I've been trolling some gaming sites and I'm finding growing resentment amongst the gaming community, a resentment in DLC and Pre-Order Bonuses
I couldn't be more excited for Injustice: Gods Among Us and I pre-ordered my copy about as soon as I heard about it. The only thing about pre-ordering a game as soon as I did was that I was unaware of the 3 different pre-order bonuses being offered by Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Gamestop. I'm upset because all three DLC skins for the game are awesome, yet I can only get one.
We all know about the DLC issues that plague Call of Duty and the match making segregation that is destroying playability and causing people to uninstall or turn off match making features thus wasting $40-50 and perfectly good maps to play on. To top it off, Call of Duty offered several pre-order bonuses that all varied based on where you got the game causing not just confusion about what you got, but left many people upset that they couldn't take advantage of all the cool stuff that could be obtained.
Its also becoming more obvious that games are relying on DLC to "finish" the product. We're seeing more and more games being launched with nearly half the content of previous titles, which is funny considering that as technology improves games like Skyrim can put in 300hrs + of playability without repeating anything. So why are games so easily Platinum'd? Devs are using DLC as a way to sell a 2 halves of a product each at regular price.
If you scroll through any article about pre-order launches you'll find that this happens with every game. Not only does it leave the consumer feeling left out, but it also causes issues within the game itself. The customer gets boned hard both ways, and to make it worse, its actually benefiting the developers as it greatly boosts profits. I have to say Call of Duty is the worst at this. There's so many disadvantages to the way DLC is done with performance, XBox loyalty and PS3 negligence, as well as not being able to obtain all that is being offered by different retailers.
Some people's remarks are stop playing the game. Is that even possible? You don't just "give up" on gaming, and since almost every developer is doing this with every game that's made you simply don't "play something else". As a community, I feel its degrading to see how things are coming along. We think we're getting more for our money, but are we really?