Optional Waiting

I just opened up StarCraft, since I’m practicing with some friends this week for a big LAN party on Friday. There was this huge update it needed before I could play. Happens sometimes. They need push out game balance updates and fix bugs and stuff. This particular update was like 1.75GB (huge). The update screen looked like this:

For one, the screen allowed you read all about what was included in the update. That’s fantastic. You should tell the user what’s going on. Not to mention it’s something to do while you wait.

Way cooler: you don’t have to wait the entire time. You have to finish the first 1/3 of the update, at which point the game is “playable”. At any time you can click the Play button and skip the rest of the download. But if you wait, the rest of the download will happen and the game will be fully updated. Presumably, the rest of the download is full of graphics updates that aren’t required to play but look nice.

Comments

  1. Matt Walters says:

    I wish more games would introduce such a system. Steam is good in that it will apply patches/updates to games automatically, and before you play them.

  2. Chris says:

    Zerg, Terran, or Toss?