I did say when Bethesda announced it's pricing for add-ons, that if gamers made it a success they would rue the day. I also said that I would not be surprised if Elder Scrolls V was sold as just the Imperial City and 20 Imp.City quests, followed by other areas and cities, at an extra cost, to see the rest of the world, not being able to complete the main quest until you had spent £100/$150, or more, on 5 or 6 'add-on's'. This was before the Codemaster's announcement. It would seem it's going to happen way before Elder Scrolls V comes out in my mind now!
Given that game demands force you to buy a $300 card every year on top of these extra game costs, they really are pricing themselves out of the market and helping the continuing diminishing of PC gaming as a mainstream hobby!
I wonder if it's a vicious circle: Publishers can see the market shrinking, so want to get the highest profit they can from each unit sold. hence 5 hour Half Life 2 'Episodes' for $20-$30, STEAM downloading (no packaging, manual or distribution costs), and these Codemaster PLAYPlus and Bethesda non-free add-ons. But by taking these actions, publishers are actually CAUSING the market to shrink by these very actions! So the market shrinks more, more publishers go down this route, the market shrinks even more, etc.
It's scary for someone who has been in the gaming hobby for nearly 20 years! Hope you all hung on to all your classic past games and put them in the attic or something, or you're going be stuck in a couple years, I think!