Super Meat Boy Creators Say 'Fuck You' To The DLC System With 'Teh Internets'

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Team Meat, the makers of upcoming Xbox Live Arcade release Super Meat Boy, have devised a way to deliver downloadable levels to their bloody, meaty indie platformer, all for free. They call it "Teh Internets."

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This unlockable chapter in Super Meat Boy grants players of the XBLA game the option to download future chapters, to be added whenever Team Meat feels like it, at no cost and without pissing off Microsoft, according to the team. It's a loophole, they say, one that Microsoft is cool with being exploited.

"In a world where it costs $2 to unlock content in a game that you've already purchased it is nice to have the power to totally say 'fuck you' to that system and go our own way," Team Meat writes on its official blog. "As we upload content there are no micro transactions to play new chapters and we can basically do whatever we want with these chapters and it costs you, our adoring fans, nothing."

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For more details about how this works, what post-release content is coming to Super Meat Boy and more information on Teh Internets, hit up the official blog. Super Meat Boy comes to Xbox Live Arcade on October 6.

Teh Internets! [Team Meat Blog]

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""In a world where it costs $2 to unlock content in a game that you've already purchased it is nice to have the power to totally say 'fuck you' to that system and go our own way," Team Meat writes on its official blog"

...they fail to understand what DLC is.

It's a deterrent to resales. It's the replacement for expansions. In bigger games, you still have to pay people for voice acting and things. Sure, multiplayer maps should be free, but stuff like the Secret Armory of General Knoxx, which was essentially an expansion pack and the greatest gaming value ever? (10-15 hours of gameplay for $10, with full voice acting and everything!) Totally worth paying for.

If you're adding clothes or a car or whatever, sure, it should be free. But once DLC starts entering microexpansion territory (which is basically what Bioware's been doing with its mission packs), I don't mind paying for it.

I like how Relic includes new content for Dawn of War II in all their updates. Actually, quite a bit of it has been preorder content, which is even cooler. I hate buying a game and finding I'm missing out on dev-sanctioned content because it's only available in, say, Europe or whatever.

Fuck you, play.com and Assassin's Creed!