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337MB download, 335MB install?

posted by Krodge on - last edited - Viewed by 204 users

Did anybody else find this a little strange? Did TellTale master the concept of reverse compression?

Talk about breaking boundaries.

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  • My set up for the game is 336MB. :confused:

  • @Krodge said: Did anybody else find this a little strange? Did TellTale master the concept of reverse compression?

    Talk about breaking boundaries.

    I don't think you need the installer itself to play the game ;)

  • I tjink it's because the installer contains some textures for signs and things in all of the subtitled languages, but it only installs the ones you need.

  • I think it contains the directX installer. Not the whole redist package, but the small version, that downloads needed components from the internet.

  • Yah Jake's explanation makes sense. I couldn't imagine the DirectX app takes 1-2 megs since all it does is scan your current DirectX configuration and download missing components.

    I was just under the impression the installers were compressed. Is it my imagination, or was general compression more effective in the days of 3.5" floppy disks? Nothing ever seems to be very compressed anymore.

  • The DirectX web installer is only about 300KB if I download it from Microsoft, so I don't think that's it.

    The game executable and DLLs are about 17 MB; the rest is data files distributed in pack files, which presumably are already compressed and hence cannot be compressed further. Add to that the installer program itself which takes up some space, and it makes sense that the installer package is about the same size or larger than the game.

    @Jake said: I think it's because the installer contains some textures for signs and things in all of the subtitled languages, but it only installs the ones you need.


    That would make sense, except that the game did install localized pack files even though I installed the English version. So I suspect the game always installs all data regardless of language setting.

  • @Krodge said: Is it my imagination, or was general compression more effective in the days of 3.5" floppy disks? Nothing ever seems to be very compressed anymore.

    You will probably find that a lot more data runs directly from its compressed state these days. For example, an MP3 is a compressed audio file, but you don't have to decompress it before you run it in a player. So an MP3 will get a much lower compression ratio than raw audio data.

  • You have a good point there Shmeh. Believe me I'm slapping my forehead and feeling old right about now.

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