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In recent months I've found that I'm hearing more and more about
downloadable content for some games before the main game has even been
released. I remember hearing about DLC when The Beatles Rock Band was
announced at E3. In a preview I saw on X-Play for the Transformers 2:
Revenge of the Fallen video game, they were talking about new
characters eventually becoming available as DLC. More recently, I've
heard that the folks behind the Final Fantasy XIII team are exploring
the possibility of adding new areas, items, and enemies as DLC.
know developers are on a tight schedule, and DLC gives those developers
a chance to add content that they may have meant to be in the original
release, but just didn't have the time to do so. That's fine, that's
what DLC is there for. However, talking about possible DLC for a game
before it's even released can basically equate to the developers
admitting that they intended for the final product you see on store
shelves to have more content on it than it already has. Personally, I
don't want to hear about those things until the game has been out for
at least a month or 2, otherwise it makes me feel like I'm getting
ripped off after dropping $60 for that game.
Another thing that's
been bothering me is when DLC adds achievements/trophies. It's already
challenging enough to unlock every achievement/trophy in a given game,
but it's absurd when you have to buy DLC in order to obtain all the
achievements/trophies. Gamers shouldn't have to purchase add on
content in order to get 100% completion in any given game.
last thing that's been grinding my gears lately are the popular titles
that get Game of the Year editions released for the same price as the
original game, but has most of the current DLC for that game preloaded
onto the disk, or has a voucher with a code to get the DLC for free.
Take LittleBigPlanet for instance, the GOTY edition for that game is
touting that it has $30 worth of DLC for the same price that people
bought the game for a year ago.
That wouldn't be so bad if the
developers also made the same DLC available for free for early adopters
of the game after the release of the GOTY edition, however they don't.
Why are they willing to throw extra content to late adopters for free,
but they refuse to throw a bone to the people that made their game so
popular in the first place? What's fair about that? We paid the same
amount for the same game a year ago, shouldn't we be entitled to have
access to the same content that people who bought the game a year later
have for the same price?
I really hope that in the future
developers would be more considerate about when they announce DLC, as
well as making DLC available for the same price regardless of what
edition of a game you purchase. People that want first access to DLC
can pay to have access to that content earlier, but once a Game of the
Year edition with free extra content comes out, that DLC should become
available for free for those that bought the regular edition of the
game but didn't want to pay to have first access to the extra content.