Quote of the Day #3: Trion’s new launcher

“To random internet trolls, to whom I kind of want to give a hug, then ask if they can point out on the doll where other game launchers have touched them: Still want to give them something they enjoy using. Or can choose to not use.”

~ Scott Hartsman on Facebook


5 thoughts on “Quote of the Day #3: Trion’s new launcher

  1. Bree March 13, 2014 / 6:13 pm

    If it were common knowledge that this was an optional launcher (most are not), the griping might subside a little. But not much because people still remember the horrors that were NCsoft’s launcher, SOE’s, Arc, Origin, and so on. People don’t like being advertised to through a launcher, whether it’s cash shops crud or other in-network games. They don’t like launchers that sit in memory and auto-update and facilitate torrenting and open patch notes in (GOD FORBID) internet explorer by default and try to be a Social Hub Teehee for the random people they friended after a pug. Yuck. Gross. Quit it. People are looking for quick and clean and light. These sorts of launchers are the opposite. I don’t blame the complainers, and I wouldn’t call them random internet trolls, either. I’m not random, and I’m not trolling. ❤

  2. Stormwaltz March 13, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    Origin ran its sticky fingers all over my private Windows registry parts, then uploaded it to strange men on the internet.

    “If you read the End User License Agreement for Origin it states that by installing Origin you’re giving EA the right to monitor your PC and to make a profile of you, including what programs you have installed (and whether you have any illegally downloaded material), what websites you use, etc., and that EA reserves the right to share or sell this information to third parties.”

    Granted this was back in 2011, so it may have changed since. But you know what they say about first impressions.

  3. Vagrant Zero March 13, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    I have zero issues with Arc. Just checked my running process and there is nothing there that shouldn’t be. But then belonging to the infinitely superior Master PC (not mac) Race I suppose I could be taking for granted what to me are simple tasks.

    Seriously people, it’s called Task Manager. Net Limiter 3 also works wonders for rampant bandwidth paranoia.

    And for those whose batshit crazy is at stage 11, open up msconfig, go into Services and stop anything you don’t recognize (but for the love of god use google first before you shut down something required for windows to function). Also next tab over you’ll notice is Startup where you can eyup guessed it stop certain processes from going live on bootup (or as I like to call it bitch-slapping Skype).

    Between Task Manager, MSConfig, and Net Limiter 3 (googlefu this one, it doesn’t come standard with Windows), I have zero fears about launchers. This of course assumes all MMO Launchers are the spawn of Satan and extensive measures must be taken to curtail their operations. They really aren’t to be fair. But my batshit crazy is at stage 11.

    And before someone attempts and fails utterly at being coy by pointing out all the work I do for MMO launchers…I don’t. I do this because that’s what keeps my computer running in tip-top shape for everything. MMO launchers just so happen to fall into that everything category


  4. HarbingerZero March 13, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    That’s a great rant. Sadly it doesn’t address the core issue: Why the hell is a launcher needed in the first place?

  5. Jeromai March 13, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    NCsoft’s launcher -definitely- touched my computer in the wrong places, for Aion and CoH, and it wasn’t consensual either.

    Pando Media Booster barged in and intruded on private time between Turbine’s LOTRO launcher and my system, and refused to go away after politely asking. I ended up having to let it hang around where it wanted, but only neutered it by creating a blank .exe file.

    I never got in a position where Origin could abuse me, but it did curtail some of my lifestyle (game) choices as a result…

    So yeah… the hysteria is probably warranted.

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