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Download This, Patch That...Just Leave Me Alone, Damnit

For the record, I'm not entirely against the general concepts behind downloadable content, updates and patches.

I'm also not one of those nostalgia-addled gamers who think we've never managed to top Pong and Super Mario Bros. due to the purity of those groundbreaking games (or some such nonsense). I have the greatest respect for them, of course, and I'll always hold the classics in high esteem, but I do acknowledge and accept reality.

That being said, I used to love console gaming because it was easy and relaxing; hit the power button and play. Unlike with the PC, I didn't have to fiddle with settings for a half-hour, I didn't have to worry if one piece of my equipment was slightly outdated, and I didn't have to worry if the game was broken. Patches used to only exist in the PC realm, as did the other complications that go with more advanced gaming setups.

But of course, even our consoles are computers these days, so I shouldn't be surprised that they're starting to feel a little like computers. I can still avoid the equipment issue but other previously PC-exclusive frustrations are setting in. I'd say that 75-85% of all new games I get to play or review have me do an update before ever seeing the main menu. All of them have DLC of some kind, and just about all of them have a multiplayer option, which - let's not kid ourselves - isn't as straightforward as the standard single-player experience.

In some cases, provided everything is set and I have no intention of getting DLC or whatever, I can still just jump into a game and play. But even then, our super advanced machines offer so much more; I could watch trailers first, or go into PlayStation Home, or set up music playlists, or PM friends, or change wallpapers, etc, etc, etc. I'm not complaining that such options are there (I'm really not) but sometimes, I really think we're missing the simplicity that once made console gaming so appealing. To me, at any rate.

Downloadable stuff and patches and updates can make our experience better. I understand that. I really do. But there are times...oh, there are times...just stop and let me play, damnit.

Tags: dlc, downloadable content, updates, patches, gaming

12/5/2011 10:03:36 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (48 posts)

Warrior Poet
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:23:42 PM
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Loading times never bothered me until I started playing SNES games ;P

I agree with you - even last gen, everything was simpler. I generally don't play anything online, but updates and patches are still really annoying. I'm not against optimization either...but while I wait half an hour for my PS3 to update, I might just play Dr Mario on my NES...or walk my dog or eat a sandwich or play guitar. I shouldn't have to walk my dog in the time between I turn on the console and I play the game.

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Warrior Poet
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:17:25 PM

Actually you have to worry about saving in carts now because the SRAM batteries are starting to die. Just bought a Game Boy game that can't save anymore and I have to return it. It was Donkey Kong '94, too! :(

It's not so much the loading as it is the complete simplicity of using cartridges. I can handle discs, downloads, installs, etc. That's fine. But I still wish, kind of unreasonably, that everything was still on cartridges.

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firesoul453
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:33:01 PM
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I miss cartridges... Instant loading, no worrying about save! and even the ability for game developers to add a little more ram!


I miss the days when a console was a consoles and a PC was a PC. Consoles were put in the game and play (often with up to 4 other players!)

I do like some more modern features for example, online gameplay; but the worst thing about modern consoles is a lot of times (or it seems like it), developers don't finish a game before it goes gold...

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Jawknee
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:34:10 PM
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The ability to patch a game after the fact is both a blessing and a curse. While I understand mistakes can always happen, having the ability to patch that mistake after the game releases is a good thing. However, I think it's also made devs lazier and some seem to rush their games to market when they're not finished because they now have this "oh well, release now and patch later" attitude.

One thing I do like about Nintendo is they will make sure the game they release is 100% complete and has no flaws because they know they cannot fix it later. Say what you will about their last gen approach to graphics, when it comes to Nintendo's first party offerings, they never have the technical problems some PS3 and Xbox games have that require a huge patch. I understand their games aren't as complex but the quality is still there. They take their time and get it right the first time.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 8:32:29 PM

http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/718941/the-legend-of-zelda-skyward-sword-has-a-game-breaking-glitch-nintendo-responds/?cmpid=sn-110418-facebook-28-fbfantrack says otherwise.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:35:38 PM
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It displeases me that when I buy a new game, it's at least a half hour before I get to play it. There's updates and patches, then the huge mandatory install, then I have to tweak the settings and tell the stupid game to invert the Y axis because I'm not retarded. Tell it not to save to the cloud, tell it that, again, I'm not retarded and it's okay with me if it uses the autosave function and no I won't turn it off during a save. Yes I know it might give me siezures. Blah blah blah.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:51:04 PM

"Blah blah blah."

A direct quote of me when facing the same thing. ;)

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TheAgingHipster
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 6:32:55 AM

Complete agreement here. The game JUST CAME OUT. You're telling me I already have to spend 20 minutes patching the danged thing?! GRAH.

It's just as frustrating with older games I haven't played in a while. I popped in Uncharted 2 not too long ago, just for fun, to play before I went to the office, but never got to play because of the stupid updates.

And Kevin Butler forbid you try to play without installing the patch, because the system will interrupt your game with a black screen every five minutes to remind you that a patch is available, rendering the game virtually unplayable until you finally break down and update.

*deep breath* Woosa.

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spiderboi
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 10:08:20 AM

Tell me about it. When I bought MAG some time ago, I was really really pumped up to play it. But wound up playing a day later coz it had to download a sh*tload of stuff. Talk about anti-climactic.

Btw, semi-off topic: if I buy a Heavy Rain copy with the Move logo, does it mean that I can play it immediately using the Move, or do I still have to download the Move patch? The internet speed at my new place blows and cuts off on a sadly regular rate...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 12:27:33 PM

Heavy Rain with Move doesn't have to download the patch.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 10:57:11 PM
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I don't mind updates, maybe it's my fast internet connection or the thought that I'm getting a better game out of the whole process. I'd love to point to Skyrim on the PS3 as a perfect example of developers abusing this concept and delivering a game that's broken in several areas. My friend Mat (a long time 360 gamer) recently got a PS3 after I told him how great the games were (I promised to bum him a few). Skyrim was the first PS3 game he bought and its been nothing but an utter nightmare for him. Why do people put up with this!?

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Jawknee
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:04:37 PM

Also maybe you're used to updates because you have been a long time PC gamer? Haven't PC games had this feature for a while now? Before consoles?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:07:45 PM

You are a bad friend, you should have made him play a smooth PS3 exclusive.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:40:45 PM

Jawk you're right I am used to updated due to being a PC gamer for over 20years.

World, I gave him the entire Uncharted series but he's a huge Elder Scrolls fan and so he wanted to play Skyrim immediately.

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Mr Bubbles IGR
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 11:43:54 PM

Just recently found a dragon flying backwards, that everyone been talking about since the last patch for ps3. The blood dragon was having some kind of seizure in the sky, every arrow i shot at it was a critical hit which improved my archery and sneak about 3 levels till it decided it want to glitch in the sky elsewhere. Also i could barely move around since everything was laggy/glitchy. Cant wait for the new patch.

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Oxvial
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 9:42:57 AM

Some of Skyrim fanboys are the worst, they protect Bethesda antics of release a unfinished product and even try to say things like ''dragon flying backwards'' is okay, if same thing happened to me with Dark Souls I would be pissed.

I wonder how many months gonna take for the game to stop having so much problems.

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Mr Bubbles IGR
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 10:52:52 AM

Never said it was ok, since i couldn't kill the dumb thing even when the health bar was gone, it just kept taking hits and eventually spawned elsewhere in the same area, very annoying.

No fanboy here, actually this is the first elder scrolls game that i've enjoyed since i hated oblivion and never tried fallout 3.

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Oxvial
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 2:14:04 PM

I wasn't pointing this to you Jonah I knew after reading your comment that wasn't okay with you.

Btw I also hated Oblivion so this game is actually fun compared? because I heard from almost everyone is almost the same, if isn't the case I would buy it when it properly gets patched.

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Mr Bubbles IGR
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 3:18:41 PM

I only played about an hour on oblivion, so i really wouldn't know how to compare the 2 together. I dont think i got past the first level-up, but it skyrim i'm a level 31. So more time invested, cant really say.

My advice is to rent it and see OR buy used at gamestop so if you dont like it then you have 7 days for a full refund, no money lost. I've done the latter numerous times. ^_^

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karneli lll
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 12:24:31 AM
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The automatic update option is honestly Sony's best idea. Too many updates,too little time.

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___________
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 1:28:15 AM
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consoles have not changed much, sadly PC is getting WORSE!
especially with steam, tis why im seriously thinking of selling my gaming PC its driving me nuts!
every game you get theres a problem with it.
ps3 you come home, install it if it needs one, download a patch and fire up.
PC oh the CD key is invalid.
spend 4 days on emails with customer support getting a new key.
or crappy console ports, cough red faction armageddon!
they STILL have not patched it, unbelievable!
no wonder the RF series is going down the sh*tter when thats how they support it!

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 4:56:53 AM

Sounds like you're just unlucky. 19 years of PC gaming and I hardly ever encounter those issues you describe. Usually the only problems I encounter are one, or more, discs may be bad. A quick exchange and it's fine afterwards. As for Steam, I have never had a problem there except with the really old titles that were DOS based when originally launched.

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___________
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 8:44:36 AM

even RAGE gave me a headache, 3 times i had to install it and when it asked for the 3rd disk and i popped it in it quit the installation.
then restarted it and i had to start from scratch, finally 4th time worked fine.
then i went to activate my anarchy edition code and it told me its invalid.
or with just cause 2, every time i put my disk in steam went to download it.
ahhhh, why would i want to download the game when i have the disk and am trying to install it off that?
every game i get i spend more time screwing around with driver settings, game settings, .cfg files, steam, and whatever else to get it working properly.

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 4:34:48 PM

I have the Steam version of RAGE and I never had issues with installing or playing. Steam let all who preordered install early so a little after midnight, on launch day, it unlocked and we were able to play without a hitch other then the bugs that shipped with the game. As for the disc/download issue. The game is still being installed from the disc, Shogun 2 ,among others, does the same as you describe. You're downloading updates and whatnot from Steam during the process as well. Try just downloading and installing and you'll see that using the disc is faster. And having to fool around with settings for every game is due to the fact that not everybody has the same PC specs so most times everything is set to low so everybody can play it. It usually only takes a minute or two to alter settings to your system so it's not that big a deal.

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___________
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 9:21:13 AM

nah, its the whole game i did that with just cause 2 thinking it was just updating, and ended up downloading the whole game.
i had the same problem with battlefield 3, every time i entered the cd key in the CD installation it said invalid code.
then i redeemed it through origin, and downloaded it no problem even though i had the disk.
thats one thing i hate about steam though, every time it downloads a update it says the game size not the update size.
blops for example the update says its 4888MBs.
either thats the size of the whole game, or that is one big a$$ patch!
same thing for all my games, instead of saying the size of the update, several MBs, it says the size of the game, several GBs.
contacted steam about it multiple times and all they can tell me to do is delete and re install steam.
has not changed a thing.
oh and my favourite, allot of the time when i go to redeem my CD codes, or boot my game i get a error saying steam is busy please come back later.
no i wont come back later, i paid 100 bucks for that game so i can play it when i want, not when you want!


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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 2:59:14 AM
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Ah, to not have this issue. I mean, Skyrim's broken. But broken is broken and fixes, if what I've read is correct, are narry impossible for the issue at hand. If a game is sh*t I'll call the damn thing out, and avoid the next game from the developer, unless I'm aware that it works day 1. That, unfortunately, has become the relationship between Bethesda and I.

But on topic again... Yeah, love not having to worry about it. If a game comes down the pipe with a mandatory system update on it, so be it. If it requires an installation, go ahead. It's twenty minutes or so. I can find something else to do in that time. So while y'all are patching some minor, niggling issue... I'm persevering through it, and I have no problem with that whatsoever. Alas, I kind of dread the day that I do hook up to the broadband though. The patches I'll need... The system updates, synching with the servers... bombardment with all sorts of other things. I'll miss the simplicity. o.O

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Underdog15
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 9:08:41 AM

I want to play Skyrim, but I'm not buying it anymore. (Boy am I glad I waited!)

I know it's great, but I don't want to play a game that will, at an undisclosed time, start freaking out on me.

I don't play and finish those games on a time crunch.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 5:43:47 AM
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It only takes me 5 minutes to update and install on most occasions, GT5 took me 45 minutes to download every update. Installing takes longer. Today let's all download the BF3 DLC and enjoy!

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 5:48:26 AM
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I have no problem with it, because it is free. If they're working on a problem for free I have no issue on waiting for a patch. sure it can be annoying after retruning to uni from the summerto see all my games need patches, but its a minor irritation.

DLC is where we should frowning upon. developers leaving out content on perpose to charge us with later on. Which every developer is cashing in on now. I miss the day of wlaking comfortably into a store and being able to pick up a game without fear that I am not getting the full game or an online access code.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 7:13:32 AM
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I think I got a taste of what PC gamers must be forced to endure when I made the mistake of buying Mass Effect 2 day1. I was thrilled to get the game but when I got it home here is the process I had to endure to get the "defintive" PS3 verion of ME2 up and running:

1. Mandatory half hour HD install
2. Download patch
3. Go online and create an EA acoount
4. ATTEMPT to redeem one time code for 4 days
5. Download Cerebus pack which unlocks the bonus missions on the disc such as Lair of the Shadow broker, downloads the interactive comic, some extra hammerhead missions, weapons, ship, and armour upgrades.

It turns out the Cerebus network was down for 4 days so there was no way to download the Cerebus pack. No biggie I thought to myself. I'll skip the comic and download the Cerebus pack later. I started my game, but later learned that that the one time code had to be redeemed and Cerebus pack dowloaded berfore BEFORE I started my game if I wanted access to the bonus missions such as Lair of the Shadowbroker. Hours of gameplay lost.

EA had an online pass on a Single player game. No code. No access to bonus content that was advertised as being included in the definitive PS3 version of ME2. I am not just talking about the comic but also all the bonus missions that add up to many hours of gameplay. Absolutely ridiculous the amount of hoops EA made gamers jump through which was only complicated by the Cerebus network being down for 4 days. If this is typical of what a PC gamer must be forced to endure then I very much feel sorry for them.

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 7:28:13 AM

"If this is typical of what a PC gamer must be forced to endure then I very much feel sorry for them."

It's not.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 9:15:46 AM

It isn't typical, but PC gamers have always been exposed to far more crap like that.

...anybody who says otherwise likes PC a little too much. 'cough'

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 12:59:19 PM

PC :)

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D1g1tal5torm
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 7:17:57 AM
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Was playing RDR undead happily on my way to completion. Downloaded the vita 4.00 firmware update and it keeps causing the game to crash!

5-10 mins in and bang - it freezes.

That's what annoys me about patches - the lack of attention given to what it affects in my collection.

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xnonsuchx
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 7:46:58 AM
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I want the PS4 to have 10-50GB+ SSD cartridges the size of Neo Geo cartridges. NOW you're gaming! ;-)

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slugga_status
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 8:17:19 AM
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The installs, patches, etc. don't really bother me too much. They usually download and install pretty quickly. Especially with the auto update feature, I can usually come home and see what's been updated, uploaded, etc. They're making it easier for us to just turn on and game..

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dork02840
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 8:43:18 AM
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i hear you on that. i damn near broke my raven controller saturday night. i had just gotten off working a triple shift from 545 til 8pm at night, and someone at work had bought a copy of MK off of me for 40. i had already had a 5 dollar preorder credit that i transferred to my purchase. i bought wwe 12 and was promptly greeted with an hour long install. by the time the game came on i was almost asleep. then i found out how hit or miss the controllers could be and i was beyond angry...even though i only spent 19.19 of my actual money on it.

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LaasYaNir
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 8:49:11 AM
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Who is "Damnit"?

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Underdog15
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 9:10:29 AM

It's your mom's nickname around these parts.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 1:42:50 PM

haha... apparently some people don't want you to know about your mom. Sorry, downvoters. I should have kept it secret.

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telly
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 11:29:44 AM
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So true. And I know folks on this site may not want to hear it, but PS3 is WAY worse than 360 when it comes to patches and assorted other upgrades. The downloads take FOREVER, at least the 360 ones only take a few seconds usually.

But yes, your point is well taken. Too many patches on consoles these days.

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Highlander
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 12:37:02 PM
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For the next generation I would like to see console makers crack down on the patch happy devs and put a 1-2 month moratorium on game patches immediately after launch. I feel that if you deliver a game that cannot be patched for 1-2 months, you focus more on getting it right for the launch. Too often now I think game developers adopt the PC and Windows mindset of hitting a delivery date and patching the release after it is delivered. I think that the platform owners can have a large impact on this by locking a game into a 1-2 month patch free period right after launch.

I would also love to see a tighter limit on installation size. Even if a game fills a 50GB BluRay, as long as the disk is in the drive the majority of the resources can be loaded from the BluRay. Installations really only need to cache the most frequently used elements and core components, so I don't really believe that we need 8-10GB installations for games. Again, the platform holders can help by requiring devs to adopt a 4 tier approach. So you would have the four tiers as running from the BluRay/DVD alone, optionally use up to 2GB of HDD (or other storage) to cache data to the HDD as a kind of dynamic installation, use up to 2GB for a partial install (as well as using the 2GB cache option), and the full size install as the final option. Once again, gamers should have the choice, but the game should run without requiring an installation, even if it means that it caches an installation to the HDD as the player goes.

DLC isn't an issue for me, I like it. But the whole patching and installation thing is getting out of hand.

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CaptRon
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 1:46:53 PM
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The only reason they didn't patch back then is because they couldn't. The internet wasn't so readily available. If it was then those games would've gotten some kind of patches or w/e. And even if they didn't patch now, people would be complaining about that. There is no happy medium.

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 2:48:06 PM
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I think it's time we pointed fingers at the devs that force these giant patches on us. Look at MAG, GT5 and now BF3. Utterly disgusting in their abuse of the customer's hard drive space.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 5:12:32 PM
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These patches are a double-edged sword to me.

On one hand, they're needed to rectify any unknown problems that arise afterwards.

But I think that developers like Skyrim's should be taken to the mat by Sony, just because there seem to be numerous well-know problems by this developer's games that still don't seem to be getting rectified.

So Sony should have a special "QCTD"(Quality Control Tester Division)" who's hours are paid by the developer of the game they're testing for bugs, glitches, & any other serious flaws.
If the gamne flunks their testing, it's flagged & sent back till it's all straightened out, PERIOD!

Now with that said, I'm always on the go, so I want to be able to "Plug & Play", but it seems that almost every game I've bought lately, has these damned patches or updates, & some of them as super-long, MS2 being the biggest one of them so far.

And 2 nights ago, I bought "Rage: Anarchy Edition", and I only had a short limited window of time in which to sample it that night, but......

1. At start up, "notice to update".
(DSL speed/at7mbs per second) = almost a 1/2 hour to D/L.
2. And install = another 13 minutes.

3.Off to PSN store to redeem "Anarchy Edition Pack" code
4. so more D/L time
5.And more install time

6.Oh wait, another damned code, the "Infamously Stolen Wasteland Sewer Mission" code
7. More D/L time
8. So more install time

Needless to say I didn't get more than a thimble of clock ticks to sample Rage after I was all done.

And I suddenly realized how truly "IRONIC" the name Rage was, as I was now in one myself after all that time lost just trying to sample it.

And BTW, there's got to be a much f8cking better way of screwing GameStop, than by f8cking all of us!

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Rogueagent01
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 7:45:11 PM
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Like many here I see it is a double-edged sword. I like the concept of fleshed out DLC, I don't mind the occasional patch, and updates to the system I actually look forward too. On the other hand I hate that many developers have released and charged for DLC that feels like it was part of the main game, patches are being abused in nature with some studios, and updates have not been gamer related with the last several updates.

The one thing that has brought extreme rage out of me within this generation, is looking at the QA departments in the credits of games this generation. You used to see page after page of testers and QA related positions. Now it comes down to a head of the department and maybe a dozen testers if lucky. And we wonder why these games feel incomplete or even broken.

The people in charge of these studios have cut costs by subing these jobs out to us "gamers" and left it up to us to test their games. Now mind you I believe giving the public a chance to beta test is a good thing and can result in a better game. But you should still rely heavily on your own QA team to do their own proper beta test. Many gamers don't want to beta test they want to play a demo which is why many betas yield poor results in the long run.

I don't mind where we are now in gaming, I just wish developers would take their jobs more seriously(if that makes sense).

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main_event05
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 8:53:25 PM
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Lost Planet.

'Nuff said

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hehateme
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 10:31:57 PM
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yeah i think of this pain everytime i decide i want to play a game i put away and i find out theres like 8 updates (little big planet) i was at my friends house we wanted to play online and it was pointless for me to bring that game..... or how next day updates... i say take your TIME stop being sloppy and cut back on some of these updates

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