BioWare, I am disappoint
I am going to start this off with this, “BioWare, I am so disappoint.” Mass Effect is one of my all time favorite series. I loved the idea of flying through space, killing aliens, saving planets, and…you know, getting rather frisky with aliens. I loved this game so much I preordered Mass Effect 3 as soon as I could. As the date of release got closer and closer I got so hyped to play. Then it all happened. BioWare announced Day 1 DLC that included a massive part of the lore.
*SPOLIERS AND STUFF!*
The day 1 DLC will include a Prothean squad mate. Protheans are a race that has been in the games since the start and according to everyone in the game were completely wiped out. Yeah… that is a pretty huge part of the story. Now, I know some of you are probably going ,“Oh well, I’ll still get it,” however by doing this you are pretty much allowing other companies to go, “Hmmm, this got them massive profits so now we must do the same.” Even in the video game industry companies still care about the profits. Now, I understand that a lot of people are excited for this and will buy it and play it. Well good for them. I canceled my preorder though, and it was the first one I have ever canceled where it actually made me feel a bit sad. But allowing a company to make DLC along with making the game and then not including it with the game just doesn’t feel right.
BioWare did make a statement saying:
It takes about 3 months from ‘content complete’ to bug-fix, certify, manufacture, and ship game discs,” he tweeted. “In that time we work on DLC… On [Mass Effect 3], content creators completed the game in January and moved onto the From Ashes DLC, free with the [Collector's Edition] or you can buy separately.
But isn’t this about the same as someone writing a book and adding in an extra chapter as it’s getting published, and decided to sell it as a whole separate book? Or a Hollywood movie taking out a scene where only the special and more expensive theaters get to see it?
It’s just bad business in my opinion. Imagine if this takes off and you start buying games in parts. For part 1 you pay 60 bucks, then after that you pay 10 dollars for each additional part. Yeah, doesn’t sound fun does it? I don’t ask for you to instantly boycott the game. If you buy it that is your choice, I can’t stop it. But I do ask you to think about what you are supporting and what it will do to the industry. Feel free to submit your opinion in the comments. Do you agree with me? Do you think I am a self righteous ding bat? Do you want me to just shut up? Do you want me to ask another irrelevant question? If so, I am curious on all opinions.
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