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Why do just released titles download a patch right after I insert the disk.

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3 years ago#1
I am not the smartest programmer in the world so please don't flame me. I have just noticed this recently that alot of new titles download atleast a small patch the first time you play them, even on release day. Anyone know why?
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3 years ago#2
Basically both publishers and developers nowadays feel that consumers are better testers since they pay them to test the games.

It's the reason Skyrim is such a mess.
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3 years ago#3
Because a game is finished as much as 6 weeks before it hits the shelf. Even including the time to test the patch, that could be a month of extra polish and tweaks you are getting in a day one patch.
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3 years ago#4
Idk, but so long as they're like 5 seconds, it usually gives me time to take a tinkle before the main menu comes up.
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3 years ago#5
SunDevil77 posted...
Idk, but so long as they're like 5 seconds, it usually gives me time to take a tinkle before the main menu comes up.


5 seconds?

You rockin' a power washer, Sun?

You must have to replace toilets quite often, dude.
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3 years ago#6
gabrius posted...
SunDevil77 posted...
Idk, but so long as they're like 5 seconds, it usually gives me time to take a tinkle before the main menu comes up.


5 seconds?

You rockin' a power washer, Sun?

You must have to replace toilets quite often, dude.


Hehe ya'know what I mean, the patch is DLed then it restarts the game and whatnot =P I usually time it juuuust right.

My life is quite exciting.
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3 years ago#7
I always thought it was the micro patch that enabled the Day 1 DLC.
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3 years ago#8
gabrius posted...
SunDevil77 posted...
Idk, but so long as they're like 5 seconds, it usually gives me time to take a tinkle before the main menu comes up.


5 seconds?

You rockin' a power washer, Sun?

You must have to replace toilets quite often, dude.


You know Sun is equipped, if you know what I mean.
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3 years ago#9
Because half way through pressing the shipment of discs a dev ran up and shouted "****! We forgot to make it playable".

Happens all the time. Moleyneux forgot to add co-op to Fable 2 even though he hyped that feature for 2 years, Bethseda forgot to put textures in Fallout DLC because it slipped they're mind, and Konami released a two barely playable entries to Silent Hill and a third with no invert option......wait a second. Those last three never even got a patch.

Where do I sign up for next gen?
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3 years ago#10
^ Don't you mean last gen? They couldn't afford to make mistakes like they can now because patching wasn't as possible back then.
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