When you say you got it for $35, was it on sale? I got the first when it was on sale for £25 and bought the expansion for the same price. I don't have a problem with the price at all. If awakening is 20 odd hours then I think that's great value for money, better than most games. I mean sure technically I'm not getting the same value that I did from the first game, but I had already made a £15 saving in the first place.
Is it just me or are some of the textures in this expansion really bad? I mean, I know Dragon Age isn't the best looking game and that the PC version is superior, but I don't remember textures being so bad in the original. For example, the display suits of armour behind the armour merchant in the Keeps Courtyard; it's horrible. It looks like the texture is about to pop in but never does. Other things that stood out are some characters weapons that you see close up while talking with them. I suppose I could go back to the original to check, but was just curious to see if anyone else had thought the same.
I heard about this on the Destructoid podcast, it's really very interesting. I had thought before about having metrics on everything thing I did (like the way last.fm tracks the music I listen to) and now it seems that this is the way things could be going. However after watching Jesse's presentation it could be much more invasive and worrying than I had thought.