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Comment: Also known as; DLC (Score 2) 374

by RobDollar (#36149348) Attached to: Valve's Newell: One-Price-For-Everyone Business Model 'Broken'

What started as the Team Fortress 2 nonsense store which allowed the purchasing of hats in a first person shooter(!), has progressed to a total overhaul of how Valve sell their products. Portal 2 is now fast becoming the flagship example, with, wiat for it, hats available for purchase, along with little flags and such. DLC (I feel a bit sick every time I say or type that) is the devil that you cant' avoid. If Activision put a human shit in a box and sold it as Call of Duty (or Modern Warfare, whichever they own) material DLC, for let's say £5 / $9, it's guaranteed they would make a profit. Call of Duty: Human Chemical Warfare in a Box.

Pretty much every game you buy now has this so called downloadable content, right from the game's release. There's no relevant analogy here, even the most coherent slashdot analogy wouldn't be able to ascribe to the bizarre concept of selling an entertainment product with parts loped off and sold along side it.
A great example is the add-on content to Railworks 2. A £25 game with £800(sic) of DLC. Have a look if you don't believe me. http://store.steampowered.com/app/24010/

Bottom line, there's a huge amount of money to be made on the DLC market and any game company would be stupid not to dip into that pool. And it's a damned shame.

Comment: Re:Online DELIVERY??? (Score 1) 229

by RobDollar (#35918304) Attached to: Wal-Mart Tests Online Grocery Delivery

You'd be surprised how close to the mark you are. A couple of services have been proposed (rather lame link here http://www.tgdaily.com/sustainability-features/52886-team-touts-underground-physical-internet) that would deliver goods to UK homes with a series of tubes (I kid you not).

I would assume that maybe groceries could be delivered to you in less than the time it takes for the preview button to work here.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"

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