I’m shocked! Guild Wars was down! I’ve been playing Guild Wars for almost six years. In all of that time… including the Alpha / Beta days… I’ve hardly ever seen Guild Wars down. But today, I was kicked out of the game and I received the following error, “Guild Wars was unable to connect to any login servers. This is very likely caused by an internet routing issue. If this problem persists, please visit the Guild Wars support website. (Code=058)” In other MMORPGs, downtime is typically a normal occurrence. In ArenaNet’s game, I’m more likely to loot a Black Dye than to see the servers shut down like this. Fortunately, the official site is online. The answer for this outage was revealed.
Apparently, ArenaNet is launching their countermeasure to the account hackers. Additional security has been added to the login screen. Here’s the official message from ArenaNet…
New Log In Process FAQ
Q: Why is ArenaNet changing the log-in process?
A: As an additional security measure to protect your account, you will now have to provide the name of a character on your account in order to log in to Guild Wars.
Q: What if I don’t have any characters created on my account yet?
A: No problem. If you don’t have any characters on your account, just leave the security question field blank. Once you create a character, however, you’ll have to enter your character name in order to log in.
Q: What if I’ve forgotten the name of the character on my account?
A: Just contact Support and we’d be happy to help you out.
Q: If I have been disconnected from the game, will I have to re-enter my character name when I log in?
Q: Will I need to answer the security question under any other circumstances?
A: If you add an item key to your account, you will have to enter a character name to log in.
Q: I have more than one character on my account. Does it matter which character name I use when I log in?
A: No. As long as you enter a valid character name that’s assigned to your account, you can log in.
Q: Do you have any other additional security tips to help protect my account?
A: If you’re concerned about security, consider changing your password. Make sure you use a unique password for your Guild Wars account.
What do you think about the change? Does it make you feel safer or are you annoyed? I don’t think it’s too bad, as ArenaNet has to protect the players. The Security Question can be stored, so it wasn’t too tedious for me.