Just Sayin’: Season Pass Makes No Sense

Just Sayin': Season Pass Makes No Sense.

What is a “Season Pass”? According to Wikipedia, a Season Pass is “a ticket allowing admission to an attraction multiple times during a certain period (a “season”), often a year or the duration of a sports or performance season,” or, in the world of gaming, “a special purchase available for certain video games, which typically allows the owner access to some or all future DLC for the game for a one-time fee.”

I’m here to say that I think using the term “Season Pass” to refer to DLC content for a video game makes no sense. How do the two ideas above link to one another in any way? The only thing I’ve been able to come up with is that occasionally a video game’s Season Pass will allow players access to all DLC released during a period of time, however here are the problems with that idea:

» There is no such thing as a “Season” unless we are talking about esports/competitive gaming, which DLCs are generally not a part of.

» A Season Pass in sports allows “admission to an attraction multiple times during a certain period”, implying that admission is limited, which it isn’t when a gamer purchases a “Season Pass” for video game DLCs.

» From time to time, a Season Pass will allow players access to all future DLC, in which case it’s not really a Season Pass any more, is it?

Most importantly, perhaps, it’s not very representative of the gaming community as a whole. The vast majority of gamers are outside the US — purely because it’s only one region out of many — and Season Passes are something that exist primarily in the US and aren’t very well known in other regions. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t cater to American gamers, but wouldn’t it make more sense to make these “Passes” more relevant to the global community, rather than just to an arguably small subset of that community? I honestly had to look up what the heck a Season Pass was, and was under the impression that it was going to allow me access to certain content for a limited period of time based on the confusing name. Either way, it didn’t sound appealing, and unsurprisingly I haven’t bothered buying a Season Pass yet.

So, unpopular opinion time: Season Pass is a stupid title for DLCs. Let’s come up with something better, please.

Just sayin’…

  • I don’t think it’s an unpopular opinion at all. I completely agree, I think it’s a terrible description. I’d prefer to see them sold as “DLC Packs” or “Future DLC” or something like that.

    • There are quite a few people who seem to love the title. A lot of the people who do though seem to simply not think about the meaning behind it, and just take it for granted.