Maybe the years at EA have dulled my nerd rage receptors, but I do not understand the universal outrage over the “Time is Money” downloadable unlock for Skate 2. For those unaware, one can buy the $5 pack which unlocks all locations, skaters and gear which can be earned through the career mode.
For those folks who don’t want to spend 30+ hours on the game, but want to see all their purchase has to offer, they pay a premium and can enjoy the game at their leisure sans grind (Grind meaning repetition for advancement, not sliding on a rail). For those who want to run through the game the old-fashioned way, that path is available and free. Their game is completely unchanged. In fact, the free way will be more rewarding because they will be gaining skills via the challenge curve that the designers intended rather than jumping around all willy-nilly.
When did selling something that gives value without causing any externalities become an evil? This isn’t ZT Online where he who has the most money wins; it is simple market segmentation. It isn’t evil that the Post Office charges more for two day shipping than for first class, is it? After all, it is the same mail carriers bringing the package to the door, right?
This isn’t even a case of nickel-and-diming consumers, where one thinks that they get the full package at a $60 price point, but then realizes that they can’t get the full experience unless they pay $2 here or $5 there. The $60 game contains everything. Why not be mad at Bethesda for the Broken Steel expansion to Fallout 3? You mean we have to pay to get the rest of the story? Revolting!
Or is it just that consumers look at the cost of producing something as the price that they should pay? Since Skate 2 sans Time is Money costs the same (within a small margin) as Skate 2 with the DLC to produce, does that mean to the horde that they should be valued the same at market? Is that where the disconnect occurs?
|Value to Consumer||Cost to Produce||Outrage Level|
|Oblivion‘s Horse Armor||Low||Low||High|
|Skate 2‘s Time Is Money||High||Low||High|
|Rock Band tracks that
no one cares for
|Fallout 3‘s Broken Steel||High||High||Low|
Seems to be.