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Buggy App Updates Common?

07-21-2009, 02:44 AM
#1
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 163
Buggy App Updates Common?

Greetings all. Currently looking into the possibility of getting an iPod Touch for gaming purposes. Something I've noticed in my research on the App Store is most game updates are either buggy "alpha" type releases, don't work, freeze the iPhone/Touch, or completely render the previous version of the app/game unplayable even if an uninstall/reinstall is performed of the previous version. Are buggy, broken updates common?

Another question. For example, version 1.0 of a game works fine. A buggy update version 1.2 comes out that renders 1.0 unplayable or simply doesn't work. Everyone who downloaded 1.0 when it first came out trying to update to 1.2 complain 1.2 doesn't work. However, if 1.2 - the latest version - was the first version you downloaded, would 1.2 work? Or in other words, is it the act of updating from a previous version buggy or is it just the entire version 1.2 itself? Just curious. Thanks.
07-21-2009, 02:46 AM
#2
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 4,568
I don't have that problem. Updates I get are usually improvements.

I know asphalt had an update to controls which made it suck. But otherwise, devs usually make games better in updates.

Last edited by Zincous; 07-21-2009 at 02:52 AM.
07-21-2009, 02:51 AM
#3
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 4,491
Updates aren't actually updates. Rather than downloading a few new files you are redownloading the entire game with those changes already in place.

So the problem would be the entire 1.2.

However if you look in your trashcan you can see that the old version is there. So you can drag and drop it into itunes and get a prompt asking if it's ok to replace the game with an older version. Just say yes and you are back to the old version.
07-21-2009, 02:52 AM
#4
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1,634
There are some problems with the new 3.0 software with all kinds of problems. I'm pretty sure Apple will release an update pretty soon though.

On 2.2.1 people only had problems now and then, but since the advent of 3.0 being released, I get about twice as many support emails as before.
07-21-2009, 03:06 AM
#5
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Originally Posted by EB1089 View Post
Another question. For example, version 1.0 of a game works fine. A buggy update version 1.2 comes out that renders 1.0 unplayable or simply doesn't work. Everyone who downloaded 1.0 when it first came out trying to update to 1.2 complain 1.2 doesn't work. However, if 1.2 - the latest version - was the first version you downloaded, would 1.2 work? Or in other words, is it the act of updating from a previous version buggy or is it just the entire version 1.2 itself? Just curious. Thanks.
well, both

depends what kind of bug that is, but usually it's caused by entire new version

I think that the only way for a bug to occur because of updating is when you use some files stored in HDD in different ways in both versions. in other words - imagine a config file, where you store your data in some format, but decided to change format between version yet file stays the same. if ver 1.2 doesnt check for this scenario, it can try to read config from earlier version that had different structure then it expects and crash
07-21-2009, 03:13 AM
#6
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 163
Interesting...thanks for all your responses and knowledge. From your replies, I glean buggy updates is something of a very minor "problem" (if even that). Not gonna stop me from considering/getting a Touch LOL. Thanks all.