By Deane Barker on November 30, 2003

My son got “Everquest: Planes of Power” as an early Christmas present. I dutifully installed it, only to find that after 45 minutes of copying files (off a 52x CD-ROM, no less), it still needed to download the latest patches and files from the Net.

This is all well and good, but over a 56K modem (don’t ask…), it expects to be finished in just over five hours. Five hours? Are they totally disregarding people on dial-up connections? Since when is a five hour wait to play a game for the first time an acceptable delay? Exactly how long do they think the patience of a nine-year-old lasts?



  1. And just for the record, it took every, last second of those five hours before the thing had updated itself. I’m writing this at 2:59 a.m., just after it finished.

  2. i have no doubt in my mind what-so-ever that after it completed downloading, you proceeded to play that game.

  3. Yeah, I did, but I found it kind of lame. I had an elf-type guy, and he got mortally injured fighting a rat. The rat didn’t run away, either. My kid told me I could get some quick experience by picking a fight with the rat, and the rat ended up gnawing on me.

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