Updating took over 30 minutes for

06-Jan-2020 08:38

That is a lot of content that did not exist at the time of Helms Deep in 2013.

Apple has always been notorious for horrendous I/O - they are well known to use 5400 rpm disk drives to achieve "price points" and to improve performance with READ caches. Then the original on-disk file has to be read, the decrypted patch applied, and the new file written out again.

I have even emailed turbine but they refuse to assist mac players. The last time I played was about a month or two after riders of Rohan and Helms deep came out, and that was after a 2 year break.

I have even emailed turbine but they refuse to assist mac players. How big is their pipe to the Internet Backbone, and how congested is it.

The problem is that the download process requires a MASSIVE number of writes to a temp file, which are NOT cached. While secure and effective, this process is NOT efficient. All of which is to say -- there is no magic bullet when you have several years worth of updates to catch up with. The assets of LOTRO and DDO were sold the their Developers who formed a new company called Standing Stone Games (SSG).

Which is to say, the content is being provided by the same people, but under a new name.

I come back to the game every once and a while to see if there’s anything new both with the client and the game itself.

Of course there are going to be patches and updates it’s part of gaming today.

Helm's deep was Update 12, the just released Mordor expansion is Update 21.

But when you access a unique item, like the download files for LOTRO, your queries and the actual download has to go all the way back to and be serviced by SSG's own servers.

The game content is NOT cached on your ISP's local servers.

The primary factors impacting download speed are your actual ISP 's download speed; the speed and fragmentation of your disk drive; your basic system speed. ISPs use all kinds of "edge-cache" servers to provide "fast downloads" for commonly accessed materials.

This is especially true with things like streaming movies.

Helm's deep was Update 12, the just released Mordor expansion is Update 21.

But when you access a unique item, like the download files for LOTRO, your queries and the actual download has to go all the way back to and be serviced by SSG's own servers.

The game content is NOT cached on your ISP's local servers.

The primary factors impacting download speed are your actual ISP 's download speed; the speed and fragmentation of your disk drive; your basic system speed. ISPs use all kinds of "edge-cache" servers to provide "fast downloads" for commonly accessed materials.

This is especially true with things like streaming movies.

As I stated in a reply to another thread, after messing around in the package contents, removing the TM in the name, and running the app directly from my local files, steam somehow took over the update process and I was able to complete it in about 30 minutes.