Updating steam platform error
You’ll notice it allows you to start the game with it not fully downloaded, but then will appear to hang before it even gets to the menu.The engine has realised that the map file for the background isn’t downloaded, and instructs Steam to download it.All these services fit into slightly overlapping areas, and it’s only a matter of time before an almighty competition breaks out between them, and so I would say that we’re at, or close to, a turning point in the history of gaming on the PC platform and I think now is probably a good time to examine the origins and long-forgotten promise of Steam.Steam was originally intended to be a shared set of technology components that could be used by any software publisher.
By hitching Steam to the CS/HL2 wagon, giving Steam the killer app which all the other platforms lack, Valve ensured maximum exposure for Steam as well as ensuring it became fixed in the minds of the industry as a whole.
There are two simple solutions: require 100% of the game to download before you allow the game to start, or require Source to put up a progress bar with approximate time remaining and a working cancel button.
The second is by far the better design decision; the user is kept informed, knows the game hasn’t hung, and can cancel the process and continue the download on the desktop if they decide they don’t want to wait.
It’s a well-known fact in user experience design that users are a lot more patient to wait for a long running-process to complete if they’re kept informed about what’s going on.
The streaming features of Steam are also then properly leveraged to get the player into the game as soon as possible.