I do not understand why GOG continues to ignore customer requests to provide this simple service that would improve the quality of the user experience around here. It is ridiculous that people need to bother to routinely scan dozens or even hundreds of purchased games checking for changes and that the rest of us lazy people need to rely on a forum thread for news of them. It is beyond ridiculous really and it is poor customer service which is not characteristic of GOG and which I find pretty disappointing as such.
Come on, will you guys? Get your shit together on this please.
My reasoning as to why some installers do get a notification and some don't is simple.
Has there been any significant changes? If yes, flag it.
An installer change of v1.x to v2.x isn't a significant change. It changes the install script a bit, but the installed game should be the same no matter which installer version you used. You have 1 cosmetic change (round icon instead of square) and a bit easier installation (default directory). Is this reason enough to download 1+ GB of data?
Same holds true for the silent changes which fixed the uninstall issue that wiped all the compatibility settings. It wasn't something worth re-downloading the whole installer from scratch.
I am one of the people who don't mind rechecking everything weekly, and redownloading everything twice per year, but that is because I do have access to uncapped high speed internet. If you have a data cap or limited broadband, why should GOG tell you to download everything from scratch when there isn't any significant change in the installer?
The above is my personal interpretation and shouldn't be taken as GOG policy, no matter how much sense it may make.
The thing is JMich, I want to be the one to decide whether it is worth doing the download or not. For example, in my case as described above it is worth it to me. So, I would appreciate knowing when ANY change is made, what that change is and then I can decide for myself what I would like to do. I do not need GOG to decide for me.
Somebody else may look at the same change and not bother with that 1gig download and that is fine too. In both cases though, there should be communication and then customer choice I think.
GOG should not tell me to download anything but they should tell me about changes so I can make the call about whether I want to or not.
I don't feel this is an unreasonable thing to ask for. How hard is it to set the flag to display a change on the shelf and write a brief post about a simple installer update? Wouldn't that be far better than this for most of us who do not want to be checking in my case, over 200 games regularly for updates? I value my time and prefer to spend it on better things than this, like perusing the forums! lol
Jesus Christ stop sperging out. If GOG flagged a file for update every time they repackaged it in the new 2.0 installer, when the only thing they are changing is the installer and the shortcut icon (nothing about the game itself) then users would be thinking they had to redownload the game, wasting bandwidth because they thought it was super important.
It's a temporary issue anyway, once GOG has all the old repackaged games in the 2.0 installer then that'll be that.
That is completely incorrect. If GOG was in the habit of communicating every change there would be no question about what the change is and users could decide for themselves if they want to redownload or not.
Are you going to tell me this thread is a better solution than logging in to see a flag on your shelf and being able to read in the relevant game forum whatever has changed, minor or major? This is not hard to do so if some people want it and some people certainly do, why not just do it? Why piss customers off? It isn't good for the business to piss customers off ever. And this does. Complaints about this have arisen in this thread repeatedly and I am not the only one.