Capcom getting flak for DLC decisions

By Mel

Capcom is getting a lot of negative publicity and the ire of many gamers because of its very anti-consumer decisions with regards to the downloadable content it wants to pass off to gamers. Capcom is the publisher of two of the top selling games this month — Street Fighter 4 and Resident Evil 5. Both games are selling extremely well, with Resident Evil 5 being a top seller since it debuted last March 13. Both games have been well received by fans and have gotten very strong reviews.

But the problem is with the decision of Capcom to sell DLCs for both games. Now, DLCs are not a problem. In fact, many gamers welcome it because it extends the life of a game because of additional levels (like the recently released expansions for Fallout 3 and GTAIV and the additional level of Prince of Persia) or cool additions that make a game more enticing to play (costumes and weapons). Both Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 5 sell these types of DLC — SFIV with its costumes and Resident Evil 5 for its Versus mode. But the price points that Capcom has placed for these DLCs are really rubbing fans the wrong way. For example, the additional costumes for SFIV cost $5 while the Versus Mode — which gamers is already a standard mode and should’ve been added to the gamedisc –is also pegged at $5. Gamers contend that these high prices will only encourage other developers to follow Capcom’s move, which will be detrimental to gamers in general.

What do you guys think? Is Capcom’s decision warranted?

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