7 Deadly Sins of Gaming - Sin 4Sin 4: DLMFC
I'm going to kind of bite the hand that feeds me here, but I HATE DLMFC.
DLC stands for downloadable content.
The M stands for the word 'mother' and the F stands for something you shouldn't theoretically do with your mother.
DLC is the hip new thing in the world of gaming. Basically, they sell you most of a game for full price and then charge you EXTRA money to get the rest of the game.
I realize that sounds entirely insane.
That's because it is entirely insane.
Yes, yes. You can play the game without buying the DLC. No one is forcing you to buy the DLC. No one has a gun to your head saying "You're gonna buy some DLC."
Actually, I'm sure if they could figure out how to do that, they would.
And then they'd charge you for the service.
I wouldn't mind so much if the original game were cheaper and then you could opt to purchase DLC to bring you to a full price point. If there's twenty dollars worth of DLC, the game should be twenty dollars cheaper.
Can you imagine buying a car only to find out the seat and headlights were optional?
Sure, if it's months or even years later AND they're providing a new experience and not just a slight addendum to the game you already purchased, then I can accept that.
Grudgingly, but still.
But games today have DLC on day 1. Game hits stores and they're already asking you to spend another twenty bucks.
It took one creative/sadistic motherf&%@er to come up with that shit.
I know that they're just trying to find ways to make more money. Given the high level of competition in the video game market, game companies have to find a way to pad the bottom line.
And they do have to struggle with a sort of glass ceiling when it comes to game pricing.
Unfortunately, the reason that glass ceiling exists is that they're already charging the highest amount any reasonable or non-reasonable person might spend on a single game.
Now, they smash your head on that glass ceiling and then charge you more money to clean up the mess.
What the hell is that all about?
If you're already charging an arbitrarily chosen maximum price for a game, it is downright ludicrous to THEN charge more money for the rest of the product.
Even if you can play the game without the DLC, they're basically telling you that you need to spend more money to have a complete game.
Yeah, completely optional stuff like gold horse armor you can go without, but they're still slapping you in the face saying you have an incomplete copy.
Am I the only person on the planet who thinks this is some seriously f&%@ed up shit?
Make a game. Put game on disc. Put ENTIRE game on disc. Look around for some more stuff to put on disc. Put disc in case and sell for one price.
Is that so FREAKING HARD?!
I'm not asking you to make games cheaper.
By the way... Make games cheaper, already.
All I'm asking is that when I buy a game, I get the entire game. I don't want to buy cards or points or tokens or whatever other freaking bullshit you're making up right now.
Give me the game, the extra characters, and the new hat.
For no extra money.
None at all.
I shouldn't even need a wifi connection for my console unless I feel like having a twelve year old gangsta wannabe question my sexuality because I just beat him.
That's what wifi was intended for.
Now, if you want to give me free stuff for my game, that's cool. I'm totally cool with that.
Hey, a free hat. Sweet.
But telling me I just bought a game, a game that has an opportunity to wear a hat, a game with hat wearing potential, and then asking me to pay for the hat?
So not cool.
What happened, man? You guys used to be cool.
Now, it's all about the hat money.
You sicken me.