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Never Fails

February 24, 2020 by Tim


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TheHalfBoy
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TheHalfBoy

Never has a comic affected me so deeply

Mattikus
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Mattikus

Rest mode is your friend. Or “instant-on” as xbox calls it.

SpinelesS
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SpinelesS

Gotta assume in this case it’s not, and that it started the update. “Energy Saving Mode” lets you choose to update (though I guess if you do nothing for weeks it might force it…)

Mattikus
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Mattikus

You can have it automatically apply updates while in rest mode though. So, unless you turn off the system entirely, disable the auto download feature, or your internet is out until you go to play, this shouldn’t be much of an issue.

SpinelesS
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SpinelesS

Yeah, and in energy saving mode an alert Icon appears near the settings symbol and you can choose to download the update whenever you want.

The way I read this comic: update rolled out, and rest mode automatically started to update the console -> Tim Turned on his Xbox as this was happening. (why the update is already at 16%)

no thanks nintendo
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no thanks nintendo

That’s also how I read it. Rest Mode can’t help you if you have the terrible luck to have turned the console on while an update was in progress.

Reiss Myskiw
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Reiss Myskiw

I prefer the permanent rest mode I call “no kids” lol, lots of gaming time then

Graeme Spence
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Graeme Spence

I agree it’s great no rugrats biting your ankles lol

Matthias
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Another reason why linux is the number one gaming platform – you have control over your own system 😛

Shiva
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Shiva

Are XBOX updates that slow?
PS4 updates have gone quite quick, so far atleast.

Matthias
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No clue, I have an XBOX360 and a Wii U that I got for free once, I keep them offline.

no thanks nintendo
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no thanks nintendo

Xbox updates are faster than PS4 updates in my experience. Also, Xbox has less updates. PlayStation sure loves forcing updates that don’t do anything.

GeorgeV
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GeorgeV

Cant wait for your games if you’ve got no games to wait for, right?

aaron Smith
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aaron Smith

since when did windows get renamed linux ?

leduk
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leduk

yup: no games to play, no updates needed 😛

Barmem
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Barmem

ok, call me when youll have actual games

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

Yeah there’s nothing quite like the fun of spending 4 hours trying to get a game to run in a windows shell.

N. Gousset
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N. Gousset

OMG so true, so goddamn true. Every effing time I manage to sit down !

ReaverRogue
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ReaverRogue

Ah well, who needs time to themselves right? You have us, Tim! You always have us… 😐

evilleet
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evilleet

but… all we do is rant :O

James Rye
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James Rye

That’s how we show we love him. <3
Now where is my next Console War update, Tim?

El_
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El_

Poor Tim..

GamerLEN
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GamerLEN

*does the “I don’t have kids and my S.O. is a gamer too” dance* <^-^^-^>

GamerLEN
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GamerLEN

*slaps the auto-format for fucking up his dance* >:|

Randalf
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Randalf

In the same boat as you.. And damn, it’s a nice boat.

Eclari
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Eclari

Wife is not a gamer, toddler is barely 3 years old…

* cires in parent *

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

Hmm. Think I’ll just stay single, more free time.

Alladin
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Alladin

That is what the average heavy user of PronHub says.

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

Perhaps we have a volunteer as tribute for the 79th annual divorce games, with the odds never being in his favor?

Aston Whiteman
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Aston Whiteman

Try waking up at 4am each morning for a few more hours every day. You’ll have your game time then..

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

Clearly you are not a parent. If you get up at 4 so does the kid.

Bwauder
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Bwauder

I thought the kid *was* the reason you were forced to crawl bleary eyed out of bed at 4am.

ArdentSlacker
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ArdentSlacker

I’ve lived my life with very limited bandwidth. 500 mb takes one hour. Patches mean “I don’t play that today.” I know this pain and I do not have kids.

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Almost 95% of my gaming is on Switch BECAUSE as a dad I have zero time to sit down in front of a couch and progress in a game. Switch’s portability and ability to put me back in where I left off within seconds is my winner.

I don’t think I’ve ever had an update that took longer than three minutes, and you can play your game while it’s downloading.

Cyrad
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Cyrad

I miss the days when you could just put the game in, press a button, and start gaming in less than 1 minute. It’s why I skipped console gaming for more than a decade up until the Switch.

Dan
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Dan

PC gaming has required installation and had patches longer than consoles….

Plus unless its an online game you just don’t update the game if you want to play straight away.

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

If a person skipped ‘console gaming’ for a decade, it doesn’t automatically make them a PC gamer, especially as PSP, Vita, DS, and 3DS all had a presence in the last decade.

Dan
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Dan

those are hand held consoles…

Dan
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Dan

Patch Notes:

We have replaced a texture to make it slightly darker, this texture is found only in one place under a table

also screw you Tim, no gametime for you

-The Dev

Giuliano Marques
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Giuliano Marques

That never happened with cartridges…

sean
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sean

No but passing out from excessive blowing on the cartridges or taking it out putting back in powering off then back on ate up a lot of time.

NESCollector
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NESCollector

If you maintain your cartridges properly, they work perfect every time. You honestly should never blow into your cartridges. It can cause the game to fail which makes you think you need to blow more. But in fact, its not dirty.

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Believe it or not, cartridge technology has improved somewhat in the last thirty-five years. And even back in the 80s, the number of hospitalizations connected to NES-based respiration overexertion was greatly exaggerated.

sean
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sean

Me last friday I have about 3 hours before anyone is home. Time for some COD! New Patch, 67GBs 4 hours………..

leduk
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leduk

I can relate SO MCUH with my shitty connection.

Jacob
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Jacob

I had to do a triple take to see that this wasn’t Scott at first…

… and with that, I agree. Free time is never free.

MRD
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MRD

Yeah, I thought that was Scott too. “Does Scott have time to game? Oh my god! He’s standing up. What the hell is goi– Oh.”

Leon
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Leon

Life isnt fair……..

Jobo
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Jobo

QFT! Qouted For muthafuggin Truth!

HonoredMule
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HonoredMule

Oh hey there. Steam has been idle all night and most of the day waiting just for you! Would you like to babysit a lengthy featureless software update now or later? Don’t worry, we’ll happily wait however long it takes to make sure you wait for us.

I really should set up a scheduled job to restart steam just to force unattended startup updating.

Eclari
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Eclari

That’s how I discovered that controller updates are a thing.

Michael Bulmer
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Michael Bulmer

Well I didn’t expect to be attacked today, but here we are.

Patrick DiSandro
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Patrick DiSandro

“Simpsons did it”?
Or not the Simpsons, but I think Tim is about 8 months too late on posting this specific joke.

Drake
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Drake

How long did you think it took him to finally have 25 minutes to play a game?

Oberon
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Oberon

Hadn’t had that in like 3 month… maybe because thats when I started gaming on Stadia ….
And because I’m a dad, the small seletion of games doesn’t matter because I only finished 2 games in that time.

Bottleface
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Bottleface

Moral of the story, don’t have kids!

Scott
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Scott

I feel your pain; I’ll get a new game, do all sorts of coordinating to get the kids out of the house and the wife relaxing, and then I turn on the game and it’s Master Chief Collection all over again.

Klick
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Klick

Time to break out the Genesis/SNES.

destino
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destino

guys, I’v missed the January comics, but this month isn’t on the archives!
you jump from February straight to December…..

wmxp
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wmxp

If it’s any consolation, the latest dashboard update is super awesome. Noticeably faster navigating around, and they have streamlined a lot of menus. I really wish Sony would give the PS4 a proper overhaul, it’s still years behind the Xbox dash for the most simple things. (Like setting up a multi player party, and inviting everyone in said party to a game).