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VIA Grease Monkey Patch-Tracking Software Review

VIA Grease Monkey Patch-Tracking Software Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: PC gamers are often forced to acquire multiple patches for a single game over the few months that it is 'in play', and this activity can get tedious.
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External Mfg. Website: VIA Technologies Mar 11 2005   Mike Dowler  
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VIA Grease Monkey Patch-Tracking Software Review


I'm a die-hard PC gamer, and I've got to admit that console games have PC games soundly beat on at least one major aspect: they work like they're supposed to. No one patches console games because you can't. Release a buggy PS2 game and you'll be marked for life. This forces console companies to actually play-test their games (and the fact that they are programming for a static platform doesn't hurt stability either). PC games, on the other hand, are often glorified beta versions on first release, especially Massively Multiplayer Online Games, which are notorious for their 'release broken, fix later' approach.

PC gamers are often forced to acquire multiple patches for a single game over the few months that it is 'in play', and this activity can get tedious. While many games these days ship with a built in patching engine, many more do not. Add to this the long file download queue times associated with download sites like FilePlanet and you have a recipe for frustration.

PC Games generally have demos available on the Internet, allowing users to preview the product for free. Unfortunately, the same long waiting times often hinder demo downloading at files sites also, unless you pay a subscription fee for unlimited server access.

Wouldn't it be good then, if you had a little application that could automatically locate the patches you need and the demos you want, as well as linking you to a dedicated downloading server for them? Well, today we're going to look at an app that claims to fill just this role, the VIA Technologies "Grease Monkey" software.

With claimed support for over 1200 games, and acting as a direct channel for the demos of many more, VIA Grease Monkey could be a Godsend for the hardcore gamer, except for one little detail. It's not free either. On the bright side, it's not exactly expensive; US$14.95 will get you a year's subscription to the service, complete with dedicated access to Gameshadow.com's game patch and demo servers. As you'll see if you visit the above link, Grease Monkey does appear to be a re-skinned and re-branded version of Gameshadow's own game patching application.

Combining automated patch tracking and downloads with gaming news, reviews and demo downloading services, Grease Monkey strips down the essence of sites like FilePlanet and GameSpot and attempts to cram it into your system; hence the 'Grease.' Let's see just how well everything fits.

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Contents of Article: VIA Technologies Grease Monkey
 Pg 1.  — VIA Grease Monkey Patch-Tracking Software Review
 Pg 2.  Installation and Setup
 Pg 3.  Game Search Results
 Pg 4.  Available Downloads
 Pg 5.  Tracking Drivers and Direct X
 Pg 6.  Demo's and Expansions
 Pg 7.  Unsupported Game Issues

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