With the recent release of Madden NFL 11 (or whenever there is a release of any sports game), it always open the debate of a new game versus dlc. For those of you who don’t know, the term “dlc” stands for “downloadable content.” This is new material that can be added to a current video game by merely purchasing and/or downloading the content to your console or PC. The new content plays as if it has been apart of the original game from the beginning. This is beneficial to gamers and developers alike. Gamers can experience new aspects of a pre-existing game while developers can make a profit by offering new material to an older game or correct any “bugs” that were not cleared out of the game before its release.
That being said, why must lovers of sport games always buy a brand new game every year? Is the degree of gameplay dramatic or substantial enough that you need to buy a whole new game? Are the graphics that much different from last year’s previous installment? Most of the time, the only major difference is the teams’ players and stats. Therefore, why are gamers being forced to purchase a whole new game that has the same graphics and amenities as the year before? Why can’t we just purchase a dlc that simply updates our previous game to the stats of the newer one? After all, the controls, plays, and other major aspects of a sports game are constant and unchanging.
I will admit that there is a big difference in gameplay between Madden 2006 and Madden 2010, especially in graphics. In that case, I would definitely “upgrade” to purchasing a new game over the dlc. However, unless there is such a distinct disproportion in overall quality in gameplay, then why not offer the dlc? It would probably be faster, it will never be out of stock, and it could be more affordable to gamers on a budget. Even if the dlc was merely half the cost of the new game itself, there is still quite a bit of profit to be made by the developers. However, I am sure that is really what it boils down to: money. It is mostly likely in the developers’ best interest to continue producing and publishing new games each year, despite the slight and subtle changes here and there.
Personally, I would prefer it if developers would just offer gamers the option of a dlc for their sports games. After a couple of years when a game is totally revamped with newer and better amenities, then the dlc can be taken off the market and only the game itself can be obtainable. However, I think we all know that will not be happening anytime soon. Oh well, a girl can dream, can’t she? All the same, good luck and good gaming!