Video Games : Unlock Feature

I promise not to do this too much on here, but I need to get this off my chest. Video games are not my bread and butter and chances are I will not be working for a video game company in the near future. So my perception stems from intellectual observance-to- sometimes fandom. Most video games are outright dreadful and even the good ones attempt to do to much and thus fail at many things.

The last Assassin’s Creed comes to mind.

But. Today I want to just rant about games that require to me to “unlock” stuff. It’s one thing to say, Islands 2 and 3 on GTA will not be open until you’ve done something in the story to merit going to them. Fine. It sucks. But fine. It’s another thing to say, you can’t race this track or play this song until you’ve “unlocked” it.

I call bull****.

I paid the developer $50 for a game I’m not allowed to use? Excuse me? Where do you get off? If I want to play a 20th level fighter in D&D, I don’t have to wait to unlock it. I just do it. It’s my game. I do what I want with it.

The same is true of a board game. I don’t “unlock” the additional boards for Power Grid. I pay for them, I open them, and I lay them on the table.

Stop treating the consumer like an idiot that has to “learn” your game before he can drive the GTO. Let him have the f****g car.