Editor: Darryl Linington
Since the current-gen of gaming has been around there has always been one thing that each console or PC has in common, patches (updates). Now I am not talking about Patches the dog, Patches O’Houlihan or any other Patches you may know… I am talking about video game patches – the bane of my, and many other peoples existence.
Why are these patches such an issue? Well, for the past few weeks I have noticed that many of the larger patches tend to fail to download, which is awkward as I have a rather trustworthy ADSL connection that rarely ever drops. This brings certain questions to mind… Do I call my internet service provider? Do I call PlayStation, Microsoft or Nintendo? Why is this happening? What have I done to deserve this? Should I smash my controller? Should I smash my router? What if I smash something and then it magically starts working? What would my insurance company have to say about all of this? Well, I am not about to smash anything yet, but the real question remains who do you call?
Truth be told, no matter who you call you always get the same questions, but none of the right answers… Is the power connected? Are you currently connected to the internet? Try and disable this… now enable that and it should start working… wait, sorry sir it’s still not working? Well I shall log the fault with my supervisors and we will get back to you – Which they never do of course.
Now, if you are reading this and wondering what a patch (update) is let me break it down for you. A patch is designed to fix bugs, add content and basically improve the overall stability of a game. However, many patches/updates vary in size from as little 2MB to over 1Gig. Now without these patches you may not be able to play a certain video game online, which can be frustrating especially if you have been trying to download the same bloody patch since Monday!
Yip, that’s right! My current download for Borderlands 2 is sitting at 464MB; however, it has failed at around the 50% mark about 15 times, which means I have pretty much wasted around 7Gigs worth of data if it fails at around the 250MB mark. This means that if I was not an uncapped ADSL customer I would pretty much have burned through whatever cap I had. While Borderlands 2 has been my main gripe, I have also been having issues with a few older titles that I have tried to update. Furthermore, many of the team members from ITF Gaming have been battling with the rather enormous Battlefield 3 patches.
To find a proper solution to this issue I have gone through many forums regarding patches/updates that fail; however, everyone keeps giving the same advice, “keep trying”. 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?
To end things off, I would like to ask if any of you have been suffering from the same issues? Additionally, let us know if you come across a permanent fix.