I have problem with the video game industry I feel the need to mention. There’s something very wrong which is getting very much out of control and I feel the future of the business side of video games will be very sick and pathetic. It’s a disease infecting the minds of developer after developer and the gamers are the ones paying the price. This plague is known as DLC (downloadable content).
Some people use the term in reference to full games that are download only. While I dislike the idea of playing a great game and never having a box to add to your library; this isn’t my main problem. What I’m talking about is the add-on content that is released for a price. The original game you bought in the store was full price but while you’re throwing down your cash, the people who are taking your money are actually still working on that very game! C’mon people, if the game isn’t finished content-wise then keep working at it and give us the full package! The original concept was a good idea because the fans of some games want to keep playing. This market isn’t new; it was known as expansions.
Expansions before DLC were always a big add-on found packaged and on the shelf equal to the original game! But now with the quick and low-cost delivery of downloads, the add-ons are getting smaller and smaller. It’s all about making money of course and that’s exactly what they are doing when they sell you a game KNOWING it’s not everything they have finished. I mean, some games have had DLC available ON RELEASE! What that hell is going on here? The most recent slap in the face is Capcom’s Marvel vs Capcom 3’s DLC add-on characters. This is disturbing because the game by itself has nearly 20 characters less than Marvel vs Capcom 2. So, they start out selling you %70 of MVC2 at full price and then string you along like a drug addict to buy the remaining characters 2 at a time… This means by the time you reach the character count of MVC2, you have spent maybe $120 total! Do you see what I mean?
It’s not going to stop because these add-ons individually are very cheap and the common consumer doesn’t think about how it adds up and how badly they are getting screwed over. It’s going to get worse I’m sure… They may even end up including a DLC shedule in the manual of the game itself lol… Very very sad.
Take a moment to listen to what designers and developers have to say about DLC… They don’t even hide how much they like the idea of charging for this stuff…