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[Ars] Op-ed: Why on-disc downloadable content isn't the crime it's made out to be

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You wouldn't think the precise, virtual location of a few bits of additional, purchasable content for a game would be that big a deal in the grand scheme of things. But some gamers are up in arms yet again over the prospect that some downloadable content (DLC) for the recently released Resident Evil 6 is already included as locked, encrypted data on the game disc itself.

The furor started earlier this week, when an enterprising hacker posted evidence to YouTube that Resident Evil 6 discs contained data for DLC including new attacks, multiplayer taunts, and a "No Hope" difficulty level. Capcom was vague about this hidden content at first, telling Eurogamer that some future DLC would use a combination of downloaded and on-disc content for "technical reasons." Then the company announced today that all the content on the disc would be available for free—either through a downloadable title update or by registering at ResidentEvil.com—and that any future DLC was not already on the disc.
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On disk DLC is a joke plain and simple. Just another money grab by taking content thats already done out of a game, then slapping a price on it as "OMG LEET EXCLUSIVE MUST HAVE DLC LAWLS".

Whats even more pathetic is when the DLC is ON DISK and just takes you purchasing and downloading a 2kb file to unlock it and use it. Good example was Gears of War 3...I waited forever for the new map pack and behold: when it finally released all I had to do was download a few KB of data to unlock what was already on the disk I paid for.
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DLC or how to make consumer spend more than 60 bucks for a game.

I bet it is cheaper for them to include these DLC on the disk so the consumer doesn't have to download which constitute extra cost.
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Only a corporate stooge wouldn't see anything wrong with on disk DLC.
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Don't like the ethics? Don't buy the game or wait for a sale.
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I don't see a difference between On-Disc and Downloadable. If it's download only, then after purchase you have to wait to download it, if it's On-Disc you simply purchase it then stick in the disc and bam, it's there. Comes in handy to the folks without fast internet ( yes, dial-up is not gone and is still very much rampant in the majority of the U.S. and other countries, if they even have internet ).
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Logical argument, but the argument against Day 1 DLC was never a logical one.

End of the day, Day 1 DLC was not cut from the base game in 90% of situations. Of that 10%, ~8% was planned early in development, cut due to time constraints, and then a team that finished their project early petitioned for additional funding to pick that content up off the cutting room floor. That other 2% is what's being argued against, but even then it's typically only done to cover inflated development costs elsewhere.
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Only a corporate stooge wouldn't see anything wrong with on disk DLC.
Only someone oblivious to game development wouldn't recognize that Day 1 DLC not being there would mean that that content would never have been developed or simply not developed until post-launch.
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The bottom line is as a consumer, there's something that feels incredibly dirty about buying a game only to find out there's DLC included on the disc that you have to pay extra for.
    
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The bottom line is as a consumer, there's something that feels incredibly dirty about buying a game only to find out there's DLC included on the disc that you have to pay extra for.

Whether it's on the disc or not, you'd still have to pay extra for the dlc, plain and simple. The means of distribution has no play in anything.
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Originally Posted by Fullmetalaj0 View Post

On disk DLC is a joke plain and simple. Just another money grab by taking content thats already done out of a game, then slapping a price on it as "OMG LEET EXCLUSIVE MUST HAVE DLC LAWLS".
Whats even more pathetic is when the DLC is ON DISK and just takes you purchasing and downloading a 2kb file to unlock it and use it. Good example was Gears of War 3...I waited forever for the new map pack and behold: when it finally released all I had to do was download a few KB of data to unlock what was already on the disk I paid for.

I take it you didn't read the article.
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