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Content is another issue I didn't bring up in my last post as my view on it doesn't apply to all games; a few games still do come with a decent amount of content now, such as Crysis 2? I think we can all agree that the "quality" or value of games have dropped in general compared to older games. The best way I can draw this out is: look at Starcraft versus Starcraft 2. Starcraft 2 is split into 3 separate releases, for each race's campaign, and each release will likely be $60. I haven't confirmed this through research but it wouldn't surprise me. Whereas Starcraft 1 was a full game, that had a $20 expansion pack that added a good amount of content like new units and maps and whatnot. This lower amount of content should theoretically mean there is less development put into the title, are you with me? Where games used to have ~20 hours of single player gameplay, they now have 8 on average, about half, all while usually costing $10 more than they used to. I hope I drew this out clearly.

It's all about marketing. Some see the 3 StarCraft 2 releases as 3 different fully-featured games, which would make them worth their $60. Others see it as a way for Activision to split one full game up into 3 incomplete games just to make more money. In my opinion it's probably a bit of both, breaking it up allowed them to release it sooner, and possibly put more content into the three games such that after all three are released there may be a lot more than if they had shipped as one game, but I do also see it as Activision finding a way to make more money off of the deal.
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It's all about marketing. Some see the 3 StarCraft 2 releases as 3 different fully-featured games, which would make them worth their $60. Others see it as a way for Activision to split one full game up into 3 incomplete games just to make more money. In my opinion it's probably a bit of both, breaking it up allowed them to release it sooner, and possibly put more content into the three games such that after all three are released there may be a lot more than if they had shipped as one game, but I do also see it as Activision finding a way to make more money off of the deal.

Anyone who has played Starcraft 2 wings of liberty can see it's definitely a full games worth of content, comments to the contrary are ignorant.
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