This is in response to this rant by Jim Sterling right here. I'm giving my rant it's
own blog entry because, basically, it may have enough content to merit one.
I must admit I used to poo-poo this sort of DLC, considering it an act of fleecing the unskilled rubes, who
cannot be bothered to spend the time to grind to unlock this content themselves.
Then I got Rock Band. I beat the game on guitar Easy, which didn't unlock all the songs. Being that I wanted to
play, say, Enter Sandman, I decided to go through on Normal. I did fine, until I hit Vaseline. I failed
out of the song over, and over, and over again, after trying for a month. I looked for a cheat code and found
one - one that disabled saving and leaderboards, meaning that my scores for all the other songs
wouldn't be sent online, and that I'd have to enter the cheat every time I put in the game.
Fuck. That. Noise.
I'll be honest. I'm now willing to pay $5 to unlock everything on the disk in Rock Band, and still be able to save,
and upload my scores later to the online leaderboards, just so I can get to the songs after Vaseline,
because I suspect that they're actually easier than Vaseline, as my main problem with Vaseline is that god-
fucking-damned alternating two-note riff.
As much as I love all the rest of Rock Band, and I love the DLC options available for the game, and even
though I love Harmonix's games - the note chart for Vaseline, and the fact that I couldn't just enter a
cheat and unlock everything forever, nor did I have the option to spend 5 bucks to unlock the entire track list
made me want run through the halls of Harmonix, on a bloody rampage, with
Stormbringer in hand, or spitting the employees responsible
for the abomination that is Vaseline's note chart on pikes, and setting them ablaze as a warning for
all those future people who make note charts, not only for Rock Band, but for Guitar Hero as well, to avoid
such expensive-controller-smashingly frustrating riffs.
So, I can now forgive pay DLC for content that would ordinarily be unlockable. I do admit that using a cheat
code to unlock that content, one that doesn't disable saving, so that I don't have to enter the code
every time I want to play the game would better. However, considering the lack of such codes in games these
days, and in general the way games are going, that's probably a bit too much to ask.