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Publishers Getting Ahead of Themselves, Gamers Suffering

Pre-announcement announcements, neutered games, and bad downloadable content make victims of gamers.

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cain1413418d ago

DLC will cost money. If not to the purchaser, then to the company to make. It's all about risks and cost benefit analysis

If you don't want it don't buy it...

SirLarr3418d ago

That's not the right attitude! I want things for free and I don't care about reason!

italianbreadman3417d ago

The point the author is trying to make is that these devs could put the content into the game, but instead choose to leave it out and immediately offer it for extra money.

That's not good business, from a customer service standpoint. Not everything is about squeezing every drop at every opportunity. The customer experience is also very critical.

SlamVanderhuge3418d ago

Don't agree at all about the DLC argument.

If a dev were to say "hey...to play the 2nd half of the game on the disk, you have to pay us $10", that is one thing. But to charge for an auxilliary mode--whether its on the disk or not--is fine.

Look at it this way: if Capcom couldn't have charged for this content, it wouldn't exist. Its not like they intended to make this free and then got greedy. This content was built with the specific purpose of being an extra purchase. Having it be on the disk merely saves them the trouble of uploading it to MS and Sonys servers.

Also, the bright side of it is that having it be on the disk saves you some hard drive space!

Oh, and like Cain said...if you don't like it, don't buy it.

A HiFi3418d ago

Here here. Laugh at everyone else if you want, but don't moan about something you're not buying.

IdleLeeSiuLung3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

I for the most part agree to this, don't buy it if you don't agree. That is the attitude I had regarding Street Figther IV as well, but then I found out that they took out stuff from the arcade version (i.e. the outfits) and made it a DLC. Basically, they charged us for something that is already included in the original release.

Not only did they charge us for it, they charged an exorbitant amount of about $5 for a set of 5 outfits. To get all outfits you would have to buy 5 packs for a total of $25. That is almost half the cost of the game and more than most download games.

Reality is that I have no problem with DLC even if it came on launch day as long as it wasn't something we used to get for free or taken out of the game just for the sake of charging you for it. This seems to be the trend now, when in the past we used to get extra's as a fan service publishers are instead gouging them.

I think at some point in time we will get a backlash from customers... i.e. EA and DRM.

SlamVanderhuge3417d ago

But the arcade version isnt the same as this. They took out costumes, but added online play and a ton of other stuff. They have every right to charge for those costumes if they want to because they arent core elements of the gameplay.

IdleLeeSiuLung3417d ago (Edited 3417d ago )

Sure it didn't affect game play, but none the less was something that was there before the port. They basically removed something that was there for payment.

It is true that they added these other features, but those are an incentive for others like me to buy the game. Would I have bought the game without online play? I wouldn't and most others probably wouldn't either.

They have a right to charge for it because they have a right to charge for anything they make, but most would probably disagree that this a fair transaction. I mean about every game comes out with DLC, but only a handful (or at most a dusin) get's this much complaint and coverage. That should indicate that consumers are not happy about this and eventually fans will rebel.

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irish-leprecaun3418d ago

will somebody plz think about d children!!

gidzilla3412d ago

what is this the pro-bastard coalition? Of course it sohuld be free, let us riot. TOO THE BANKS!