The Future of Gaming: DLC

Some of the most prominent figures behind video game development share their views on downloadable content and its future.

Discussion

31 comments
Sniper
Sniper

The future sucks.

frankfooter
frankfooter

If they think DLC is the future of gaming, Then the customers need to show them the future of there pay check. Don't buy DLC , I never have and never will. I will on the other hand buy and expansion pack on disc only.Now when they release a game and the following week release DLC with all the side missions thats not on the game (i.e. mafia 2) then there is something wrong. Thats why you can already buy mafia 2 at your local pawn shop for 20 bucks.

xReikenx
xReikenx

Ugh.. I hate the jerk off that says "It's easier on the developer not to have to worry about pumping out a lot of content on release." People like him are the reason some games come out so half arsed Or in the case of Dragon Age.... Things that shoulda come with the game to begin with. Hell even the fable DLC was like.. 10+ dollars a pop and they're hardly worth the cost to the gamer. I could go to a store right now and buy an old game for that price and get a whole lot more bang for my buck than throwing it away on bad DLC. I mean.. If they want to milk the game for money... Just make an expansion pack... A good one. If the game is good to begin with people are going to want to buy the expansion. With DLC it's... just a gamble. Are you going to get anything worth your money? And some times.. Games like Call of Duty and Halo... Will release maps... in DLC packs... What the hell man? But they do have the excuse of players not really being able to make content for consoles. Lame excuse regardless but yeah. /endraeg

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Like the guy from Codemasters stated, I'd much rather see DLC as expansion packs instead of new skins, weapon packs, etc.

dude102
dude102

Oh forgot to mention that alot of games have DLC ready to be unlocked already on it so companies can try to make more money and say they just didnt have time to finish it. This is why I never pay for DLC if everyone stops and sells go down they will stop treating us like retards.

dude102
dude102

I miss the old days when all DLC was free and it wasn't called DLC. They were just patches for pc games that added maps, missions, levels, guns, or whatever. Every since consoles figured out they could get involved like the xbox they found out people would pay for these things. Xbox users were forced to pay because they were not allow to sell it on xbox live store for free so now all platforms DLC cost money.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

DLC as a game expansion is a good idea, but when devs hold back content that they could have easily put in the main game, and then sell it as DLC, that's just money-grabbing pure and simple (Yes Fable 2, I'm looking in your direction), especially when the quality of the DLC is average at best. Bottom line, if devs want to release a game on a certain date and end up not having enough time to include everything that was planned they should either move the release date or provide a free DLC. In some ways being able to connect to the internet and download stuff to your console is a bad thing - I think it makes some devs lazy and provides more opportunity for plain money-grabbing. Think about it, in the last generation the game that was released was all you got, so devs had to make sure that they put everything in upfront. But like the guy said, no one is forcing us to buy DLC.

KO4U
KO4U

Hey GS, when you open up your computer and Flash asks for your permission to update itself, you click "yes". YOUR VIDEO PLAYER BLOWS!

exarkuniv
exarkuniv

DLC can be good or bad as long as the price fit the content just like Dawn_oF_Doom said Hell free if even better they just have to stop charging you for little crap like a few more maps for 10$ that sucks 5$ for 3 maps im good with. or 10$ for a big add on like oblivion shivering isles that was wroth the price and they need to release some free stuff not all i know that they want to make money. but people will really like free GOOD stuff then maybe they will want to pay for something else from them.

arijit_2404
arijit_2404

To the Developers & Publishers, If DLC is priced more than $5, it has to be significant in terms of length of content (Bioshock 2 DLC). Also main game should be priced around $40. If DLC is mere add-on types (example: new engine add-on in Railworks or costume/skin in many games), then make it FREE! Original game might be priced around $50.

Danituga
Danituga

Couldn't agree more with JESSEAARON100

admund
admund

Listen to Mark Lamma @ 1.35, listen to players' wants and interests and withing months shove a ****ing DLC that rips their pockets open. Yeap....DLC is all good...all good. _|_ U

Argle
Argle

DLC sounds great in theory....the problem is, in its current state, its usually too short to warrant the money or too frivolous to even warrant downloading it (let alone paying for it). if DLC maintained its $7-10 price range, and was 4-5 hours long instead of 1-2 hours long, id probably buy a lot more DLC. then of course theres the question of quality, which im not even gonna go into to.

Jakeslikescakes
Jakeslikescakes

DLC is a scam. Lets charge people extra money to play the same game. Free DLC would be acceptable.

pujols131
pujols131

lol at the guy shaking at 1:25

bodylotion
bodylotion

free DLC is great and paid DLC can also be good as long as the publishers don't rip you off. MW2 had 2 map packs which are like 25 bucks when you buy them together that's just sick. People who were willing to buy MW2 should've been awarded but instead they get smacked in the face.

Noia82
Noia82

DLC = Make More Money... When the DLC comes out, they are producing a new title... The DLC for me, is supposed to be in original game, its a content that could have been provided in the original game, but of course, its part of the plan an just make more money... I really dont like that.

erik1116
erik1116

kamuifei. DLC = Downloadable content. You download it to your console/PC or w.e. Like downloadable content on the PC, great example is BFBC2 we had to download those map packs and download everything. Almost no DLC is on the initial disc. Almost ALL have to be downloaded.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

DLC is just a way to nickel and dime people. All that content is already on the initial disc you buy. But to unlock it you need to download the code that costs anywhere between $5-$15. I'd rather they wait and make a tried and true expansion with actual, real additions to the game and story, more items, quests, weapons, etc. $15 for a few new maps is not DLC, its a ripoff, and it saddens me that people are stupid enough to buy it.

alert0
alert0

This just seems like an attempt to make gamers see DLC in a more positive light. An annoyingly obvious attempt imo.

okami5436
okami5436

DLC is kind of a rip-off, spending even more money on a game that already costs like 60 dollars.

Dawn_oF_Doom
Dawn_oF_Doom

as long as the price fits the DLC, its ok. I don't wanna pay for just some extra items or skins... you can put those in patches ok and give for free. It is your job as developers to tie up the loose ends of your game. Bugs, unfinished work, etc... or just some improvements. If you're gonna make a DLC, I want it to be a considerable expansion. If I am to pay 8-13$ for it I want my money's worth. I want an expansion that gives me at enhances the game by at least 1/5 of it. If the game costs 50$ and you give me an DLC with 10$, then I want (in the case of DAO) another 15h of gameplay, a lot more items, many more abilities and maybe the re-making of some.... maybe some new heroes.... but the idea is for the DLC to match the money in comparison to the game.So thats the minimum requirement for me to buy it. If you want to make me, the customer, happy and continue to buy it and encourage others to do so, then give me more than the minimum.

gshell
gshell

actually i don't have a problem with dlc....i like it.....i only have 2 issues. one issue i had was when assassins creed 2 came out and the dlc they released was in my opinion content that could have been provided in the original game. and on top of that they didn't even provide extra trophies...grrrrr.... when you extend the experience and provide more trophies/achievements with the add-on i think that's great the other issue is pricing...$9.99-$14.99 for some content isn't bad but i want to see more sales/discounts on older dlc.....the original godfather add-ons are still priced like the game came out last week. same goes for bioshock and dead space. like anything else older content should be discounted.

bradlbauer
bradlbauer

oh my god. they want you to spend money for more content? How dare they? If you weren't satisfied with the amount of content released in the original game don't buy it. Read a review. If it's a good review they'll talk about whether the game is worth the price.

Evilnator
Evilnator

Personaly, i hate DLC, the only way to get it is buying online. I'd rather buy an expansion and enjoy an all new story add-on.

sykopat99
sykopat99

DLC's are the scourge of gaming, sure I guess it would be OK if DLC's were created after the game is finished, but they're not. What should have been a part of the game are taken out and sold separately at launch and furthermore a lot of DLC's are stuff that gaming companies used to give away for free from time to time before to show that they cared about their customers, I guess they don't anymore. Sure, it's great to add stuff that people want's later, but do it as expansion packs. And lastly, respect your customers, we are not idiots. Just admit all the stuff you are saying in this video is bulls***, it's ALL ABOUT THE MONEY PERIOD!!!

QuiCkz_Alex
QuiCkz_Alex

I guess I'll leave gaming when big titles become only DLC

salty500
salty500

i love DLC if you think back 6/7 years ago when you bought a consol game that was it, your next interaction with any more content on that game was IF they released a new version ie GT1 , GT2, prolouge and so on, now you can buy a game ie LBP and get so much DLC it's endless, All I ask is they give enough free stuff to make sure people don't get ripped off buy companys releasing stuff that could quite easyily been included in the original game.

LordSaulot
LordSaulot

Honestly, I do not find the DLC content distribution model all that impressive. I prefer the traditional game + expansion model, since it seems to yield more holistic, integrated, products. It seems to me that the larger modules (games or expansions rather than DLC) seem to provide more content/dollar. But this might just be part of the growing process. Or it might be an inevitable result of economies of scale. We will see in the next few years. But I hope that if DLC is here to stay, that it will be polished, integrated, and generally of the same quality as the main game.

Wisely321
Wisely321

if dlcs will become more important in the future of gaming, then the capacity of hdd will become larger and larger too I wonder when will there be a 1TB ps3/xbox :)