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DLC Woes

Downloadable Content (the kind you pay for) is one of my favorite topics in the gaming world today.   Especially when companies rip you off.   Capcom is boasting their DLC for Resident Evil 5 -- but it's not really DLC.   You're not paying 5 dollars for something that Capcom developed after the game shipped -- no, that would make too much sense.

The total download size for RE5 Versus Mode is 1.86MB. You are not, in fact, downloading the content from Xbox Live Marketplace or PlayStation Network. Instead, you are downloading a key that unlocks content already on the RE5 retail disc. The same disc you paid $60 for a month ago.

You're paying for a key to unlock content already on the disc.   So it looks like that game developers and publishers a like are no longer satisfied with just getting 60 dollars for their entire game.   I mean, why do that when services like Xbox Live Marketplace and the Playstation Network make it so easy to nickel and dime your audience?   It's a stupid idea to sell your entire game up front, you won't make as much money that way.   See, what you do instead is make the game, and then decide that part of that game "took extra resources" so you can charge your consumers another 5 dollars in addition to the 60 they already dropped.   The 60 dollars they spent assuming that they were getting your entire product.

I'm absolutely disgusted by the business practices of some of these companies when it comes to their "Downloadable Content."   This isn't the first time Capcom has pissed me off either.   Hell, even the alternate costumes you can "Download" for Street Fighter IV are already on the god damn disc.
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