take the dogs for a walk, take on a co-worker's class, visit the neighbours, chill with my brother, or finally, FINALLY, visit my Uncle Vito. Y'all know there's a world outside, right?

Charity and such, but that's rare for me to even leave ma house

persistently restart the router and modem until it's back up

Stare at computer screen

Grab a sandwich... slowly die

Pushups or something.

Hunt food, maybe fire up Skyrim.

clean place, walk dog, cook food, make sexytime.

I spend my entire time with internet down time, or power outages annoyed, frustrated, and outside with a frisbee, a dog, and an uncle, who, even at age 30, isn't above a game of frisbee with his 19 year old nephew

I curl up into a ball and wait for it to end.

Credit comment.

cry

assume fetal position and cry till i go to sleep

Movies or doing stuff I probably should have been doing, Like washing up

read the forums or search the cache of google to read the third part of seleucar history..

Sleep and cry

Sleep play!

Credit comment.

Cry because I live in the middle of no where.

I get so angry that I RAGE

Half the time now I just write something for my city's library if the internet goes.

Find another distraction. Vidya games, books, Magic: the Gathering...I'm NOT in short supply!

Depends if I was about to die or not. :P

find another computer

murder.

by sleeping

I deal with downtime by shedding tears.

until it comes back on.

lots of books.

or go do work or something

Read. ;)

Read the mythos i printed at work haha

sleep woooo, i mean what

step one is always to reboot my 6-year old router.  Fixes it 90% of the time.

There is only one correct answer, sleep so you can wake up in a couple of hours and make up the time lost, you slackers!

i die a little

and the ocassional study.

Singing Dust in the wind while looking out a window and doing a montage is possibly the greatest way to spend time reflecting on losses. Then the internet comes back up and you're immediately relieved of having to be so profound.

I get done whatever I've been procrastinating in order to play Lusternia.

I destroy my laptop and then go to the store and buy a new one.

curse and swear, what else can you do accept it and realize that you just lost either the spar, koth, xp or whatever you were doing at that moment, once I soulripped and lost my ic wife so yeah hehe

I shout at my laptop, then switch wireless connection to my other network (I work from home, so have two separate ADSL connections with different wireless networks). If they're both down... ARGGGH!

internet cafe

I lay on the couch and pretend i am a banana

cookies

Or PSP. Sometimes guitar.

Wonder about the stuff I'm missing now, thinking what I might have been able to accomplish now. Then, distract myself with a book, or tv and check every half hour to see if my internet's back!

Walk around in a daze until it comes back.

Depends on the duration. Usually I spend my free time playing an offline game. For downtime that is longer than normal, I might read a book!

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House reqs saved on my computer so whenever I have Internet downtime, I work on those!

by lurking around my favourite places to be on the internet.

being a whiny *bleep*

seconded

good Oatmeal comic about this.  Boils down to "no internet, do something else; slow internet, curse the gods!"

 

by whining a little about a loss of a good source...

.. sleep. Yes, I do.

by playing other video games mostly in all honesty.

Bleh

I go insane

detective dramas

When my internet fails...I happen to be lucky enough to be close enough to the library I can catch the wi-fi from my bedroom. When that doesn't work either I read. I hate the library connection though. My library logs you out of wi-fi every hour and makes you log back in.

If I can't read though, because for some reason I was stupid enough to lose my reading glasses again, and my eyes hurt I get in the kitchen and start cooking up a storm. I think, "Oh! This is a great time to be trying out these thousands of recipes I have lying around!"

When my internet fails...I happen to be lucky enough to be close enough to the library I can catch the wi-fi from my bedroom. When that doesn't work either I read. I hate the library connection though. My library logs you out of wi-fi every hour and makes you log back in.

If I can't read though, because for some reason I was stupid enough to lose my reading glasses again, and my eyes hurt I get in the kitchen and start cooking up a storm. I think, "Oh! This is a great time to be trying out these thousands of recipes I have lying around!"