Download vs Streaming (No Download Games)

What are the differences between streamed “no download” games and downloaded games?

Plenty! To start of we will discuss the initial load times. Then we will move to playing them online and offline, and finally, the worlds that surround them.

The first point is the initial load times. A man enters the internet, or world wide web. He loads up his computer at work and realizes that there is some down time before work actually begins. The lull is everywhere with each employee also lollygagging around. He opens up his web browser to play a game streamed to his pc. The initial load time can be a few seconds or even several minutes to load enough in resident memory. The man twiddles his thumbs, and then suddenly success! The game is finally streaming to the pc. He streamed a casino game. The graphics are rather crummy, the gameplay simplistic, but hey, he can hide his tracks by deleting the cache and the employer is none the wiser. The game can be played within minutes or even seconds if simplistic enough.

Now imagine if the game was a downloaded game. He steps into the office with the doldrums haunting him. He turns on his pc, and notices he has at least thirty minutes before work actually begins. He kicks up his feet and starts a game that is locally downloaded to the hard drive. The game boots instantly and he is up and ready to go. He is playing a shooting game. The graphics are vastly superior to streamed games. Even if one is using a streaming gaming service like onlive, there is lag in the gameplay and the graphics are compressed. He knows what’s up with having downloaded games. There’s no limitations that come with downloaded games that are plagued by games that require streaming. He’s enjoying the good life by enjoying high fidelity graphics that continue to amaze everyone.

Now imagine playing a streaming game when the internet is down. The internet goes down for every employee. “Ah damn it!” he shouts exasperated by the fact that he can not do any of his work, but he also can’t play any games either.  Being idle and just waiting for the internet to just magically appear to make something, anything even remotely more interesting. He starts pacing his cubical waiting for the internet to come back on so he can continue to do something that’s moderately interesting. He now has to communicate with his fellow workers. There’s Bob, who keeps talking about his new garden hose! Damn, he wishes the internet would come back online so he could play even stick death online. But Bob drones on about how his hose is magical and blessed by Jesus. Here’s a tip Bob. Nobody cares!

Now look at the glorious world of downloaded games. He sits at his pc as if nothing has happened. The game is, after all, on that hard drive so there is no reason to fret if internet is no longer functional. He now has an excuse to kick back and savior the fun that only a great shooter can deliver. Bob comes around, he puts on his headphone and smiles as Bob gets the message that nobody cares about his worthless garden hose that he got at Home depot.

As we move on to the concept of worlds, one must realize that streamed only worlds look different to everyone. Depending on the internet connection at hand, it may look like complete gibberish. Mike sits down with his low quality cable internet and plays an online streamed world. The graphics are terrible with tons of compression artifacts, the world itself is very sparse. The details are few and far between, and the environments are so bland and boring, one might as well be working. These worlds are only around because people are oftentimes looking for ways to escape the mundane job that is currently at hand.

Now as we move onto a downloaded world, Mike now has something interesting to explore. Downloaded games are full of intrinsic details that a streamed game could never have. Those exquisite locations, the detail of the characters, the lore that goes into these downloaded retail packages. They’re so beautiful. Mike is actually enjoying his video game. He just popped in Dark Souls II for the PC. Those worlds are so detailed and wonderful with full detail everywhere around. Not like those streamed games that look like something from the Nintendo 64 with their primitive geometry and their antiquated, blocky, non anti aliased characters.

Hopefully one now has a greater understanding of a streamed video game, and a downloaded video game. There are so many differences, and these only just scratch the surface. Remember kiddies! For happiness a downloaded world is best! Otherwise one will gain a Bob if they always trust in only streamed games!