PC gamers have long enjoyed free, additional content for their games following release -- it's just the way the model worked. Developers figured people are more likely to buy their game in the first place if they know the company has a reputation for putting out lots of free content down the line, and lo, it was good.
Then came consoles, which had their own model and approach, and with that, gamers had to pay for any of the extras PC players were accustomed to getting for nothing. The two have been borrowing from each other in ways for years now, and another big moment came yesterday when Valve announced it would be supporting paid extras on the PC via their content delivery service Steam. Valve, of course, is most PC gamers' wet dream come true, so it's especially shocking.
The content in question is, as you can see here, for The Maw -- $1.25 per "deleted scene" (level), with two currently available. Valve's statement is as follows:
"DLC can now be added to any game on Steam, regardless of whether it was originally purchased via Steam, at retail, or via other digital outlets. It is also a feature of Steamworks, the suite of free tools and services available to game developers and publishers."
Meanwhile Michael Wilford, CEO of the game's developer Twisted Pixel said it's all gravy:
"We're happy that we can now offer Steam customers significant expansions to the Maw story, delivering more Maw directly to gamers while they're still playing the game."
Whatever the case, it's hard to deny this is a dark day. Giant Bomb warns, "This is the thing that's going to make sure that the next time you buy a Call of Duty game on the PC, the maps they release down the line won't be free due to some kind of NVIDIA sponsorship."
Do you have any complaints about buying content on the PC, via Steam or anywhere else?