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The DLC Rant (Part 2)


5:30am, dead tired but cannot fall asleep for some reason, so I thought hey what better way to lull myself to sleep then to log on and read my own writing? Heh.  Anyways looking back at last night’s post (https://skepticalhero.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/the-dlc-rant/), I just want to add that I know DLCs are here to stay, and that no amount of me ranting will change that.  However, I do think a new model needs to be put in place.

Physical retail stores are worried about declining sales due to digital distribution; publishers are worried about lost of revenue due to the sales of second hand games; and everybody’s worried about the whole piracy issue.  A lot of publishers already have online passes of some sort, so I say why not take it all a step further to the benefit of everybody involved?  Why not make it so physical copies of the games ship with single-use DLC-passes which gives your account free access to ALL existing and future DLCs for that particular game (complete with Steam style autopatching)?  At the same time make the digital copy of the game cheaper to buy, but make the DLC-pass unavailable for purchase online, making it so digital owners will still need to pay for individual DLCs as they are released.

The DLC-pass means the DLCs would be linked to registered accounts, which would grant publishers some form of protection against piracy, and at the same time encouraging the purchase of physical first hand copies of their games, while discouraging second hand trading.  Cheaper digital copies would mean more people are likely to try out and buy these titles online, but at the same time the DLC-pass would lure more people into paying the full price for the physical copies, since it guarantees them the fullest, most complete experience available, complete with hassle free DLC downloading and patching.

Well… thats my idea anyways, but heck I don’t know.  It sounds good in theory and it makes sense to me in my head – but hey, surely if a simple system like that can really solve so many problems, then one of these well paid big shot industry types would have thought of and implemented something similar by now… right?


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