As in “I’m in it!”
I haven’t updated my add ons for quite a while, just checking the “load out of date add ons” every patch. Generally, everything works fine. However, since it’s been quite a few patches since I’ve really updated, I have started to get some errors here and there with enough frequency to become annoying. With a couple hours to spend last night, I set myself to the task of updating everything. Why does this activity take so long and become so frustrating???
Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that Blizzard opened this up to the player community and it’s obvious from the amount of add-ons we have to choose from that that variety of choice would not have been able to be generated by Blizzard. Add-ons I (and you presumably), can’t live without. But why does the process of updating them have to be so cumbersome, time-consuming, and sometimes fruitless? For instance, I use FuBar over Titan and I always have a ridculously tough time finding complete Fu updates, whereas Titan seems to be all over the place. A couple other add-ons I have I can’t even find on the major sites.
In my perfect world, I see one site for all World of Warcraft add-ons, where they are tested and debugged and put on a central server with unlimited connections and bandwidth. Blizzard programmers busy themselves to create an add-on manager for the game client that automatically manages the download and installation of updated add-ons. Additionally, those same programmers also continuously ensure that they add no code to the game that will break old add-ons, even if they are never updated. If an add-on isn’t updated for a particular patch in a reasonable amount of time, and at least one player uses it, then Blizzard updates the add-on themselves.
/wakes up, shakes head and wipes drool off desk
I suppose you can’t have it both ways: you can’t have the creativity of the player community at large along with centralized management by the game developer (or probably anyone for that matter). I also know that there are some auto-updaters out there, although I’ve never experimented with them. I gotta think though that some enterprising player out there has the same gripes, is a lot smarter than me, and could figure out how to solve this issue. That person would be my hero.
How about you guys? I try to keep my add-on list to a minimum and I still have a bunch. I know there are some of you out there with tons of add-ons. What’s your strategy to keep them up to date, yet preserve your sanity?