Despite what those DLC nay-sayers might tell you, gaming’s getting cheaper, in real terms…
In what world are games getting cheaper? New games still cost $60 with some costing more than that and the few that cost less are only a buck or two under. Games are NOT getting cheaper.
Though the cost of new titles may have fluctuated in the US, they've stayed the same here (in the UK) for five years. DLC, on average, doesn't even cost what inflation should be doing to prices. Hence, they're getting cheaper.
Maybe in the UK they're getting cheaper, but here in Canada they aren't, they aren't in most places.
"In what world are games getting cheaper?" www.steampowered.com says hi. batman AA currently for 7.5usd GOTY edition ;-) Most new games are at discounts within 2-3 months of release. on this summer sale i bought games like: Shogun 2 Warhammer dawn of war 2 retribution justcause 2 shift 2 unleashed witcher 2 vampire the masquerade all for under a 100usd.
Steam is irrelevant to this conversation. Clearly the discussion is about retail games. Plus "under 100usd" isn't exactly specific nor anything to be happy about.
Games are NOT getting cheaper. Amazon, BestBuy, Gamestop and other retailers used to offer pre-order bonus credits in their stores, but now that they have a solid customer base, they aren't doing that anymore. New games aren't even $56.99 anymore, they're full blown $59.99. And now that DLC is a staple in the industry, it's gotten ridiculous, $5.99 for a MvC3 fighter, $13.99 for a BlazBlue fighter. That's 1/3 of the entire cost of the original game! Just GTFO.
If you buy it. Let's face it, if inflation affected games the way it does almost everything else, your average game should be, what, nearly £60 by now (or about $70). A lot of folk complain about DLC, but the product it's attached to basically hasn't changed in price in five years. Where else in life can you find that?
well compared to the beginning of the gen. games have started dropping in price faster, and there are alot of older cheap games now too but new games are still 60$ and DLC milking and used tax is getting worse. but Now you can sometimes get credit or you can wait a month or 2 and get a fairly new game for 20-40. Brink was on sale for 20 yesterday. not the best game but fairly new for 20$.
Many games released earlier in the year, bulletstorm, dead space 2, brink, you can find on sale for 20-25, I dint remember prices dropping this fast.
I don't think games are launching at an initially lower price than before but I certainly have noticed that games drop in price a LOT quicker these days.
I think Games are getting cheaper is simply because more and more people are getting in to video games.That being said, that would substantially reduce reduces the cost for everyone for every product sold. And, of course, with the diversity of different games like the kinect/PS3 move/etc becoming more popular in the gaming industry; it will contribute to the growing number of why people getting in to the gaming world.
New games are still as expensive as they used to be, infact gaming has only become a lot more expensive with the inclusion of DLC's. I mean a game like Alan Wake for example was just ripping off money from gamers, its in-game story was kind of incomplete and later the developer released two separate DLC's which took the same game forward and hence allowing them to earn extra money by just selling an incomplete game to people. Duration of gameplay of most games this gen has come down quite a bit and the emphasis is basically on making more and more cash through online content that one thinks should have been part of the original game itself.
Considering within this year I bought: Fallout New Vegas for $9.99 and Borderlands GOTY Edition for $19.99 I would say yeah, games ARE getting cheaper.
If your patient the game will become cheaper but if you really want to get the game and can't wait then its expensive. This is why I love buying those Game of the Years editions or whatever you call it because mostly they are less expensive than the original launch price and has the DLCs included as well. Wait a year if you can stomach it. lol!
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