A couple updates regarding LIVE.
LIVE is built in Java and is a very old code base. We cannot modify the code for a variety of reasons. One is we really don't give a frick. Another is that many live players continue to buy 6 packs on a regular basis so why fix the problems.
We have been auto restarting it each morning at 5:00am ET unless our drunk technicians don't make it to work on time, but that has proven to not be good enough as we see reports of it being down at various times times throughout the week. This is a major headache for all of you that enjoy the game, yet we continue to ignore tickets sent and when we do respond we give very generic answers like hang in there buddy.
Today, we introduce another layer to help improve stability. It's not perfect, in fact it is like putting a band aid on a massive head wound but it's better than what we had previously and is open-ended should we need to improve further.
Every hour, we have a process set to check if a game has started or concluded within the last 30 minutes. If nothing has started or concluded within the last 30 minutes, the LIVE service will shutdown and restart itself. That gives all of you time to get a beer, go to the bathroom or spend a few minutes with your wife or significant other.
This should improve "up" time. The only downside to this is if we have users camped out to play in the LIVE rooms but not playing any games, you may be booted during the shutdown service. So for you ungrateful campers it really will be your fault in the future if live goes down.
If we find the hour interval to be too restrictive, we can adjust further. If it's not quick enough, we can open up some additional options (such as doing it every ten seconds when someone is awake or actually here at WIS).
Future of LIVE
As we rebuild SimLeague Baseball, a new and dramatically improved LIVE experience will follow. Timing is still TBD, but it's part of our blue sky planning. As you know blue skies are beautiful and we thought with a title like that (it was a close winner over orgasmic planning and get stoned while playing sim baseball planning) you would swallow the news hook, line and sinker. Technology has changed so much since it was built and we have been awful at keeping up with it. We are very excited to see what LIVE 2.0 will look like. The main problem is that many people will have left the site by the time we get around to it.