annoyance on the first day

Players who buy the game new will have a nice surprise on the first day. “Players who access ‘The Cerberus Network’ will receive the first DLC pack on January 26th (launch day in North America) featuring new missions and in-game items,” EA explained. “Included in this pack is a mission that introduces Zaeed, a rugged and deadly gun-for-hire who is recruited to join Commander Shepard’s mission to save mankind.”


This kind of bullshit makes people feel stupid for buying it. Seriously. Nice surprise? No it’s not. Everything, that’s available at the day of the release, could have been shipped with the game in the first place (and was, before the “invention” of DLC). So whatever is so kindly offered for buyers, is not a bonus. It’s an annoyance, it’s something retail customers have to download extra, instead of installing it fast from the data medium along the rest. Additional hassle (if not cost) for the player.
Also, look at the way they try to make it look original, to deliver a character as additional download… Okay, it’s 2 month since Dragon Age: Origins was released, but those who can think back this far, might recall Shale… Thus it can (almost) be considered standard now, that major characters are cut out of the final product (just to be re-added with bugs).

How far can you push this shit, until the full/bought and paid for product resembles a demo? The shareware principle I got, get a part for free and pay for (and if you want) the rest. But this?

BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today revealed ‘The Cerberus Network’,

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Always makes me cry a little on the inside, whenever I read this. Doesn’t anybody feel this way?


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