Descriptive Problem Summary:
For the past week or so we've been getting tons of complaints from users who hang at the "Connecting to server...." splash page when trying to join NEStalgia. As it turns out, we realized that these complaints started immediately after BYOND 480 became available on the main download page.
Some users are hit with the problem temporarily (10 minutes to a few hours), and some have it permanently. Those same people report that they can sometimes still connect to BYOND games other than NEStalgia.
Downgrading to BYOND 479 fixes the problem for everyone. We're trying to let people know about the issue, but because this is turning away a fairly large chunk of new BYONDers, I suggest changing the download page to link to 479 until the glitch with 480 is fixed (people logging on with guest keys are also auto-downloading 480 right now from the NEStalgia.exe installer).
Note: Two of the NEStalgia servers are still running 479 Dream Daemons, but all current compiles of the game were made with 480. That doesn't seem to matter though, as players using 480 started to experience this problem while NEStalgia was still running on 479 compiles.