In on the DLC

Posted on November 14, 2010


In my first post, “Is Your Game Really Yours?” I talked about a Supreme Court ruling and how it may affect the reselling of your old video games, and how reselling your old games is better for the environment than sending them to your local landfill.  In this entry, I will highlight another environmentally friendly option: downloadable content (DLC).

DLC has become increasingly popular with the technology and power of the Internet and today’s current consoles.  All three systems (Wii, 360, & PS3) have download capabilities.  Players can download demos or trial versions, they can download new & unique “arcade-style” games (like Braid and Sonic 4), full versions of games, and my favorite: “classics.”

Xbox Live  and their Full Game Downloads

There are a couple of pros and cons to downloading full games. One benefit is that you don’t have to worry about what to do with the game case, and you don’t have to worry about damaging your disc. Second, if for some reason your data becomes corrupted or you somehow lose the data for the game, you can simply re-download it.  One downside, however, is that you might sometimes find the same game cheaper in a store. Consider this similar to downloading MP3s versus going to a store and buying the album-most of the time, the stuff is the same price, but not always.

Xbox Live also has a good lineup of arcade-style games and Indie games for those who are looking for a slightly smaller (and cheaper) version of fun.  Some of these successful titles include Castle Crashers, Flower, Braid, and Shadow Complex.

The PlayStation Store (PSN) and Nintendo’s Virtual Console

One of THE BEST ideas that Sony and Nintendo had was to make some of their old, most popular titles available for download on the new consoles.  Some of these titles include Final Fantasy VII (PS3) and Super Mario World (Wii).  Not to be left out of the game, Microsoft snatched up the rights to release Perfect Dark in its Arcade Marketplace.  Most of these titles are the same thing you played in your childhood, but with Trophies/Achievements.


As the world becomes more digitalized, DLC will continue to grow in its popularity.  Almost every big title that comes out is expected to have DLC in the future to prolong the life of the game.  It’s convenient, unique, and it can keep some junk out of our landfills.  If you’re still unsure about DLC, start out small.  Download demos and trial versions of arcade games, and download old classics that you know you love.  Second part: download expansion packs for some of those newish games that you have- you may be pleasantly surprised what an extra five or ten dollars can get you.

Well, with that being said, I think I’m off to play some Super Mario.