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Yes PC games have really gone up. Back in 2002-2007 PC games were cheap as I remember getting FarCry for $34.95 on releases and Unreal Tournament 2004 for $40 and Doom 3 for $40. When Half Life 2 was release it was $60 most I had seen a PC game on release so I had to save up for it. Last console I owned was a Gamecube and they were $30-50 a game so I didn't really have many games for it. This $60 a game nowadays is just plain nonsense as the quality of most games aren't worth that price tag, for example Skyrim felt like a $30 game to me as there it didn't feel there was any depth to it. I wait till games come down to a price I am comfortable with paying for.
post #32 of 102
For the actual content that is on them? Yes, very overpriced.
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post #33 of 102
The answer is yes and no. Old old games and systems used to cost a lot. in the past decade, games are cheaper and now are going up in prices, especially on consoles.

But Steam is a supplement to that.

I got all these games in the Steam Holiday Sale this past couple of weeks for $10 each:

Civilization V
Killing Floor
Batman Arkham City ($30 since it was brand new)
Batman Arkham Asylum
Alice: madness returns
Bastion
Mass effect 1
Mass Effect 2
Bioshock
Sonic Generations
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (33% off so I got it for $40 ^_^)


I also got these in previous game sales for $10 each

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Red Faction Guerrilla
Crysis 1
Crysis Wars }-- a pack that was $15 :O
Crysis Warhead
The orange box (Team Fortress 2, Half Life 2, Ep 1, Ep 2, Deathmatch, Portal ALL FOR $10 back in 2009. BEST $10 I ever spent lol)

Thanks Valve / steam for your awesome sales allowing me to feel good about my self for allowing me to get all the hip games I couldn't afford before LOL
Edited by Drybones5 - 1/8/12 at 10:42am
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Yes PC games have really gone up. Back in 2002-2007 PC games were cheap as I remember getting FarCry for $34.95 on releases and Unreal Tournament 2004 for $40 and Doom 3 for $40. When Half Life 2 was release it was $60 most I had seen a PC game on release so I had to save up for it. Last console I owned was a Gamecube and they were $30-50 a game so I didn't really have many games for it. This $60 a game nowadays is just plain nonsense as the quality of most games aren't worth that price tag, for example Skyrim felt like a $30 game to me as there it didn't feel there was any depth to it. I wait till games come down to a price I am comfortable with paying for.


Yeah but for Half Life 2, it was a massive release and sequel to Half Life featuring a ton of more content, an entirely new engine, and it IS after all the best PC game of all time.
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post #35 of 102
Nope. It should keep going up until society realizes they are the ones setting the prices. As long as people are willing to pay the price, it isn't too high.
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post #36 of 102
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Yeah but for Half Life 2, it was a massive release and sequel to Half Life featuring a ton of more content, an entirely new engine, and it IS after all the best PC game of all time.

That is your opinion, also: A new engine, some new content and it being a sequel, doesn't automatically justify a higher price
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I don't mind pay $60 for a decent game that has a good multiplayer. However I will not pay more than $20 for any single player game. I normally "try" out those games and decide if I want to buy it but I already beat the game and I can't justify spending money on it. No point arguing that the developers are losing money because they were never going to get that money in the first place.whistle.gif
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Originally Posted by lordikon View Post

Ah, the bi-annual article whining about game prices.
Anyone whining about game prices hasn't been gaming very long.
Price I paid for Atari games in 1986 = $50
Price I paid for NES games in 1988 = $50
Price I paid for SNES games in 1992 = $50
Price I paid for N64/PS1 games in 1998 = $50
Price I paid for PS2/XBOX games in 2002 = $50
Price I pay for PS3/XBox360 games now = $60
Now, go adjust each of these prices for inflation and you'll find that prices of video games have dropped almost every year for the last 25 years. Making games is a business, and saying they're too expensive just because SOME companies make decent profits even while prices are dropping is stupid.

This is useless without sales statistics.

Games consoles are a lot more accessible now, and they're in nearly every home in all first world countries.

Unless you can prove me with some sales statistics stating that:

A) Volume of games sold has not increased in 20 years

B) Volume of games sold has decreased over the past 20 years

If you can provide this proof then your statement would be correct. However I bet game sales has gone up tenfold in the past 20 years, more volume should equal a lower price tag.

However I still think that when people are buying 8 million copies of COD it's hard to justify a price break. Why lower the price of something that people are obviously willing to buy.
Edited by IcedEarth - 1/8/12 at 10:47am
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I remember reading an article somewhere that said video games have actually come down in price. I still remember buying Donkey Kong 64 with the memory expansion pack that came to $100 after taxes for the game. Actually I still remember that day... I was buying it at Walmart and the cashier put it in the bag of the lady in front of me. So that lady walked away with a $100 game without realizing it, and I just went to get another game.
I remember Nintendo games always being extremely pricey, at least $70 brand new and PS2/GC games being a lot cheaper at $50.

This ^^^^^^^

Sega Genesis games 20 years ago used to retail for $50-60 US. I'm sure development costs then were a heck of a lot less than they are now.

If games really followed inflation like most things, we'd be in the $120 range easily.

For a game like Skyrim or Fallout 3 to go for $60 at release is probably the best bargain I've ever gotten in a game by leaps and bounds.
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post #40 of 102
Well console games are definitely stupidly expensive and hold there price well too much till the sequel is released.

PC games are expensive from steam.... Or any other DD seller.

New PC game from shop = £25 most the time or £30 for ltd edition

Steam = £40 for most new games or £45 for the ltd edition

Im happy paying £30 for a new release on PC, Any more and your pushing it coz the rate PC games drop price.... Ill get the same game new a month later for half the price.

Console game price drops are like £5 lol
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