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2013-05-16 08:41:24 AM
SimCity.....That is all.....
 
2013-05-16 08:54:23 AM
I just got Sleeping Dogs off PSN, and it was a lot of fun. First, the download (8 gigs at the slowest possible speed from the PSN), followed by a lengthy install, followed by an even lengthier update that COULD NOT BE RUN IN THE BACKGROUND, followed by ANOTHER UPDATE.

Owning a PS3 is pretty miserable if you ever want to, you know, play games.
 
2013-05-16 09:39:17 AM
Just knowing that If I was to play Borderlands 2 this weekend I will need to update to at least a "compatibility pack", that can only be done in game.... Sitting on a screen watching it painfully download at whatever slow speed Microsoft xbox live pushes data out. Which all of this is should be done outside of the game in the dashboard so these large updates can be done in the background or when the console is not in use.
 
2013-05-16 09:41:42 AM

ModernLuddite: I just got Sleeping Dogs off PSN, and it was a lot of fun. First, the download (8 gigs at the slowest possible speed from the PSN), followed by a lengthy install, followed by an even lengthier update that COULD NOT BE RUN IN THE BACKGROUND, followed by ANOTHER UPDATE.

Owning a PS3 is pretty miserable if you ever want to, you know, play games.


Yeah I remember bringing home my PS3 and my copy of MGS4 and being so excited to play it. So I plug everything in and setup the audio and video settings

'hey awesome this thing outputs in DST!' *frown at the clearly inferior Xbox360*

Oh shiat I need to do a system update, well OK I bought a 60gig model and it's a really old build I can understand that it needs updates.

Why is this so slow I have a really good internet package and everything else is really fast, I have a hard time imagining that these updates are brand new today and that there is a lot of traffic on the Sony update servers.

OK that's done I'm going to reset my router maybe it doesn't like the new device and that's why it was slow.

Alright pop in the MGS4 disc...WTF is this the game needs to INSTALL? This is a farking console!

Finally that's done! Time to play! shiat it needs an update too.

Why is this so slow?!?!?

OK! Finally! Time to play my game!

WTF it needs to install the first level!?!?!? *gaze longingly at the xbox 360*

It's a damn fine blu-ray player though...
 
2013-05-16 11:51:18 AM
I bet a fair few of these problems could be solved with a temporary direct Ethernet connection to the router. Yeah, it can be a pain in the ass to string a long cable through the house, but I've seen all sorts of strange problems go away with direct connections.

It shouldn't be that way, of course. But that's been my personal experience.
 
2013-05-16 12:04:55 PM
This is the sort of guy I'd refer to Geeksquad, just for the lulz.  $50 says this guy is relying on a wireless network, one he's too incompetent to have setup himself and he's got at least a microwave between his router and his gaming hardware.  Bonus $20 he might not even own the router he's downloading from and there's a dozen others within '50 feet.
 
2013-05-16 12:20:22 PM
"This really should not be the case as Xbox Live, PSN and Steam should all be reliable enough to prevent these failed downloads from occurring, right?"

I don't know what you're doing chump monkey, but I've never had a download fail on Steam. Shiat, I even paused one for three months and it picked right back up where it left off once I remembered to unpause it.
 
2013-05-16 12:28:52 PM
This was a pretty dumb article. I was expecting something more along the lines of disasters caused by patches, like when the one EVE Online patch bricked a bunch of people's computers by mucking up their Windows directories.
 
2013-05-16 01:13:59 PM
White console people problems.
 
2013-05-16 01:46:00 PM

Comsamvimes: This was a pretty dumb article. I was expecting something more along the lines of disasters caused by patches, like when the one EVE Online patch bricked a bunch of people's computers by mucking up their Windows directories.


I remember an Everquest patch that changed everyone's strength to 1.  That meant that if you weren't naked you couldn't even walk around.  It was possible to creep along if you had a speed buff on but otherwise you couldn't do anything.

The biatching in chat was epic.  I stayed online just to give out those speed buffs and to try to help calm down some of the people logging in.

Some people were mad but I thought it was hilarious.
 
2013-05-16 02:27:45 PM

Evilnissan: Just knowing that If I was to play Borderlands 2 this weekend I will need to update to at least a "compatibility pack", that can only be done in game.... Sitting on a screen watching it painfully download at whatever slow speed Microsoft xbox live pushes data out. Which all of this is should be done outside of the game in the dashboard so these large updates can be done in the background or when the console is not in use.


That's because they just added a new playable character (which is an optional DLC, $10), and people playing said character can join games of people who don't have the DLC, so even if you don't have the character your game needs to know what to do if somebody with said character joins your game.
 
2013-05-16 02:29:42 PM

KierzanDax: "This really should not be the case as Xbox Live, PSN and Steam should all be reliable enough to prevent these failed downloads from occurring, right?"

I don't know what you're doing chump monkey, but I've never had a download fail on Steam. Shiat, I even paused one for three months and it picked right back up where it left off once I remembered to unpause it.


Yeah, this.  Steam is very good at managing downloads.
 
Ant
2013-05-16 03:38:19 PM

Egoy3k: ModernLuddite: I just got Sleeping Dogs off PSN, and it was a lot of fun. First, the download (8 gigs at the slowest possible speed from the PSN), followed by a lengthy install, followed by an even lengthier update that COULD NOT BE RUN IN THE BACKGROUND, followed by ANOTHER UPDATE.

Owning a PS3 is pretty miserable if you ever want to, you know, play games.

Yeah I remember bringing home my PS3 and my copy of MGS4 and being so excited to play it. So I plug everything in and setup the audio and video settings

'hey awesome this thing outputs in DST!' *frown at the clearly inferior Xbox360*

Oh shiat I need to do a system update, well OK I bought a 60gig model and it's a really old build I can understand that it needs updates.

Why is this so slow I have a really good internet package and everything else is really fast, I have a hard time imagining that these updates are brand new today and that there is a lot of traffic on the Sony update servers.

OK that's done I'm going to reset my router maybe it doesn't like the new device and that's why it was slow.

Alright pop in the MGS4 disc...WTF is this the game needs to INSTALL? This is a farking console!

Finally that's done! Time to play! shiat it needs an update too.

Why is this so slow?!?!?

OK! Finally! Time to play my game!

WTF it needs to install the first level!?!?!? *gaze longingly at the xbox 360*

It's a damn fine blu-ray player though...


All this. I buy most games for the XBox, unless there is a compelling reason to buy it on the PS3. I don't like many of the PS3 exclusives.

It's a pretty crappy music player though. How come I can't select multiple individual songs from my TVersity box on the PS3 but I can on the XBox? WTF Sony?
 
Ant
2013-05-16 03:43:36 PM

BumpInTheNight: This is the sort of guy I'd refer to Geeksquad, just for the lulz.  $50 says this guy is relying on a wireless network, one he's too incompetent to have setup himself and he's got at least a microwave between his router and his gaming hardware.  Bonus $20 he might not even own the router he's downloading from and there's a dozen others within '50 feet.


"Wifi on channel 9: check!
PS3 downloading over Wifi: check!

Alright, I think I'll just go microwave myself a burrito while I wait for the download to fini... Dammit!"
 
2013-05-16 03:48:55 PM
as someone with an extensive library of pc games and an equally extensive library of patches, maps, and other files for said games; I can confirm yes it does suck. but its a helluva lot better than console games and their lack of content, features, modability, and updates.
 
2013-05-16 05:21:05 PM

Dr. Goldshnoz: as someone with an extensive library of pc games and an equally extensive library of patches, maps, and other files for said games; I can confirm yes it does suck. but its a helluva lot better than console games and their lack of content, features, modability, and updates.


That Red Dead Redemption was never released for PC is the greatest injustice of all time. OF ALL TIME.
 
2013-05-17 09:46:03 AM

Geotpf: KierzanDax: "This really should not be the case as Xbox Live, PSN and Steam should all be reliable enough to prevent these failed downloads from occurring, right?"

I don't know what you're doing chump monkey, but I've never had a download fail on Steam. Shiat, I even paused one for three months and it picked right back up where it left off once I remembered to unpause it.

Yeah, this.  Steam is very good at managing downloads.


My only beef with steam is when it decides to download updates while I'm using netflix in the living room.  Goodbye all of my bandwidth.
 
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