Oh sure it’s all the rage, from WiiWare, to Madden NFL roster updates on your 360, downloadable content is the new vogue in modern gaming. But caveat emptor, my friend, downloadable content is seductive and chic, but it might leave you high and dry in the morning and it will never, ever call you the next day. Don’t be fooled.
For me, it all started back in the heyday of the original Playstation. Final Fantasy IX came out and it was awesome! I scrambled to get it. After playing the peerless FFVII and the so-so FFVIII, I knew I had to have the latest installment of the Final Fantasy franchise. Also, thanks to my knowledge of the previous games, I knew a good strategy guide would ensure that I would be able to ferret out every last secret from a game known for having some of the best kept hidden treasures in the gaming universe. So, like a good consumer I rushed right out and picked up the Brady Games Official Strategy Guide to Final Fantasy IX. I had bought both guides for FFVII and they were exceptional, so of course I expected the same from this publication. Boy was I in for a surprise! Much to my chagrin the guide contained no actual tips, secrets or, get ready, strategies. No, if you wanted that kind of in depth information you would have to go online, following the links provided in the “guide,” to PlayOnline.com. Sounds fair. I paid twenty dollars for a book to tell me to go online for free and get the information I am seeking. Never mind the fact that this is back in the days of dial-up and my internet access was the equivalent of shouting across a canyon to a deaf-mute.
All of those things aside, this was not the most egregious part of the deal. Oh no, that would come years later, when I decide to play through FFIX again, this time armed with a high speed internet connection. Finally I could eke out a little satisfaction from that horrid “strategy guide” I paid for all those years ago. So I go to PlayOnline.com and what do I see, absolutely nothing about FFIX. Everything was all up FFXII’s butt, and it was as if FFIX never existed. After some digging I discovered that when the newer games came out, all online support for FFIX was discarded. So not only did I waste twenty dollars all those years ago, but my waste was compounded by insult when the company that initially ripped me off, ripped me off all over again by removing support for a product they had produced. Little did I realize that this annoying incident would lay the foundation for something that would change the face of video gaming and collecting and not necessarily for the better. Downloadable content was coming on fast, and it wasn’t all good news.
Now, let me jump ahead a bit and tell you that I absolutely love Mega Man 9, Castlevania Adventure Rebirth, and I am extremely excited about the new Blaster Master game that is available via WiiWare. That’s right, I am guilty of partaking in the very thing I am about to rail against. However, I am partaking with full knowledge of what I am doing and the implications thereof. I wonder if my fellow consumers are doing the same. If not, then it is the purpose of this missive to enlighten and warn the modern gamer/ collector that downloadable content may be the hottest new craze, but it is fraught with potential peril! Brace yourselves, you’re probably not going to like or agree with where this is about to go…
|Mega Man 9 goes in this empty spot|
|GameCon 2025: Not a Mega Man 9 to be found!|
Join me next month when I’ll come to the defense of yet another LJN game and show you how I took a game that I deemed unplayable and turned it into one of my favorites!