Whether you think that Call of Duty map packs are worth the price of admission or not, Activision has numbers on its side.
*Sighs* Activision You Greedy Motherf*ckers
I agree they are greedy, but it's a sound business move.
As if charging full retail price for reskinning the same game every year wasn't bad enough...
lol That's so true man. Some people won't admit it, but it's true. The same BS over-the-top action story that would make some Hollywood action movies seem somewhat believable. The same retarded perks (Commando anyone??). The same glitchy multiplayer. (OH LOOK AT ME! I'm jumping around 100ft. in the air shooting unlimited noobtubes!!! Isn't this CoD, not Halo?! haha) The CoD series used to be good. Call of Duty 4 was a great experience, but I feel like the last 3 games have just taken the CoD4 formula, which was perfect, and ruined it with the last 3 games. We should STILL be playing CoD4, with an expansion every year and map packs should cost $5 at the most.
... JUST. DON'T. SUPPORT. THEM. !!! Seriously, with so many great alternatives out for you to buy and enjoy, why would someone who loves gaming actually buy anything from Activision!?
Sound business move in the short term. But eventually customers will wise up, and Activision will drive this IP into the ground just like they did with Guitar Hero. Activision has no foresight. They seem to think that IPs have an expiration date, and they must get everything they can out of it ASAP. The funny thing is, Blizzard is the total opposite.
Only fools would buy that trash at that price.
Most of the people buying it for $15 are sheeps.
There goes that word again "sheep". It's pretty funny how people aren't entitled to enjoy what they like anymore. It's all based on what is popular and what's not... Ok then, let's call a sheep a sheep and turn the tables. The reality is that you're the "sheep" for following the crowd and repeating what has been said thousands of times already... I happen to like Black Ops, even being a PS3 player dealing with a few bugs that keep me from playing the way I'd like to. Does that make me a sheep, or does that make me someone with an opinion? I respect people who don't like the game, because frankly, that's their business. I don't come here and call you ignorant for stupid remarks like that, because it would make me look like an ass... Someone (above) hasn't learned that yet...
I didn't buy it, but I would argue that people spend hours upon hours playing CoD. Paying $15 for a map that you are going to use in many instances 20+ hours is far better an investment than buying a $60 game with 5-8 hour content. Sure maps used to be free, but PEOPLE DON'T CARE. So leave them alone....
Amen. And that doesnt even take into account buying a game for $60 that turns out to be a complete dud.
"Sure maps used to be free, but PEOPLE DON'T CARE. So leave them alone...." Except that the rest suffer for their choices. Other companies in the industry always follows suit that makes them money.
You are not suffering anything. It's just capitalism at work. People had to spend money creating those maps and they demand a pay, don't like it, don't buy it! I'm sure you would not enjoy having people take away your livelihood because they think you are charging too much.
"You are not suffering anything. " Actually we are. When a business sees that masses are willing to pay for something little for a lot, others follow suit. If the cost of them to make a profit is having it cost $5, they can make a bigger profit of $15. It's apparent with the history of video games of all things. Capitalism has the bad as well, which you should also know of when you keep bringing it up. There's a thing called greed. I'm not going to go into the situation behind the origin of it, cause this is a gaming site after all.
@Dirty Ripper, Every year they make $60 off the game and another $30-$45 off the DLC, when you add it up it's a lot of money.
lol... a sucker and his money are easily parted..
Wow people really need to look at how they are spending their money on sum broken pos game that is released every year and is broken at launch. Edit:Wow some people are on the disagree roll.
It's just 15 bucks, you prob don't think twice when you spend that much on lunch or dinner.
^ if the dinner I bought was in the condition of COD I would think the same..I got ripped off and than if they try and charge me 15 bucks for a 5 buck dessert, I would be equally upset
You need food to live, you don't need maps.
It's supply and demand, people. If millions of gamers are going to drop the money, it's a good pricepoint on their part. Look, no one likes "greed." But these are businesses we're talking about. They don't make games because it's a fun hobby or out of the goodness of their hearts. They make games because it's a good business.
i agree,gaming is not a hobby to these companies its all about the $$$...
Actually, I would argue the studios themselves must be passionate about games to make a quality game. The company that supports the studio financially might be greedy, but that is fair game. If there is no profit to be made, why bother? Profit is needed in the industry and let the people that don't mind paying, pay! Why are everyone so intolerant of others decision... capitalism is what brings you all these products and goods. Don't hate it, embrace it!
Only suckers and idiots think 15 dollars for this DLC is worth it....lmfao brb gonna go play thousands of free high quality user made maps on pretty much any PC game...
k bye. dont come back
'Activition has idiots on its side' more like.
duh its spot on because people buy the shit out of it.
I don't buy cod so this doesn't affect me.
then why did you bother posting?
One Call of Duty map should only take about 50-150 man-hours to make, then another 150 to play-test for bugs and balance. Assuming the guys making and testing it are earning ~$30 an hour, it would cost roughly $45,000 to make a set of 5 maps. They'd only need to sell 3,000 map packs to start earning a profit. $15 for a DLC map-pack is just disgusting.
Just out of curiosity, how do you have any idea how much time it takes to create a videogame map pack?
Because I've made some maps myself for games like TF2 and Counterstrike. 95% of the assets are just cut & paste. Take barrel, place in world; take box, place in world; take brick texture, paint the walls; etc. Call of Duty's map editor (I'm assuming it's still pretty much the same tool they've had since COD4) is a lot like Hammer (Source map maker).
explain why a map pack can be $15 and probably took 100-300 hours to make and a game that took 9 years to make sells for $20 (TF2).
Supply and demand doesn't exits in Digital sales, there is only demand and infinite supply.
82% eh? baaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!
They know that people will buy anything they put out, no matter how much it is. Unfortunately, this world is filled with fools who throw there money at anything they like regardless of price. These people enable price gouging.
It doesn't help that there's no options to get a competitive price via Amazon, a superstore etc that would likely discount it by at least 30% or more.
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