For the most part, I don't really freak out about big installs. I don't load up my hard drive with a bunch of downloadable content, movies, or full Blu-Ray games. And I don't complain about the time it takes for an install, as I don't have an attention deficit problem.
That being said, it seems like every big game these days has a mandatory hard drive install. I still remember the days – not that long ago – when mandatory installs were exceedingly rare and now, with games getting bigger and bigger and developers requiring more space, even my hard drive is starting to feel the strain. And I delete any of the required game data for reviews, too! Even with only keeping installs I need for games I want to play, my 120GB hard drive is getting full fast. Yes, I know the standard is 160GB now, but that doesn't seem big enough, either. Maybe just toss in a terabyte.
And now you tell me Rage is going to eat up 8 goddamn GB ?! The Xbox 360 version takes three discs, too. I have to admit, things are getting a little irritating…maybe we need new hardware sooner than we think. That may be an extreme solution, of course (we could just get bigger hard drives), but I'm starting to dread putting in a new game. I never liked PC gaming because of the amount of time involved before the damn thing is running perfectly with all the right settings. One of the primary appeals of console gaming has always been the "hit a button and go" setup.
Sure, we can say it isn't a big deal and just clear out some hard drive space, and I understand that. No big deal, I suppose. But in my eyes, it's just getting annoying .