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5 Most Generous Game Developers and Publishers

"Most of us like to moan about how games developers are out there to bleed every penny out of our shallow pockets by peppering us with overpriced arbitrary DLC, elitist subscription services to keep us paying for games we already paid good money for, or making us pay for ‘additional’ content that should’ve been in the game in the first place."

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kesvalk1317d ago

top 5 most generous, pic with the logo of Blizzard...

gamers really have short memory eh?

Xof1317d ago

Yeah, that raised an eyebrow on my side of the screen, too.

da_2pacalypse1316d ago

CD Project, Valve, and Rockstar are the only ones I can agree with :/

Baka-akaB1317d ago (Edited 1317d ago )

Well Blizzard used to be , before the wow and activision era . And imo we gotta admit that even if WoW kinda mandates it , as a sub based mmo , they've gone beyond what's mandatory in patchs and content ... at least more than any mmo studios , besides ArenaNet

SilentNegotiator1316d ago (Edited 1316d ago )

Above and beyond what's mandatory? They have the biggest MMO of all time.

If they want to keep 10M players for so long, I wouldn't call what they do "above and beyond". And the way they've been slowly losing userbase in general, I'd say it's closer to "scraping by" than "above and beyond"

Baka-akaB1316d ago (Edited 1316d ago )

Sigh ... just check what's usually done in terms of patches updates and amount of content for every other mmo , and you'll notice that short of them and the likes of Arena.net , or square for FFXI , hardly anyone got close .

Yeah they went above , they frickin' created a new barometer in terms of content update for following mmos and to this day keep patching to huge pace . Now whenever a big mmo appears and it's not meeting that pace , they are dropped like hot potatoes .

While most others companies were busy doing hotfixes and balances patch and throwing the occasional content bone once every few months , when not exclusively in expansions , WoW was having those hotfixes , balances patches and then also a patch 1.2 less than a month after release already adding new instances and quests .

Despite an already overwhelming amount of quest available at launch and only a few lvl 40 rushers .

I dont even like the game , but i wont just blindly criticize it for the heck of it .

Bimkoblerutso1317d ago (Edited 1317d ago )

Seriously, I don't think they understand the concept of "generosity."

Though they are nice, expansions are NOT a token of goodwill toward gamers. If Blizzard didn't think they could milk the WoW phenomenon anymore than they already had, they almost certainly would never have released those expansions. Again, not that I'm trying to badmouth expansions, but "generosity" implies a bit of self-sacrifice. It's not like they're GIVING us those expansions. Nevermind the current shady business practices they've been engaging in with the RMAH and ridiculously tyrannical DRM.

And how is some viral marketing on the part of 2K considered "generosity" by any stretch of the word?

kesvalk1316d ago

i am okay with expansions, what i am not okay is with a sub-based MMO that have a cash shop!

i am not okay, with they selling only 1/3 of a game for full price.

i am not okay with a game that you pay $60 and don't even have actual single-player (and is completely based around a auction house where they get a share of the profit, mind you.)

they can keep their old servers, they can keep patching their old games, i don't care, this is in the past and you can't judge someone by his past alone.

STK0261317d ago (Edited 1317d ago )

Well deserved in my opinion. Like the author mentioned in his article, old blizzard games still have online servers and for the most part, have been patched for a very long time, to make sure the games would be compatible with newer OS and hardwares.

In comparison, EA has a long history of shutting down servers after only a few years, and they also have left many games completely unbalanced (CnC Generals comes to mind). Most publishers do that, even Sony, who have been shutting down a few servers in the last few months.

Also keep in mind that both Diablo 2 and Wc3 have received plenty of after launch content for free, something once again most publishers don't do. And World of WarCraft, even for a MMO, has received a whole lot more of free content than most other sub-based MMOs (excluding expansion content).

I can see why Activision is seen as a very greedy company (although, to be fair, greed is part of the business), but Blizzard, even today, is still a very respectable developer/publisher that gives a lot of content for a fair price.

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Eyeco1316d ago

Free DLC on the PC, whereas Microsoft charges it on XBL :-S

Diver1316d ago

valve and cd projekt. every version of witcher and witcher 2 are loaded with extras.

Bimkoblerutso1316d ago (Edited 1316d ago )

^ AND CD Projekt is a very big proponent of DRM-free gaming. That's a huge plus in my book. I tend to like it when I'm not treated like a criminal.

USMC_POLICE1317d ago

How about the guys that made burnout pardise? or light box for starhawk. Both gave a ton of free DLC

Redempteur1317d ago

Criterion ? they're good guys that gave free cars for NFS:Hp and burnout paradise ... nothing to see here ..criterion idea for burnout paradise wasn't supported ..it's not going to happen again ( a total shame i know )

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Ducky1317d ago (Edited 1317d ago )

Blizzard & 2K seems a bit of an oddity. Civ5's DLC is a bit out of hand, and if I'm not mistaken, Bioshock2 required GFWL for the DLC.
Even Rockstar is somewhat shaky, considering the DLC of LA Noire. They might make good worthwhile DLC, but that's not exactly generosity.

That, and if a publisher/developer is originally charging $60 for their games on PC, then I wouldn't really consider them generous.

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