Why On-Disc Downloadable Content Isn't The Crime It's Made Out To Be

Arstechnica- You wouldn't think the precise, virtual location of a few bits of additional, purchasable content for a game would be that big a deal in the grand scheme of things. But some gamers are up in arms yet again over the prospect that some downloadable content (DLC) for the recently released Resident Evil 6 is already included as locked, encrypted data on the game disc itself.

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NYC_Gamer2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

Those who feel like they are getting ripped off just stay away from studios that are known to hide dlc on retail disc

dark-hollow2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

But the real issue here is that they could cut content from the full game and release it later as a paid dlc.

This is what I really hate about DLC this gen, no longer its extra content to complement your $60 purchase but actually developers now plan dlc even before the game is finished!

No longer developers are squeezing every bit of content into our $60 purchases they could THEN start thinking about dlc.

Don't get me wrong, not every DLC is greedy scamming, but a lot of developers (aka CAPCOM) abuse this concept and give us half assed incomplete experiences.

NYC_Gamer2104d ago

That is why i don't support greedy studios.We can sit here and complain but until we all stop feeding the pigs this hidden dlc crap will continue.

sonicsidewinder2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

ALL dlc is bad. Regardless of how it's distributed.

LAWSON722104d ago

OK that's why it can extend the life of a game and bring new experiences to a game that must be terrible

dark-hollow2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

That's how it should be but alas some developers intentionally cut content to release it later as a paid DLC.

Its a double edged sword.

Christopher2104d ago

Disagree. A lot.

That's akin to saying all Americans are stupid. You can't go lumping all situations together. There are good uses of DLC, there are bad.

Good: content is added as an expansion to a game that already took 30+ hours to complete, introducing new abilities, weapons, vehicles, characters, and gameplay options.

Bad: here's a the same costume in red, pink, and periwinkle.

For many RPGs that already have extensive gameplay compared to most other games out there, gamers would never see a lot of the content they make available if there was no DLC.

And, most importantly, all DLC is optional and most games let you know before they are put out if there will be DLC. You have the choice to accept it or not, it's not forced upon you.

EeJLP-2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

I agree that all DLC isn't bad.

If it's made after the game was completed and the game wasn't pre-planned to have DLC, therefore shipping a known incomplete product, it's fine.

I've only bought 2 DLCs. The Resistance: Fall of Man map packs back when they released in 2007 (they've now been free since somewhere in 2008).

I also hate preorder bonuses, especially when they are split between different stores. This is again shipping an incomplete product. I have never bought a game Day 1 that had preorder bonuses.

I usually wait for the Complete / Ultimate / Special editions now from studios I know are going to have DLC, like Rockstar for example.

Resistance 3 was the first Resistance I didn't buy Day 1, because of the CoDification of the MP, introduction of the Online Pass, preorder bonuses like the air-fuel grenades (and spread out between different retailers as far as I remember), and they also announced DLC on release day.

~Some of that's on topic, some a bit off, I know.~

iamgoatman2103d ago

Yeah, all those free content updates for Team Fortress 2 were just awful! /s

Godmars2902104d ago

It is if a system doesn't have online access and has to be to unlock this "Free" content. Nevermind asking someone to pay for access to something they already have.

Smashbro292104d ago

This is the best article on N4G in a long long time.

WeskerChildReborned2104d ago

DLC is good yet bad, good that they add more content to some amazing games but the bad because last gen, it was free and this gen, you have to most times pay for DLC.

On Disk is even more annoying for me since if it's on the disk, why can't it just be called bonus content or something and be free?

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