For the Love of Loading

For the Love of Loading...

Last Saturday Rachel and I both got the urge to play the Sims, despite us still needing to finish Breath of the Wild and having tons of fun with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It was one of those lazy, rainy kind of days, so we thought why not boot up the game. Rachel was going to play Sims 4 on our desktop while I would play Sims 3 on my personal laptop. I also have Sims 4 on my laptop, but it’s the same account on both computers so we obviously can’t play it at the same time.

It took me about two hours just to get The Sims 4 up and running. Neither one of us could remember our Origin email and password, so that took a half hour in and of itself. Then, of all the times, The Sims 4 game had to update. Fine, whatever. The timer said it would take an hour and a half. I groaned, Kris said it doesn’t usually take that long, but it did. Oh, it did…

The Origin is usually always signed in, unless it needs to update, of course. I’m the one who usually plays the Sims 4, and I’ve been playing it more on my laptop than the desktop. So, while my laptop is up to date, I’ve forgotten about updating it on the desktop. Then didn’t it pause or lose connection or something in the middle of updating? Meanwhile, I was in the other room trying to get the Sims 3 up and running, and just from the age of the game and the number of expansion packs I have with it, it definitely took its time…

Oh, right. Origin had to update, which didn’t take too long, but it took long enough. Then we couldn’t log in. When we did, The Sims 4 had to update. About an hour or so later, it was at 91% and then an “error occurred.” I had to resume the update and it started all the way back 40%. It took another 40 minutes. I mean, I got some reading done while I waited, but… I couldn’t get over how long the loading wait was.

It was definitely much longer than it usually is… The Sims 3 wasn’t too bad, considering that the Sims 3 boasted that it was an open world and didn’t have loading screens after the initial world loaded, but it still took a while. It makes me wonder how patient we used to be with games that always had loading screens, and how the games nowadays have so much content on them that loading screens seem to be the norm.

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We are pretty spoiled nowadays when it comes to loading screens. Even the loading times for Breath of the Wild aren’t bad at all. You would think it would be much longer since there’s just so much going on in the game. The Sims 4 has a lot going on too, but I didn’t think an update would take that long…

It was probably several updates in one… I should make a point to check out the desktop version if I notice that the Sims 4 on my laptop updates. Remember way back when the games used to fit on an entire cartridge instead of having updates, patches, and DLC? Breath of the Wild recently had a patch itself for the voice acting, and I know there’s expansion packs for it in the form of DLC.

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Technology is amazing these days… I’ll admit that I have a love/hate relationship with it, but if it didn’t exist then I have no idea what life would be like. I don’t mind waiting through loading screens, and I can handle it, but I’ll still complain about it.

Do you miss the pre-loading screen days? How patient are you? Let us know in the comments below!

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    1. New tech has indeed spoiled us, yet I don’t remember having too many loading screens way back when games were able to fit comfortably on one cartridge, like from the N64 days.

  1. Maybe it’s because I haven’t played a lot of PC games, but I think loading was way worse during the PS/PS2 era. I’m glad the N64 didn’t have loading times, but Nintendo started having them with the GameCube. I can imagine how frustrating it must be to wait for the Sims!

    1. We used to have a PS2 (might still have it, actually), and I can vaguely remember all the loading times for the games we played. Isn’t it funny how so many games are streamlined nowadays that loading times seem to be a bit foreign, yet they almost never existed “back in the old days?”

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