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Stop Complaining About Game Prices

If you regularly buy games, there’s a high chance that you’ve complained about how much they cost, and it’s totally understandable. $60 is a lot of money to spend on a game you may or may not even like. But there’s something you need to keep in mind next time you’re in GameStop, picking up the latest Mario Kart. You shouldn’t complain about the prices of video games anymore, because they’re cheaper than ever.

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jay21549d ago (Edited 1549d ago )

Lol........Try $90 here in the UK! for PS4/xbone.

OrangePowerz1549d ago

In the US advertised prices for everything is before tax because ever state over there has different taxes on different items.

Muzikguy1549d ago

Each state has different tax but that's still not going to be close to $90. I feel bad for you guys. There's not a single game if pay that much for.

Christopher1549d ago (Edited 1549d ago )

Yeah! And while you're at it, stop being poor!

Just FYI to the author, while games used to be more expensive way back when, they are also now targeted at a much more massive audience that doesn't have the available liquid assets that many older video game enthusiasts had. For many, gaming is their most expensive hobby even with today's prices.

Canary-00831548d ago

You also need to keep in mind that, in the U.S. at least, wages have stayed constant while the buying power of the dollar has diminished. Shelling out $50 today for Wind Waker HD is a bigger hit to our wallets than paying $75 for Majoras Mask was 15 years ago.

In short, there are many variables to consider.

And absolutely no one should be whining about consumer criticism when the industry arbitrarily raises standard prices, like they did in 2005, or rip consumers off at every turn with digital content.

Magicite1549d ago

Im buying games from ebay.co.uk for ~20-25euros(delivery included).
I just have patience, but those who wanna get day one, of course will have to pay 2-3x more.

Tiqila1549d ago (Edited 1549d ago )

did not know they had dollars in the UK.

I can preorder Destiny (Xbox One/PS4) for 45 pounds (amazon.co.uk). If you want to have the price in dollars you also just can't translate it by using the actual currency rate (which would be like 75$ anyway and not 90).

Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Titanfall are all 30 pounds.

Vurczi1548d ago

Prices on new releases in the UK are between 45-55pounds, that is 75-94bucks.

Tiqila1547d ago

its still wrong to just translate your UK prices to US prices. Where I live 60€ is the normal price for a brand new game and there were times where I bought games from the UK because the exchange rates of euro and pounds were very close, like 1 pound to 1.1€. Now its 1 pound to 1.26€, which makes an 45 pounds game costing around 56€ which has been 49.5€ with the other exchange rate. So even if you buy a game for 55 pounds, that does not equal 90$ because you can't translate it depending on current exchange rates without considering things like average income, living costs, etc.

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Baka-akaB1549d ago (Edited 1549d ago )

"When I really sit down to think about it, video games are so cheap nowadays, that it blows my mind. Just yesterday, I bought the Resistance collection for $19.99. That’s three games for $6.67 each. Insane."

What ? Budget collection always existed , and were always cheap . The is nothing to gloat about such prices when one of the game is from 2007 , and a truly bad example .

Anyway i agree that yeah new retail games used to cost a lot more than today . So some perspective is needed .

But it doesnt mean it couldnt or shouldnt get cheaper . Also the author forget that some genres used to last longer , and werent cut into pieces for dlc material

randomass1711549d ago

Why shouldn't people complain? I would absolutely love it if all games were roughly the same price as DVDs and still profitable for the industry. It'd be a lot easier to buy them all!

OrangePowerz1549d ago

Games don't have that source of income that would let them allow to release the games cheap like movies have that make a lot of money in the cinemas first.

randomass1711549d ago

Indie games do. Some indie games have really small budgets and can sometimes be just as good as the AAA stuff. If they can do it, why can't AAAs?

OrangePowerz1548d ago

Indie games are in most cases a lot cheaper to produce hence why they are priced lower. You can't expect that a game that costs 50 million to make costs as much ad one that costs half a million.

dennett3161548d ago

Games nowadays often have corporate tie ins and sponsorships, product placement, excessive DLC and micro-transactions, special editions etc.
Their earning potential is more than enough, even in the AAA space. The problem in the games industry is the increasing staleness of AAA titles as they all look to be the same as the big hitters who have carved out their own identity over the years - Call of Duty, GTA etc. - rather than take a risk and come up with something new or fresh.
People will only play the same old thing for so long before the cash stops rolling in...it's why the Indie scene has never been as popular as it is now, people are getting sick of identical AAA experiences and moving to indies in order to see something new.

Gh05t1548d ago

I would rather the teams not spend $50million on one game and shrink down to small teams make great games at $20.00 $30.00 and release them more spread out rather than every year. Imagine how many games would come out if instead of $50million you got $5million and your team was also shrunk to 1/10th the size. you would get 10 games at $20 - $30 a piece (over a longer period of time mind you, but with more teams it would be more games) but to me that beats one game rushed out every year at $60

Im not saying EVERY studio should do this but I think a few of them could and be profitable. It would just take a fundamental shift in the industry and thats not going to happen. but then again this is where we get the indie games from and its been great with a lot of awesome games coming out.

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gamerhecz1549d ago

I will not stop complaining. Microtransactions will be the death of me

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