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Ubisoft: Activision Charging For CoD Online Via DLC

EA has their Online Pass and it has long since been rumored that Activision is seeking ways to monetize the massive online popularity of Call of Duty.

Well, Ubisoft says if you really think about it, Activision already is charging for online play. As Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told MCV and as summarized at CVG, the CoD publisher may not be charging direct fees for online participation, but they're still getting plenty of compensation via downloadable content. This came about after MCV asked Guillemot if Ubisoft would charge to play the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood online; Guillemot responded:

"I'd say that CoD is already charging customers for its [online] service, as Activision are already launching DLC regularly...customers are already buying content."

This past June, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said he wanted to utilize a subscription system for the hugely popular shooter franchise, which met with immediate hostility from gamers everywhere. Perhaps that won't happen, but there's one other complaint gamers often have with Activision: the high cost of DLC; the extra content comes often, and usually holds premium $14.99 price tags. And of course, none of them have anything to do with the single-player campaigns, so...isn't it logical to assume they're already "charging" for online?

Good call, Ubisoft. Makes sense.

Tags: activision, call of duty, black ops, cod online

10/25/2010 9:06:22 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (99 posts)

A2K78
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 9:39:28 PM
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All this does is vindicate my longtime stance that DLC is nothing but a hidden charge for gamers and its nothing but a virtual scam.

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NoSmokingBandit
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:07:19 PM

One more reason i get the PC version when possible. Free mods, dlc, etc.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:10:43 PM

Exactly. When you have a computer DLC means FREE. Just look at the L4D series. Valve regularly releases free content on the PC side while MS forces Live members to pay for the same content on the 360.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:23:15 PM

Gaming PC= Not Free

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:26:45 PM

Neither is a 360 or a PS3. Not sure where you're going with this. We're talking about the software side of things, not hardware.

Capeesh?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:43:10 PM

I'm saying (if I bought DLC for multiplayer) I could buy it all for the next decade or so for consoles and still not have spent as much as it would cost to get the free DLC for the same games on PC. So free ain't cheap, get it?

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:59:33 PM

I take it you're factoring in what you believe it would cost for a gaming PC and so you're basing your reasoning on this?


You can get a gaming PC (without a monitor) for $500 off Newegg. Also again a gaming PC doesn't just play games but far more and thus its value is increased far more than a PS3 or 360 at their $300 price.

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Highlander
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 2:03:30 AM

And yet, LV, in all my years of owning, using, and building PCs, I've never found them as easy to use for video games as games consoles. So in the end, the console wins because it does precisely what it is designed to do. Unlike the PC which is doing 10 things it was designed to do, and 10 more things that it was not designed for and 20 more things that the original PC architecture was never intended to do.

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Zorigo
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 5:10:27 AM

LVs got a point.
for me its too much to get a gaming pc already with a ps3 and get more games for both. dont have time or money.
god damn sixthform.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 11:56:50 AM

Highlander,

Well yeah, consoles can be a little more user friendly. Any trouble I've had on the PC side of gaming has been easily fixed thanks to forums and friends that are gamers. Having to spend some time calibrating settings of various things IMO is not a big deal when you consider how great things end up looking and the rewarding process of working on a PC.

Look, I didn't want to turn this into another PCvsConsoles war. They both have their place in gaming. I simply wanted to point out that all the DLC people are having to pay for on consoles is FREE on PCs and I think the console gamers are getting screwed.

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wiiplay
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 11:48:16 PM

Actually, given that Modern Warfare 2 was released via the Steam platform, Activision is charging for DLC.

Great article.

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gangan19
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 9:42:41 PM
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Damn those bastards! luckily I mostly play story mode for cod, and only with friends in multiplayer. I'm not paying to get noob toob every second. I only buy the dlc when its at a discount. and that was just for zombies... you know how about we pay for the online and get free dlc that would be better...I personally won't pay for online though

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booze925
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 9:44:41 PM
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so that means every game out there charges 4 their online play. games like uncharted, killzone, halo, battlefield, red dead redemption... they are all guilty of this.
btw its $15 for 4 new bc2 maps... i dunno.

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johnld
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:20:06 PM

well, compared to those games, call of duty is crap.

as for the 15 dollar dlc for battlefield, its alot better than modern warfare 2 map packs for the same cost. i mean 3 new maps and 2 that i was playing in modern warfare 1. if you look closely enough, you can even see that they reused some buildings for the first game in to the second with a few aesthetic changes. also, compared to battlefied maps, call of duty maps are pretty small.

i just find it amusing how you would question 15 bucks for 4 new maps but happily bend over for 3 new maps and 2 rehashes for the same price. that mentality is just hilarious to me. also, before you label me as a call of duty hater, i play modern warfare 2 online. i barely get any good games. all i hear is noob tubes from start to finish. i decided to pass on black ops though just because its more of the same with a fresh coat of paint, i want to say lead based paint. i would buy it when it gets a lot cheaper though because treyarch seems to have a good handle on single player. played world at war single player but didnt get into online. just got the platinum and thats it.

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booze925
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 8:34:16 AM

luckily 4 me i would never pay $15 for DLC
i have friends who gameshare with me.
it get DLC 4 FREE, as i will 4 bC2 vietnam.
don't say i bend over, bi***

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 9:47:09 PM
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Plus imagine the peer pressure from the fellow codnuts to buy all the DLC so they can play the same game for years.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 9:51:17 PM

Or till a new CoD arrives.

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johnld
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:22:28 PM

some of my friends keep hassling me to get it whenever i play with them online but i dont really give a crap. not to mention the price is outrageous for what you get and the 1 month timed exclusive, i blame that on microsoft mostly.

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MadPowerBomber
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:33:18 AM

Codnuts is an awesome word.

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MadPowerBomber
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:33:18 AM

Codnuts is an awesome word.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 9:50:10 PM
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You dont have to buy it, its DLC. But people still do buy em. Anyway Black Ops really stands out from all the other CoDs, is anyone buying it? I definitly am, got my Prestige Edition reserved.

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johnld
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:25:10 PM

it seems like the same call of duty with a few more gadgets to me. if i decide to buy it though, i'll wait for a major price drop and only do single player. MOST of the people playing call of duty are dicks and idiots so i can wait a few months. i'm not saying theres no good people, they are just greaty outnumbered.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:28:07 AM

Yea treyarch seems to know what they are doing with the sp... W@w was pretty good and lengthy if u ask me... And I also agree that yea mw2 has some d-bags playing! Always talking crap! MAG and MoH are by far the two best online shooters I've played as far as the crap talking goes! I even got a lot of crap on KZ2, but not enough to complain about... But so far I wish more servers were filled with the people on MoH so far I've just been able to enjoy winning and losing!

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 8:32:44 AM

@johnld
You are SO right about CoD players being dicks. Everyone that talks are nasty and mean individuals. What makes it worse, is that they aren't bright. If I had a nickle for every time someone thought they were hilarious for wanting my mom... (And even if they DID do my mom, the jokes on them... They'd have to be crazy to want her... ew!)

But people are mean if they win, and they're mean if they lose. I get messages all the time from people telling me I'm a heartbeat noob.... now I don't use noobtubes or rockets or anything like that... so I just respond to them by telling them to use ninja... Some people are stupid enough to say they won't cause it's a waste of a perk...

Yeah... ok buddy... you keep thinking it's a waste while you continue to lose...

GAWD... if any of you ever see me online playing MW2, I guarantee it's because I have a friend also online playing it.

I told them I was NOT getting Black Ops... but they all got it anyways. I told them again... I'm not getting it... so my friend Jesse pre-ordered it for me and said it would be a gift... He's a bastard, really, lol, but I guess I won't turn down a free new release... *rolls eyes* I hate CoD fanboyism....

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 1:59:34 PM

" I told them I was NOT getting Black Ops... but they all got it anyways. I told them again... I'm not getting it... so my friend Jesse pre-ordered it for me and said it would be a gift... He's a bastard, really, lol, but I guess I won't turn down a free new release... *rolls eyes* I hate CoD fanboyism.... "

Are you sure it's not just you wanting Black Ops?
:)

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Underdog15
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 @ 9:00:33 AM

"Are you sure it's not just you wanting Black Ops?"

I would be a terrible person if that were the case. lol. All but one of them are still in university racking up student debt. Brandon and I are the only one's who have a career and are probably the only ones in the group to be able to afford a new game once in a while.

The fact that Jesse, Jake, Nick, and Josh are chipping in money (Brandon helped out) means I'm a total jerk if I actually wanted it. Cause now their student loans are paying for it... lol... I'll think of something to repay them.

But yeah, obviously, they did it because I was adamant about not getting it. I tried to convince them to try another online game for once... doesn't seem to have worked.

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Alienange
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 9:59:11 PM
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Which is why I find it appalling that Sony is now charging for online play with the Plus service.

Yeah. It doesn't make sense. But nice try.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:11:33 PM

Huh? It's free to play online on the PSN. What are you talking about?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:24:18 PM

Rent is too damn high! Oh yeah and you've finally lost your mind.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:30:13 PM

Yea what?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:38:54 PM

Eh?

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johnld
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:28:10 PM

where did you get that interesting bit of information, an xbox site?

Yeah, You dont make any sense. but nice try.

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gangan19
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:52:01 PM

yeah everyone nice try

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:34:19 AM

Er...? You lost me at "charging for online play".

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coverton341
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:07:36 PM

You've finally succumbed to the parasites in your brain haven't you? Seriously, any shred of credibility that you possibly could have ever had is now gone. Charge for online play? You really are quite mad.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 2:29:29 PM

i guess another company talking about CoD finally made this guy snap...

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Alienange
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 11:14:24 PM

Saying "Activision Charging For CoD Online Via DLC" is as stupid as saying "Sony is charging for online play via PS+"

Wasn't that hard to understand but naturally your CoD hate has blinded you.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 @ 9:02:08 AM

or.... maybe.... you just were not very clear.

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Snaaaake
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:15:47 PM
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Not really though, the CoD fanboys will buy anything that's CoD-related.
I remember about the stimulus package getting downloaded million times in a matter of week I think.

They can choose not to but they just go all out with CoD.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:25:00 PM

If their friends buy it, they pretty much have to or risk being shunned by the CoD community.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:25:07 PM

That's like justifying a heroin dealer's actions because there are people out there that buy the stuff. The fact that people are buying up the DLC is irrelevant. This DLC is just another example of shady business practices preying on the misinformed and uneducated.

I may not like these games or a majority of the people that play them but I can still see how wrong the current DLC format is on consoles.

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BikerSaint
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:05:41 PM

Yeah, sorry Anti-vision the only stimulus package I'll be buying won't be from you!

But it will be for a 30 pill-count bottle of No-Doze to help keep me awake while I'm playing a few gaming marathons.

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johnld
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:31:52 PM

I just platinumed assassins creed 2 and i'm kinda pissed on one thing. the trophy goes from beating chapter 11 to beating chapter 14. kinda makes me thing that they just chopped up the game intending to sell them as dlc and i just missed out of the full game. i mean i missed 2 chapters in the story.

although my brother did buy the game used so i dont know if the dlc codes for both chapter 12 and 13 come with every new copy.

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sirbob6
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 5:24:25 PM

They don't come with it, you'll have to fork out cash if you want to understand the story more and get to use the hang glider again.

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Temjin001
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:26:00 PM
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Well it's a perspective thing. I can still play Warhawk today even if I haven't bought into any of the expansions. There's still value for the game even if I don't have all of the most up-to-date add-ons.

What would happen if Activision charged for playing online(a service) and then also charged for more content (map packs etc)?

Similarly, when comparing Xbox LIVE's Gold service to PSN+ you'll find that PSN+ is offering you content and discounts. Whereas, LIVE GOLD gives you online play and discounts, but with little to no content. LIVE Gold is more easily recognized as a rip-off in comparison to PSN-standard, but PSN+ gives you a net value of something more than LIVE Gold.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:32:03 PM

What I've noticed is a recent trend to reduce content upfront and slowly disperse it for a price to consumers that have already grown tired of the weak amount of content given at Day1.

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johnld
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:34:52 PM

i bought the warhawk expansions separately because that game was just plain fun. then they gave it away free for plus members. i hope sony does more of these on recent games, it doesnt have to be free, greatly discounted works too.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:30:47 AM

johnld,
Ubisoft did shaft us with those 2 missing chapters.
They padlocked both chapter's rightinside the game itself& then sold the DLC code keys to them later on to unlock them.

Stone cold f*cking rip-off, so what they just did by snitching, was no better than what Ubisoft, themselves, did in AC2.

Matter of fact, I think it was even more low down & sneaky than anti-vision, cause at least the scumbag kotex came right out and said(in other words) that he'll fu** us over if he can find more ways.

So Ubisoft is the new kettle that's keeps calling the pot, black!

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RebelJD
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:34:09 PM
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Gamers made Call of Duty a mega hit and they cry about the results of the aftermath. Serves them well.

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johnld
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:43:19 PM

i blame 360 users for that cod buildup. they say theres a lot of great games for 360 but they only focused on overhyped and small amount of shooters. my theory is halo came out for 360, they got hooked into playing online, wanted another fix. mw1 was hyped up, they follow it since they didnt have any other games to play aside from gears.

it didnt blow up as big on the ps3 since theres a variety of games and users tastes and of course a smaller install base. dont get me wrong, i loved modern warfare 1, its the sequel im not too fond of.

its just funny that when you ask these guys to name what games were must have for the 360 out of the large selection, they say halo, gears of war, fable (i dont get it), mass effect (not exclusive anymore), and ....... they just cant think of anything else. of course i'm not talking about guys who actually care about videogames.

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Underdog15
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:37:22 PM
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After the DLC I got with the last COD map-pack, I won't be doing maps via $15 pricetags... the freakin' maps are just that... maps. Some were recycled from other games, in fact!!! Plus, half of them glitch!!! There is STILL a rock you can hide INSIDE of in one map..... terrible!

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 10:40:29 PM

You play COD?....



::giggle::

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johnld
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:44:23 PM

i was pissed when i recognized the modern warfare 1 gas station on overgrown on a few of the maps for mw2.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 8:34:32 AM

@LV
Yes... when my friends are online sending me a million invites... I hate their fanboyism. I told them I wasn't buying black ops, and they all chipped in $10 and pre-ordered it for me as a "gift".

Bastards. But I can't really turn down a free new release. At least I'll never have to open up MW2 again.

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TheOldOne
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 8:49:49 AM

@Underdog15

Nice friends!

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 8:56:34 AM

@TheOldOne
yeah, I actually felt a little bit like a jerk... the fact that they BOUGHT the game for me says it was important to them to both play Black Ops and have me around... In hind-sight, I was probably a little douchey about not wanting black ops... I probably should have just gone ahead and gotten it anyways.

But hey... I dunno how many times I swore I would never get another CoD game... I couldn't just go back on my word! right?!!? lol

Either way, I'll probably beat out single player quickly, and after that, play it only with friends.

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Simcoe
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 9:56:51 AM

LOL Underdog, you're in a no-win situation, you may be getting the game at no-charge and feel like a jerk now, but just wait - your friends are going to expect a certain level of participation with respect to online play and, I'm sure, a commitment to all future DLC! I hope for your sake it's a great game!

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Jawknee
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 11:50:25 PM
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This is kind if reaching isn't it? DLC is optional. You can still play without buying the content.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:00:39 AM

Yeah but when you realize that certain companies are reducing the amount of content on Day1 and developing games as starting points for later DLC it becomes an issue.

Sure the people are stupid for continuing to support these companies and they've gotten what they deserve but I still like pointing out how wrong the companies are for doing this.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 4:09:15 AM

Aaah yes. That makes sense. I was worried this was going to happen ever since DLC hit consoles.

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johnld
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:13:48 PM

what i hate is dlc announcement before the game is even out.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:31:17 AM
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MW2 packs are way over priced couldn't agree more!

Even compared to w@w packs which atleast had all knew content and a zombie map in each were only 10... I'd pay ten for what I got in w@w but I wouldn't even pay 10 for what mw2 offered!



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Culoslap
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:37:08 AM
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I'm only getting Black Ops for the story and zombie mode. I'm already sad that if I want new future zombie maps I'll have to pay the $15 for the new multiplayer maps I'll never play. Similar to World at War but they were cheaper and it was easier to justify.

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Zorigo
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 5:11:58 AM

i like the dinosaur *giggle* :D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:56:04 AM
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Ubi needs to branch out, yes its fun to talk trash about Activision but we're gonna need more than Assassins Creed games from you guys ya know.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 2:24:25 AM

Agree, the latest Prince of Persia wasn't much of a GOTY contender.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 7:48:07 AM

@ Snake The state of PoP isn't Ubisoft's fault. It's the fault of 'gamers', like those on this site, who cry and moan at change. 2008 PoP was a GOTY contender and the relationship between The Prince and Elika puts the one between Trip and Monkey to shame (Enslaved is still awesome,tho). But gamers cried about the intimate 1 on 1(or 2 on 1) nature of the fighting. They cried because the game didn't have a cliched ominous tone, death scream, and magical return to checkpoint when you fall . They cried because The Prince wasn't the one they were familiar with. So we get 2010 PoP. Even though the fighting was great and the sandstorm at the end was really cool, the game had no growth as a franchise. So now Ubisoft isn't making any new IPs for a while and plan to sell you the same thing over and over because change makes your heads hurt. So go on and pat yourselves on the back , you earned it.

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coverton341
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:34:52 PM

@PorkChopGamer

That's a pretty gross generalisation, especially to level at "'gamers', like those on this site". The community here doesn't really seem like the way you are painting us. Some people here do complain about certain franchises changing drastically but this community is the most embracing of new and different IPs that I have ever seen. Just look at the way games like Heavy Rain are accepted by the members of this site.

Also, you could always just leave you know.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 2:49:43 PM

or it could be that gamers like those on this site just found the game to be generally a snore fest like it turned out to be. No challenge in it whatsoever.

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Imagi
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 3:10:25 AM
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I miss the Activision that was, back when I was younger.

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___________
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 3:18:35 AM
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you should talk, removing levels out of AC2 than charging for them as DLC!
god i hate publishers these days, they are the worlds biggest hypocrites!
ubisoft, go look in the mirror!
right, antivision are charging for online because they regularly release DLC?
so i guess ACB wont be receiving regular DLC then?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 4:10:23 AM

Dude AC2 was a 40 plus hour game. A few missing levels is no big deal as opposed to MW2.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 5:45:46 AM

Actually I got about 12-18 hours of gameplay and story out of ac2 and another 3 to get platinum, minus finding all the hidden chests. it's not a 40 hour game... I'd say 25 at best if you have to have everything done and your not running through the last 4 hours just to finish it...

But i won't argue there is plenty of gameplay, it's definitely got enough, the length of the game was plenty!

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___________
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 8:13:55 AM

40?
dunno what you did, only took me around 25 to get my plat.
thats not the point, the point is that ubisoft is teasing activision for releasing DLC.
which is EXACTLY what they do.
publishers should not be sh*t talking about other publishers thats just common sense, common courtesy which has gone out the window lately!
if i was to say this about our competitors i would of been fired on the spot!

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 8:36:42 AM

Yeah, man, I platinumed it well under 25 hours. I don't remember what the time was exactly, but it was between 21 and 25.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 9:09:50 AM

Holy crap Jawknee, ACII lasted 40 hours for you?
What did you do to last that long?

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johnld
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:17:23 PM

@jawknee
yeah, it took me about 16 hours to platinum it, including about 4 hours of just waiting in order to get money from the villa. just looking at the trophy alone is retarded. it gives you trophies for beating chapter 1 to 11 then skips to a trophy for beating chapter 14.

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johnld
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 12:22:56 PM

@jawknee
yeah, it took me about 16 hours to platinum it, including about 4 hours of just waiting in order to get money from the villa. just looking at the trophy alone is retarded. it gives you trophies for beating chapter 1 to 11 then skips to a trophy for beating chapter 14.

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sirbob6
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 5:37:38 PM

I only got 14 hours out of it, I have all the trophies except for the ones related to the feathers. I'm 7 short and was going to find them but after playing inFamous it was just so boring.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 9:06:15 PM

Probably was only 25 hours but it felt like 40 because it was Sooooooooooooooooo boring.

Either way Cowpattys complaint is still invalid since its longer then the 5 hours we are starting to get from developers like EA and Activision.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 @ 9:04:19 AM

@Johnld
The reason it skips chapters in trophies, is because the actual game has no chapter 12 and 13. You have to buy those as DLC.

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Zorigo
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 5:11:08 AM
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ben, just ban this ebay21 shopping douche. :)

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 5:59:15 AM
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I noticed the other Week for that WWE Smackdown game you have to buy an online pass from the PS Store, Which i think is absolutely disgusting. I hope no one buys it just to show them who's boss, though of course thats not going to happen...

If everygame does this its going to end up very expensive.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 8:37:30 AM

You only have to buy the pass if you bought the game used.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 9:05:20 PM

I will only buy under $20 used bargain bin on any of those games that have the used $10 "pass", and I only play SP mode, so f*ck 'em, I won't be paying any of them any additional jack squat!!!.

Same thing with AC2, once I finally do wind up getting it, it will also in the under $20 bargain bin, thanks to Ubisoft's unscrupulously theft of chapter 12 & 13, just so they could legally "steal for profit", selling off DLC keys to those chapters that are already on the game disc.
And all done at the expense of gamers.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 6:42:20 AM
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@Ultimadream -1 from me bro heres why. If you bothered to read it you don't need to pay for it. You need to use the one time pass code on the back of the manual to get it free.

edit: sorry forgot to hit the reply button.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 7:23:12 AM

Fairplay but that in itself is still pathetic, people should not be critised for buying pre-owned games.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 8:42:57 AM

I'm not about to start an argument about why buying new is good for the industry, but look at it from the developers perspective...

The Dev's do not care about keeping a used buyer happy. Why? Because they don't see a dime from that used sale. They couldn't give two rats a$$es about whether or not you are happy.

So since they didn't see a dime from your purchase, they decide that if you want to access their servers and leaderboards and pay for that continued online service (which goes beyond the purchase of the game), you should have to contribute to their cost! Which makes sense from a business perspective... why provide a service to someone who clearly doesn't respect your business enough to support it through a new purchase?

Of course, this kind of thing doesn't even bother me a little bit. I don't buy used games anyways. But that's how it looks from their side of things. It's hardly "unfair". And they aren't criticizing you. They're just deciding not to provide you with any further service if you aren't supporting their business.

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JackC8
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 8:08:47 AM
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I can't imagine why Activision doesn't start charging a monthly fee for COD. People would gripe and complain and then the vast majority of them would get mommy to pay for it.

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Simcoe
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 10:10:35 AM

Totally agree, they could easily charge a subscription and then Underdog could complain about his friends pressuring him into subscribing! lol

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 9:21:24 AM
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Even if Activision start charging online, I don't think it's gonna affect anything at all.

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Nlayer
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 9:34:26 AM
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I'm glad I am one of those people who has never payed for any kind of DLC ever. Once the game releases, that is the game I will play. Just like the old days. :)

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 9:12:21 PM

The only digital games or DLC I ever buy has the super-cheap fitting price of "FREE" stamped all over it at at time of check-out.

Oh yeah, I'm looking at you, "Flow" & "Rag Doll KungFu"

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Damien
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 10:43:27 AM
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I don't care about the DLC as much as I care about charging people who rent games to get a feel for the online play and who buy used games to play online. Let me start by saying I buy most of my games new. However it seems to me that this is like Ford selling you a Mustang with a supercharger and when you sell this car to someone else they have to pay Ford to get the supercharger to work. That is just wrong. The last time i checked the major game companies are not hurting for $ but can't wait to charge us some more. at least when I buy DLC I get something that i haven't already paid for. Or how about when you go to Blockbuster to rent the new MoH and EA has forced Blockbuster to remove the online codes from the packaging so I can't see how good or bad the Online play is

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Nynja
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 3:15:28 PM
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For a game that takes 6 hours to complete the entry point should have been around $40.

Add the multiplayer component for $20.

Total game price $60, sounds good to me. Hey, this might not be a bad model for more publishers to look at... $40 for offline only, $10-20 extra to enable online functionality.

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Nynja
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 3:16:31 PM

Hmm, really though for Call of Duty?

$20 for the campaign
$40 for the multiplayer

That's better.

Oh, and anyone who says when compared to a movie you're getting a pretty good deal with 6 hours of entertainment. Well... sure, but when compared to Netflix, my dollar will get me more entertainment hours than a 6 hour game.

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sirbob6
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 5:43:03 PM

Thats a pretty good idea, but knowing Activision they will charge that 40 bucks every time you log on.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 9:17:10 PM
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Nynja,
Yeah, that's much better!

And since all my MP modes always go unplayed, I'm always feeling like I got cheesed for even having to pay for their content in my games.

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Nynja
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 @ 3:57:34 PM

There aren't very many games I buy for the online mode, but it does happen.

If you never play online, then I really feel for you. Hopefully you just buy the games used.

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