So it Begins, Links Charges for new Level on XBox
When the XBox first hit shelves many people worried that the built in ethernet would lead to the "patchware" syndrome that plauges PC gaming right now. Thankfully we've been spared this so far. However for all the worrying over patches we forgot cover the most important angle, our wallets. Microsoft will begin charging users for downloading the latest Links level over XBox Live. To quote program manager Daryl Welsh, "The hard reality is that Links is a business. Part of our desire to stay in this business is to do two things: Provide customers who have already purchased our game with exciting new content and ensure we have all the resources we need to make great new content for the next version of the game." Or to paraphrase, "Because we can. *phbbbt*"
The course is called "Kapalua Plantation" and to thier credit purchasing the level will enter you in a sweepstakes for other prizes such as club sets and Suunto golf watches. The price will be a one time fee of $4.99. If this is the beginning of a trend with "XBox Live Enabled" games, I think I'll stick with what comes on the disc.