It's one thing to play an online only game with just a few thousand people playing at one time in a closed beta test. It's quite another thing, however, to play such a game on the first week of its open beta phase where everyone and his mother is trying to sign on at the same time. A couple of months ago Big Download posted up some hands-on impressions of id Software's newest game project Quake Live while it was still in closed beta. But the experience of playing the game this week was something a little different.
They knew that there would be a great deal of interest in playing a browser based free version of id's 1999 multiplayer shooter Quake III Arena, However it appears that id wasn't expecting the sheer number of users trying to sign in at one time. On Thursday morning they logged into the site and were put into a virtual queue of over 20,000 other players. They waited for over an hour before they were actually able to begin playing.