"DLC" or "This topic would be better if it came on a disc."
I know it's been discussed in the past, but I still like the subject. I keep waiting for Lard to make the topic, but he never does because he hates me, so I'll do it for him.
Downloadable Content. What are you thoughts? My thoughts are that I like it.
"But MechaSlinky, you hilarious and handsome sex-knight, what happens when the downloadable content is taken off the servers during the great Scrobot* Wars?"
Well, it's a good thing that most of it is simply little bits of extra content for a game you're probably not going to be playing enough in 10 years to really care about the little bits of extra content!
"But what about the full games that are downloadable that I know I'll want to play in 10 years?"
Whose to say for sure that those games won't still be available? There are plenty of old games that are still available today. Some through totally legal means like GOGCOM (Support GWJ! Click on scary metal face!) and some through less than legal means like INTERNET. If enough people want something, someone will usually find a way to make it happen.
"But what if it's illegal? Unlike you, I don't like raping and pillaging!"
Then you are not allowed into my Vikings Club! Vikings are like pirates, but they have sex with women. Big, burly women with hairy feet!
Also, if you've paid for something and it no longer works, is doing what you have to do to make it work again really stealing? Probably. Either way, this is getting off topic. And I never said I condone stealing, unless you're wearing a furry hat with horns on it!
Point is, I like DLC, but it's not perfect and there are potential problems. But, you know, a problem just needs a solution. So, what are the problems, what are the solutions?
The game you like having is about to be pulled from the servers? Download it and never let it go before it's gone. Or maybe if enough people complain, they won't take it down. Maybe it'll keep selling enough to make it worth keeping on the server? Magical computer internet spaces are getting bigger and cheaper all the time. A big file today is a small file a few years from tomorrow. There's no guarantee that the game will be taken away from you. There's no guarantee your physical copy will keep working forever. There's just no guarantee, so why worry. If it's a game you want, get it. Enjoy it. If it's gone one day, at least you got to play it while it existed rather than moping in the corner and refusing to play it now because you might not get to play it in a decade when you don't even have any time to play anything outside of Final Fantasy Versus 56 Hyperfighting Sigma Chipotle, Mario & Sonic Teach You To Survive Terrorism and World of Modern Warfarecraft.
But, you know, that's not fair. Why start a topic and then argue against worrying about the topic at hand? What are the concerns with DLC? What's the good side? Why is this an issue?
*Scrobots are robot scrotums, created after the Great Deballing as mandated by the World Government (China).