You got DLC coming out for all types of games. From map packs to full-on singleplayer chapters that extend a story to simple access to an additional weapon or item... DLC comes in all types. And they also come in all sizes and prices.
First of all, who wouldn't want a complete package? Whether its on release date or a year down the road, what gamer would deny wanting any additional content to a game they own or have access to? The only factor that is present is: "Is the price right?" If all DLC were free, it wouldn't be an issue. Not only that, but most games do have some tidbit of DLC available. Even the crappy B-rated games that don't see decent sales.--But still... Who wouldn't want the complete package? Maybe the issue should be "Is it worth it?" I know I buy DLC to my games if it is worth it. I think I've downloaded some packs at 1200 MS points before, but at the high(er) cost, the question of whether or not what I wanted was too pricy was the dominant issue. But it's not really about the money either. I have money. Not really an issue. Everyone does. People spend money on what they like, that's how the world is. Bums with a bad smoking or drinking habbits always get theirs, lol. Not gonna stop. Likewise, gamers who can't really afford the new CoD and Halo map packs will still buy and download them.
I think, as the title says, things need to change. You can't always fall back on the money argument. "If the consumer keeps buying the games and content, then the developers and publishers will keep pumping them out." Not an infallible truth, nor was it always the way of the video game industry. But a major adjustment in the way DLC is made needs to be had. For starters, every extra piece of DLC that cost money needs to be worth it. And not by a little either.--By a lot. Either that or go back to the old school: Include all the DLC on disc. Don't save the good ideas for a rainy day to squeeze an extra dollar. And instead of extending every dead game far beyond its point of expiration, put all those good ideas in for of a good sequel. and just for clarification, I am not supporting any pushed sequel as an excuse to lack of DLC. thoughts?