Tuesday, June 27, 2006

There has got to be a better way

I just had my computer fixed, and they had to re-install windows. This wiped everything off my computer. I play an online game called City of Heroes (City of Villians also). This means that even though I reloaded the games from my CDs, I still have to endure hours of downloads (of the expansions and patches) before I can play. We are talking quite literally about days worth of downloads. I started the City of Villians downloads (the newer game and thus much fewer patches and expansions to download) at 7:00 PM last night, and they're still going. Hell I would have paid $10 to get expansion discs to avoid all of this. (the patches and expansions would load much quicker from discs .. less than an hour)


Fred said...

You really need broadband for playing those online games. That's one of the reasons I gave up on dial up.

Aces High, is my game, a ww2 air combat game. It seemed just about every other time I went to play, there'd be another update or upgrade. I have a defective modem on this computer that would start out pretty fast but quickly degenerate to as low as 4k. Drove me nuts.

Now, with DSL, I don't even notice the downloads, even when I installed the game on my laptop.

Another thing you can do is have a friend download the updates to a CD for you, although I'm not sure how that would work with the updates as they go straight into the game.

When I first started with Aces High it would have taken me days to download the game with a 56k modem. I called a friend with a cable modem and he downloaded the game to a CD for me in six minutes.

Gahrie said...

I have DSL..That's how big these downloads are!

Kirbside said...

no Gahrie, you do not have DSL. You have a cable modem. Sheeeesh!!!

Fred said...

If you have broadband, and it still takes that long for the download, I'd find a different game to play. That one takes up too much space on the hard drive.

Either that, or the game site itself has a real slow connection and broadband doesn't do any good when they're slow.