As prices increase on Xbox LIVE Arcade, are we still getting our money’s worth?
Are we getting our money's worth? Well if you are paying with your own money, then NO. If you still live with your parents and paying with their money(like most hardcore gamers), then YES!!!!!
WTF,1200 is nothing compared to the cost of a B movie...
Points are so bad .... change to Currency
they won't do it because then people would easier realize how much they are spending.
looks worse than 15. they do it so people all over the world pay the same price holder. if it wasn't it would be like 15 us, 1750 yen, 8 eur's or whatever. easier to use one system.
@Sneak-Out You are so right i wish they would this is one of the reasons i love buying stuff on PSN over LIVE.
You can thank all the idiots that ran right out and over paid for the MW2 DLC. If you idiots are willing to bend over and apply the Vaseline yourself then the folks in charge are damn sure going to take you for a ride. Don't blame them for acting like you have a fat wallet.
Meh. Whatever, I'm loaded. Bring on Xbox Live Plus+ I'd say $150/yr, it won't even need new features I just want the price tag to weed out the peasants that's all. I've already pre-ordered Black Ops and I'm willing to pay $30 bucks for each DLC. Bobby Kotick is a genius businessman, I'd advise any hater to buy Activision stock so your hate for him will cancel out with the healthy dividends Activision pays.
you're a discrace to gamers
Microsoft boosted the price BEFORE MW2 release buddy...
My interest in downloadable games has diminished, thanks to the lack of replayability they have. Adding another $5 on them doesn't help.
as long as prices increase, so will my interest.
it's been happing since 2008 N4G is full of whiny sony poop throwing 12 year olds
I really want Limbo, but after playing the demo (granted, it's a demo) and talking to a friend that beat it 3.5hrs after buying it, 1200pts is just too much. As nice as Limbo is to look at, the price is a barrier for me.
The fact that prices are rising shows that the games are selling well. The quality of XBLA games has exploded.
They are getting larger in size too and I would guess the developers are spending more time on them too. They are still cheaper than retail games, and when I can pay 1200 points and play a game like Deathspank for about the same length as quite a lot of retail games I feel like I am getting a good deal. Also, not all games are 1200 now. Monkey Island special edition 2 was 800 points.
As great as Limbo is, I must admit, its an 800 game, I mean come on we all know it, its an 800 game. Battlefield 1942, 1200? fair enough, you can play it over and over, which I have done, I've put in like 50+ hours into it, WELL worth 1200. Limbo is a single experience game, around 5 hours average and its done, and not a WHOLE bunch of re-playability. Most stuff on the Arcade is overpriced in my opinion.
it costs me $20 to go watch a movie for what 1.5 hours to 2hrs entertainment. I can have 4-5 hours of entertainment for $15. Don't think thats too bad to be honest, considering the price of things nowadays. This is yet another Sony Fanboy having his daily tantrum at Microsoft.
Or you could buy a DVD for $4 I suggest Apocalypse Now: Redux and that's roughly 3 hours 15 minutes long. DVD's are cheap, I don't pay $20 for the cinema but I usually wait for DVD's anyway. The thing with downloadable games is the priced remains the same for a long amount of time.
You can also wait for games to go "on sale." Several months after release (similar to a movie going to physical media after cinema release), most games are "price reduced" for a long period of time (~ month?, some permanently). You can find points cards on sale for cheaper as well...(amazon, ebay etc) DVD's ARE cheap, but they are not HD and for the most part, are not interactive like a game.
ppl bring out the argument that x amount of dollars brings this much entertainment..... sorry but this is just a ridiculous comparison. Movie entertianment is not the same as game entertainment vs going to a concert vs going to a club..... somethings you cannot compare....
DVDs are hella cheap nowadays.
i think prices went up is so they could give you a deal of the week later on without losing money!! All the people who couldn't wait covering the lose MS will take
Limbo IS good... but luckily, I don't need to pay all that much to play it. http://www.youtube.com/watc... *runs for his life* ROFLMAO!!!
LOL! The toolset is LBP is quite amazing. Any word on the name of the level?
thats ace, wish the person on the video would shut up, very irritating
I do agree that the games not all but a good bit are priced to high. If we gotta pay for the gold service MS should then watch how high they price their games.
why do people think its ok to get charged for a service which pc, ps3 and wii get for free. paying for electricity, isp, live and then more for these games is getting ridiculous. why is the majority of the opinion that xbox live is far superior than psn? i switch on the ps3, plug in a game then play an hour or two online... then done. how is that so much worse than what xbox offers? do people just prefer it because they have lots of friends that play too? cos that seems more understandable. it really confuses me tho. serious questions here...no insult or harm intended. i know how people react on this website....
Yep, the same as PSN. 15 USD is the new 10 USD games. Joe Danger, Deathspank all 15 USD. 1200 is about 15 USD right. BTW the crying about Limbo, 15 USD for 3 or 4 hours of gameplay how is that bad, when KZ2 or Gears 2 are about 10 to 12 hours of gameplay for 60 bucks? I don't get this, I really don't.
DeathSpank alone is what, 16 or 17 Limbos in length and the same price? Try HARDER.
I think KZ2 and Gears 2 are not a good comparison since they have multiplayer which gives more replay value. A more appropriate comparison would be a single player only game like Alan Wake or Heavy Rain.
they can easily change how the point scheme is.... yet the xbox fanboys will defend it still... just like credit cards they can change how much each point is worht in the long run. With straight foward currency there is NO need for calculation on the consumer part and its clear.
Microsoft is greedy :-/
Everyone's greedy to a certain degree.
I don't buy 1200 point games, I never play an Arcade game for too long. If the games something that interests me and my friends, then I may purchase it. Only once has that happened.
Yeah keep acting like it's just xbla that's charging 15 dollars for games.
I see a lot of fools in here have no jobs or their simply mad because their $600 PS3 killed their life savings.
It just shows how stupid people are, im not gonna buy no arcade game (unless its like Battlefield 1943) for $15. That $15 could be used on something else like DLC for my favorite game, or even 2 better arcade games.
What game has DLC that is worth $15? There are hundreds of games out for both consoles, and there has rarely been a DLC that I felt is worth what I paid for it... I fell for the trap that was the stimulus DLC in MW:2, but I had 3 days invested in the game, and wasn't ready to give it up just yet... Then like 2 weeks after stimulus, it clicked - I was duped. 5 maps, two of which I already owned with MW1, for $15? What a rip off. I wish more companies would look at RDR and the FREE co-op they offered, and how well it was received (after the first few hours of connection issues etc...). No more bubbles (PM or I can edit if you respond)
$15 is too steep ..especially for a game like Limbo. Sorry not worth it.
Braid > Limbo, but I still believe both are worth the price of admission.
The price is too steep and I'm seeing the pattern. Much like most games were %49.99 to where they are now $59.99 as standard price. Look the truth of matter is most companies would love to get your money, that's no secret. And seeing the slow but creeping transition is evident of that fact. If you have any self respect I wouldn't indulge myself with these overpriced games, and add-ons. And can we please stop it with the console wars banter, it's honestly getting old and you people only sound like immature 15 year olds.
Prices are ridiculous today. Especially for arcade games. Don't get me wrong but Blacklight: Tango Down. It's a great game but I think 1200 is too much. The online experience is fun and keeps players on their toes (unless its 7 against 2 which I've been getting a lot of recently) Then take games like Mass Effect 2. You get a code with it for the cerberus network, which has the 3 things which are great and then you have the dlc that costs, which still isn't that much. I think what Bioware are doing is great, they give out free dlc to keep the players amused and then the better dlc that keeps players amused for a lot longer that is pretty cheap.
I didn't even realize Limbo was 1200 points - why do they sell 1600 MS points cards still? What are you going to start doing with 400 leftover points?
If you beat Limbo in 3 hours, then you must be a genius and a speedfreak, but I'm just a normal person who likes to explore a bit and think out the puzzles for a minute or two. It's lasted me at least 4 hours so far, 90% completion, and I'm having fun, and not rushing through the game with my eye on the stopwatch. I had to buy 1600 points to get this game, because my balance was 0, and even that is worth it if I don't spend the leftover points. 4 hours and $15 = 16 hours and $60. Stop crying.
"Price Hikes on XBLA: Is 1200 the New 800?" Yes it is, and this is not new. Microsoft boosted the price and it looks like nobody really cares about that... 10$€ to 15$€ and nobody says nothing... I guess it normal, if you keep in mind that this is the same people that accept to pay a fee to host their online gaming session.... 10$€ was a good price, 15 is not. I bought many games on the live in the past, not anymore. 15$€ is almost the average price for my retail games! The last weeks i bought, ff13, COD:mw2, bayonnetta, odst, katamari forever each game, for a price between 15$€ and 20$€.
Don't care a jot about Microsoft Points, I dumped Live in favour of PSN years ago. Much better value all round via Sony's service imho.
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