Flamebait Friday Debate: Disc Swopping vs Mandatory Installations

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LA Noire is finally out everywhere today and a lot of people are very excited to get home and start playing. It’s already become a hot topic here on Lazygamer as well as Twitter and more that the game had to be spanned onto 3 discs for the Xbox 360 version.

The Playstation 3 version has a mandatory install to make up for the slow Blu-ray read speeds though, which means that you have to sit and watch it install instead of just popping it in and playing it straight away, which does a great job of killing what consoles are supposed to be in the first place. On the Xbox 360 version, you have the game spanning 3 discs, so you have to get up and change out the disc twice during the games’ 15-20 hour campaign thanks to the massive facial animation data.

In a perfect world, we would all just pop in a single disc and start playing straight our brand new game. No stupid installs, no disc swaps… but the question is, which one is the lesser of two evils?

Last Updated: May 20, 2011

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Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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