This was a really interesting weekend for DSOG. While we did not have many “News” to share, John, Thomas and I sat down and discussed a number of things that will have an immediate affect on what DSOG will be covering from now on.
But before that, let me tell you that we may partner with another gaming website that covers adventure games. We don’t want to share further details about this possible partnership – as nothing is set on stone yet – but we believe that such a partnership will benefit us. We know that some of you are interested in adventure titles as DSOG is getting bigger each and every month, so this is something that will definitely please you. Or at least that’s what we believe. Hopefully we’ll have more to share next week.
At DSOG, we strongly believe that DLC is the ‘cancer’ of gaming. Therefore, we decided to do something we should have done a long time ago. From now on, DSOG will not be covering DLC news.
We believe that developers and publishers ‘milk’ their franchises with their “Premium” and “Season Pass” packs. Not only that, but a lot of games lack mod tools because publishers want to release as many DLC packs as possible (and free modding tools would ruin such plans).
But why have we been covering DLCs all this time if we were from the very first moment against them? The reason is simple; these articles were bringing hits. There, we said the truth; the truth that no other gaming website will ever publicly acknowledge. However, we’ve already said that we’re doing things differently here at DSOG. There is no reason for us to not be open with our community, which is why we are being honest.
We’re pretty sure that all gaming websites are doing this for the very same reason, and not because they believe that the X DLC or the Y DLC is super cool. Seriously, think about it; a lot of websites suggest you stop pre-ordering games when they promote (with their articles) Season Passes or Premium Packs of triple-A games. It’s hilarious. It’s hypocrisy at its best.
Now since DSOGaming has grown enough (thus we do not rely on the traffic that is being brought by our “DLC” articles), we’re stopping covering DLCs. This is one of the big steps we’re taking in order to make DSOG a better place for all of you. As you may have noticed, we never bothered with GamerGate or political stuff, and we believe that DLCs should be avoided as much as the other aforementioned topics. And to be honest, we believe that most of you will agree with our decision. After all, we think and act as actual PC gamers, and not according to what we should be doing in order get on the good side of publishers.
Do note, however, that we’ll be covering free DLCs because… they are free. For example, The Witcher 3’s DLCs will be free, which is why we have not trouble reporting such news. Developers should be praised for such decisions. We’ll be also covering standalone expansions. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood or Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are actual… games. While they may be sharing the same engine and mechanics like their predecessors, they are actual games and not additional contents for an already released game.
Moreover, our Editors will be free to talk about DLCs in their Reviews. Our Editors will be free to bring the hammer down on a game that has a lot of DLCs – or a lot of its content has been cut due to Season Pass or DLC plans. Our Editors will also be free to praise DLCs in their Reviews. We’re not limiting our Editors in any way, and we’re not encouraging them towards hating or loving them. As always, we offer them enough freedom to talk about them in any way they see fit.
And that is that. Before closing, here are the results from our Poll. Our next Poll has also gone live, and is focused on our decision to stop covering DLCs. This new poll will run until the 31st of March.
Enjoy and stay tuned for more!