What really gets me knotted up about the gaming industry today is abusing downloadable content. DLC was meant to add additional content to the game. Stuff that maybe the developers didn't think of until after, an added bonus to the game.
But lately more and more companies are releasing unfinished games and making you pay for the rest of it. Titles are coming out with DLC in the stores on launch date.
Dead Rising 2 didn't even have the ending of the game in it, from what I've heard. How do you make the ENDING OF THE GAME DLC?! The game is incomplete, and they're not only charging you full price for it, but want you to pay extra for a finished product.
It's going to get worse and worse. Don't get me wrong, I like DLC and all, I think it's a really nice step forward for the gaming industry. If done correctly, it means that you can get more play time out of the games you love to play. It means getting updates to fix glitches that make the game less enjoyable, and now even characters are downloadable for fighting games. Content downloads like this keep a game from getting old and stale. Downloadable content was following this path at first, but somewhere along the lines developers decided they'd love the idea of milking their consumers more.
The image I used for this blog post isn't too related, since Nintendo doesn't seem to have gone down this path yet, but that's mostly because the Wii doesn't have DLC. The Pokemon games aren't really true DLC since the content is already in the game. Then again, game developers have been passing off "content unlock" bundles as downloadable content, which is even worse. You're not even downloading anything more than a few lines of code that give you access to something that's already on the game disk.
What will they think of next, downloadable multiplayer mode? Or how about just giving us the game engine and having us download the actual content? Yeah, wouldn't that be nice? You buy the disk, pop it in, and then wait an hour for the game to download (and pay an extra $20).
When will they draw the line? Stop giving us incomplete games and having us pay extra to get what we should have already.
~ Kirari ミ★