A recent post by the opnionated writer known as Genki over at DAMNLAG goes to great lengths to explain the evils of DLC to the world. For the most part, his points are hard to argue, especially in the cases where we are required to download a teeny tiny unlock key for something we technically already bought on the disc (yes, Capcom… and EA… we’re talking about you!). His other points, about developers withholding entire sections of games and charging us for them later also strike worryingly close to home. Unlike him however, I’m not completely without hope. I don’ t mind paying for good DLC as long as it’s a decent chunk of extra content and doesn’t cripple the game in any way, like some of EA’s apparently cheat or over-powered items do. I also take heart in those rare gestures of good faith we recieve from time to time. Who could forget how good Epic has been to us? Well, to the PS3 owners at least. Not only did we get two huge packs of DLC for Unreal Tournament 3 and an eventual patch offering us the extras from the Xbox 360 version, but they were all absolutely free and for nothing! These are not just some minor skin swaps and couple of new maps, it was a legitimate amount of new content, including maps, weapons, items and vehicles. Not bad, eh?
I think the DLC thing is still technically in its infancy and a large part of the worldwide gaming community don’t even partake of it, so it will be a long while before developers get the hang of it and learn what they can and can’t get away with. Anyway, check out the rant here.