What is media? What is characterized as media? How does media affect our society? With a plethora of media types in the 21st century, many questions are manifesting into existence. The internet is only about a generation old and the impact it has had and continues to have is completely unprecedented in history. Now is the time to ponder and discuss these questions to better understand the present, and better develop the future. Welcome to MediaMajesty, where to goal is to question all things media.
In the good ole days, on average it can be agreed upon that game companies released more challenging games. These games often had multiple campaigns and bonus maps and characters that the gamer could unlock for overcoming and besting many of the challenges. One of my favorite examples for this was StarCraft, where players would have to complete each campaign before progressing to the next harder campaign.
However, many developers didn’t have multiple campaigns completed by release time and instead released them post-release no as updates but as expansion packs. This is undoubtedly where DLC was born. DLC, or DownLoadable Content, is the modern version of these expansion packs where we can purchase them online and in turn download them.
However, DLC didn’t end here. It soon branched off to add just about any type of content into the game. In many cases in multiplayer games, this became map packs, character skins, or even exclusive weapons or items. All of this DLC mind you is being charged for. It seems that developers had found a way to continue making profits off of customers who already purchased their product.
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