N-philes: This complaint has been around since pretty much the dawn of video games. However it has reached new heights in the last few years, and especially in recent months. Before the release of games such as Fable 2 and Fallout 3, the message boards were full of people saying these games weren't worth full price. You would see dozens of quotes like:
"$60 for only 50 hours of gameplay? No Thanks"
"If I can beat Fallout 3 in less than 100 hours it's not worth the money."
Now I have been playing games since around 1988 and although I can't believe I'm about to write something that will no doubt contain the phrase "back in my day", I want to address this. I don't think I'm going to change anyone's mind about the issue, I just want to take you through a history of video game prices.