Jan 27 2007
For some reason this really annoyed me.
I’m in the middle of downloading the patch for World of Warcraft’s Burning Crusade expansion. There’s the usual status bar indicator, telling you about how much you’ve got downloaded, and then above that the text that tells you what file is coming through the pipe at you. The text reads, exactly as follows:
Dowloading “Patches” . . .
Wuh the f? First of all, what’s with the quote marks? Am I downloading a patch or am I not? Am I downloading some super-secret file that they are just calling a patch? I can imagine all the devs walking around Blizzard headquarters making air-quotes and saying things like “Tonight we launch Operation “Patches”. Soon they will bow down to us!”
Secondly, PATCHES? Isn’t that what you name your cat or something? Couldn’t they just have said “Downloading the patch” or even, “Downloading Update 4.0.4 v.2″ or whatever number we’re on now? Because if I’m downloading Patches, the small and fluffy cat, I don’t think my LAN cable can handle that. Now I’m imagining a kitten getting forced through a fiber line, trying to work its way into my house. Once the download is complete, my DVD drive will open automatically, and a new pet will be sitting there, waiting for me to suit it up with armor and go fight the Burning Legion.
Then again, if they’re trying to force a kitten through the fiber optic cable, no wonder this patch is taking so long to complete. At 159 MB, that better be one insanely cute kitten.