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December 8th, 2010, 03:07
I do not disagree with you in the least, Yeesh. I'm an unapologetic pro-free-market capitalist pig-dog myself. That's part of why I love the indies so much. Stick it to the gatekeepers - go straight to the customers!

But my suggestion here is that the devs and publishers are optimizing to a local maximum here - throwing away potential dollars to chase after pennies. If I had been one of those "nice folks" who paid for the horse armor, there's a good chance that at the end of the day I'd feel like… some other part of the horse. And not feel too inclined to buy DLC from Bethesda ever again.

Maybe that's not the case, and I could very well be wrong about this. After all, I am a cheapskate.

But it's quite possible that the guys who err on the side of providing more value to the consumer - and fix some of the perceived problems with DLC - will be the ones the market rewards the most in the end. If so, it's likely that, over time, that's how things will migrate.

I'd just love to see that process accelerated.
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