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Time Trolled By My Own PS3

Posted on Monday, September 10 @ 12:33:24 Eastern by


I love my PS3. More than I enjoy my other consoles. Call me a fanboy if you want, but we all have our preferences. For example, I like big butts and I cannot lie. You other brothers may deny it, but you show preference to one thing over another, time and time again.

So why then? Why must my PS3 treat me this way? Why when I only have a short amount of time to spare, my PS3 trolls me to tears?

This morning, my wife took my daughter to the dentist. I didn't have to rush to work (going from my living room to my home office isn't much of a commute), so I decided to take advantage of the peace and quiet by loading up Tekken Tag Tournament 2 in my PS3, to play on my beautiful HDTV I rarely get to game on anymore, and cranked up my night-club quality sound system to near-deafening levels. All wanted to do is kick some ass quickly in full HD and 7.1 surround. 

Is that too much to ask? Apparantely, yes.

Before I started all of this, I glanced at the clock. 9:01am. Perfect. That gives me roughly an hour, I thought to myself.

9:04am: Version 1.01 is available for download. I braced myself for impact... but it ended up not being so bad.

9:05am: You must first install the game data. Fuuuuuuuuuuck.

9:21am: Populating trophy data, whatever that means.

9:22am: This game features an auto-save feature, you must exit the game and enable it in "Settings" on the XMB. Nah, I'll pass this time.

9:24am: Select my modes. At character select screen... Now loading.

9:26am: I throw my first punch.

25 minutes. 20 minutes, plus five more. Just to throw one punch. Now imagine if I had to update my PS3 firmware, too? I'd have to set aside damn near an hour just to get the game to start once.

Don't blame Tekken Tag Tournament 2, either. I'm just using this as an example. And I only timed this because I knew—I just fucking knew—that this was going to happen. It always does. No matter what game.

The same thing just happened with the last game I played through: Sleeping Dogs. And it's the very reason why I still haven't tried Metal Gear Solid 4—my favorite game of this generation—again since it was update to feature trophies.

I'm a busy guy. I have a family, and I have very little free time to enjoy games anymore. And when I do, I almost always loose out on half of that free time to updating and installing.

There's no moral to my story. I just wanted to bitch. That and I sincerely hope that shit like this doesn't happen in the next generation.
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