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Boycott Of EA's Battlefield: Bad Company

Posted on Wednesday, April 9 @ 20:28:08 Eastern by Duke_Ferris
A number of you wrote me today about Sarcastic Gamer's proposed boycott of Battlefield: Bad Company for charging extra through Xbox Live or PSN for five of the guns. Foul or Fair? That depends, if you ask me.

Let me start off by saying that I have no problem with downloadable content. Someday, I predict, you will never have to obtain a physical item from the store in order to play a game. Sure Steam kinda sucks, but the future lies in a Steam-like direction.

However this Bad Company thing does smell a little fishy. First off, if nothing else, it's incredibly lame D.L.C. - no new maps or levels or anything, just a gun. Reminds me of one of the very first D.L.C.'s available on Xbox Live, horse armor for Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. Lame.

Oblivion also did it right, however, with Shivering Isles, a whole new, full length quest with new characters, enemies, voices, weapons, spells... the works. That's clearly how D.L.C. should work.

So are the guns-for-purchase, just lame, or are they a deceitful act by EA?

I think it will depend on whether, as some people are claiming, the content is already on the disc, and buying a gun just unlocks it.

I'm a firm believer that when you buy something, it is yours to do with as you please. You can hack it, reskin it, make copies of it, dress it up in little outfits, whatever. So if the guns are already on the disk, they should be yours, and I call bullshit.

However, clearly what is really happening here is that EA is trying to jack game prices up to $70, what with the American peso where it is and all. Because the "gold" edition of the game, which is $70, has the guns, while the $60 version does not.

There's apparently also going to be some sort of product "promotions" that would allow you to get the guns for free on the $60 version, but I think this is EA's first baby step to try and get people ready for $70 games. They're already more expensive than that in many other countries.

But it still feels a little dishonest to me. I would have preferred it if EA had just been up front and said, "Sorry guys, costs have gone up and we have to raise the price."

Worth a boycott? I'm not sure. However, I am sure that the price will be considered in the GR review.
 
 


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