Guitar Hero 2 on the 360 is making Activision loads of cash monies thanks to its downloadable content.
This is interesting on several levels. For one, I find it curious that people are gobbling up these song packs when all but one of them feature tracks from Guitar Hero 1. If you haven’t played GH1, then the packs are a no-brainer, but I personally will never play Smoke on the Water again after five staring it (great song to hear, boring as fuck to play through to the end).
Of course the news is outraging the Kids of the Internet (uh-woo-oh), who are quick to call us “Sheep” for buying these packs at a high price point. Aside from the fact that I haven’t actually bought them myself, I’m still cringing at this nerd rage. As I posted in the Kotaku comments section, let us break down the prices, a common tradition among gamers:
iTunes – 99 cents for a DRM’ed music track that someone just had to upload to a server
Guitar Hero track – roughly two dollars for a DRM’ed music track with not one but two notecharts, that someone had to upload to a server.
And many of these same people are probably quick to run out and by short action games for sixty dollars a pop. In fact, I’m absolutely certain about it. I’m also certain that among these haters, there’s a few Square-Enix fans who will spend inordinate amounts of money for junk, and have probably repurchased at least one Final Fantasy multiple times.
If these song packs are a bad deal, I guess that means that other sectors of the gaming industry are absolutely grifting us!