But when you get these microtransaction DLC's like the horse armor in Oblivion and the different skins in other games it's just crap and milking the consumer based. Unfortunately the consumer base are lemmings and supported this buy paying for it. Now it's part of the gaming culture unfortunately.
Why is it unfortunate? It keeps gaming prices down and it hasn't decreased the amount of content that comes with games. Personally, I would never buy cosmetic stuff, but if people want to do so and it means games will stay the same price for 12+ years, I'm all for it.
That's like saying going digital keeps game prices down. No, both scenarios are not true... Games routinely come out $60 brand new, with some exceptions.
Most games are $60, and they have been since the start of this generation 8 years ago. Since they're going to be $60 for the upcoming generation as well, that's at least 13 years of steady game prices. Without DLC, I think next-gen games would have cost $70.
Back in the day as you mentioned, expansion packs were easily 20 hours of game play.
Yes, and they cost $30, not $10.
How much do you think a season pass costs? $10? If so, you're wrong. it's $25-30, just like expansion packs.
They're usually $30, and for that, you get around the same amount of content as an old-style expansion pack. It's not always easy to compare, as some season passes include characters, multiplayer map packs, etc. rather than easily-measured single-player content. Some season passes give you a ton of content (Borderlands 2) while some don't give much at all, but that's exactly how it used to be with $30 expansion packs.
Right, so we're in agreement.
For the people who say $0, do you feel the same about the expansion packs of yesteryear? And if you’re fine with expansion packs where and why do you draw the line at DLC?
Back in the day as you mentioned, expansion packs were easily 20 hours of game play. The only DLC that comes close to that from what I know is borderlands 2 (as a season pass) and Grand Theft Auto 4 (the biker one, can't remember the name, sons of liberty? I can't think of anything else that could be compared to expansion packs from back in the 90's/2000's.
Most of the DLC's that is out there now are multiplayer map packs, skin packs, weapon packs, item perks. There are some exceptions, but most games with DLC's are designed from the start to nickel and dime you. Most of the content have been already made prior to ship, and sometimes it's already on the dvd itself. It really bugs me, and I think it's a bad practice that gamers helped support.