New video games no longer cost $60

Adam Kharatian writes, You’ve likely read articles in the past filled to the brink with tears of writers desperately pleading for a unanimous boycott of titles featuring paid downloadable content upon release. This isn’t one of those. It is simply a summary and analysis of how the standard business model for game releases has changed over the past few years. We won’t go into specifics and numbers, but instead explain the general mindset of publishers with the exception of a select few still struggling to fight the delusion of gamers “wanting” to pay more for games. At this point, $60 is what you pay for bare bones, what was once called a demo.

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KryptoniteTail3355d ago

I wouldn't go so far as to say we are paying for demos but it's getting there.

esemce3355d ago

Yes why sell a complete game for $60 when you can charge that with 30% ripped out to be sold as dlc later on for a further 20-40$. Easy money.

iSuperSaiyanGod3355d ago

You know you don't have to buy dlc right?

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Hoffmann3355d ago

You know that people like complete games, right?

iSuperSaiyanGod3354d ago

Personally I have no problem paying for dlc . Don't like it don't buy it . Or get a good job so you can afford it with out thinking about it . As long as the game works it's complete in my book . Times are changing & people need to understand that .

SegaGamer3354d ago

You don't seem to get it iSuperSaiyanGod. We know we don't have to buy it, but the fact is that most DLC shouldn't even be DLC. What they are doing is making a game, taking bits out of those games and then selling it to us bit by bit. How can you not see anything wrong with that ?

It's not as simple as just saying "get a job" either. Even with a job people can't keep buying brand new games with all of this DLC, it's a ridiculous amount of money they are asking for.

Over here in the UK it costs £50-£55 for a new game. Add all of the DLC and a lot of games will end up costing around £75-80 for a complete game, it's ridiculous.

The greed these days is taking the fun out of gaming.

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joab7773355d ago

It's partly our fault. We demand that prices aren't raised, that we won't pay alot for a console, and we get what we get, publishers being more creative. Couple that with increased competition and opportunities for gouging galore, and walla...!

cleft53355d ago

The only fault that belongs to us is that we buy overpriced or unreasonably priced games and dlc. Look at how much content is in The Witcher 3, which is only $53 if you preorder it now. Now look at how much content is in The Order 1886, a game that I actually like, which is priced at $60. The fact that people are willing to buy both of those games at close to the same price tag is the problem.

When people get tired of being overcharged for games, like they did in the 1980s, we will see all of this absurd overpriced DLC go away and games that don't deserve to be $60 won't be priced at $60. Will that happen now or tomorrow, probably not. That day is a long ways off, but if things keep going the way they are going now, it will happen sooner than we think.

Grap3355d ago (Edited 3355d ago )

The Witcher 3 is at 50$ if you have The Witcher 2 or 1.

Baka-akaB3354d ago

That's a load of BS . There is nothing more creative about selling a bunch of outfits at 2-4 dollars each ... Nor a meager 2-3 map packs at 6 to 9 dollars .

The creative part is making up a bunch of costs to justify dlc for contents that's already produced , or would usually be free

IanTH3354d ago

This is a question regarding walla...I've seen this many times. Is this some internet accepted variant of "voila"? Or just the phonetic spelling. Not judging or hating or whatever, just legitimately curious.

OT: I suppose you could say new games don't cost 60 bucks if you use Best Buy Gamers Club, but otherwise they don't cost 60 if you wait a bit. Which is what I do. Do both, Gamers Club and wait, and prices can be fantastic.

ShaunCameron3354d ago

Publishers being creative? If anything, publishers are trying to find new streams of revenue to compensate for the rising development costs and stagnant prices.

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TheNemesis5013355d ago

bloodborne came with no day one DLC so there you go.

Tapani3355d ago

Yup, and it was very complete. Just a bit of polishing needs to be done via patches, but that's ok. Such an endless, good game!!

About the DLC, now, I don't have a lot of money, never did, but I can always save $80-100 for extremely good game content. I don't mind buying Souls games at launch for PS3, a month later on PC, plus it's DLC package and now again a DX11 update. I spent $150 in a year's time, and I do not regret it the least. Then again, I would never pay for a Horse Armor.

In my mind, DLC is great when it's done right. When it's done wrong, it's horrifying and should be intervened by both us, the gamers, and legal entities.

ziggurcat3354d ago

actually, it had messenger hat DLC.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory3354d ago (Edited 3354d ago )

one game doesn't change anything

ironfist923355d ago

I dont understand this "$60" thing.

Because where I live, brand new released games dont sell for $60, nor does it in the rest of the world but America.

So why do people keep saying games cost $60 if its just for a single country?

paradigmfellow3355d ago

American centricism. The lack of a critical thinking and multiple perspective curriculum causes this.

Concertoine3354d ago

Or the writer is american, and is writing for an american audience. At this point america's the biggest market for games.

SilentNegotiator3354d ago (Edited 3354d ago )

Or, you know, maybe an American media site shouldn't feel the need to cater to non-Americans.

Besides, the point of this article is about the added/expected costs of DLC on top of base price. Replace the prices with whatever the hell it is where you are and you have the exact same point to the article; games have become way more expensive than the base price.

ironfist923354d ago

Given the replies here, you're right about that...

Its like they refuse to acknowledge other people's existance.

paradigmfellow3354d ago

@ironfist92 It is a shame. This is coming from an American. The US used to be the envy of education. Now, that title belongs to Finland and we continue to slide.

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Allsystemgamer3355d ago

Yup. 74.99 here in Canada and its bull. Have to work 12hours at minimum wage (taxes) to buy ONE game. 12 hours is half a pay week for many minimum workers. That's a lot of money considering how much everything else costs here. My phone bill alone is $110/month. That doesn't include food and necessities.

You have to be careful when buying games here now and it's rumoured to be going up again -_-

Nio-Nai3354d ago (Edited 3354d ago )

Got two comments mixed up and replied to the wrong one first.

My bad.

Unoriginalplayer3354d ago

Good thing you didn't own a Neo Geo system back in the day....try shelling out $400 bucks for a game.

ShaunCameron3354d ago

Because the author is American and he was talking to the American audience who live in America which happens to be the biggest and most important market on Earth.

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donwel3355d ago (Edited 3355d ago )

You think $60 is bad, try paying what we in the UK have been paying fr games. £50-£55 a game works out at approximately $75-$80. Rip of central over here mate

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Nwah3355d ago

Don't Aussies pay around $120 for new games? Why are games more expensive in countries outside of the US?