Downloadable Content Comes To Giant Bomb

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Posted by Jeff (3479 posts) -

Horse Armor: Still, like, one of the worst things ever. 
Today is DLC day here in Giantbomblandia, the native lands of Giant Bomb. You may know it as Sausalito, CA, but enough about that! The important thing is that we've expanded our database to allow entries for all sorts of downloadable content, from Rock Band 2 track packs to the nefariously offensive add-on that started me thinking "man, someone should start writing reviews of this stuff," the horse armor for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

On the database side, you can enter release dates and descriptions for the different downloadable add-ons that are out there. And once something's in the database, you can also write reviews. Yes, now you can tell the world what you think about that Darth Vader download for the Xbox 360 version of Soulcalibur IV, or The Lost & Damned for Grand Theft Auto IV.

We'll also be able to write our own reviews of this stuff in the coming weeks. But for starters, it's all about y'all. So here are a few basic guidelines about how we've set this stuff up.

First, this system is designed to primarily handle piecemeal add-on content for games. This system isn't (yet) intended to handle, for example, retail expansions to PC games. Also, this is only for in-game content, not wallpaper, themes, or any other out-of-game junk.

You can flag DLC entries with one or more types. Here's a list of those types and how they're intended to be used.
Here's where you want to click to get there. 
  • Song (Individual) - one song, usually intended for use with a rhythm game.
  • Song (Pack) - a pack of songs, again, usually intended for use with a rhythm game.
  • Multiplayer Add-On - this will be primarily used for map packs, but things like the additional ruleset add-on for Halo Wars totally counts here, too.
  • Single-Player Add-On - Packs that add new story content or other solo elements--like Fallout 3's Point Lookout, for example--are prime examples of this category.
  • Equipment/Clothing - Examples include new costumes for fighting games, new jerseys for sports games, additional skateboards, new guns, all of that stuff.
  • Cheat - This category is for the (sort of filthy) type of download that unlocks things in the game without you having to play the game. Things like Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09's fully-powered golfer, or the ability to pay to unlock "Unlimited Ragna" in BlazBlue--even though you can get those things by normally playing the game--apply here.
  • Character - Additional full-on characters. In some cases, the line between character and costume may seem a bit blurry, but if they're giving a guy a new name in the process, chances are it's a new character.

So bang around on it, write a few reviews, and let us know what you think. You can find it by clicking on the "DLC Add-ons" tab on the left side of a game page, provided that game exists on a platform that allows for DLC. We're pretty excited to be adding a whole new section to the database, and we hope you're into it.
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#1 Posted by Jeff (3479 posts) -

Horse Armor: Still, like, one of the worst things ever. 
Today is DLC day here in Giantbomblandia, the native lands of Giant Bomb. You may know it as Sausalito, CA, but enough about that! The important thing is that we've expanded our database to allow entries for all sorts of downloadable content, from Rock Band 2 track packs to the nefariously offensive add-on that started me thinking "man, someone should start writing reviews of this stuff," the horse armor for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

On the database side, you can enter release dates and descriptions for the different downloadable add-ons that are out there. And once something's in the database, you can also write reviews. Yes, now you can tell the world what you think about that Darth Vader download for the Xbox 360 version of Soulcalibur IV, or The Lost & Damned for Grand Theft Auto IV.

We'll also be able to write our own reviews of this stuff in the coming weeks. But for starters, it's all about y'all. So here are a few basic guidelines about how we've set this stuff up.

First, this system is designed to primarily handle piecemeal add-on content for games. This system isn't (yet) intended to handle, for example, retail expansions to PC games. Also, this is only for in-game content, not wallpaper, themes, or any other out-of-game junk.

You can flag DLC entries with one or more types. Here's a list of those types and how they're intended to be used.
Here's where you want to click to get there. 
  • Song (Individual) - one song, usually intended for use with a rhythm game.
  • Song (Pack) - a pack of songs, again, usually intended for use with a rhythm game.
  • Multiplayer Add-On - this will be primarily used for map packs, but things like the additional ruleset add-on for Halo Wars totally counts here, too.
  • Single-Player Add-On - Packs that add new story content or other solo elements--like Fallout 3's Point Lookout, for example--are prime examples of this category.
  • Equipment/Clothing - Examples include new costumes for fighting games, new jerseys for sports games, additional skateboards, new guns, all of that stuff.
  • Cheat - This category is for the (sort of filthy) type of download that unlocks things in the game without you having to play the game. Things like Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09's fully-powered golfer, or the ability to pay to unlock "Unlimited Ragna" in BlazBlue--even though you can get those things by normally playing the game--apply here.
  • Character - Additional full-on characters. In some cases, the line between character and costume may seem a bit blurry, but if they're giving a guy a new name in the process, chances are it's a new character.

So bang around on it, write a few reviews, and let us know what you think. You can find it by clicking on the "DLC Add-ons" tab on the left side of a game page, provided that game exists on a platform that allows for DLC. We're pretty excited to be adding a whole new section to the database, and we hope you're into it.
Staff
#2 Posted by MasterOfPenguins_Zell (2093 posts) -

Oo, cool. More to fill in. ;___;

#3 Posted by RiddleBrother (511 posts) -

niiiice

#4 Posted by HatKing (5876 posts) -

Cool, this was probably needed.

#5 Posted by VWGTI (1919 posts) -

Awesome stuff.

#6 Posted by lemon360 (1102 posts) -

nice

#7 Edited by TripMasterMunky (2402 posts) -

So does Shivering Isles for Oblivion count as DLC? Or is that an "expansion?" What decides what is DLC and what is an expansion? Is there even a difference anymore?

#8 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Dude, awesome! Now I can actually get to fill in some info.

#9 Posted by snide (2413 posts) -

Also should note that only 1000+ scoring users can actually add new DLCs to the database.

#10 Posted by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -

This stuff is great so far.  Awesome job, guys!

#11 Posted by Karmum (11518 posts) -
@snide:
I just noticed for the GTA IV DLC page, I noticed you could put a review for the upcoming GTA IV DLC release. I didn't try and actually send a review to the website, but it lets you type stuff. Just wanted to point that out.

Awesome, by the way! Just added my old Lost & Damned review onto the website. Thanks guys!


#12 Posted by JJOR64 (18942 posts) -

Awesome new addition.

#13 Posted by Legend (2658 posts) -

Awesome!

#14 Posted by Phetz (115 posts) -

Very cool. Definitely needed this, especially for the bigger DLC like the Fallout 3 stuff. Good call, guys!

#15 Posted by Apathylad (3066 posts) -

I just submitted a review for the second CoD: WaW map pack.

#16 Posted by LeadNinja (308 posts) -

Awesome!  I've been waiting for this.  The quick looks are useful, but now, just about everything can be reviewed.

Links to the 360 marketplace might be nice...

#17 Posted by Aaron_G (1611 posts) -

That is awesome.

#18 Posted by oDr3w (6 posts) -

Jesus, I sign up today and already DLC?! Awsome.

#19 Posted by Reverseface (1221 posts) -

can i get some horse armour plx.

#20 Posted by MeatSim (10821 posts) -

I can't wait for some Horse Armor reviews.

#21 Posted by Maxszy (2064 posts) -

Awesome! Always improving the Bomb of the Giant! Thanks guys!!

#22 Posted by Aashammer (8 posts) -

Don't mock the horse armor!

#23 Posted by FLStyle (4651 posts) -

So I can go through each of the Valkyria Chronicles DLC? oooo that's nice.

#24 Posted by InFamous91 (931 posts) -

great

#25 Posted by Nadril (527 posts) -

I totally thought you guy's meant that you were going to sell DLC for Giant Bomb for a moment there XD.

#26 Posted by CoolDrMoney (1978 posts) -

Cool, time to add and review the Motorstorm DLC

#27 Posted by mracoon (4967 posts) -

As if I didn't spend enough time on this site already. Just wondering, does the TF2 class updates count as DLC as it was a multiplayer add-on but it was given to everyone.

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#28 Posted by Media_Master (3283 posts) -

YAHOO

#29 Posted by Karmum (11518 posts) -
@mracoon:
As of right now, it doesn't appear that way. Although, those updates would make sense.
#30 Edited by skrutop (3615 posts) -

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!


http://www.giantbomb.com/list-of-rock-band-compatible-downloadable-content/92-2232

Ok, after creating a few items, some feedback:
  1. I have 4000+ points, but my subs still weren't automatically accepted
  2. Why can't we choose multiple platforms for DLC?  For Rock Band, this might actually help, as the Wii tracks haven't caught up with the 360/PS3.
  3. In the case of songs, the packs are made up of individual songs.  So what about some sort of container system for the packs that simply holds the individual tracks, rather than having packs and individuals have duplicate info in them?  I'm not sure if there is other non-RB DLC out there that this might work for as well.
  4. Is there a way to flag DLC for multiple games?  Since Rock Band DLC works on multiple games, it would make sense to be able to have one set of DLC for both.  Likewise the Metallica Death Magnetic stuff could be flagged for GH3 and GH:Metallica.

#31 Edited by Claude (16255 posts) -

I wonder how Endogene would feel about this?

#32 Posted by mracoon (4967 posts) -
@Karmum said:
" @mracoon:
As of right now, it doesn't appear that way. Although, those updates would make sense. "
Yeah I think they do count as they're downloadable and they all include content for the game. It won't hurt to fill the page in.
Moderator
#33 Posted by MattyFTM (14366 posts) -

Awesome, I've been waiting for something like this on GB, but wouldn't it make sense to make the DLC page like a full wiki page, where users can add full wikified descriptions, with large plot summaries, features descriptions, images etc. to each of the add-ons? Because some games with particularly large add ons (e.g. GTA4's The Lost & The Damned) or lots of reasonable sized add ons (e.g. Fallout 3's many add ons), there is a lot of information, and while it is fine on the main wiki, it takes up a lot of space and it can make navigating the wiki page to find the info a bit clunky. It would probably be easier to just click on the DLC tab to find most of the information, while the main games article could just briefly mention it?

Moderator
#34 Posted by Karmum (11518 posts) -
@mracoon said:
" @Karmum said:
" @mracoon:
As of right now, it doesn't appear that way. Although, those updates would make sense. "
Yeah I think they do count as they're downloadable and they all include content for the game. It won't hurt to fill the page in. "
Especially since there are guides on some of the recent updates. Damn you guide masters! You're all behind in the TF2 updates! Then again, these guides might outline all of the positives and negatives of the updates.
#35 Posted by chuckimus (20 posts) -

Not to be a stick in the mud but a greater enhancement would be to get rid of the grey text on the black background.  It's a major detraction.  Take a look at the news / release bar on the right.  Heck, even look at your own screen grab.  




#36 Posted by Nasar7 (2611 posts) -
@chuckimus said:
" Not to be a stick in the mud but a greater enhancement would be to get rid of the grey text on the black background.  It's a major detraction.  Take a look at the news / release bar on the right.  Heck, even look at your own screen grab.  
"
I love the colors, its easy on the eyes.
#37 Posted by Nasar7 (2611 posts) -
@skrutop: Sorry man, but at least you got the points lol.
#38 Posted by KillaMaStA (859 posts) -

Why dont my points show up on the game page?


Are DLC like a totally different thing seperate from the game page?

#39 Posted by phlegms (1607 posts) -

THE PARTY NEVER STOPS A GIANTBOMB MUTHA FUCKAS!

And yes the all caps were necessary .

#40 Posted by mracoon (4967 posts) -
@KillaMaStA said:
" Why dont my points show up on the game page?Are DLC like a totally different thing seperate from the game page? "
It's the same for game releases, the points don't affect the top contributors for that games page.
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#41 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -

Whoa! That is really awesome. I love this idea! Thanks!

#42 Posted by Meltbrain (2969 posts) -

That's pretty rad.

#43 Edited by Kajaah117 (1070 posts) -

Holy shit. This was one of my favorite features of achieve360points.com, but now my favorite site has it? And it's already even better? I just want to go to my rooftop and shout I LOVE GIANT BOMB!!!... and my friend Evan. /reference.

#44 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

One question: will this count for old school variants of DLC, like what was offered on Satellaview and Sega Channel and similar things?

#45 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

Awesome!

#46 Posted by Froy544 (49 posts) -

this seems like a really cool idea and something not alot of other sites do.

#47 Edited by Potter9156 (941 posts) -

What about user created mods? I mean, they're downloadable, and add content.

#48 Posted by Jeff (3479 posts) -

No, the Sega Channel and Satellaview stuff worked quite a bit differently. We're specifically after add-ons to existing games. Downloadable add-ons, to be exact. 
 
And another one of you asked about TF2 class updates. No, those are just patches. We're looking for optional updates, the kind that usually cost money.

Staff
#49 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

Brilliant stuff folks!

#50 Posted by c_rakestraw (843 posts) -

Sweet. I was wondering when this was going to arrive.

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