With internet connectivity at an all time high, video game developers increasingly have used downloadable content (DLC) to “add” content to games post-launch. Whether or not DLC adds value to a game is still up for debate on an individual basis. Are developers launching incomplete games only to fill in the gaps in story and content at a later date? Are game companies taking advantage of the addictive nature of video games to turn a profit? If the answer is yes, than the real price of video gaming becomes much more expensive.
So how did DLC come into existence?
Modern day DLC is the child of game mods and corporate profit. In the early days of PC gaming users would create game maps and mods which would be shared freely on the internet to add content to games. Some of our first “DLCs” were expansions to online games such as WOW or Guild Wars. Sounds good right? The original Xbox took the first real step in the console market toward the internet through Xbox Live.
Is DLC good or bad?
With each generation of consoles, gaming companies continue to move toward DLC being a standard part of AAA games.From camo-skins to new continents and stories, DLC gives gamers a chance to expand upon the game. This transition away from games ever being truly finished has various effects on the quality of games produced. A current example of a game not being finished at launch, as stated on our podcast, is Final Fantasy 15. In its first free update FFXV is adding story content to the game’s rushed ending – expanding upon the motivations of characters.
An example of a developer that does not do DLC well is Activision. Black Ops 3 was initially an awesome game. From what I understood in the beginning supply drops were only supposed to be used for additional cosmetic options. Within a few months Activision had added weapons to the supply drop system and allowed for players to purchase a “Special Currency” to open supply drops. These weapons from supply drops gave advantages to those who were willing to drop cash to grind them out of supply drops. Infinite Warfare has followed suit with a similar feature. I cringe at thinking about how many children took their parent’s credit cards and racked up a huge bill while the children sought after the at-random prize of one of the guns. It is pay-to-win and many of us hate it.
An example of a developer that consistently does DLC well is Bethesda. Fallout and elder scrolls consistently adds content with substance. Automatron and the other expansion in Fallout 4 adds missions and content that still feels balanced with the rest of the game. It’s additional content is not patchwork on the story or a money-making-pay-to-win scheme like Activision.
What can we do about it?
The answer is simple but many aren’t willing to follow it. Stop buying video games with these money-sucking features. Don’t pre-order games. Wait for reviews to tell you whether or not they finished the game, whether they suck. BE AN INFORMED CONSUMER NOT A BLIND FOLLOWER. I can’t sit here and say that I follow this all the time but I can tell you that I have gotten much better about preordering and waiting for reviews. We live in a market economy and, as long as that’s true, businesses will do whatever they can to make a profit.
PS4 sales: 54 Million
Mang0 gets coach for 2017 season: Tafokints!
Games take forever to load and quit
No way to change R1 and R2
End of Round screen is pathetic, scoreboard only shows kills/deaths/score
- Every player can make an emblem, but if they don’t, it just uses the player avatar, which usually look awful.
- Weather effects on every map, no matter how long the game is
Possible leak of Spider-Man PS4 story details on IMDB
Roadhog’s hook fixed?
Overwatch D.Va nerf
Switching 200 of armor to health
Decreasing bullet damage
Increasing number of bullets per shot
Elite Dangerous Aliens spotted for the first time in 3 year hunt.
Uncharted Movie Script posted on Instagram
Check out this our YouTube video of crack reporting from our spider-man ace Tony!
63: Underpaid Gamer Awards Notes
Switch power comparisons
2016 SSBM Rankings partnered with Redbull
Blade Runner trailer
Battlefield 1 thoughts/ Xbox One thoughts
Super Mario Run gets 50 Million downloads
Best new comer (sponsor) to esports: Arbys
Worst Communicator award: No Man’s Sky
Sketchiest Developer: Hello Games
Did someone order large order of Hype and Flop?: No Man’s Sky
Bucking the trend award: Battlefield 1
Why do I play other games? award: Overwatch
Best use of exterior storytelling: Overwatch
The most appropriate application of “Use the Boost” in a game award: Rocket League
Icarus the sun is hot award: Pokemon Go
Most Surprising Game: Pokemon Sun and Moon
Best of the Year:
Most Anticipated game for 2017:
Most Anticipated game announced in 2016:
Ratchet and Clank something something
Final Fantasy update adds story content
Gamecube games coming to Virtual Console
Super Mario Run needs to be always online
Spider-Man Homecoming trailer dropped
Spoiler-Free reactions to Rogue-One
60: Game Awards 2016 and PSX Notes
Pokemon Sun and Moon sets new Nintendo sales record
Game Awards 2016
Symmetra gets the choice of 2 Ults, and a new ability
eSports Industry Awards Scump wins best Console Player
Hello Games announces big update coming after months of silence.
Watch Dogs 2
- Motorcycle headshot
- Overpass overkill
The Walking Dead has the lowest ratings since 2013
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Amarda gets first at Dreamhack over HBox, Leffen, Mang0
Telltale making a Guardians of the Galaxy game
Scump, IW is “sloppy” and unpolished -prefers MWR “Worst Call of Duty game made”
- OG not going to PSX due to low prize pool and general frustrations in IW
- Infinite Warfare down almost 50% sales from Black Ops 3
Watch Dog 2’s Genitalia Mishap
Mario Run App date released. Nintendo Shares jumped by 5%
- Breath of the Wild delayed, no March release with Switch
Sony Hacking problems. Accounts locked out and money spent
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher affair on star wars set.
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had “intense” affair during Star Wars
Uncharted 4 most nominated game for The Game Awards in 2016
Emilia Clarke joins cast of Han Solo movie
FFXV leaked in South America. Day one Patch CONFIRMED
57: Bethesda and Good Games we can’t get into
IGN gives Infinite Warfare a 7.7
Tom Holland signed on as Spider-Man for four more times.
Nintendo confirms production stops for Wii U (read link update)
Bethesda Review Syndrome:
Dishonored 2 (2016) 89 on Metacritic
Skyrim: Special Edition (2016) 80 (Average) Skyrim (2011) 94 Average
Doom (2016) 86 (Average)
Fallout 4 (2015) 86 (Average)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014) 80 (Average)
Battlefield 1 (2016) 88 Average
Titanfall 2 (2016) 88 Average
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016) 76
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (2016) 83
Madden NFL 17 (2016) 82
NBA 2K17 (2016) 89
Bioshock: The Collection (2016) 84
Forza Horizon 3 (2016) 88
No Man’s Sky (2016) 65
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (2016) 88
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) ??
Final Fantasy 15 (2016?) ??
The Last of Us (2014) 95
Ratchet and Clank (2016) 85
Uncharted 4 (2016) 93
The Witcher 3 (2015) 92
Overwatch (2016) 91
The Division (2016) 80
Dark Souls III (2016) 88
Youtube getting live TV?
Titanfall 2 has dropped to mostly positive reviews
Skyrim special edition has released with mods. Mods are limited on PS4 no “Original” mods. PS4 has two thirds fewer mods than microsoft platforms. Sony doesn’t allow mods that add or drastically change gameplay. They have limited the file size for mods to 1GB and do not allow scripts, audio files, or textures. You’ll need to create a bethesda.net account to access mods.
Kingdom Hearts 3 screenshots are dropped to show mt. Olympus. They probably heard our predictions and are trying to suppress our theory.
Revisiting Episode 8 Fan-Theories
- Rey Kenobi
- Rey Solo?
- Snoke is Darth Plagueis
- Rey was created by Snoke
- Finn is Mace Windu’s son
- Why did Luke exile himself? Dark Side?
- Knights of Ren are some of Luke’s old students