One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.
What is DLC, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?
What It Is: DLC = Downloadable Content
What It Means: Downloadable Content (DLC) is additional content released for a game by the creators, after the original, main game has already been sold. DLC can be either free or paid, and can add anything from a few mall outfits or vehicles to huge new levels, storylines or modes. DLC adds brand new content, it should not be confused with a patch, that fixes broken existing content.
Why You Care: In-App Free DLC adds new content to the game which has been created and approved by the studio that made that game. Some DLC is free, but most DLC will cost real-world money to purchase. DLC can be cheap, at a few pence, or it can cost the equivalent of a brand new game: £10, £30, etc. DLC can make a great gift – by buying additional content for a game the player already owns and enjoys, the giftee can be more confident that their present will be gratefully received than taking a chance on a brand new game. GameHub Concierge often advises parents and grandparents to consider a gift of DLC for a much loved game they already own if you feel nervous about trying to choose a new game title.