Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition Gameplay Episode 04

Just another episode of Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings gameplay.  This time, it’s episode 04.  In this episode, you get to see me slay Kayran.  Enjoy!!!

Solution To Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Update Errors

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve found the solution to how Witcher 2 gamers cannot update Witcher 2 to Witcher 2 enhanced edition.  Their problems might be very similar to how I had described in my earlier Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Update Patch Pack0.dzip Error For PC Version Corrupted Witcher 2 Launcher And Prevented Gamers From Updating Witcher 2 post.  So, the solution is rather simple!  First, make sure you have a legitimate serial key for your regular Witcher 2 edition.  Second, sign up for a free account at Gog.com.  Third, log into Gog.com with your Gog’s newly account and go to this Gog’s specific link gog.com/en/witcher2/backup/.  Fourth, enter the serial key into the product key box.  Fifth, you can either download Gog.com’s downloader for easier downloading of Witcher 2 enhanced edition game or just download the parts of the game individually.  Sixth, when everything is done downloading, you can install the game by using the .exe file.  I’ve confirmed that Witcher 2 enhanced edition download worked, because I had it installed and got to play with the game right after.  So, in a way, downloading Witcher 2 enhanced edition at Gog.com allows you to bypass the update process of the regular Witcher 2 altogether.  I hope this method will work for you too.  Enjoy!

FYI:  I had scanned the downloads of Witcher 2 enhanced edition from Gog.com with Norton 2012 Internet Security Suite and was unable to find anything wrong with the downloads.  Still, I suggest that you do your own virus scanning on your downloads.  Also, I had read online that many people are highly regarded Gog.com as a reputable online service, therefore I don’t think you will have anything to be worried about when using Gog.com.  Still, you can always do some quick research about Gog.com through Google yourself.  Good luck!

Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Update Patch Pack0.dzip Error For PC Version Corrupted Witcher 2 Launcher And Prevented Gamers From Updating Witcher 2

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Update:  You might want to check out Solution To Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Update Errors post which is more recent than this one and has a solution to your Witcher 2 enhanced edition update errors.

If you’re a fan and a PC gamer of Witcher 2, you probably had already tried to update the regular Witcher 2 to Witcher 2 enhanced edition for PC version.  Unfortunately, I’ve found out that there are many people included me who cannot successfully update Witcher 2 to Witcher 2 enhanced edition since there is this error known as pack0.dzip which complains that it’s corrupted.  I’ve looked everywhere on the web, hoping to find the solution to this very update error, but it seems that all the suggestions are for naught.  Manual patch through Witcher 2’s link here (http://en.thewitcher.com/ee_manual/) worked for some people, but many more people had found out that downloaded so called part 2 patch to replace the part 2 patch which came from the 10 GB+ Witcher 2 auto download enhanced edition patches came up with the same pack0.dzip error when one tried to update Witcher 2 to the enhanced edition.  I found this out myself too!  Not only the Witcher 2 enhanced edition patch had failed to update, it also had corrupted the Witcher 2 launcher.  People found this out as they could not relaunch their Witcher 2 game.  For me, I had to reinstall and tried the Witcher 2 enhanced patch again to see if I had any luck, but I found the same pack0.dzip error stared at me as if I was being mocked for the second time.  Licked my wound, I uninstalled Witcher 2 altogether.  I will not install Witcher 2 again and probably will not be able to make another video on Witcher 2 until Witcher 2 rolls out a patch that will allow me to update correctly.  I’m very disappointed of not being able to play Witcher 2 enhanced edition and my regular version for sometimes to come.  Sad face…

Witcher 2 Assassins Of Kings Game Play Part 02

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Slow day for tech, but not for gaming in my case I guess.  Anyhow, I had recorded and posted game play part 02 for Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings to my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/essayboard).  I think I had used the right encoder this time, therefore the picture for this video is quite gorgeous if you can stream it with 1080p quality (i.e., your Internet connection is capable of streaming high definition speed).  Anyhow, enjoy and stay tune for the third part…

(Before watching, you have been warned — the video below contains mature content, please stop watching and exit the video if you’re under 18 year of age!)

Best Buy’s Weak Online Presence Adds More Doubts To Best Buy’s Future

Logo of Best Buy, US-based retail chain

Logo of Best Buy, US-based retail chain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not too long back, I had posted an article on Best Buy’s closing down of 50 selected stores.  In the article I had mentioned how brick and mortar stores such as Best Buy can actually survive the onslaughts of online juggernauts such as Amazon.  Unfortunately, lately I have the feeling that Best Buy might never be able to recover and will find itself to go down the path of failed big box retailers such as Circuit City.  How come?  So far, Best Buy does not show any sign of taking customers away from its main competitors such as Amazon, and so Best Buy’s in store strategies are definitely not working to Best Buy’s advantages.  Meanwhile, personally and recently I had a bad online experience with Best Buy which confirmed my thinking now that Best Buy might never be able to regain the market dominance.

So, the story went like this.  I purchased Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings with Best Buy’s website.  I went for the digital download version.  I thought digital download version would be quicker than just drive to the store and grab a physical copy of the game.  I was wrong!  After the purchased of the digital version of Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings, I waited for at least forty five minutes to one hour more (something like that) before I received a confirmation email that contained the instruction and detail of game download.  Unfortunately, Best Buy wanted you to download Best Buy PC App first before you could download whatever digital contents you bought with Best Buy.  So I went ahead and downloaded Best Buy PC App, and I found out the app refused my login credential even though I had log into Best Buy account using the browser just fine, using the same credential of course.  I called up Best Buy for help but got redirected couple times before someone was able to help me solve my problem.  So, I thought finally everything would be smooth sailing!  Unfortunately, I found out that through Best Buy PC App, the download of the game was way too slow.  Sure, the game was huge in size, around 13 GB, but I had downloaded many things around this size so many times faster than the download speed that I got from Best Buy PC App.

My Internet connection was and still is capable of downloading stuffs up to 24 Mb/s, but my download with Best Buy PC App felt like the speed was lurking below 5 Mb/s!  I wasn’t downloading anything else at the time!  The download with Best Buy should not have any competition, therefore it should be able to download much much faster.  It wasn’t the case as you already knew!

The moral of the story was that Best Buy’s online capability is so limited that it hurts just to buy stuffs from Best Buy’s online presence (i.e., website).  The idea of downloading digital contents from Best Buy is to save time from driving to a store — an illusion of instant gratification.  Perhaps, I think in certain scenarios even this notion might not be so true when one does the math, to be exact.  (What if you live so near to a Best Buy that you can just walk to it?  So driving to the store might get you the game faster than downloading a really huge game over the Internet, right?)  Unfortunately, Best Buy’s online presence is too slow to deliver its digital contents, therefore Best Buy’s online competitors may not have a hard time in pulling certain customers away from Best Buy.  Don’t Best Buy know that their online customers might also be their brick and mortar customers?  When a brand is as huge as Best Buy fails to beef up its online presence, it tells the customers that Best Buy brand isn’t a serious brand anymore.  The feeling of Best Buy isn’t serious enough might translate into something much worse for Best Buy brand, because Best Buy isn’t the only brand in town that can deliver the goods.  So, I think Best Buy needs to beef up its online presence quick and they have to do it right or else time is running out for Best Buy, I think!

In summary, I really want to see Best Buy and other brick and mortar stores survive and thrive, because these stores allow me to experience an illusion of instant gratification — as in driving to a store and grab something quick.  Nonetheless, when these stores fail to please customers on their premises, their only chance might be all about their online presences (another potential for delivering an illusion of instant gratification).  If these brick and mortar stores have weak online presences, in general isn’t this means that these stores are deliberately delivering a slow death to their brands?  It won’t be a good thing for customers when brick and mortar stores go away, because waiting for one day delivery is still one day waiting.  Sometimes, more days of waiting for a delivery can happen at chances.  So, I really want to see Best Buy and similar brick and mortar stores shape themselves up, quick and fast!