It has been made more aparrent lately that in a way developers are starting to rip off their customers with this whole DLC thing. When it all started it was a great idea, developers could at a later time release new exansions and content to breathe life back into an old game, but now we are seeing an abuse that is occurring more and more frequently. Imagine you went and bought a new SM tactical squad box, and in the box the sprue with all ten of the models' heads came in a locked box with a note saying, send GW 10 more dollars and you can have the key to add heads to your models. This may seem a bit silly and completely elaborate, but it is something that is becomeing very common with newly released games these days.
Instead of seeing DLC being made to add to the game, we are beginning to see DLC that is made available at the day of launch, which is commonly offered the day of purcahse for a few extra dollars, is that worng, no not really, however, it is becoming a common practice by developers to include this DLC right on that whopping $60 disc you purchased and all you are paying the developer for is the key to access it.
It has been discovered by a hacker that, the day of lauch DLC for Mass Effect 3 was already completed and done, but it has been on the disc the entire time, in other words the consumer has already purchased the DLC, but the developer is telling you to pay extra to use it. If that doesn't catch any attention try this one. The PS Vita version of SF X Tekken is going to include up to 12 new characters and other content that is not included on the console release of the game, the developers came out to say, hey we are going to give the console players this new content in the form of DLC, but there is one issue that exists, this content is actually complete and done, their is no more develoing for the content and here is the catch, its already on the disc, thats right if you have SF X Tekken, there lies 12 new characters, many different costumes and much more just sitting in the $60 disc you paid for, Capcom won't let you use unless you pay them a fee. This IMO in a way is criminal, yet it is legal, there is no law or regulation that doesn't stop developers from doing this kind of thing. With the issues of gaming today such as, DRMs ( forcing players to always have an net access to even play a single player game) to developers releasing a game and then re-releasing the same game with some new goodies a few months later, or the production of a product being rushed so it can be patched later to fix bugs and glitches, am I the only consumer feeling abused by a bully.
So how does all this make you folks the consumers, is it becoming time for offiical governmental laws to be formed to keep these developers in line, or is this not even an issue, what do you all think.
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