Pachter condemns on-disc DLC as greed
Michael Pachter, the industry's most opinionated analyst has taken a blast at the practice of including DLC on game discs.
The practice of locking off on-disc content and passing it off as DLC has been causing a bit of a stir amongst gamers with Capcom being one of the main culprits.
Pachter began, "It's just plain greed it's that simple. A few years ago, we didn't see DLC for typically six months after a game launch and I think it was Red Dead Redemption, but I think Take Two kind of pioneered and launched DLC like a month after the original title and it was super successful. Now you're seeing a lot more guys do it yet. I think that DLC has been so successful that publishers are trying to get a jumpstart and if you put it on the disc, it allows them to unlock it when they feel like it."
"The stuff on the disc," he continued, "some gamers feel entitled to because they bought the disc, so they should have a right to anything that's on the disc. And that's a dicey one. You actually do own the disc and I think, theoretically, if you could crack the code on the DLC, you probably would be allowed to access it without paying. And I'm not even sure that's stealing because you did, in fact, buy the disc. That's about as close as you can get to legal piracy."
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