Oakland Stress Test

By chiefkev17 | UplandCentral | 22 Apr 2021

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Oakland's Stress Test

A stress test is a crucial part of game development, and it will show the developers what goes wrong when the system is put under pressure, and where they should focus their attention when making fixes. According to Wikipedia,

"stress testing, is loading the concurrent users over and beyond the level that the system can handle, so it breaks at the weakest link within the entire system."

As you might have experienced this morning, a lot went wrong during the stress test, which is completely fine and might be in our best interest! Personally, I had a lot of trouble with sending my block explorer to different locations. I would get an error when I would try to send, but my send did dissapear. I was very frustrated when this happened because I put my time and effort into getting these sends, and to see them dissapear is not right. After it happened, I understood that this is part of the stress test, and I was very relieved to see an announcement from Upland in the Discord chat stating:

"Many players lost sends while attempting to participate in the test. If attempted to send your block explorer today between 10:00 AM and 10:20 AM, you will be compensated 5 sends for your assistance. Thank you all again for helping us!"

This announcement tells me a couple of things, the development team is actively analysing what went wrong during the test, they are starting to communicate better, and they are working on ways to reimburse players that had problems. 

Piñata Hunt

The Upland team also dropped 100 piñata's in random locations throughout Oakland, and later on they released a clue that lead to a special piñata. Unfortunately I have not been able to find any piñata's and I doubt I will find any today. To be honest, I do not know the in's and out's of piñata's that well, and I seem to never find any. Does someone reading this blog have any tips/tricks on finding piñata's? I was however able to figure out the clue that lead to the special piñata, but I was not able to send there either. For anyone wondering, the location with the special piñata was: 1225 fallon st. 


All in all, I can say that it was a very frustrating stress test for me since I was not able to get close to any properties, did not find any piñata's, and my sends were not working. Although my frustration might have been present, I know that the development team is going to work with the data that they got and improve the game bit by bit! It might take them some time to fix all of the issues in the game, but I am with Upland for the long run and I expect it to be a very good run! 


 Let me know what your experiences were with the stress test in the comments! 


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