But most game developers do not have that luxury and nearly every game I play I wish I could buy more content for rather than the current role of "one or two big expansion packs and that's it".
Not just that, but the support time for a game from major publishers is getting shorter and shorter it seems. This drives me crazy. A publisher creates a game, supports it for a few months, and then completely stops everything, including bug fixes.
I'm sorry, but I'm sick and tired of games that last less than a year before the publisher goes away. That is simply way too short.
And while you all are lamenting the draconian DRM policies that EA are using, the console users are laughing like banshees as they take the disc to their friends house and fire it up - in the twelfth distinct X-Box.
Historically, this is how PC games have worked as well. As long as you have the original disk, you can go to a new PC and play it.
This is also how SDC and Steam work: As long as you're logging into the same account, you can play you games on any PC. In addition, Valve has finally got their act together, and the offline mode finally works, so you can play all of your games without connecting to the internet.
How much freakin' easier is 'put the disc in, push the play button, play the game' over all this doodoo caca?
How about getting rid of that disk, which is prone to getting lost and scratched? In my opinion SDC (Stardock Central), Impulse, and Steam are the future of PC gaming. No disks to worry about at all. Just click and play.
I really think EA is holding onto a model that didn't work, is way too draconian, and frankly is going to be outdated. The future will have a much greater emphasis on providing benefits to those who are legitimate.
It's no wonder that EA is doing so poorly on PCs - it's not that the PC is not a good gaming environment anymore, it's that they're making the same mistakes over and over again.
Stardock gets it. Valve is slowly but surely getting it. EA, on the other hand, is not getting it at all. They're being too stubborn. They're not thinking outside the box. There's a better way, and they're refusing to give up their old way of doing things.