NHL 2K8: Now Featuring Ripoff Downloadable Content!
I have a love-hate relationship with downloadable content. Sometimes it’s terrific and really extends the longevity and enjoyment of a game (see: Crackdown). But other times it can act as a terrific detriment in the eyes of gamers to not only the game itself, but the developer and publisher of the game as well. Such is the case with NHL 2K8’s Reelmaker add-on which was released on the Xbox Live Marketplace a few days ago. It costs 400 Microsoft Points ($5) and allows for you to save and edit replays – camera angles, special effects; the works. That’s all well and good, but there’s just one problem:
Reelmaker is already on the disc.
The $5 download is a mere 108 KB, or in other words, it’s just a key to unlock content that’s on the disc. This has been pulled in the past, and each time I feel the need to call out the developer and publisher, because this is a crock of you-know-what. Content that’s already developed and available on the disc should be readily available. Charging a premium allowing gamers to access what is already essentially theirs is reprehensible and is a practice that should be discontinued across the board.
This is a pure money-making scheme. Content that is designed later certainly warrants payment, and I can’t blame publishers for charging for that content. But in this situation there should be no need whatsoever for gamers to go out of their way to pay money for something that is on the disc right in front of them.