I had one of the most frustrating gaming weekends over the last couple of days.
After working a rare Friday shift (our weekends are Friday and Saturday), I stopped by a video game store to pick up something to play at night and hopefully occupy the next day. I bought Bad Company 2 and Supreme Commander 2, smugly glancing at all the AssCreed 2 boxes on the shelf and moving on, and happily waltzed home, remembering once I got there that I had also installed Napoleon Total War a few days earlier. I figured I was pretty much set for a night of gaming.
I popped in Supreme Commander 2 which turned out to have a Steam tie-in. “Cool!” I thought. No disc authentication later. Plus I generally like having games tie in with Steam. It’s just convenient.
Immediately after installing, the game launches into an extremely lengthy patch download that would have taken a couple of hours. That was no good as I had only gotten home at 10:30 pm. I tried pausing the download and launching the game, offline mode, even uninstalling and trying to quit Steam before the patch would download, to no avail.
All was not lost. I still had Battlefield. I go through the installation motions and run the game. Version check. Downloading patch. Argh. Can’t you just let me play? I didn’t even want to play multiplayer, just the campaign which I heard a lot of great stuff about. But no.
Annoyed, I turned off the game and just logged onto World of Warcraft, started a random dungeon, and felt so thoroughly bored that I switched the game off, turned on the Battlefield updater, and went to bed, more tired after getting home than I was before.
I woke up this morning and the Battlefield updater was done, so I started the game excited. A couple of minutes after getting through the opening cinematic, I started getting a stutter, weird graphical glitches, then the game froze with looping sound. BSOD. Yay. I went over to the BF forums and found an 85 page thread about people having looping sound crash problems. Great.
I started Steam, and swore under my breath again when I saw the huge Supreme Commander patch download I had to go through before playing. So I started Napoleon Total War.
Then I remembered I couldn’t start an actual grand campaign. I had to play through annoying scenarios to actually play a grand campaign with France. I did need some easing into the games, but the initial campaigns are so brain-dead and limited in the scope of buildings and units that they’re extremely frustrated. I started a coalition campaign with Austria, found myself in the middle of a map of Europe, and promptly alt-F4ed and logged on here to whine.
Am I becoming ADD and this is just stupid and I should just learn to deal with this sort of shit in PC games as I always have (no I don’t own consoles and I don’t want to)? I’m mostly just venting here after a really irritating couple of days that punched out of me any desire to play video games for the time being.