Europe-Nintendo writes "This past year I have noticed something that has begun to bother me constantly when on the look out for new games to play. My problem with modern games is the pricing both long term and short term."
Yes they do. I could buy a PS3 for what 5 games cost. Only AAAA PS3 exclusives should be 60 bucks all the rest should be 40-50 bucks.
and thats why I love pawn shops.
i would love it if games where $45
Sure it would be nice if the prices were generally lower, but it's how long that they stay at those high ($50 +) prices that really bother me. Take COD4 for example: A 2 year old game that STILL costs $50 for the GOTY Edition. What utter BS.
video game budget for a triple A game = $20-30 million. Game's sold at $50 a piece, said game will sell over 2 million copies (i'm underestimating for the sake of the example) That's 100 million - production cost/manufacturing cost etc. If we were to compare it to a AAA movie: movie production cost of pirates of the caribbean movies/batman/terminator/trans formers etc they all cost around $300 million to make, and GROSSED 800million to 1 billion. That's less profit as a %, plus the movie industry spents a ridiculous amount on advertising and the gross takings of a film are the value of the ticket sales ( and a larger % of that would go into maintaining the theatres etc than the % of the gross game industry cost as it's straight to stores) So the game industry has a much greater turn around, games should be the price of a blu ray, if they were they would sell a **** load more as well, instead of choosing between game's A and B, they would just buy A,B and game C for the same price, can't go wrong...but of course with lovely chaps like bobby k in charge of pricing we would never see that happen
Most AAA games I will buy on day one at full price. I know the developer has spent the time and money to make a good game. Filler games or bad ports just start in the bargain bin it's the only way you'll end up in my games library. Though I did like $59.99 better than $69.99 for most of the new games.
of course consumers will want games cheaper, but the fact is that the gaming industry is far less popular then say the movie industry whose dvds and blu rays you can get for 20-30. If as many people played games as they watched movies im sure the price would go down.
@1.1- I hate going into pawn shops because they're such intensely sad places. Everything in there is a product of poverty, disease, or foreclosure, and I can't stand it. As for the topic, they do need to find a way to make $60 games come down in price. Developers should be getting a considerably larger share of the wealth, and the publishers should stop taking 60% cuts of the profits. Just halving the publishers' would bring games down $10 or $20 each. That would be well worth it, especially in a recession.
What the gaming industry needs is to return to The Three Tier Pricing chart. Tier 1 ($50): AAA games such as UC2, KZ2, Demon's Souls Tier 2 ($40): AA Games such as Prince of Persia, HAWX, Mirrors Edge Tier 2 ($30): A Games such as "all movie based games!!!" This would greatly help the sales of new IPs as they would not have to prove that they are worth just as much money than well established franchises. Also, $10s may not seem like much of a difference between $50 and $60, but it's a world of difference in a consumers mind. For some reason its as if we go into a store thinking to ourselves that we have $100 max to spend on gaming at one time. With games at $50 we know we can get two games with that $100 or just 1 $60 game, so we spend less on gaming than we would if they where just $10 cheaper. This would explain why more gamers this generation have been purchasing used games. They have decided that instead of buying 1 game on Day 1, if they just wait a few weeks or months and they can get them for <$50. This is giving them that 2+ games for $100 deal that they are looking for. Plus they get a chance to get unbiased reviews from thousands of real gamers who already played the game, this helps them avoid the "Overhype" and invest in quality games. Too bad that it appears that games are only going to get more expensive from this generation on. I just hope they don't fully return to their peak cartridge prices. I still remember when some rpgs used to cost $80-$100 USDs.
Especially here in Australia where games reatil from $90 to $110 AUD. This is the USD equivalent of $83 to $101, a lot more than what people pay in the US.
Yea i always feel bad for Aussies you guys have the worst censorship in gaming history, you pay almost twice what we in the U.S. pay and you usually have to wait longer to get games, but at least from what i hear your country is beautiful.
i cancelled my EB pre-order for mass effect 2 and dragon age when i found out that they were $30 cheaper at game ( online price) Dragon age: EB= $129 collectors ED GAME online= $99 Mass Effect 2: EB= $109 GAME online= $89 :D and to think i used to get all my games from EB or JB hi fi ( although JB can be ok, they had dead space for $30 a while ago...GAME has it for $89 still, that's instore though, never go to a retailer GAME store, they only have one price: full price
in alot of cases yes but games like uncharted 2 I would be happy to spend 60 for def. the best game this gen for (me) only using uncharted 2 as an example theres a few games on both ps3 and 360 that I think are worth 60
I would say it depends on the game. Something like GTA, Splinter Cell, MGS, Uncharted, Killzone, oblivion, Demon's souls and all them games that really give u bang for ur buck is worth $60 to me. But when you get something like Bionic Commando, Dark Sector, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, Beowulf and all them games that just don't even try to be amazing is only worth about 40 to me if that.. So it all depends on the game if you ask me. I woudl have bought demon's souls and uncharted 2 for $75 is i really had to, then again I would not buy 50 cents game for no more than $20..
all games ARE NOT created equal...lol...and they should be priced accordingly...i'm not paying $60 bucks for a game I KNOW will pale in comparison to top shelf games like MGS, Gran Turismo, GTA series, Uncharted, etc...Cooking Mama should be $FREE.99 lol :) Uncharted 2 all day ;)
Who decides which game is worth 60 bucks and which game is not worth it? I know the answer. The consumer decides that it is worth it when they pay for it. That's how business works. Every generation, the price of games goes up 10 bucks, and the analysts wait to see if the gamers will bite, and they do. They buy the games just the same, and so the consumers have already decided that the game is worth 60 bucks prior to playing it. After playing the game, the opinions change. People may have paid 65 bucks for Grand Theft Auto 4 thinking that it was certainly worth the price because it was going to provide them hundreds of hours of enjoyment as well as the fact that it is an iteration of one of the best franchises of the video game industry. But afterwards, that gamer may have hated the game, and decided that it was not worth its initial MSRP price, and now thinks that he knows which games are worth 60 and which are worth 50. It's really quite stupid, because as soon as you paid 65 bucks to play the game you were letting the game industry know that it was okay for them to raise the price from the last generation. And the price may go up again next generation, and people will b!tch about it temporarily and then give in and buy the games, thus letting the industry know yet again, that after a little bit of convincing, we're always happy to bend over and let them take us for all we have. That's business 101.
Yes games are too expensive! Personally I'd say £30 is the right price for a game. I paid £32 for Uncharted 2 and I have no complaints with that price. I also got inFamous for £29.99 on day one, and Killzone 2 for £32.99, both pretty fair prices. All of those 3 I got from shopTo.net in case anyone cares. Today I got Borderlands from GAME and it cost me £39.99, that's the most I expect to pay for a game, although I don't complain about that, I still feel a bit of reluctance at parting with those extra beer tokens. Anything over £40 is just taking the p!ss, i.e. MW2
$50 for a PC game is fine with me. Where I live console games cost $20 more.
Definitely YES ! if games were 30 to 40€ I guess less people would embrace piracy.
I just wish europe wasn't scammed as it is right now :( PC game (only play PC) are 75$ (50€) and console games 70€.
Really, where do you live? In the UK, like most places, PC games are cheaper, say £30-35 fpr a new release PC title and £40-50 for the consoles. Of course that's retail though, they can all be found a little cheaper online. Personally, I believe if you pick the right games, ones you know will offer you considerable game time. Then your getting on hell of a deal, I used to pay £60+ for SNES games and the production time/cost between now and then cant be compared, it costs so much more to make a new, cutting edge game.
blame it on sony, micrsoft and nintendo for charging royalties to every publisher
YES GAMES ARE GETTING WAY TO EXPENSIVE...BUT WHAT CAN WE DO EITHER PLAY THEM OR NOT.. BUT SERIOUSLY PS3 GAMES FOR 69.99 IS STUPID HERE IN CANADA,SOMEONE IS CASHING IN ....GREEDDY
£30 is a good price IMO, but £45 for games like MW2... they can piss right off.
Yes they are expensive I didn't mind paying $50 but even then it was expensive for a game. At $60 the game companies are still trying to sell you DLC for $10 add that to the price of your game you are paying $70. It is because of this that we might see a price hike if people continue to buy DLC that should have already been in the game.
360 games where i live are 25.000 dong (Vietnamese) thats like a dollar and 50 cents american.
wait..... the official currency for Vietnam is called "DONG"????!!! That's awesome!!! I learn something new everyday on the internet... LOL