Two things are driving me up the wall here.
First thing: I have been working on building/trying to get a new computer so I can get back to an online game I haven't been able to play for over six months. Last month, this game suffered a Distributed Denial of Service attack which had their servers knocked out for a while, but they got everything back up and running. (This game is based in Japan, and is Japanese, but a lot of American and other foreign players also play it.) As a result of this attack, many ISPs have been unable to connect to either the game servers or the website - no one seems entirely sure whether the ISPs are blocking it, or the servers just aren't broadcasting their location so only an ISP that knows exactly
how to get there can connect (it's probably a mixture of both.) I do have confirmation that my ISP has blocked access to the game and the game's website, and they're not going to remove the block unless the company who made the game actually goes straight to them and asks them to remove it - which isn't going to happen. Some other users of this ISP have made a case for removal of the block without the company having to get involved, but no one knows when/if that's going to do anything, so now that I have a computer capable of playing, I can't play!
Second thing: I'm discussing this with a friend who I love dearly, but who has a tendency not to listen
. Whatsoever. She's the one who provided me with the info about the ISP confirming the game's been blocked and only the company is allowed to request removal of the block, and we spent a good few minutes going back and forth about that. And then she came back with "Well, have your dad call them and ask them to take the block off!"
...My dad is not the game company. My dad cannot
request the block to be taken off. (He won't do it anyway - my game is "not important".) She's the one who gave me that info in the first place. How did "only the company can request it" turn into "let's have your dad call them" in her head?
I swear, any farther up the wall and I'd be on the ceiling...