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It's not roses.
I am in a difficult place at the moment. You may already have read a snarky remark from me in the past, about my dislike for Capcom's (Read: Capnomnom's) business model, in the era of post purchase DLC. However, I do, in all fairness, still love their games.
Therein lies my predicament.
I can't help but notice their jabs at our wallets. The recent re-releasing of an online version of Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, for example. That in itself is fine, they have a fan base who have been asking for 'said title'. Only, they chose to remove the ability to select colours of your combatant at the select screen, selling it as an extra- $3.90. It's as though they weren't sure what they could take away and sell as an extra, characters would have been too obvious, what else can be trimmed?
Marvel vs Capcom 3 was released, sans two characters they wanted to make you buy again. But only 2 weeks after it's release, they announce they have an Ultimate Edition in the works.
At last count, there are 3 different costume sets available for Super Street Fighter 4. The first is for the original character group ($24.90), the other 2 are $33.90 each. Then you can up-grade to the arcade edition for another $29.90? (Don't quote me on that). Admittingly they did release Super Street Fighter 4 at a cheaper $80 price tag... but come on, they gouged it back.
And those are just the Street Fighter examples.
I am trying to make a statement by not spending my money with them, but I want their stuff. It's not like a child wants ice cream though, more, like a fiend craves a crack pipe.
And what are they cramming into the glass pipe now? Street Fighter X Tekken.
The business model is slowly being adopted by all developers. We can't stop it. Hardcore fans of any franchise will dip into their pockets readily to get their fix, that extra costume which sets them apart.
I am one of those people. To date, excluding the disc copies of LBP1 and 2, I have purchased the game four times over in DLC. But Media Molecule don't gouge. Not owning the DLC does not prevent you from enjoying it, you still have access to all the levels which have exclusive content. So, it softens the blow.
Capcom's techniques strike heavily, they swing a sledge hammer made entirely of credit cards. I feel the weight of the blow, but there is nothing I can do about it.
Where are you at with your favourite franchises? Do you keep spending on them, have you lost hope, or can you still smell the roses?
NOTE: I realise I spelt 'Hadouken' wrong in the picture, but for the life of me, paint wouldn't let me change it. So I will just say I couldn't afford the 'u'- it was another $3.90!
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