to 'replicate a liver server' you need an equivalent number of players and system configurations to actually log into your testbed. Have you ever hopped onto the test server? Most of the time it's a ghost town, in my experience. I always wonder if the people who start these kinds of threads must be playing their first MMO. Sometimes there are bugs. Sometimes there is unscheduled downtime. That is the reality of developing an online game and PS2 has been pretty good about prompt fixes. Acting like bugs that affect a small minority of players are the end of the world is ******* dumb.