Wednesday, June 8, 2011 | 7
I'm going to show my range by talking about something outside of the MMORPG genre, but influenced greatly by the greed and penny pinching that MMORPGs are best known for.
Downloadable Content is a ScamThere has been a growing trend over the past few years of games being released on various platforms with additional DLC available on the day of release. Games like Mass Effect 2 go so far as to make the option content a requirement if you want the story to be a seamless transition to its sequel.
It seems to me like a game that isn't done until you pay for more game is not a complete game to begin with.
Some game developers insult our intelligence by completing DLC before the game even launches. If Dyson sold their alien vacuums without multiple key components that you would have to buy later, they would be investigated and shut down for falsely advertising a complete product.
I am not dogging on expansionsExpansion packs are great because they offer a new experience to players who have completed the original game. It is hard to even imagine Baldurs Gate II without Throne of Bhaal because it adds a huge amount of extra content for players and renews interested in an antiquated title.
You don't even get what you pay forDLC is dirt cheap by design, but what developers seem to fail to understand is that once you've completed a game, there is no reason to go play a 5 dollar side quest for an hour or two. This is an obvious attempt to take advantage of what has recently come to be known as 'Completionist Players', but was formally known as 'Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder'.
This smells familiarCan you think of any other industry that strings you along with side grades and patches while you pay them manageable installments that don't improve your actual game experience?
It sure would be nice if quality assurance meant what it used to, but sadly players are being forced to foot the bill of post-release bug fixes and development, and all the while it is being framed like we're being done a favor.
Everyone who purchases DLC is part of the problemThis terrible practice isn't going to go away unless people actually refuse to play games in a nugget format. What I would consider the best game in the last few years, The Witcher 2, has already said that they will be releasing DLC, but won't be charging for it...
Then again, Europeans are all socialists, and we all saw how well that worked out for Greece.