How do you feel about buying keys to unlock content in a game you already paid full price for?
Sounds kind of crap, right? Well what if those keys were also nifty little toys, perfect for collecting and displaying on your shelf?
That's how Activision and Disney's respective Skylanders and Infinity games work. You pay $75 for the game and a few of the toys but in order to access all of the content in the game, you have to shell out more cash for additional figures. Want to play any of the Lone Ranger, Cars, Toy Story or Nightmare Before Christmas content in Disney Infinity? Better buy those toys. Want to see what content is locked behind the Elemental Gates or Swap Zones in Skylanders? Better buy more toys!
"Oh Andrew," I hear you scoff. "How much could a couple extra toys cost?"
Well, lovely reader, as it so happens, I'm writing IGN's Wiki for Skylanders: Swap Force so I know exactly how much it costs. If you want to access all of the play areas, you are going to need to spend a minimum of $260.89 plus any applicable sales tax. Check out this page of the Wiki for an itemized breakdown.
So, how do you feel about games like Skylanders and Infinity? Do you love 'em? Hate 'em? Think they're a horrible rip-off? Maybe you think this is out and out fraud deserving of legal action?
Vote in the poll and opine away in the comments section or an email to SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com. EZK and I will reveal the poll results on next week's podcast so get your votes and comments in early!
Or sometime before the last minute.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen