You are right. MaGog is good, but it really has no way of knowing when you last downloaded a given game.
Yeah, I didn't think so. I thought maybe I'd missed an input field or something. Thanks for confirming. I've only been using computers for about 40 years, so I'm still a bit of a noob.
But it doesn't really have to. Here is what I did:
1) When MaGog began monitoring file changes I donwloaded my entire library (took a couple of weeks and I own ~90% of the GOG catalogue, but I have a pretty fast connection).
I can't do this. Because Australia. I'm not sure how many 90% ends up being, but I've over 700 titles so far last I checked. Whatever % that is, its always going to be too much content to ever be able to grab all of it again from scratch. I haven't downloaded all of them yet, and I download as many as my internet allows each month, and I have been at it for years. This is why I was both really pleased, but just ever so slightly heartbroken about this Unbundling situation. Having more eventual control over individual items? Frikkin awesome. The Setback in my never ending war to keep up to date? not so much.
2) Since then, every time MaGog notifies me of a change (I always post this to the "What did just update?" thread) I download the relevant files.
3) This way I know I am always up-to-date and I don't need to remember when I downloaded anything.
So you get notified of an update by MaGog, and download it straight away? How do you do this? Work from home or something? or do you just do it each night or something? I'd never be disciplined enough for this, and therefor worry I'd missed something.
If you don't want to follow the "What did just update?" thread (and who can blame you),
I've been following it since the start :) I knew you were the MaGog creator, which is why I took the chance to ask for your help when I saw you mention you didn't use the downloader.
there's another option.
You can go to MaGog's search engine every so often, say once a week, and check what has changed in the last week, then download all the relevant files.
This way the only thing you need to remember is when you last ran this kind of search in MaGog.
This is very close to how I do it now with the downloader, but I have to do it with every game individually. If MaGog can offer me a history of changes, limited to only the games I own, between the dates X (last time I grabbed what I could) and y (when I am able to grab another batch) that may well trump the downloader! And it would mean I could download and manage them "properly".
... at least in many months from now, after I've downloaded all the games that have been unbundled and can finally start getting back on track with monitoring updates.
I'll poke around in there a little more and see if I can't wrap my head around how to drive the thing.
Straight up mate, you are a true asset here. Respect.