The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the worst patcher?

    
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ESO patcher

I went to patch my Elder Scrolls Online install yesterday. In and of itself, that’s not really news. Fifteen hours later, though, it’s still patching, and while that may not be news either, it’s frickin’ annoying. I mean, seriously guys? How can your patcher be this slow?

And while we’re chatting, how can you possibly need 20 GB on my hard drive for a single patch?

Anyhow, there are my ranty rhetorical questions for today. What about you, Massively readers? Which MMO patcher is the worst and why?

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opennix
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TSW !!

mysecretid
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mysecretid

TheChiHawk 
As you say, it also didn’t help that most of the standard patches they released were pretty frickin huge. I notice that the patches are somewhat smaller these days. Maybe they heard the players grinding their teeth in frustration? :-)
Cheers,

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Sufo 
If I remember correctly, there was a short span of time where their patcher was borked. 
It took them a while to realize it was truly borked, and then it took them time to locate the root cause of the bork and fix it.
Maybe you just happened to be trying to patch up when everything was buggered?

I haven’t had any problems with their patcher in quite a while and, if you go back, I suspect you won’t either. 

If I’m wrong, you may call me names. It’s the internet way of things, after all. :-)

Cheers,

Lunganor
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Lunganor

In all my years, I’ve never patched this long. Shoot, I’ve installed games from scratch that took less time than patching with ESO. I’ve downloaded entire expacks that downloaded in a fraction of the time. Gigs and gigs of info… This is really annoying and killing my desire to jump back into the game. i know it’s petty, but hot-damn, I’ve been at this quite literally for 5.5 hours, and I’m at 43%.

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

I think Marvel Heroes has the worst patcher, hands down. I’ve had to stop and restart that patcher countless times from the amount that it just gets stuck updating or it just stops downloading the files half-way through.

Darkfield
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Darkfield

I’ve played many MMOs in between my WoW breaks, none is more annoying than ESO.

WildarX
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WildarX

LOTRO patcher is my least favorite at this time.

Noble_Einherjar
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Noble_Einherjar

I’m going to say the NCSoft Launcher is the worst patching system I’ve ever experienced. Patches would inexplicably fail all the time, sometimes leading to having to repair whatever game was trying to update. And that’s to say nothing of the trouble that can take place just trying to install the thing for the first time.

Bionicall
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Bionicall

Bionicall Ittybumpkin Just to clarify, when the patcher downloads the incremental files say version 68 to 70, it puts them in the install directory depotpatchdata.depot e.g Program Files(x86)Zenimax OnlineThe Elder Scrolls Onlinedepotpatchdata.depotdepot_68to70.z01
It is possible to copy these files as it downloads and make a backup (to copy to other machines and save the download)
The second set is a slightly different directory
Program Files (x86)Zenimax OnlineThe Elder Scrolls Onlinevo_enpatchdata.vo_envo_en_61to62.z01

Unfortunately the patcher not only removes these files after it finishes, but expects the exact number so if you have a backup of the version 56to57 and the patcher now jumps from 28to63 your copies are useless.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Yes, Elder Scrolls Online has to bw the worst (slowest, least stable) patcher I’ve ever seen, in all my many years of gaming. It drives me insane. 
As you say, Jef, fifteen hours. Even the small patches take far longer than they should.

I went to their forums to see if there were any details I was missing. People were up in arms about the shoddy patcher, but all I could find was the harried customer service folks unofficially suggesting that people open up port forwarding on their rigs, in hopes of end-running around the issue.

Of course, port forwarding leaves your system more vulnerable; they _should_ have been telling folks to set up port _triggering_ instead — but yeah, the patcher evil continues.

Love the game, despite its flaws. Hate the patcher with a fiery hate.