Here’s what I did:
- Install and play the initial GSB beta version. <3
- Go to sleep, then work, then come home to play GSB again.
- Now, after I double-click the spaceship icon on my Desktop, I turn away for a minute. When I turn back again, there is an installer window on my screen.
- Here’s where I misunderstand and think “Oops, I launched the original downloaded installer by mistake!” and promptly click cancel.
After this, every attempt to launch GSB results in a crash.
Now, I read on the blog that there was a patch and an auto-updater, so I found the patch installer in the game’s download cache and installed it. That fixed the problem.
Disregarding the crash bug, I suggest marking the updates a bit clearer. Some suggestions: 1) Change the installer window so it doesn’t really look like an installer. Make it say “Update” in my face. 2) Since the patching require user interaction anyway (by means of “Next” buttons, and ultimately the UAC on Vista), an extra dialog of “An update has been automatically downloaded. You will need to install it to continue playing. Press OK to launch installer.” might be a cheaper solution.
PS: In the midst of criticisms, let me just point out that GSB, even in the unfinished state, is tremendous fun. It is now the cause of me coming late to work tomorrow because of sleep deprivation.