Well, the money became available a little earlier than I thought so today I began to download Darkfall. Already I have mixed feelings about this. The last game I had to download was Everquest 2. It took over a day and I had a good connection. Initially it said 2 days...yikes..I turned it on and left the room. As an update it looks like its going to take around 3.5 hours.
It brings to mind a question to me...how many people are not going to even be able to play? There are going to be many that don't have a good enough speed to even download the game and that is the only way to buy the game. It is not going to be available any other way. I understand the reason behind it...that way the producers have full control and it is out of country so more "mature" content will be able to be kept in the game. It just seems like maybe they could sell the disk from the company and retain the same control.
Many games have had to "soften" their content only to ruin the game. The first one that comes to mind is Ultima Online. One of the greatest features of the early game was being able to cut a corpse head off and also gut it and take out intestines, heart ect. This apparently was too harsh and was removed from the game. The next game that comes to mind is Age of Conan. The game opened with NPC's saying things and dressed differently than they are now...and this was a game that had a mature rating...so yes, I can see why a company would want to retain control. Good move on their part I think. Let's hope that money doesn't become an issue and force things to change.