Special editions used to be special, but then marketing and development costs for these games reached all new highs.  What’s an honest publisher to do?   Overcharge for a bunch of plastic, of course!

Activision just showed off its special edition of the upcoming DJ Hero, and there are two major differences.  First, you get a Jay-Z/Eminem CD with a bunch of unreleased (for now) tracks.  Secondly, you get a nicer turntable controller complete with a case that turns into a stand.

The regular edition of the game will retail for $120, but no price has been announced for this pack.

We have to ask: is anyone else afraid of this trend of more and more upsells or a potential consumer backlash, or is this par for the course now