Downloadable content allows customers and players a fantastic amount of flexibility. Players are now able to have new features and content for games months and sometimes years after it’s initial release. Effectively breathing new life into a game long after it’s novelty has worn off. Such an incredible feature…and they are abusing the FUCK out of it.
Content that could easily be included (and a generation ago WOULD be include in the game) are now being put up on online marketplaces for the salivating masses to buy up. Now don’t get me wrong, there is some great DLC out there and its totally understandable to charge for some nonessential content IF it goes above and beyond what could be included in the game from the get go. So why is that I click this
and see a company milking the shit out of it’s loyal fans. I look at SF4 and SSF4 and see a company charging for alternate costumes at release (finished costumes with a seperate budget for whatever reason). I see them announce to the world that the XBOX 360 could not handle all of the content in Lost Planet 2. I wonder if the PS3 version will get the whole/Directors Cut version and the 360 Version will get free DLC or a second disc to compensate (yeah right) or will they once again dig in our pockets for some shit that should be included with the game in the first place.
Now this isn’t just a Capcom problem obviously, as many other companies are guilty of this same offence. The problem that I foresee, is companies charging for vital shit like “want the real ending? $5” or “the Dragon Key to get into the final castle”. Who’s gonna draw that line?
I mean honestly, I’m pretty much cool on all the DLC mentioned above (and in general mostly). I would like to have the content but I honestly don’t really need it so I don’t have to much of a problem with it right now. However, if it gets any worse then what we’re looking at right now, i’ll just have to stop supporting these companies as a whole. Really hate to do that but thems the breaks.
TLDR ver: Some Companies are taking advantage of consumers with petty DLC. They are on a slippery slope that looks to be leading to games requiring multiple micro transactions in order to have access to the “full” game.
What are your thoughts on this process?