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Submitted by xtremexx 1980d ago | opinion piece

Disc Locked Content – The Way Forward?

I’m sure I’m not alone when I discover when new DLC (DownLoadable Content) is available for my game that a feeling of excitement comes over me. New maps, new content, new features that will extend the games life and increase playability.
So, when DICE announced that their game Battlefield Bad Company 2 (published by EA) will get six months of free DLC, I was over the moon – literally! But, like many others, I was lulled into a trap. (DLC, PS3, Xbox 360)

XANDEO  +   1980d ago
I think it's disgusting and should be illegal imo
T9X69  +   1980d ago
I agree. It would be like buying a new car, and then the car company locks the keys in it until you pay the car companies lock smith to open it for you. Fucking retarded.
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iamnsuperman  +   1980d ago
It is a bit. When we pay for a game I would want everything on the disc I pay for not having to pay to unlock it....At least Dice new they should give it to us free....I think It might be the new fad.....Certain things will be locked so it gives the impression they are looking after the consumer
Man In Black  +   1980d ago
I miss the previous generation...
DLC these days would have been stuff that you unlocked after finishing the game in those days. If Resident Evil 4 was released now, modes like Separate Ways and Assignment Ada would've been dlc.

The only company that I've seen do DLC right is Rockstar. The GTA IV DLCs were fucking awesome, and put other pitiful excuses for DLC to shame (Here's looking at ya, EA).
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Nitrowolf2  +   1980d ago
they need to get rid of it
why would i want to pay more to unlock something already on the disc, i mean i thought DLC where getting bad with pricing and milking but now they offer a unlock key?

how much was the unlock key for RE5?
Yi-Long  +   1980d ago
Disc Locked Content????
Wallet Locked Money!!!!
ambientFLIER  +   1980d ago
What unlock key for RE5? Wasn't it just a new mode, that's why the download was so small? Are you guys hating just because it's cool?
Nitrowolf2  +   1979d ago
yeah it was small because the dlc was already on the disc (versus mode) they made you pay to unlock versus mode on the disc
ambientFLIER  +   1979d ago
A "mode" is just a few lines of code that lays out the rules for a gametype. So how do you guys know it was already on the disc, and not downloaded in the small dlc??
jay2  +   1980d ago
No bloody way, put it on Blu-ray and let the xbox lovers pay!
Tazz1992  +   1980d ago
I think it would actually be kinda helpful if hackers found a way to unlock dlc codes since it is already on the disc right?
It would teach companies to give you a full game
Only negative i see is if it is an actual company that does not rip you off
I just want your opinions on this people
DavidMacDougall  +   1980d ago
The Way Forward.... me not buying your games, i'm sure i wouldn't be the only one so its also the way forward to poor sales.

Mafia 2 for example, heard free ride is DLC? That stopped me from buying it, i'll get it used from gamestation in a couple of months in there 2 games for £25.
tacosRcool  +   1980d ago
ebay is still cheaper
Thecraft1989  +   1980d ago
The problem is people will buy no matter what. People on here will complain but if they want a game badly they will buy it. Developers have ways to force these kind off things on us.
f789790  +   1980d ago
Exactly! There are at least a few million gamers who will buy every popular game and accept all of this dlc shit. This leaves us with the option of a full bad game or a good one that is bought in pieces.
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Whatever123456  +   1980d ago
i hate dlc. <--- take note of the period o.O'
Motorola  +   1980d ago
me too. whats o.O with all o.O the faces? O.O
Garrus_Vakarian  +   1980d ago
Dat ass... B {

I hardly buy DLC anymore, but this is really a bad thing to do.

It reminds me that I still have to buy the LotSB DLC.
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Darkfiber  +   1980d ago
I'm not defending disc locked content but I think people are stupid and don't actually understand how or why it's on there.

People assume all the DLC was already finished when the game was sent to be rated and finalized before it was printed, which isn't the case. There is usually about 2 months or so after the entire game is completed before the game actually goes gold and gets printed, which is all downtime the company has to start working on something new, usually DLC. The only reason the DLC is put on the disc to be unlocked is because the DLC is completed AFTER the original game is sent to be finalized, rated and certified, but BEFORE the game is actually printed.

In reality, what you are paying for is the 2 months worth of time and work that the studio did on the DLC after the actual game was sent to be finalized, during which they are not even allowed to touch it, and therefore can't just "add it to the original game" like so many people seem to think they can. The only difference between DLC on the disc and day one DLC that you download is, they ended up finishing the DLC either before or after the game went gold and the discs were printed. People who think it's okay to charge for a download on day one but not okay to charge for a disc are stupid. If anything it should be the other way around. You should be thankful that they actually took the time to put it on the disc and not make you download it, saving you time and internet bandwidth, because honestly, that's the only difference.

If the company were to just add the DLC into the original game and then release it all together, then they would have to cancel the certification process, program the DLC into the main game, then resend it through certification for another 2 months, which will result in a huge delay in the game just to keep a few people from whining, which wont really solve anything because that just gives them 2 MORE months to wait around and twiddle their thumbs while it gets certified, which they will probably end up filling by making more DLC.

That being said, I still hate the idea and hate most DLC in general, but I think people are bashing it for the wrong reasons due to lack of understanding.
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XANDEO  +   1980d ago
I do understand that some studios work on dlc after the game is released which i have no problem with, but its when its on disk already like resident evil 5' versus mode that i personally do not think is right.
tacosRcool  +   1980d ago
if it is on the disc then we shouldn't pay more for it since we payed for it once anyways. Its like THQ charging an online fee for used games
Vortex3D  +   1980d ago
Another disk locked contents that gamers often forget is it prevents the same gamer from playing on multiple gamer accounts.

Also, it prevents multiple family members with their own gamer accounts from sharing the same disc since only one family member account gets the VIP contents.

For those that need to change the gamer account, they will loose the VIP contents and have to buy the same DLC again.

So, this type of new disc locked contents also translate to only good for one gamer account.

For PS3, this is a restriction game publishers can use to make PS3 DLC sharing as restricted as X360.
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XANDEO  +   1980d ago
On xbox 360 your ok if u play on the console the dlc was downloaded on, no matter what profile you use, but if you try it on another console only the profile you downloaded the dlc threw will have acess to it.
VladimirK  +   1980d ago
Sign into Live with the main profile and it'll play, or redownload it onto the other 360 and the license will transfer onto that one.
Vortex3D  +   1980d ago
Transferring DLC license on X360 to another console can't be done everyday or often. Isn't Microsoft restricted license transfer to only once a year?

I own both PS3 and X360, and I also play games on multiple gamer accounts.
XANDEO  +   1980d ago
Yep once a year, ive had to do it twice in the past and the license only transfers when you do it on xbox live you cant just download it on any xbox 360.
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theonlylolking  +   1980d ago
Hackers will come through for us just like they always do(i dont use hacks I am just sayin). Then ruin everything because a company has to do something to stop them. I am look at you geo you made us lose other OS.
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kagon01  +   1980d ago
Now, this is an important topic.
swishersweets20031  +   1979d ago
when i first thought about DLC
few years back, i was under the impression it would be extra's that would come out awhile after the game was out to add a lil life to the games. Now it seems DLC is just a way to get people to pay extra for the rest of the game they purchased. Its bogus the day a game comes out the same day there is extra DL stuff, for a mere 9.99.. bogus.. it should of just been in the game in the first place. holding out stuff on games so they can make an extra buck sucks. I like the last generation, were extra content was pretty much achievement stuff in games you unlocked as you progressed.
Syaz1  +   1979d ago
if i'm not mistaken, isn't this an illegal practice? i know that when you pay for software (games), you're buying a license. but when you buy a hardware (the disc), everything in the hardware is all yours. locking what's already on your hardware is illegal isn't it? somebody should sue these companies one day.

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