Eidos Interactive announced today the
availability of exclusive Tomb Raider Legend
content for Xbox 360 on Live Marketplace, including a playable
demo of Legend
, and Lara Croft dashboard themes and picture packs. While this initial content is free, it's
not hard to imagine Eidos and other publishers following in the footsteps of Bethesda Softworks, who is already taking some heat
"extras" through the Marketplace service.
The most obvious bonus content for a
game would be alternate outfits for Lara, or maybe enhanced weaponry, and although this content
isn't necessary to play the game, the "just gotta have it" factor can be as seductive to gamers as Lara
herself. In the end, this is basically legalized goldfarming, where the publishers benefit instead of some shadowy
operation, and the wealthiest gamers have the most fun. Whatever happened to earning unlockable content the old
fashioned way -- through blisters, sweat, and tearful bottomless pits of death? Welcome to next gen gaming, indeed.