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32. Re: Battlefield 3 Premium Details; Release Next Week? May 31, 2012, 02:01 Bhruic
deqer wrote on May 31, 2012, 00:19:
You're missing the big picture here. The fragmentation is caused by a "movement", and if you're buying DLC then you are not supporting that "movement."

The "movement" is, do not buy DLC.

That's what mod tools and people are for; the people make the new content, not the corporations...

There was a time when a large number of games ended up with expansion packs. No one (or at least very few people) had a problem with expansion packs. They added substantially to the finished product and gave you decent bang for your buck. I remember quite well how substantially the Civ IV expansions changed the game.

DLC, on the other hand, tended to be smaller, almost "mini" expansions that didn't add much, but didn't cost a lot either. However, they tended to be so small as to feel like you were being nickle-and-dimed. From that, DLC morphed into being pretty much all post-release content. Where before you had a "mappack", now you have DLC. Expansion packs are now DLC. Heck, I'm surprised we still have patches rather than DLC.

The problem is (and the thrust of my point is) that all DLC isn't created equal. Some DLC is decent. Some DLC is crap. Some is stuff that should have been in the release. Some is stuff that got worked on extensively post-release. Unfortunately, with the single label of "DLC", it's not easy to separate the good for the bad.

In this case, so far the DLC has been a mappack, which is unimpressive. But if you believe the blog, they'll be coming out with new gamemodes, which could be more substantial. Regardless, the sentiment of "do not buy DLC" is a really poor one. I would say "do not buy crappy DLC". If they come out with something decent, I have no problem with the idea of buying it. Skipping out on Civ IV: Warlords or Civ IV: Beyond the Sword because they were called DLCs rather than expansion packs would have been a really dumb call on my part. If EA can make some DLC for BF3 that's worth getting, I'll look into getting it.

With that said, I have no interest in Close Quarters, so I won't be getting that, and as I already have the Back to Karkand DLC from a pre-order, that's 2/5 of the Premium edition that I've already got, or have no interest in. So it's not worth $50 to me.

edit: I should point out that there are some worrying details from the Premium edition. Such things as "queue priority into servers". Penalizing people for not buying the pack is extremely poor decision making, and hopefully will result in a backlash.
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