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June 23, 2010 6:17 PM


Shapeshifted on a star pony yo

Downloadable Content (DLC) comes in MANY different shapes and sizes, and this is a quick look at three pieces of DLC and their perceived value.

Oblivion's Horse Armor

In the earliest days of the Xbox 360, Oblivion was released by Bethesda Softworks and was an amazing game (I didn't finish it though). Bethesda then went on to release what was the first DLC for the 360, in the form of 'Horse Armor' to be used on your in game horse. It was a purely cosmetic addition and Bethesda tried an experiment, by pricing the armor at $2.50 which wasn't exactly met with universal acclaim.

Since the DLC was cosmetic only and used on something you didn't really need in the game, it was easy to dismiss it and say it was over priced

Modern Warfare 2 map packs

The first of two map packs for Modern Warfare 2 (MW2) was release at a higher than expected $15 price point ($10 was the expected price) and was met with whining in the press and good sales from consumers. The pack contained three new maps and two remakes from the first Modern Warfare games (which was Call of Duty 4). Many people, including myself, boiled the DLC package down to "three new maps for $15 means five bucks per map." The original $60 game shipped with 16 multiplayer maps and a solo campaign, so it's reasonable to suggest that there's a price premium on these new maps.

The reason why it sold so well is that MW2 is the best game of its type and FPS players will tend to gravitate and stay loyal to one game, and in this case, it's MW2. If you want to keep playing and not be bounced from multiplayer lobbies when new maps are chosen, you need the new maps.

Since it's a multiplayer game and people usually form clans, the effect of socially obligated gaming comes into play and the perceived value of having the new maps (or just the game in the first place) is boosted.

Worth noting at this point is the comment from "amaan4ever" saying "i feel so left out for not buying this game".

In spite of the bad press about the price, and some whining on various forums, the second map pack was released at $15 and included the same distribution of new and rehashed maps.

The "star pony" in World of Warcraft

At $25, the Celestial Steed in World of Warcraft is the most expensive single piece of DLC I've ever bought (as an aftermarket addition). It's value is that it's an enabler. The horse can run fast and it can fly (assuming you have leveled your character and have paid for the riding skill (with in-game currency)). Every last person I know who bought the mount already had another mount that enabled the player to fly and travel at very high speeds.

The reason why the star pony sold so well is that you can use it on any character you have ever created in the game and it's very common for players to create multiple characters. Each new character you create can use this mount. You can go from a lowly level 20 nobody to an overpowered death machine with this one mount under you, and it will assume all new abilities (speeds and flying) as you acquire them in game.

Having a mount is, besides tons of gold, the greatest single enabling ability in the game. $25 buys you mobility for all characters you have or ever will have in the game. That's why a small pile of polygons sold at such an amazing rate.

DLC, when presented as a trinket, isn't very compelling, but when it's delivered as an enabler it can demand a lot of real money for something that technically doesn't exist.



June 14, 2010 11:29 AM


iPad Wallpaper: North Shore

Surfers off the north shore of Maui, taken from the park above the beach. This scene, and the drive thru Paia made me want to sell everything I own and move there.

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June 9, 2010 3:10 PM


iPad Wallpaper: Haleakala

As should be obvious from the title, this was taken on Haleakala during a sunrise, right before the sun crested over the clouds. I thought we were overdressed when we wore coats, sweatshirts and jeans in Hawaii, but as it turns out, we were freezing. As always, the joke's on the tourists, but that sunrise was amazing.

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June 8, 2010 3:42 PM


iPad Wallpaper: Greens

Today starts a new series of posts featuring photographic iPad wallpapers. Greens was taken at the Washington DC zoo using a Canon PowerShot SX210 IS.

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June 1, 2010 1:25 PM


I will be implementing Google AdSense very soon as a way to pay the costs for this blog. It's been ad free for over 8 years, but now I'd like to recover some (likely a tiny fraction) of the costs.

A massive percentage of the traffic to my site is coming from search engines and most of that traffic goes to only a few pages. I'm considering only placing AdSense on individual archive pages and not on the home page (and probably not in my RSS feed either). This would effectively only target those random people who arrived here via search and not those who regularly read the site.

So, here's heads up to those who read this blog. Ads are coming soon. If you don't like ads then disable cookies and Javascript or just don't come to the site. Feel free to yell at me via Twitter.


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