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The Entitlement of Video Gamers

10/25/12 11:01am

Over the year I've looked back at video gamers and seen that the most outspoken crowd is those that seem to have this sense of entitlement. An entitlement mostly to be treated like kings and such. No bull with on-disk DLC, making people pay to more for purchasing a used game, no DRM crap (which exists on all platforms), lowering the price of things, etc. I don't understand why people think they have such enttielement. At best, all I can do is look at some scenarios and articles over the matter and comment on them.

One of the first ones I'd like to pick out is DLC. Kyle Orland from Ars Technica wrote an article discussing the matter of on-disc and day 1 DLC. It provides a view that such DLC isn't really as bad as people think, and it's just being blown out of proportions. For instance, if the DLC is on-disk, saying it should be free is like asking if pre-loaded Steam games should be unlocked (Steam will let you pre-load some games you pre-ordered days in advanced) or not pay for the pathetically small unlock file for game demos downloaded from PSN or XBLA.

Another instance of this I found that was particularly jarring was last summer's Steam sale. The hottest item that everyone wanted to buy was ARMA 2, because this was around the time of the DayZ hype. The complete package, which includes the main game and its expansion (like, actual expansion) and all other DLC went for $25. When it had it's turn for a daily sale, it dropped to a "pitiful" $18. Cue the torches and pitchforks over how Bohemia Rahpsody is trying to price gouge people. All for an okay zombie apocolypse mod that was in the alpha stages of development. You know, buggy as all hell that would probably make Windows Vista look better by comparison (okay, maybe not).

I may go on for a bit more, but the point of the matter is, you're not really entitled  to anything in video games. It's a want, a desire, it's not a need. Once you hand your money to the company, that's it. Marketing has done their job. You're not going to get it back. Return policies are optional, not mandatory. If you're pissed off, then you can only do one thing: stop giving the companies money, period.

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