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Official Telltale BitTorrent downloads?

posted by xbskid on - last edited - Viewed by 508 users

Could Telltale benefit from BitTorrent? It has a few benefits over direct downloads, like automatic error correction (Anyone ever end up with a corrupt installer and have to re-download 300+MB?), and the possibility to receive files faster that what the server(s) alone can achieve (Assuming the torrent is well-seeded).

As far as downsides go, the number of downloads can double (One .torrent per release), although, since most if not all current BT clients allow you to select which files you want before downloading, it's possible to include both Windows and OS X installers in the same download. Another downside could be that you require a separate program to actually handle the torrents.

Thoughts? Concerns?

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  • @doodinthemood said: I always thought BitTorrent just made piracy really easy and did little else.

    You have no idea how many legal things I downloaded from Bittorrent.

    I guess the best idea for us, people with crappy connection in developing and soon to be developed countries to install a Download manager of sorts.

  • 40 minutes here would mean 40 minutes with BitTorrent.

    It's not the server that is the bottleneck, but our own darn crappy connections :(.
    *is sad*

  • Or use Steam. They have that feature too.

  • Just for reference, I use BitComet to download Telltale's games, and I've tested, it is much quicker.

  • Not for me. I get like 600 KB max, usually 120KB, from torrents. From TellTale I get like 1.2 MB+.

  • Maybe in a few years this will change, but right now the small subset of Telltale customers who would be savvy enough to know what/how to deal with a torrent file probably doesn't really have any issues downloading the games as it is. A relatively small company like Telltale wants to make downloading and playing their games as easy and accessible as possible.

    Imagine some not-very savvy computer user comes to buy Sam and Max from Telltale. It is this person's first ever digital game purchase - and as soon as they purchase and click download their computer tells them they need to go download a bitTorrent client? They are like, "huh??" That could alienate some of the very people we want to be buying games!

  • The downloads have always been pretty fast for me.. not sure it is neccessary

  • The speed is alright. xbskid especially mentions about having to download the same thing over again if he runs to an error in between. So I'd suggest some download managers such as Flashget or BitComet.

  • @Falanca said: The speed is alright. xbskid especially mentions about having to download the same thing over again if he runs to an error in between. So I'd suggest some download managers such as Flashget or BitComet.

    What I don't understand is how those download managers know when received data is corrupt. If you're receiving a direct download, there's no set of hashes to test each chunk of data, and while some sites offer hash files, that's only for the entire file; and if -that- doesn't match, then what's the program going to do? Redownload the whole thing? On the other hand, when I did receive corrupt downloads, I tried using a Win32 port of wget and no longer had that issue. So what's do those damn apps do?

  • flashget doesn't re-download it all the way. It's a weird program, but it works the way people describe it. I used to use it because an adult site I frequented capped downloads to like 50kb so I'd use FlashGet. I wound up getting more then 50 KB and when it did error out for no login after a while I could re-download it from same spot once I re loggedin

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