As the glowing yellow sign recedes in my rearview mirror, I hurry through other yellow lights traveling from the world of best buys to the world of the Elder Scrolls – Skyrim.
I only have an hour or so tonight to explore this realms, so as I remove the plastic wrapper I say a silent thank you to Sony for not covering three sides of the box with crumbly “security” celluloid. Of course if I were really in a hurry, would have purchased at GameStop since their games are seldom sold sealed.
The update chugs along and completes without a hitch. Next comes a 95-MEG game update, followed by a final delay for installation. So far, half of my budgeted hour of gameplay has consistent of crawling progress bars.
As I resist the urge to warble in a grandpa voice about how “in my day” software had to ship finished, As I ponder the reasons (sloppy coding, tighter deadlines, vaster complexity) I decide to be thankful rather than complain, that authors and artists have the opportunity to fix problems as they are discovered. And I thank all the players before me who found issues that now I don’t have to deal with.
It has been said many times that no work of art is ever complete, merely abandoned. Software in the internet age is similar – never finished, merely end-of-lifed.
I hope hour 2 involves some actual game play.