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8-03-2010 @ 9:08AM
Yeah, this sounds awful.Warhammer Online has a streaming client like this, and the game takes a HUGE performance hit while streaming- Like my computer running it at 60+fps suddenly starts running at 5-6fps. I think I'll stick with downloading the full client before logging in.
8-03-2010 @ 9:48AM
The awfulosity of it depends heavily on the speed of your internet connection ( and to a lesser extent, the speed of your hard drive ). People with faster internet will get more benefit from streaming. For those with lower bandwidth, it's just business as usual.Also, I'd like to point out that comparing the performance of Warhammer to World of Warcraft is rather pointless. I know from experience that the streaming trial version of WoW runs very smoothly on medium-slow internet when downloading data in real-time. Blizzard's programmers are better at their job than Mythic's.
8-03-2010 @ 10:40AM
Note to self - use the word "awfulosity" from now on
8-03-2010 @ 11:00AM
And what about us with ISP's that cap your downloads per month? I hope Blizzard include an option to not download anything and just wait for patch day. I normally download patches and stuff at work, where I have a high speed, uncapped connection. But at home, I can't afford to do this.I really have no problem on waiting a few hours, is not like i'm going to die for not playing wow.
8-03-2010 @ 11:02AM
Everquest 2 allows streaming of game data in game as well, you can download an expansion you purchased while playing, but you can't really travel to those destinations until they completely downloaded, and the delays caused in loading older zones make the game mostly unplayable.Actually accessing areas with incomplete data, during the download, sounds like asking for a potentially corrupted download. Perhaps Blizzard has an internal data verification process to prevent such an occurrence? I'd rather not risk having to re-download gigabytes of info for the ability to see untextured trees/buildings/NPCs.
8-03-2010 @ 3:36PM
LOL. Blizz probably laughs at these.This isnt a bad idea. You still have have the choice if you want to wait for it to load.To quote: "They ruin it for themselves and say its too easy. Then they complain even though it was their fault."You have the choice. The download is not going to get slower so if your computer is slow just wait.
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