Steam, again, for the billionth time



  • One of my biggest gripes about installing games on Steam is the super-long modal "pre-allocating disk space" dialog you can't close or skip or anything. For bigger games, it takes fucking forever.

    Today I decided to check-out The Evil Within demo, and found out something very interesting:

    Look at the download's status on the right-hand side. It's... pre-allocating? You mean... the Steam client is 100% perfectly capable of doing the pre-allocation in a non-modal way? Has it always been able to do this?!

    #SO WHY THE FUCK IS THE DIALOG MODAL! WHY DOES THAT DIALOG EVEN EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    Why does it automatically do the pre-allocation in a non-modal way for demos, but not for games you actually paid money for? This raises SO MANY QUESTIONS.

    Goddamned, Valve, you people are fucking terrible at writing applications.



  • Correction: Kuro has pointed out to me that you can play games while the "pre-allocation" dialog is up, you just can't queue new games to install while one is being "pre-allocated".

    Except demos, which are special and work fine. Somehow.


Log in to reply
 

Looks like your connection to What the Daily WTF? was lost, please wait while we try to reconnect.