Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:00 PM
The From Ashes DLC absolutely should have been in the game, it expands on the story so much and gives you new perspectives.
As to whether it was in the game or not originally, there's a couple possibilities...first say you are a developer and you have a game with a really tight budget, people are getting a great value. You want to add a bit more, so you add $10 DLC.
Second possibility, similar scenario but you're owned by a megacorp that wants to squeeze out every last dollar and knows there will be terrific demand. So you take out an important part of the game and sell it as an extra. It's pretty obvious what happened with ME3.
Personally I rarely rarely do DLC (all I've bought this generation is the two Geometry Wars games and two Halo map packs) so I just youtubed all the DLC as it came out. An inferior experience, yes, but good enough for me, and I don't have to play into EA's BS.
Re repeating the name of the game being discussed more than once, I _really_like that idea if it's done in a subtle way. I'm usually doing something or other while listening to podcasts (cooking, cleaning, exercising, driving, on the bus/train, playing video games etc etc) so it'd be helpful and would save me some rewinding.