Yahoo UK: The answer to that question has to be a resounding ‘yes’, at least as far as we cash-strapped punters are concerned. However, one high-flying game exec now thinks so too.
If they cost too much, buy less... buy second hand... or don't buy at all. £30 isn't too bad if you choose VERY wisely, if chosen wisely you can expect 40 hours plus of gameplay. If you buy games second hand after about a year or two you can get games for like £10.
You're obviously pretty simple minded. The point is games are too expensive and we shouldn't have to pay higher prices. Nobody wants to buy a game a year later. The experience just isn't the same.
Gaming is only a hundred bucks a year for COD how is that bad?
Who among us really want to have to cut back are gaming? I want to be able to play all the great games that come out throughout the year not just 3 or 4 of them. This is one of the reasons I have to rent games. I actually play the games I talk about on here it's not just hearsay.
the only thing I hate is when publishers charge full price for games they know DAMN well aren't worth above $39.99 and didn't cost them no where as much to make as they are charging for. But ultimate if you feel like you got you're money's worth then why complain. Me personally, I think any game without multiplayer and a campaign mode that is either short or something you won't play again or even both shouldn't be more than $39.99. MOVIE GAMES SHOULD NOT BE $59.99 ALSO!!
They all are...they have gotten shorter and easier...That doesn't matter...the price is going up for everything...greed...plain and simple...they want people to pay for demo's now...brutal...
Shorter? Did you ever play games on the NES and SNES (Genesis, etc.)? The vast majority of non-RPGs could be beaten in about a couple of hours. The games are easier in some respects. However, there are plenty of difficult games released now that are just as hard, or more so, than those in the past. I'm not trying to say games shouldn't sell for less, as they should, since most games sell more than they did in the past. However, games cost far more to make now than they used to. The games that cost less to make usually sell a lot less (not always), which requires them to sell for the same amount as more expensive-to-make games. It's a difficult thing to argue, since there is definitely greed involved in some aspects, but not always. Besides that, games are NOT that much more expensive than they used to be. Games used to not have a standard retail price, and certain games were outrageous. I paid $91 for Chrono Trigger, as an example. Super Mario Bro. 3 was >$60. The thing is, certain games were cheaper than others. They do this nowadays as well. Look at 3-Dot Heroes, it's only $39.99 because it wasn't real expensive for them to make it (I'm guessing on that, not sure if that's the real reason).
Your talking about 20+ years ago. just think back to the PS2 domination days. Games were pretty beefy a few years back and now we have 5 hour COD games and 6 Heavenly Sword games. They are still great experiences but they feel like they end too quickly.
If you think about some of those "shorter" SNES games...some of them could run you $65-$75 a piece!?!? Technology wise we are at a point where the storage medium can't be at fault, unlike the cartridges of the SNES, so now the onus falls on paying the cost of development and other random stuff. But, as long as the games keep selling at $60 (regardless of quality), the devs will keep charging. I'm sure there are devs that maximize their monies to the hilt, but there are probably just as many that are wasteful and the ends don't justify the means.
Atlus didn't make the game silicon studios did and they spent the same amount making it as most games. In japan where FROM Software published the game they sold it for full price. Atlus decided to take all the DLC from the JP version and put it in their version in the box for free, they wanted the game to be cheap because they aren't dicks, and hopefully it'll sell more copies too.
Buying used games is no longer a good idea because all the major publishers (EA, THQ, Ubisoft) are going to charge the consumer money to re-activate the online mode. How lame is that?
you all think this is bad , not yet . when they start blowing the price even higher because of 3D support and natal support and ps3 move support, then watch the forums blow up in a frenzy. people , people , this is just the beginning
if you think its too expensive find a new hobby "If they cost too much, buy less... buy second hand... or don't buy at all. £30 isn't too bad if you choose VERY wisely, if chosen wisely you can expect 40 hours plus of gameplay. If you buy games second hand after about a year or two you can get games for like £10. " mrv321 ^^^^^ This
Yea, let's all take dicks advice and take up sewing. It's way cheaper to buy a couple balls of yarn and sew a sweater for molly the dog. Doesn't this sound like fun everyone? I hate dimwits who think only a select few should be able to do something. Wake me up when you move out your parents basement and they aren't footing the bill for everything. You're part of the problem with gaming today.
When are you paying for demos? Buying second hand is not an option? Oh yes it is, again $10 isn't that much didn't you know? That's what a burger and a large drink. Here's an idea instead of buying every game the day of launch, wait a week or two, see if you still want it and can afford it and THEN buy it.
No they def do not cost too much. You just need to stop being a loser who makes $14/h and get a real job.
$14.00 an hour is for losers damn my friends don't even make that much an hour. They are only making minimum wage. $14.00 an hour is damn good in four hours you are looking at $56 dollars and in eight hours is $112 and in five days is $560. So roughly in five days you are making $500.00 a week and in a month is $2,000 dollars. Man there is a lot of people that wished they made $14.00 an hour............
DLC is what makes games expensive. When content is cut and sold as DLC, it makes game any where from 65-150 bucks. I think games today have plenty if content to justify 50-60 dollars. But sports games & movie games really should be around $40 max.
I find console games extremely expensive and overpriced, while I've found pc games substantially cheaper. But companies like Infinity Ward, Ubisoft are pricing pc games like console games. This trend is worrying.
they should be priced depending on content. SP or MP only games should cost less.
Hell yes they are i wish they where $49.99 to me that would be a good price
I would raise the prices more if I could.
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If they wasn't there wouldn't be a huge market for pre-owned games... You don't see pre-owned DVD markets or pre-owned movie markets do you??
Most games come out new for $59.99 these days. Three of that before tax is $180. Just a couple years ago, games new were $49.99. Three before tax was $150. Comparatively, I could maybe find a used game for $30. And a couple more years before that SNES games were like $39.99. Three of those were about $120. I could get a fourth game and it'd be $160. With $20 left to spend, I could maybe get a gameboy game. Actually, for $180 in those days, I could probably get another SNES. And back in the NES days, I remember a Big Stick cost about $0.10-0.25 depending on liquor store or ice cream truck. It now cost $1 at the ice cream truck. Frankly, I'm not too keen on spending $60 on a crappy game or a short one. I expect, with my $60s handed to the sales clerk, that it is a good $60 invested. Crappy and short games should be cheaper. Though some short games deserve it because the production value and effort is clearly there.
Yes and No. Prior to the 360 and ps3 games were roughly $50, then they went to $60, a $10 dollar increase to deal with the upgrade to HD. If anything I would say that having the same price for everything is the problem, $60 for a AAA and $60 for a D video game. If anything it should be leveled accordingly.
I just buy the games I can then rent/borrow the rest. There are alot of great cheap older games too. It seems to me like new releases are dropping in price faster recently, so thats one good thing. I agree that more games should be priced at 50$ or less. It would be smart because they wont be judged as harshly when compared to great games and they could sell alot more. Edit-- There are plenty of games worth 60$ tho. To me anyways.
And most AAA games are well recognized months before released, only buy at $60 the blockbusters, or be a late buyer. Play what you have, buy old cheap sweet games and grab the Great games when they hit $40 (about 4-6 months after release)
No, i am more than happy to pay $65 for games such as *Killzone 2, Heavy Rain, Gears Of War, God Of War, Red Dead Redemption* But i would never pay that much money for a Game that will only be able to provide me with an afternoon worth of fun, like MW2,POP,. I think games that can be beaten within 7 hours should be priced at $50 MAX.
MW2?!? The campaign is 5 hours. The spec-ops is another 8. The online is limitless. Don't troll.
You know, some people don't like mw2's multiplayer. Or mw2's co op. And I was utterly let down by mw2's singleplayer. The only time I play mw2 online is with my friend. And lately we've just been trying 1 on 1 throwing knives only. By the amount of time spent playing throwing knives only with her justifies getting mw2, but without that? It would be one of the only times I felt my money was wasted.
By the way, I didn't press disagree.
It's because of the broken business model. A game can be sold for $60 and over £40, sell over a million copies and still lose money. It sucks for us gamers to have to pay quite a high amount but it sucks even worse for devs and publishers who depend on the high prices just to get by.
I think alot of this is due to the priesthood(animators,programme rs,designers) having free run to complete projects. Publishers are like my bosses, complete morons when it comes to knowing the game development process thus the priests can tell them anything and the only thing the pubs can do is impose deadlines, dev asks for more staff to make deadline, price of production skyrockets.....rinse and repeat.
Single player games should be priced between $30 and $40, while fully featured multiplayer and combo (MP and SP) games should stay at the current $50-60 mark. My $45 investment into the Orange Box in 2007 has led to 1500+ hours of entertainment, but there's the occasional game I splurge on, play for like 4-5 hours and never touch again and feel like I wasted a bunch of money.
So games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Bayonetta should be 30-40$? Are you an idiot? Maybe Publishers should price games how they think it will make the most profit in comparison to how much money, time and effort went into the game by the developers.
Oh really? So that is why Modern Warfail 1.5 Ugly Night Vision Goggles Edition costs so damn much? BTW, why are you pissed off at Panda for suggesting lower game prices? "...Publishers should price games how they think it will make the most profit..." Yeah, if you're so in love with the publishers, maybe you alone should buy games for $200 a piece while the rest of us get it for $50-$60.
I'm just saying that I'd buy a lot more single player games if they were priced a bit lower. I'm talking about games like Mirror's Edge, Batman Arkham Asylum, Assassin's Creed, etc that offer a great 8-14 hour single player experience, but have nothing in the way of multiplayer. RPG's like Dragon Age and Mass Effect are worth the $50 because it takes 30-50 hours to actually beat the game. I never said anything about you being an idiot.
get a job
Do you have one? Or do you spend your time trolling articles? The economy isn't what it used to be. Maybe you should read a newspaper and see what's going on in the outside world. I also agree that games are too expensive these days.
you must be living in th past not so bad where i live at then again it didnt really effect my town when the great depression happened
prices for games these days are expensive.
...such as those games that rely on multiplayer to increase their longevity. Such games need to be split down the middle so you can just buy the single player campaign, multiplayer or both. I mean, does buying MW2 for single player only seem worth it?
Yeah they're overpriced, but it's not stopping me from buying them xD.
Video games needs to be at least $20bucks. I really want to experience every game but I can not with that $60price tag.
let's see if the sales of 3d dot heroes were good. The game (in canada) is 39.99 CDN dollars (maybe 35 USD) so it's cheaper and you still get a good game. If the sales are high then maybe publishers should try to consider that gamers don't hate their games, they just don't have enough money to buy them all! I bought god of war 3 for my ps3 and I'm loving it, but I wanted to buy bayonetta too. My budget can only give me 1 of those two. This week I ordered 3d dot heroes AND pre-ordered modnation racer. MDR is a full price game of 59.99 CND, but I was able to buy 3Ddheroes because of the low price. If bayonetta and god of war 3 was each 49,99, I would have bought the 2 of them. And for buying used games to save money, EA and ubisoft and thq will now use the online pass code, so if we want to buy used game, we save mainly on single player games, but less on online games.
Making a game cost a lot, are using more Technology, Years, in different aspects, then to sell the game for $50 (PC) to $60 (Consoles). I think is Ok considering the whole work from Developers. But should cost $10 less. For $50 for consoles too. But I think is wrong sell a DLC with a couple of maps for $15, I don't remember the title of the game, I think is Call of Noobs: Modern Camping 2. Who was the guy wanted to sell the games for $90? Lol.
I'd be happy if they reduce it to $40, the cost of new games that is; much more alluring in my opinion. If everyone for sake of buying cheap starts to get used games, then they'd have to wait for some time, and this could also mean reduction in sales. Anyways, I like many I'm sure, buy games after careful consideration into its worth. If its not AAA or even AA, I wait for price reduction or used copies.
If you're a kid then I'm pretty sure no but once you work and pay damn bills you sure as hell hate to waste 60 bucks on not just videogames but anything in general. Thats why I haven't bought a video game day one since MGS4.
Yes, £30 is max I pay for games.
in 2005 Take Two released all their sports titles for $19.99, which was amazing. Also I think buying used games is awesome! For all the hate Gamestop gets I can roll up their with like $100 and get a lot of used games that I wasn't able to play before or get full price earlier. A good example for this is recently I bought Ghostbusters, Force Unleashed, Assassins Creed 2, Forza 3, Halo ODST, Left 4 Dead 2 all for a combined $100 price. All used but all in mint condition. I will buy something like Modern Warfare 2 release date and then buy other titles later on. I tend to do that since I prefer online shooters but need a change up after a while. $60 is too much for a game, even new.
Not realy, when you think about how much time you get out of a video game, I mean we pay £7 to see a 2 hour movie. So what's wrong with paying £40 for days of fun? Just buy them second hand if u think they're too much =/
Video games are really expensive but not for Europeans and north Americans where salaries are high enough, there you can work for a day and get a new game but here in 3rd world countries (yes we play game and we have internet too lol) it takes you have to work for 10 days to buy a game and at least 3 months to get a console so please stop complaining about piracy! PS: we have the right to try games and if we like a game we buy it to support developers.
Video games is expensive. But I think the problem is when they stay at the 60 dollar range for so long. I mean come on some games been out longer then a year and its still 60 dollars. Call of duty modern warfare 2 sold more then 18mil copies worldwide and its still 60 dollars are you kidding me ?? You made your profit drop the game already. I think developers just tend to be very greedy in not dropping the price or so after the game has def made a very good profit. But its w.e thats the way the system is so we all just have to deal with it for now. Or wait till its a greatest hit etc then buy it.
The limited editions for the dumb crap we get in some of them yes they do cost to much its not worth it. Now i do miss the $50 game mark that seemed like the best and ideal place to keep it but i do understand with myself going into the gaming industry that games need to be $60 for PS3 and Xbox 360. It is a lot more expensive to make games for those consoles now. On the side of wii tho that`s almost developing for a system from the last gen so it doesnt take a huge amount of money to make games for the wii so then we have that great price point of $50 for them. Out of all of this i don`t think $60 is bad it shouldnt go any higher tho i wish it was back down to $50 but we gotta understand the amount of money that needs to be made up after these games are done and shipped out. Then with limited editions not all but id say a really good amount of them the prices you see are like $90-$150 and really what do you get in those limited editions that is worth that extra amount of money? I say if its no higher then $80 and you get like a extra game or some really cool exclusive DLC maybe a shirt something around those lines then yes i think thats a good price. For instance i think the Harden Edition of MW2 was a good deal $80 for a steel book case with the game a nice art book and a full ditial copy of what i think the best COD of them all COD 1 from the PC. That was to me worth every penny.
But us gamers still buy emm... lets start a riot
Anybody over the age of 13 knows that the price the games have actually gone down over the years. Anybody remember buying Chrono Trigger back in the day? That game was $90, new. No special edition or anything like that. So if count for inflation, the price of games has actually gone down over the years.
Finallly, someone talking abit of sense. I paid AU$135 for Super STreetfighter II Champ Ed. in about 95 I think. Bigger cartridges cost more sometimes but even then the standard price was 100 bucks. The Reccommended Retail Price (RRP) has gone up alittle since then, mainly for the Limited and Collecters editions to AU$120 but no one ever pays that, I usually get them for a hundred and the standard editions even go for 80 or 90 dollars. Look everyone would like to pay less for everything but saying games are too expensive or not worth it is crap. Someone above actually suggested games should be $20. Sure, if you want 100's of developers to go out of business and starve. If you dont see the value in buying a game then maybe its time to switch hobbies. Our hobby might be a bit expensive for teenagers to keep up with every good game but its not like SCUBA diving, parachuting or drag racing, which might cost you 10 grand a year and then its only something you'd do a couple hours a week. For all the enertainment I get and hours I spent on my consoles I'm happy to pay my 100 bucks for a game and you Americans definately shouldnt be complaining. 60 dollars? Are you kidding me? Suck it up.
Yeah, I mean, games have always been around the £40 mark here for the most part anyway, but not once have I paid that for a game. Paying RRP is stupid, you can get much better deals just by looking around a bit. What it comes down to though is "will this game prove the cost entertainment" and, I think, most of the games I have played this gen do, even something like Mirror's Edge and Price of Persia which I got, new, for £25 each a few weeks after release.
Are expensive but so are Video Game costs you cant make a ps3/360 game in your moms basement or on your free time you need real resources and man power to push games these days. I dont think they are that expensive compared to other things though people buy more 100+ dollar sneakers and other things than video games its what that item is worth to you as a consumer. I pick and chose which games I like to buy and usually between me and my cousin we get to play most of the games that come out today he buys the action games I buy the multiplayer games.
It needs to go back down to $49.99
I don't think games are too expensive. But to me, if I enjoy a game and was happily entertained then the price is fine. Some games are way too short to be worth their coin. Others are just flat out terrible. Those games are hardly worth the investment(to me). But I have no problem paying 40-60 usd for a video game. Collectors Editions for 100 bucks, perfectly fine with me. Gaming is a hobby, one that you have to invest time and more importantly money into. If you can't afford it you may want to consider something else.
u just need to buy games that keep u playing for a long time and not get bored...examples:little big planet, mass effect 1, assassins creed, heavy rain.
If you think so, then don't buy them... PIRATE them!!! Aaarg! yee ma-tees, PREPARE TO WALK THA PLANK WITH YA! lol
I understand game developers have to make there share but some games are clearly not worth 60 bucks.
No! The hours of entertainment/money spent ratio is very good.
Hell yes.. Decrease game prices please. Much appreciated. :)
I've never understood this arguement. No way are games too expensive. NO WAY 15 years ago they cost the same price. They've hardly moved at all. Some, certain SNES cartridges were even more than they are now. The difference is now a game cost tens of millions to make, when before they were probably in the hundreds of thousands. Are you all so tight you're not willing to pay the same price for something that cost 10 to 50 times more to produce, and with the quality of games nowdays as well, we should all be thanking our lucky stars. Next time you want to complain about he price of games think about how much bread, milk or petrol costs in the early 90's and imagine if the cost of games increaed at the same rate asall of that stuff, especially fuel. A game would proably be 3 to 4 times what it is now or more. Frankly its quite amazing the gaming industry has kept the prices so reasonable for software. What other industry has done that? Tell me another thing whose price has bearly changed in 2 decades. I wish people would stop acting like ungrateful kids.