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I remember when my folks bought me Mega Man 2 on the NES and they paid $70 for it. In the proceeding generation, $80 was the norm. I remember walking into Best Buy when Super Metroid was released and seeing it for $79.99. It wasn't until the following generation that games started getting cheaper. Playstation games were had for $50 for the most part but N64 games slowly declined. It wasn't until last generation that games were solidly $50. Gaming has believe it or not gotten cheaper. Whether or not the games contain as much substance as they did years ago is another story but as a whole, it's gotten cheaper.

Also, I feel old now taking stroll down memory lane...
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I remember doing chores for almost a year straight to afford Kirby when it released on the NES. lol

Yes games are expensive. No, they haven't gone up in price.
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As a student, I'd say that games are highly priced, but I can see why with the piracy that happens in this world. (Even though those of us who purchase games shouldn't be penalized for those that don't!).

Managing money correctly and finding good deals has always helped me get the new releases for a very good price.

Assassins Creed: Revelations for example. I picked up my copy for £1.47. Yup, and a brand new and legal copy from Amazon. How did I manage this? A £15 voucher from Lovefilm for trying a month long trial (which I cancelled once the voucher came through) and filling out surveys for ValuedOpinions meant I had saved up another £10 which I requested was put towards an Amazon voucher. So, thats £25 in vouchers, and the game cost £26.47 at the time of purchase.

I must say, the steam christmas sale helped out, I picked up nearly £80 of games for around £20.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky and Call of Pripryat)
Metro 2033
Railworks 3
Grand Theft Auto (Every game in the series - cost me £4.99 or something stupid)
Far Cry 1 (Already purchased Far Cry 2 off steam for £2.49).

I tend to refuse to buy any games that cost more than a tenner (unless I can discount the price like I did with AC: Revelations).

Sniper Ghost Warrior will be added to my collection soon, along with Crysis 2 and a few others.

The only bad thing about this year is that a few games I suspect I want will be released... Far Cry 3, Sniper Ghost Warrior 2, Assassins Creed 3. Best get saving them! I've already promised myself a Corsair 650D by Easter... I hope my Student Loan stretches to cover everything!

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If you can't get $60 worth of enjoyment out of the game, then don't buy it. It seems like the general consensus is that nobody can seem to get $50 - $60 worth of enjoyment out of a game. Sounds like a personal problem if you ask me.... I've gotten $500 worth of enjoyment out of BFBC2 and Eve Online..
post #45 of 102
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Originally Posted by IcedEarth View Post

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.

We know your trying to be smart and all, but who cares what games "should" cost given volume statistics. All your doing is complaining that developers sell more games for roughly the same price. Who cares if developers get rich! I want my favorite game developers to make good money so they can continue making good games for me smile.gif
post #46 of 102
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Originally Posted by kikkO View Post

Umm, SNES games cost $90 back in the day, and that was 20 years ago. Factor in inflation and that $90 back in the 1990s is now ~$150.

So no, I think video games have gotten cheaper.

SNES games were NOT $90.
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ummm not if your a pc gamer wink.gif I just got civilization V for 4 bucks.... you cant tell me games are getting to expensive -_- rolleyes.gif
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If you can't get $60 worth of enjoyment out of the game, then don't buy it. It seems like the general consensus is that nobody can seem to get $50 - $60 worth of enjoyment out of a game. Sounds like a personal problem if you ask me.... I've gotten $500 worth of enjoyment out of BFBC2 and Eve Online..

Yes and no. There are games that are hyped to death but end up sucking. The last game I bought for full price was Skyrim but I played that game for 3 days straight. Conversely, I got Bulletstorm on a whim and while it was a better game than most people made it out to be, I don't think it was worth the $60 I paid. Definitely a solid $40 game or maybe $50. If co-op was in when the game was released, I could have easily justified the $60. It seemed like a single player game that was designed to be a multiplayer experience. Otherwise, I found it completely over the top and I kinda liked it.

But I can give you that some people complain much more than they need to.
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Yes yes yes

One part at a time, lets look at piracy. One of the biggest 'problems' with modern day gaming. It's a endless circle of blame. The developers blame the gamers for not buying their product. The gamers blame the developers for various reasons (crap product, buggy release, MORE CONTENT)

Most games for PC are about 10 dollars cheaper then the PS3/360 counterpart. The average for most PS3/360 games are 59.99, with new titles being 69.99 at times. Time has changed, more and more people play games from various age groups but you can not deny that teenagers, especially those aged 10-18 are still the majority. As in they invest the most about of time, usually because they CAN. The average working joe with family and other obligations simply does not have the time to play every single game they would like, most can't even find the time to enjoy one properly. Game prices should be content dependent. Killzone 3, I beat it in 3 hours. Paid 59.99 for it...wonder why the Killzone franchise is so dead. Sony tries so hard to make a money making game. Look at halo, one of the most successful, if not the most successful FPS franchise ever. Very simply game, extremely simply. Borrows the winning recipe from CS 1.6 Expand, and simplify. When I first played halo (2 years after release, friends place) I was just shocked, it is such a simple game. The maps are relatively small, lots of weapons, add a few vehicles and you have a winning recipe for online FPS. Another great example is COD, it never had amazing graphics. They were just OK when the first MW was introduced. It had the winning formula, expand and simplify. People can come home with 20 minutes to waste, fire up COD and within a minute or two you are shooting, not like BF when you have to set aside at least a few hours. Exiting the game after 20 min is simply not satisfying.

That being said, look at minimum wage (Im in Canada) and right now its about 10.25 (or 10.50....or was it 10.75), how long must a person work a dead end minimum wage job in order to purchase the game? At the end of the day, there are other expenses that MUST go ahead of gaming for the sake of being alive. Food, water, shelter costs a butt ton, and it is rising.

Do these game developers really think people will work 9 hours, get their paycheck...and head straight on over to bestbuy/etc and buy the game? No, they will pirate it. Simple as that, if you as a developer do not understand that, I suggest you go back to school and maybe take a few Philosophy classes, it'll teach you to understand human beings much better.


During the holiday season the Android Markerplace had its anniversary sale. Applications were put on for a mere 10c. Downloads skyrocketed, I know people who are usually very careful with their money and even they bought stuff.


I'm not saying price the games are 10c, that is just childish thinking. A more reasonable price will attract more people. By now there have been tons of examples of this, with various musical artists doing almost the same thing (free, donate if you can). What happened? They made more money than they could have dreamed possible.

Developers needs to understand yes, you are a business. Yes profit is what drives business. You must understand, profit comes with success. They go hand in hand, you can't have one without the other. This concept has been proven time and time again. Until a dev learns (STEAM has, from the very beginning) that it is about the product, NOT about money.

Money is a byproduct of success.
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Yes yes yes
One part at a time, lets look at piracy. One of the biggest 'problems' with modern day gaming. It's a endless circle of blame. The developers blame the gamers for not buying their product. The gamers blame the developers for various reasons (crap product, buggy release, MORE CONTENT)

Now I am not defending piracy but in the last few years video game profits have been going though the roof despite it being easier to pirate things these days especially with tutorials on youtube and fast broadband.
    
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