Are we paying too much for videogames?

As reports come in that the average price of videogames rose last year, Den of Geek wonders, are we being asked to pay too much?

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Static-X2803d ago

YES, Dynasty Warriors 7 is £45 here in Game yet I saw quite a few people buying it....

DoomeDx2803d ago

Buy an icecream: 1 Dollar. Lasts = 2 minutes

A great game: 60 dollars. Lasts: a couple of months if you buy a good one.

So no, i think the price is ok

Aarix2803d ago

I havent been able to find a good ice cream for no less than $3.

Trunkz Jr2803d ago

Are you sure what you ate was icecream for $1?

undercovrr2803d ago

While I agree with what you are saying, this gen very few games last a couple of months. Even rpg's dont (with the exception of Bethesda's rpgs). Look at Dragon's Age series, it lasts about 40 hours tops with all the side quests (on hard for me). The mass effect series is even shorter. I beat MA2 in 30 hours by doing all the side quests on the hardest game mode. Lets not even talk about action/adventure games which usually have a 15 hour storyline and then they are done (ex: GOW, Castlevania, etc). The only games this gen which can last a long time are shooters, but even that is subjective to the amount of support the developers give.

So what i'm trying to say is that the price of video games is going up, and their value for the money is going down (4-5 hours SP campaign anyone?)

jaosobno2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

@ Aarix: Are you high?

I_find_it_funny2803d ago

depends, I'd love to pay 60 bucks for a game, unfortunately prices in euros are 1/3 higher for games

palaeomerus2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

" A great game: 60 dollars. Lasts: a couple of months if you buy a good one. "

And it lasts less than four hours if you don't. Average that up and you won't find a common VG price of $60 to be worth it.

And of course the pre-order discount prices, $10 to $20 credits/giftcards, free DL side-games or other content (and other stuff Amazon, Toys R Us, Best Buy, and Walmart use to sell games at launch) also suggest that $60 is not an ideal starting price.

The huge used market, retailer customer reward programs,and the way they typically drop by at least $20 within three months tells us that the $60 value is a silly fiction believed only by the impatient and early adopters (and then only very selectively). Publishers certainly know better.

chaos-lockheart2803d ago

to me i think it should depend on what type the game is, an rpg should cost more then a fighting game, if you know what i mean.

MmaFan-Qc2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

"Are we paying too much for videogames?"

no. in fact we are paying LESS than the 8bits and 16bitts era.

..and im not even talking about inflation....

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rabidpancakeburglar2803d ago

Surely those people would be using trade in credit though because you won't get many people paying that for games unless they are potential GOTY

NewZealander2803d ago

here in new zealand i had a laugh at the local eb games store, there was an american father and son in the store, the son looked at his dad and said "well i guess we are going to have to get used to the crazy game prices here in new zealand!"

yes we pay far too much, i recommended they shop elsewhere, eb games are ridiculously overpriced, shop elsewhere and you can pick up a new game cheaper then eb sells the same game second hand.

ian722803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

£40 UK = about $84 New Zealand dollars (web converter).
If games are more than $84 over there then it is costing more than here (UK). Don't know how much games are in NZ though.
At the moment £40 (UK) = $65.54 (US)

Quagmire2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

Brand new games in NZ are about $100-120 NZD

And add to that either PSN+ or XBL, and Online Passes if buying preowned (which is $20NZD), and the multitude of DLC content varying from $10 upwards.

lee_ten2803d ago

yes, definitely.
too much money.

frostypants2802d ago (Edited 2802d ago )

Cost of the typical 45-90 minute long Nintendo game in the late 1980s: $40.

Cost of a 10+ hour console game today (20+ years later), often with limitless online play: $60. And PC games are usually $40-50.

I'd say we are just fine in most cases. Sure, some games that are $60 shouldn't be, e.g. Bulletstorm, but c'mon. The entertainment value per dollar dwarfs anything else out there.

This is just for the US. I know in other countries stuff can be real pricey (Australia comes to mind).

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Pozzle2803d ago

As an Aussie, I can safely say yes. Having to pay over $100 for a game is ridiculous.

--------2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

Not to be disrespectful, but from what I've seen everything else in Australia is way overpriced also. Someone needs to cut you guys some slack.

Christopher2803d ago

That would be their own governments, though, not the video game developers/publishers.

ATiElite2803d ago

what game did you pay $100 for?

I paid $80 for Strider...but that was the very first 8MB cartridge on the Sega Genesis. I can't imagine paying $100 for a 50¢ PC-DVD unless it's Half Life 3.

ian722803d ago

$100 Australian = £64.31 UK,(used web converter) which is a lot as I can get new games for £39.99 at most.

kingdavid2802d ago (Edited 2802d ago )

Only idiots or gaming noobs buy the games for full 100 dollar price instore.

The cheapest stores usually sell around 79. 89 at most for a full new game.

Either way, I just import most of my games from England. Its worth waiting a week or 2 if you're getting the game at half price.

ian722802d ago

I also shop around for games to get them cheaper. I do see a lot of people in the game shops in town here paying £45 and upto £50 for some games when I could go to a big supermarket and get the same game for £10 to £15 less.
There are still a lot of people who use game shops and pay full price. Its like they have more money than sense.
You do right by importing for cheaper. I would do the same. I find that by waiting a few weeks or a month or so, I can normally find a game I want for around half the price. Thats the good thing about supermarkets here, always competing for customers.

bumnut2803d ago

£64 per game is expensive, more than 50% on top of uk prices.

How much does fuel cost per liter in Australia?

kingdavid2802d ago (Edited 2802d ago )

Fuel has gone up quite a bit recently. 1.30-1.40 on average these days but its mainly petrol companies taking advantage.

10 years ago it used to be 70-80 AUD cents per litre.

opoikl2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

I live in Belgium and a new game costs anywhere between €55 and €69(in the official gamestores), that's 80-100 USD/£48.5-£61 UK.

One liter of Diesel sells at roughly 2 USD/£1.23 UK...

BTW, since I got my ps3 in 2008, you can't rent videogames anymore in Belgium. I used to rent a lot of games at the local gamestore or video rentals, now I have to rely on ever more biased reviews to decide which games are worth that much money.

bumnut2802d ago

You can't rent games? has it been made illegal?

In the UK games are around £40 and diesel is £1.43 now and seems to go up every day.

ian722802d ago

Thats bad, not been able to rent games anymore. Is it not allowed, or is there just no game rental shops?
There is only one rental shop near me, Blockbusters, but that isn't doing great and may end up closing soon.

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LunaticBrandon2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

Depends on the country you live in. 60 US dollars isn't bad at all.

I_find_it_funny2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

yes I pay ~80 US dollars for brand new game

v0rt3x2803d ago

No. We're paying too less in my opinion.

--------2803d ago

I'm guessing that was sarcasm?

v0rt3x2803d ago

No I'm quite serious. For those working in the industry (including myself) - they know how much effort and work is required to get a game out - and in my opinion the price should go up - if the quality warrants it.

But it depends on where you live.
I'd definitely pay more for GoW3 than - lets say...Viva Pinata or something.

HellzAssassin2803d ago

Honestly, I understand what you're saying and I agree to a certain extent. I don't really think we're paying too less, and quite honestly $50-60USD is about right in my opinion. Some of these developers put ALOT of work into these games, countless sleepless nights, and constant work. When a game comes out and I'm highly, highly looking forward to it and I know I'll spend alot of time on it, I have no problem paying $60 for it, or maybe more for a collectors edition (if it's worth it)

Christopher2802d ago

I don't think the answer is an increase in cost since all but a fraction of what you would be paying would actually go to developers rather into the pockets of those who are already well paid for even producing some really bad games.

I believe the answer is that those who do the work should get paid more. But, this is a market built on capitalism, not on paying people a percentage of profits for the money they put into a piece of work.

v0rt3x2802d ago (Edited 2802d ago )

Sure another idea is to increase pay - there are different ways of looking at it.

It's easy to say: WTF? Increase the price? Are you crazy?

But consider this (and I'm speaking out of experience):

There is a lot of hard work involved into making a product - whether it ends up bad or good. In some extreme cases it can directly affect the lives of these developers - but that's a side of the story that your average gamer will never think or hear about.

Even DLC nowadays which sometimes feel overpriced - you have to consider the following:

It's not as simple as putting a level designer behind an editor for a couple of days and release the outcome as DLC - and just stick a price behind it.

It goes through Approval, Design, Marketing, EXTENSIVE Testing...that all is happening while people back on the net are whining about what's taking so long? The same for patches.

Not to mention developing and releasing a game - seeing it through to the end - going through crunch time - working night shifts, working weekends, etc, etc.

Developing games has become so expensive these days - and it's a LOT of work.

Sure I think I agree that 60 is a good price - but that's currently the threshold where gamers start to discuss whether its already too expensive - and I clearly say: No. Not at all.

And then we look at a collectors edition - and we the price might be 80 or 100 - and still (depending on the extra value that it contains) - I would say that's fair.

It really depends on the way you look at it though.

Taxes play a role, the financial crisis plays a role, a lot of factors.