I'm not opposed to DL content per se - particularly when it's very work-intensive, as would for example be the case with new 3d models, or maps for say, a FPS. Of course, the urge to cash in is there, just as it was with expansion packs...
Highly optimistic release dates, and subsequently rushed/bugged/incomplete games of course contribute to the overall negative feeling - in such a situation, it's just that much harder to convince people that they're paying for new content, and not merely being charged extra for left-overs (and I have the feeling that the latter is actually often the case).
What strikes me as odd in this particular case isn't so much charging money for sprites (not sure how work-intensive their creation is, you can make them from very detailed animated 3d models, but you definitely don't have to), it's charging money for, eye-candy upgrades for a game that, IMHO, is finding buyers despite, not because of, its visuals, and that may have an impact on what is seen as "justifiable" which is of course still highly subjective...
(For the record: I'm not a HOI player, and positively indifferent to Paradox games in general.)
Edit: Just realized that TC2M was published by Paradox, so I guess that's one game I'm technically not indifferent about - even though before today, I wasn't even aware that Paradox was the publisher, and I only found out by chance (I dropped the TC2M box while finally unpacking my non-priority boxes after moving a few weeks ago, could've dropped any other game box just as well, and would be none the wiser still).
< Message edited by jackx -- 8/9/2009 9:16:14 PM >
no truth - no justice
all false belief
blinded by morality
there shall be ... no peace