Hurricane Sandy impacting Guitar Hero, Call of Duty games

Storm-related power outages at Activision's New York-based data centers impacting online play for all Guitar Hero games, numerous Call of Duty titles.

Hurricane Sandy ripped through the northeast United States this week, laying waste to Atlantic City's famed boardwalk, toppling a New York City construction crane, and knocking out power for millions.

The storm is also impacting online functionality for all Guitar Hero games and several Call of Duty titles, Activision has revealed.

Sandy even impacted gaming. Image credit: Associated Press.

Activision community manager Dan Amrich explained through the One of Swords blog recently that players may experience connectivity issues with the following games until power is stabilized at Activision's New York-based data centers:

--Call of Duty: World at War (all platforms)
--Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PlayStation 3)
--Call of Duty: Black Ops (PlayStation 3, PC, Wii)
--Guitar Hero (all titles and platforms)

According to Amrich, Activision is working to restore complete functionality "as soon as possible," though no specific timeframe was provided. An update to the Activision support website does not offer much more, stating only that the hurricane has impacted multiplayer gaming.

"Due to the hurricane that affected the East Coast of the United States, multiplayer gaming with some of our online title is experiencing connectivity issues," the statement reads. "We appreciate your patience."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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gamesbenzlo
gamesbenzlo

feel very sorry to those people who died and their home in sandy

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Activision may be on many gamers s*** lists right now (joining EA, Capcom, Nintendo, and SEGA/Sonic Team), but a weather disaster is FAR worse than any business practice they have done.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Really makes you take a second look at online-only...Oh there I go imputing common sense to this type of developer! I ought to have learned by now...

mstrchf12
mstrchf12

funny how PS3 is the worst affected console.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

how the heck is this effecting black ops for pc? doesn't it use server hosts and dedis that aren't official?

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

More idiotic network design from supposedly top-notch technology companies... It's called "Global Server Load Balancing" and "DR sites", EA, Activision, etc...

botsio
botsio

its nature men!what can man do!shit happens!

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

That's what you get when you milk. Guitar Hero is dead, just waiting on CoD now.

ad1x2
ad1x2

It is sad that people have died in this storm and posters are claiming they are happy about it because the storm knocked out the servers to some games they hate. Shows how pathetic some people are. Also shows how some people are hypocrites since I am willing to bet half of the people making those comments are the same people who will cry "First Amendment violation" when something they like is willingly altered by the company to avoid offending people no matter how offensive it is.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I don't want anyone to suffer because of this or anything else, but there is a silver lining. These games suck. Sorry, had to do that. If either of these games would have helped someone get through this, I am sorry.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

This reminds me of the MGS4 and Final Fantasy 14 servers issues that occured after the Japanese Earthquake in 2011. And what did people do? They complain and flex their self-entitlement muscle.  As someone who had to endure the disaster of a Category 5 Cyclone, I will tell you that the weeks following a bi disaster are brutal. The clean-up and lack of power is trying for everyone. So don't complain about server issues, play something else or find some other hobby to kill time.

kornasd
kornasd

what are you doing to help? instead of blogging in their defense when theres no need. theres nothing that can be done to stop nature

 

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Who the hell cares about these games?!?! There are lives out there being ruined, peoples homes destroyed! You can remake those discs no problem, but you can't easily repair someones life back.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Good. A few more of these and maybe we wont ever have to see another worthless GH and COD games ever again.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Guitar Hero? I thought that franchise died an over saturated death long ago. 

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

I love how some people are trying to make others feel guilty about being upset because of not being able to play online in the face of this disaster. We all feel bad for those people up there, but what are we supposed to do about it, fall apart in the floor crying? How about saying a prayer for those people and their families, then go whine about online not working. There, everybody happy?

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

Guess they'd better get the servers to Higher Ground.

But seriously, my sympathies go out to victims of the hurricaine. My parents are in New York, and they're fine, but man is the city a wreck.

vader501st
vader501st

I guess those servers are in serious need of a Sandy Bridge *ba-dum tss* 

msfan1289
msfan1289

no wonder, i notice a lot of people acting like a COD noobs on BF 3

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Not even Hurricane Sandy could withstand the awesome force of Xbox servers.

Cillah187
Cillah187

Oh? You are finding it hard to live without your online play because of the hurricane? There are people out there right now finding it hard to just plain live.

MadamMim
MadamMim

Who cares about those games?  There are people who are dead or missing as a result of this storm.

Alex323
Alex323

No wonder I couldnt play Black Ops online yesterday.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

This horrific storm will be one of the defining events of the decade, and it's a clear example of government doing its job to help people in the event of disaster. It shows us why things like FEMA are necessary.

 

On a side not, it's kind of odd that console CoDs are having issues due to server outages. I know the PC versions have dedicated servers, but aren't the console versions entirely peer-to-peer / host-based?

megakick
megakick

So some good did come for the STORM.

Poodger
Poodger

I didn't even know this hurricane was happening until yesterday.

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

Also cod 4mw (the original mw - yea I still play it LOL and it's the only cod I EVER bought!!!) is not working online

InFI_Chronos
InFI_Chronos

Yeah thats what I worry about when there is a hurricane...multiplayer gaming...

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

Play something else. Or a better idea: go outside and get some fresh air!

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Really? Didn't awful sales stop development on Guitar Hero a while ago?

buzzwah
buzzwah

My Black Op's on Xbox gone nuts.It is like running around the map's but full of mirrors.Players show up like shadows. wanted to get some practice in before BO2 comes out.

reesespiecesftw
reesespiecesftw

i'm having cod withdrawals. i thought i got banned O.O

ElfShotTheFood
ElfShotTheFood

How will I five-star "Rock You Like a Hurricane" now?

GreyViper
GreyViper

Oh boy, you bet most people affected by Sandy, must love always online function for single player campaign that dont give you option of offline play.

Flint247
Flint247

I pray that the East Coast will make it through. Continue to believe and have faith.

Iffy350
Iffy350

I really could care less about two vg franchises. A bunch of people died and tons of people lost their homes. This disaster could have a major impact on the whole US economy. Who the hell cares about CoD and GH!

NicAgent
NicAgent

 @DarthLod You're a heartless little troll.  Maybe someone should bring you to Hoboken, New Jersey to see for yourself the kind of devastation and hardships you have no respect for.

NicAgent
NicAgent

 @exedeath You're a heartless little troll.  Maybe someone should bring you to Hoboken, New Jersey to see for yourself the kind of devastation and hardships you have no respect for.

BKd12
BKd12

 @exedeathsay that again asshole over 75 people died in the east coast .... not even funny i live only 90 mile where all that shit happened

 

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

 @psx_warrior priorities matter... maybe yours should be about understanding that instead of being unintentionally ironic.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

 @JDWolfie Are you really that dumb or was that sarcasm? I mean, if you don't understand how servers work that's fine but I just wanted to make sure.

Petman8246
Petman8246

 @Spartan_418 The PC CoD titles have been P2P as well. That's why it takes forever to find a match in MW2.

Cillah187
Cillah187

@Iffy350 They saying is "couldn't care less"