To dislike DLC is a common occurrence in the world of gaming today. Many people don’t see why they should have to pay to unlock more of the game that they bought. It is seen by some people as an inconvenience and a cheap way for developers to earn more money. I completely understand why some people feel this way, but I myself feel that the basic idea (That’s the idea, mind you.) to be one that is not all that bad. And certainly does not deserve all the hate it gets.
At it’s basic form DLC is a chance for developers to add extra content to their game, and be paid for their efforts. It gives a game designer more creative freedom and gives the community a nice new bit of game. It is in principle, a new experience in the game world and will often give gamers a reason to open the box of that game once more and start playing. Yet somehow, when a developer asks for some money to support the development of the DLC and the game, some of us decide that is a completely unreasonable thing to do and get pretty annoyed.
That is not to say that all the hate is unreasonable. One could argue that at it’s core DLC in an update, albeit on a large scale and to charge money for something that is basically the same game is ridiculous. And let’s face it, it hasn’t been done well in several occasions. A certain horse armour embodying that point.
But why do some of us greet all DLC with the same criticism. We should all respect the fact that most of the time, it is not just an update. It can be, in it’s own right, an expansion to what we already have. We don’t need to have it. It isn’t being forced upon us. We have micro-transactions for that.
So next time a nice bit of new game play is offered for what is often an affordable price, don’t get annoyed because a product of time and effort isn’t handed out to you freely. Accept that most of the time, the price has been earned.
Buy it or not, DLC is an option you have and if you don’t like it, fine. If you do like it, support the developer’s work and receive extra stuff for doing so.
Note: All that is said is excluding day 1 DLC, on disc DLC and Season Passes.