When DLC Runs Amok and Loses Control

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In Japan, one company has embraced the DLC business model more than any other: Bandai-Namco. To anyone who has ever thought a piece of DLC was a bit pricey would be screaming in rage if the Japanese prices for Bandai-Namco DLC were to become the norm. Click through the gallery to see some of the most egregious offenders. (Prices in yen have been converted to dollars.)

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Tales of Xillia (PS3)

Retail Price: $105.36
Type of DLC: Costumes, items, gold
Most Expensive Piece of DLC: $6.29 (Star Driver costume)
Total Price for All DLC: $214.39
Most Egregious Offense: Selling in-game gold and levels

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Gundam UC (PS3)

Retail Price: $100.34
Type of DLC: Mobile suits, characters, stages
Most Expensive Piece of DLC: $6.29 (various mobile suits)
Total Price for All DLC: $79.22
Most Egregious Offense: $6.29 for a new Gundam is getting a bit steep...

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One Piece Pirate Musou (PS3)

Retail Price: $102.98
Type of DLC: Costumes, stages
Most Expensive Piece of DLC: $4.40 (various costumes)
Total Price for All DLC: $50.30
Most Egregious Offense: $4.40 for a costume

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The Idolm@ster 2 (PS3)

Retail Price: $100.34
Type of DLC: Songs, costumes, accessories, money
Most Expensive Piece of DLC: $22.63 (various songs)
Total Price for All DLC: $895.02
Most Egregious Offense: $31.18 for a pack of in-game emails from the idols

DISCUSSION

dunetiger
DuneTiger

Check your sense of entitlement at the door. The devs and the publishers owe you NOTHING. You have every right to be offended, pissed, or what have you because hey, you expected something more, but in the end, you - the buyer - take the onus. For example, you may buy a new car at some point in your life and hear about all the available options for that car; some of those options seem like they should be a part of the base model, but they're not. But you buy the car anyway. Stupid you.

Point is, don't blame companies like Bandai-Namco. Sure, they could be classier about what they sell to you and how much they charge for it, but they only do what they do because people buy their products. Like Oakley, Nike, Adidas, and every other company out there, they mark their shit up beyond reason because people pay unreasonable amounts.