Bad Deals Make Gamers Light in The Wallet
Defending the joystick jockeys, Wired has compiled ten ways that gamers get the 'financial shaft.' How can a developer offer in-game abilities only to gamers who pre-order the game? Well, ask Sony and Gamestop. Unless you pre-ordered 'inFamous' at the game retailer (and laid down the extra five bucks), you'll never gain access to certain content.
Speaking of Sony, the mega-corp. is releasing a new version of its PSP handheld device, a smaller, downgraded console titled 'PSP Go.' The reason? Sony blames retailers for eating into profits, but gamers blame greed -- Sony will charge $80 more for the inferior device than it does the regular PSP.
While Wired's list hit the nail on the head, there are enough 'raw deals' out there to fill a phone book. Another upcoming example is making gamers cry foul, with the much-anticipated 'Halo 3' expansion game 'Halo: ODST.' When players shell out $60 only to discover that the disc is basically 'Halo 3' with three new maps and a short, four-hour single-player mode, there'll be more than Wii-mote injuries to worry about. [From: Wired]