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Thoughts on DLC from one who cannot get it
Posted on Saturday, November 6 2010 @ 04:06:22 PST

Downloadable Content seems to be the new thing these days. A lot of developers are wising up to the idea of making more content for their games post-release (and sometimes during), it seems like every game nowadays hits the shelves half-baked, with the final portion online for those with money.

This does mean that those of us who don't have the capability for going online to get the last few pages of the story we've been enjoying for so long tend to get the shaft. And it's really starting to piss me off.

I was fine with it for a while. I mean, it's not like I'm missing out on much. Most of the game's still on the discs now, and the other portion isn't overly necessary (Well, except for Mass Effect's Bring Down The Sky DLC), but I was always a little miffed that I was missing out on those sections.

But, since Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition came out, it got more annoying.

You see, according to the hype, this edition was to come out with all 4 of the DLC packs. I was really looking forward to that, as I already had bought a CD (legitimately) with the first two, and the last two seemed to be great additions.

Then, it came out and it did indeed come with all 4 DLC packs. As download tokens.

Now, I don't know about you, but that seems like a real cop-out to me. It's like buying a DVD, only for it to end 20 minutes early and tell you that if you show your receipt to the filmmakers, they'll give you the missing footage. I can kind of understand the last bit of the DLC, as I heard it wasn't ready by the time the GOTY edition shipped, but not to include the other 3 is annoying.

It's not like Borderlands is the only sinner in that respect, either. The Special Edition of Resident Evil 5 did the exact same thing with the add-on campaigns. Is this the game developers new method of stiffing us for not upgrading our connection speeds, or is it their way of screwing over the used-games market, with us as 'collateral damage'? What the hell!

It's not like they couldn't make it available in other ways, either. As I said, there's a disc for Borderlands that allows you to buy the first 2 DLC, Zombie Island of Dr. Ned and Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot without needing a download, and Burnout Paradise: The Complete Box (which is far from complete, by the way), also includes some of the DLC that has arisen since the game launched.

If any developers are listening, then please allow us slow-net people to get ahold of your DLC packs as well. I don't care if it's by extra CDs we need to pay higher prices for, or even just by allowing us to port them to offline consoles by 'borrowing' someone else's high-speed connection. It would mean a lot to us.
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