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Just Stop! Games Are NOT More Expensive Today

Warp Zoned writes:

"With a generational shift looming for all three console manufacturers, a lot of digital ink has been spilled over the price of games and the belief that… SOMETHING. MUST. BE. DONE. Because didn’t you hear? Games are more expensive now than they’ve ever been. It’s true. I read it on the Internet.

No! Just Stop! YOU. ARE. WRONG."

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SavageKuma1617d ago

Well there is egg on my face now. I think the difference is that companies decided to all sell at the same price except for wii. Because looking through that catalog all those games on different systems had different set prices all random.

Megaman_nerd1617d ago (Edited 1617d ago )

those games were more expensive because they were on cartridge, and in the inside not all of them were the same. Some had additional components to make the graphics look better or memory for bigger save files etc.. When the PS1 came out it made the CD ROM standard and these were much more cheaper to produce than the cartridge and so the prices went down to $50 while N64 games were still being sold for like $80 each.

I mean, how else do you think a rookie brand like Playstaion could have beaten the all mighty Nintendo in its first try? But then the prices went up again this gen because of the higher production costs of game development while the Wii is still like developing for a last gen console.

In conclusion? This article is bad and full of misinformation.

vortis1616d ago (Edited 1616d ago )

Part of development costs went up this gen, but tools quickly became cheap especially after Epic released the UDK, which dropped development costs considerably (try tens of millions considerably).

I don't completely agree on all your points but you're right about cartidges costing more...(N64 carts were $24 to produce, where as Sony paid $0.03 per CD) so Nintendo had to sell much higher to recoup funds.

Oh yeah, and you're also right about some games costing more because of special tech, like Sonic & Knuckles with its lock-on technology as well as Virtua Racer on the Genesis because of that V-Chip which had it costing about $90 at retail when it first came out.

I also agree that this article is bad and full of misinformation.

Pozzle1616d ago

I can't remember how much games cost back in the NES/SNES era. But I remember when I was little and owned a Nintendo 64, my mum refused to buy me any games that were over $100. So yep, they've always cost a buttload of money. Though this might only apply in Australia. Our game prices are ridiculous over here :(

Stansolo1616d ago

I had street fighter 2 turbo limited edition in the steel tin back in the early 90's and it cost me on the day it was released £59.99. The average cartridge price was around £39.99 which is the same as today. It is a bit of a rip off the price we pay for todays games, back in the good old snes, mega drive days when you brought a game you felt like you were getting something for you money. A lovely boxed cartridge game, it felt special.
Thing is this, shop round for todays games you can get some good deals, I brought forza 4 brand new of amazon for £14.99! Its £24.99 now, trick is keep looking there's bargains out there to be had.

ryanelittlefield1616d ago

I remember way back when Game Players was a magazine, there was an ad on the back for Toys R Us promoting a sale on Sega Genesis games. Sale prices ranged from 69.99 to 84.99. The average was around 79 bucks for games like NBA Jam and Batman Forever. I'm pretty happy with an average $20 price drop. That being said, I do think that developers and publishers need to realize that putting a fair price on a game is a big deal. You don't see Super Meat Boy on a shelf in a store retailing for 59.99. It's priced according to the amount of content it has, and also takes into consideration the amount of development costs.

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