Video Games are at a wonderful place right now, games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Last of Us 2, League of Legends, Fortnite, and Valorant are all topping the Twitch directory. However, at a time when things are great, BOY do I have a bone to pick with some of these developers. Games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have hijacked my hard drive with game sizes upwards of 200 GB and that is just ONE GAME.
Now as gamers we must ask ourselves at when can I stop deleting games off my hard drive every time Call of Duty wants to update their game? Some companies are already starting to address this issue, which brings me into another gripe I have with the industry. Recently, Destiny 2 developers have stated that they will be vaulting older content in order to keep game size lower for future content. While I applaud their efforts, getting rid of older content deprives games of continuity. New players of Destiny 2 will no longer be able to work their way through past DLC story lines starting this Fall when Bungie plans to implement this new change. For players like our very own Papa Dom, myself, and other gamers who enjoy rich story driven based game play this is not the way to go about cracking down on game sizes.
You may be thinking to yourself, “well how do you suppose the industry solve this problem then?”. Here’s my take on things, one of the richest games when it comes to story driven content has been doing this for decades. World of Warcraft is currently sitting somewhere around 50 GB on my computer, for a game that has endless content and multiple large scale locations by the standards set by developers today their game size should be 4x what it is currently. If a game that is almost 20 years old can achieve a reasonable game size without me having to go out and buy a larger hard drive every time a new expansion comes out, why is it that developers cannot seem to grasp compressing patch sizes?
Disclaimer: I’m not a developer, but this problem needs to be addressed, the days of 40 GB updates can not be viable for much longer.