The Stigma of Blockbusters: Big Budget, Bigger Problems

Reuben Williams-Smith writes: "Video games are expensive. This is an obvious and unavoidable fact. Anyone with even a cursory understanding of gaming will tell you that prices only ever seem to increase. The release of a new console generation has only hiked the price up even further; the cost of the new hardware and all the fancy next generation games making the barrier to enjoyment even less surmountable. Unless you’re a PC gamer of course, in which case the prevalence of digital distribution across a variety of sales platforms mean that savings are regular and significant. However PC gaming comes with an even higher cost for initial hardware, which makes it even less appealing. But it’s expensive for the publishers and developers too, as the so called AAA video game market insists on graphical quality and set piece bombast, development budgets skyrocket and marketing budgets quickly follow."

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Alexious3652d ago

Destiny is a huge bet for Bungie, I agree. And it's not guaranteed that they win.

Skate-AK3652d ago

Really want to see what happenes with Activision and Destiny.


PS Plus Is Losing 12 Games In June 2024 Along With A Major Rockstar Release

Subscribers of the Extra and Premium tiers of PS Plus will lose access to a total of 12 games during the month of June, 2024.

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gold_drake2d ago

i think the only real loss is GTAV

OtterX2d ago

I think everyone and their sister owns the game by now. They likely want to squeeze the rest of the holdouts before GTAVI releases.

Profchaos2d ago

That game comes and goes from subscriptions so frequently I think it's expected now. Like rdr2 on gamepass Rockstar Games only last a max of 3 months On a service

MrBaskerville2d ago

Talos Principle is the real loss.

BanginTunes2d ago

Facts that game is good as fuck I'm playing through 2 now, very underrated

Huey_My_D_Long2d ago

indivisible was pretty neat. Cute artstyle, fun throwback to older RPGs, shame its leaving but it is on sale often

shinoff21832d ago

Definitely. I e joyed what I played of it. Still gotta grab the physical at some point

Petebloodyonion2d ago

I'm not surprised by GTA V removal, Rockstar never allows this game to stay long on a subscription service.
They usually allow 4 to 6 months.

lodossrage2d ago

Yeah, they do that routinely with both GTA and Red Dead.

But it's because they know they can still sell them so they take them off and on to these sub services in cycle.

The weird thing to me is why is anyone still buying those games at this point? You would think after 3 generations of being sold GTA 5 that everyone and their momma would have it by now

RNTody2d ago

I fail to see how the loss of an almost 11 year old game that released across 3 generations is in any way a problem.

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GTA 5 and GTA Online Player Engagement Jumps Up Double Digits in Percentages Compared to Last Year

Even 10 years after release, Grand Theft Auto 5 and GTA Online's player engagement has risen drastically compared to last year.