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Submitted by drunkpandas 2318d ago | article

Games on Demand Pricing Still Sucks

Microsoft added two new games today to their Xbox 360 Games on Demand service, Call of Duty 3 and Rainbow Six Vegas 2. Both games are priced at $29.99 in the US. A quick look at GameStop's website shows you can pick them a bit cheaper. (Call of Duty 3, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Xbox 360)

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fiercescuba  +   2318d ago
Why pay $30 for something you can get for $15?
drunkpandas  +   2318d ago
It was similar with Bioshock being $19.99 new at GameStop and $29.99 on Games on Demand.
Mr_Bun  +   2318d ago
You would think that MS would charge a lot less for these in order for people to buy up their larger HDDs
Blaze929  +   2318d ago
Once again, people dont understand that you cannot price digital games cheaper than retail. Why? You cannot upset retail. Retailers are like EA, its their way or the highway and they need retail just like the big 3 needs EA.

Games on Demand pricing doesnt "suck", its where it SHOULD be at. Both Call of Duty 3 and Rainbow Six Vegas 2 are $29.99 MSRP at retail NEW. We're not talking about used sales becuase used sales only go to that retailer and no one else.

Although I agree, digital games should be cheaper than physical games becuase you eliminate all the supplies needed like the box, box art, manual, disc etc etc. BUT again, they CANT do that becuase if they do, everyone will just buy digital games and retail sales will be lower than ever. And like I said, they need the retail support.

Look at whats happening in some shops in Europe with the PSP Go, they totally refuse to sell the device becuase it'll cut into their market share and the chances of that customer never coming back to that store are risen greatly.
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AridSpider  +   2318d ago
Don't waste your time trying to explain to people who cant comprehend. Its meaningless on this website.
Mr_Bun  +   2318d ago
Ok, you don't have to sell them cheaper, but do they have to sell them more expensive?...Full games on the PSN are alwasy the same price as the hard copy found at retail.

CoD 3 is 19.99 at retail...brand new...not 29.99
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Redempteur  +   2318d ago
Sooo 30$ for a 3 years old game is the right price ?

Sorry but no .. The point of these sales is to get the people who didn't care about the game in the first place . And they should do it with the price ...
If they don't make a little effort on the price .. what's the point ?

So the ^pricing sucks..
Tony P  +   2318d ago
So quick to blame MS. I was too.

But Sony can't get it right either. It is not as simple as you think it is for any of these companies. There were a few articles posted here for the Go's download pricing last week. Go read them. The prices are not better.
MNicholas  +   2318d ago
People pay more for
instant gratification and each extra dollar more of the download's price goes 100% towards profit.

It sounds wrong but charging more for downloads actually make sense.

They probably realize that lowering the price of downloaded games by $5-10 will literally cut their profit/game in half. Unless doing cutting the download price by that amount more than doubles download sales it's better to keep the price high.

It can also drive sales of hard-drives on which they make massive profits.
ThanatosDMC  +   2318d ago
The Go pricing are gonna go down apparently to "fit" with the retail counterparts. Though i would rather get them for less than in retail since there's no hardcopy involved.
fiercescuba  +   2318d ago
Things should be cheaper when you DL the, as opposed to buying the disc, case, etc. The overhead is way down and so should the pricing.
drunkpandas  +   2318d ago
Yeah, you'd think shaving a couple bucks off would encourage people to want to move to digital distribution. The PSPgo is a prime example. But in this case, for older games, it's just a case of someone wanting to rape your wallet.
MetalGearBear  +   2318d ago
MS want more $$$. that it.
ForROME  +   2318d ago
This $hit makes no sense and frankly pisses me off.

A) MS touted LIve back in the day, came out with it and Rocked the house

That was a good move

B) They tout Digital DLs and blow it right out of the gate with high prices

So let me get this straight, your not paying shipping, your not paying for packaging but your charging the same? Reaaaaaaaaaally?!

Smells like crap to me, not the smartest way to tell the consumer that DLs are better
juanvan  +   2318d ago
I purchased 360 Bio shock game only for 5$ on Ebay - GOD 30$
I purchased PS3 FF Tactics on ebay 10$ and GOD - 10$

Seems like the ps3 might have something here..
N2NOther  +   2318d ago
Yeah I was actually going to buy RSV2 to play it again but not at that price. I can buy it from Gamestop, used, play it for a week and return it when I go pick up Uncharted 2 and get my money back.
Rowsdower  +   2318d ago
oh no
digital downloads cost more than people want to pay for them

what will we do?

who do we call?

get used to companies attempting to rip you off, its called the adult world

didnt anyone ever explain to you that fairness is just something we tell kids to keep them in line?

quick question what is everyones age?

I'm 30

perhaps this little revelation will explain everything
divideby0  +   2318d ago
Amazing the stupidity of the suits who set these prices...
Dirk Benedict  +   2318d ago
Flops on Demand Pricing Still Sucks.
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gnothe1  +   2318d ago
why would u put COD3 for the PS2 up there to try an prove your point, why didnt you show the 360 or PS3 version of the game!!I swear you guys always try an make MS seem like the bad guy!!
Mr_Bun  +   2318d ago
I honestly clicked on the wrong one...Here is one from Futureshop (owned by Bestbuy in Canada)
SuperSaiyan4  +   2318d ago
The thing is
its not like Microsoft is putting up the latest releases on the marketplace then i could see why the pricing had to be higher or the same as retail. but in this case its not and those games are OLD meaning even though can be found cheaper in shops but some games are extremely hard to find like Kameo.
On top of that no box or manual and no option to trade in and the games being very old should mean cheaper prices. Also how is it possible that the games size is smaller than that of the disc based version?
Rowsdower  +   2318d ago
ok no answers
so I'll assume your all 12
PandemicPrawn0  +   2318d ago
I'm 29.

Microsoft still has room to adjust the price of DL games. If they don't sell at their current price I'm sure they will change the price.
PHIL1017  +   2318d ago
that's the big reason is
360 sucks! what a pricey!
chrisulloa  +   2318d ago
You do realize this is a luxury right? You are not required to buy games off of here. But of course PS3tards don't understand that.
jack who  +   2318d ago
sum of us gamers are just too dam fat too get off our asses and go to gamestop and pick them up for cheaper.../s
MetaIGearRising  +   2318d ago
Come on xbots, fight with me! we pay good money just to have live. we shouldn't have to pay double the price for a game. But then again it is microsoft...
jack who  +   2318d ago
Call of Duty 3 runs $14.99 used at GameStop, while R6V2 runs $24.99 used (and $29.99 new). I can understand pricing that game at $29.99 for Games on Demand, but CoD3 is a bargain title at this point. Asking gamers to fork over thirty bones for the game is a slap in the face.

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