This is a rant about mods, this is only a rant. It has no real bearing on anything other than to vent my frustrations to the world. Read this only if you really want to, other than that please move along, and have a super wounderific nice day/night.
Apparently, everyone and their mother who mods Skyrim decided to update their mods. Now, normally this isn’t a big deal, it is as simple as clicking a button and overwriting the previous version of the mod with the newer version. Well, not today it wasn’t! I guess I missed the memo but today was, “Let’s all update our mods and make it a pain in the ass day.” For anyone who does not know a clean save update is a pain in the ass. What it entails is going into your saved game, uninstalling, either from the MCM menu, most preferred, if there is one or if you are cursed with crap luck, like me, using freaking console commands that are so convoluted and repetitive it would make Sheldon Cooper’s head explode. (If you don’t know who Sheldon Cooper is you just made me a sad panda.) Once the mod is uninstalled properly, and I do mean properly because if you missed one damn thing or skipped something or in my case forget a letter or a number or a space in the console command your day gets fubar and you have to spend an unknown amount of time fixing the issues that arise and god forbid it to be a script problem.
Anyway, after uninstalling the mod, properly, you then need to wait in the game a few moments then save a new save file that has the mod not installed on it and exit the game. Then install the update, properly, then go back into the game let the mod run on the recently saved game file. Wait another few moments then save on another new save file, then exit the game and restart the game loading the new save file and test it to make sure you didn’t mess up somewhere along the way.
Now, normally this is a piece of cake, bitter cake but still cake. The problem is now instead of this being a rare thing to have to do only for big updates or massive changes to the mod it is starting to be done for every damn update they come out with. I’m sorry, but if a mod author feels adding a tree in the middle of bum fuck nowhere, or adjusting some stat on some item that no one ever really finds or crafts is a valid reason for making me do a clean save update than kiss my ass and go fuck yourself with a red-hot poker because it isn’t! Now, if that same tree housed an entire civilization of miniature snow elves bent on destroying the Thalmor and that stat somehow fixed the Empire from being a complete Thalmor cock sucking tools, then yeah, of course, a clean save is needed and I appreciate all your hard work. But if a mod author is doing clean save updates just for the sake of clean save updates than we have an issue.
Granted this wasn’t the case today, all the clean save updates I did today were, in fact, vital and required. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t some douche bag mod author out there cranking out some awesome mod laughing evilly in a dark corner as they get off on making people do clean save updates for no good reason. Okay, so maybe that’s unlikely and I am overreacting. Or am I? Yeah, I probably am, but still, it pisses me off that I had to spend the better part of 4 hours today doing clean save updates and losing time I could be spending playing Skyrim.
This concludes the rant. Once again, this was only a rant. Had this been an actual emergency, the emergency broadcast system would have imploded, the water around the world turned to fire and molten lava melting the polar ice caps and drowning mankind in a tidal wave of fiery, molten-y, watery death, knocking out the interwebs, thus making it unlikely you are reading this now. Unless you are an advanced civilization from the future excavating the remnants of the interwebs trying to find out what civilization was like in the past, in which case. Hi! I bet you’re glad this isn’t porn.