Talk:Expansion pack

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Do you suppose Sonic & Knuckles was one of the earliest console expansion packs, then, since it basically added levels and story to Sonic 3, but you could still play its added content (and only that) by itself?

No, I think it is not an expansion pack. YolanCh 01:05, 3 September 2005 (UTC)

I disagree. I totally think that's exactly what it was ---Taniwha (whjo is too lazy to log in today)

I agree with Taniwha, althought I think it would count as a stand-alone console expansion pack.Ynos 17:40, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

What's the first PC-type expansion pack?

Quite possibly Wing Commander, as the article says.Ynos 17:40, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

From my edit: Lucasarts' Their Finest Hour had an expansion pack released in 1989, before WC's Secret Missions: [1]. Secret Missions was released in 1990. Davhorn 09:36, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Brood War?[edit]

There should be mention of Brood War somewhere in the article. Starcraft: Brood War is the game that sets the standard by which all past and future expansion packs should/will be judged. It seems to me that Brood War's status as the most influential expansion pack ever released is evident to most gamers beyond dispute. Piddle (talk) 02:07, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

First of all, this needs to be verifiable on the internet somehow. Preferably not by Blizzard themselves, given possibility of embellishment and general lack NPOV. Second, Brood War hasn't set any unprecedented standards when it comes to expansion packs. Sure they added new units and campaigns, but that's already been done in Red Alert's expansion packs:

Third, expansion packs for Dawn of War, for example, have in every iteration added one or more new races, including elements of a new gameplay experience (for example campaign structure). So with this in mind, are you sure it's not your own bias involved here or something like that? Sybaronde (talk) 10:24, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Out-of-date tag[edit]

The uses and definitions of "expansion packs" in video games have widened to something far broader and more general. The examples cited in this article are very specific and somewhat outdated. Perhaps it should be reorganized to include an "origins" or "history" section that eventually segues into expansion packs as they are now popular as DLC, etc. T. H. McAllister (talk) 23:32, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

You are requesting expansion of the article. That's not what the out of date tag is for. The information in the article as-is is still accurate. Ham Pastrami (talk) 08:18, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

“Standalone expansions”[edit]

Is “standalone expansion” just a marketing term for a small game that’s related to a larger one? I can’t find anything disputing this. — (talk) 23:39, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Controversy Over Abuse of the Concept[edit]

I remember there being gamer pushback against some games being produced that were incomplete without the purchase of expansion packs, such as I'm surprised there isn't a section on this page about it. Was that just rumour and innuendo? Or does it deserve a mention, written by someone more informed than I am? wbm (talk) 02:16, 11 April 2015 (UTC)