Why are PC Gamers paying $60 now?

It all started when Activision had the audacity to start charging $60 for the PC version of Modern Warfare 2.

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GSpartan7773116d ago

Same reason console gamers are paying $60 and same reason we paid $15 to see Avatar. It costs money to make games and developers have to get paid for the hard work they do. Again it's simple, you either take it or leave and go cry about it or pirate it like this news is trying to give people a reason to.

NOOBKILLA3115d ago

I think it is because simplicity of downloading and playing a PC game. Heck all you need is uTorrent and Daemon Tools and your set. I wouldn't be suprised if devs start doing digital download only for their PC games. If they don't PC games will continue being the same price as console games.

evrfighter3115d ago (Edited 3115d ago )


nobody I know has paid $60 for a pc game including me. nobody I know still hasn't bought mw2 for the pc either lol.

I keep my friends well informed.

Valve knows just how much midweek/weekend madness 50%-75% off drive sales. This won't become a standard

JsonHenry3115d ago

This is another case of being dumbed down thanks to consoles. :)

RagTagBnd4453115d ago

You are wrong, microsoft and sony gets the last 10$, on pc such fees don't exits, why the cheaper games. BTW, i have not paid more than normal for my games yet, here in europe there has not been higher prices yet.

Rowsdower3115d ago

buys games thats why PC games cost 60.00

STK0263115d ago (Edited 3115d ago )

I find it funny to see the numbers of people commenting this article, claiming it's normal since games are more expensive to produce now than they were a few years back, or that there's no reason as to why PC games should be less expensive than console games; completely ignoring the fact that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are taking around 10$ off each game sold on their system, something Microsoft (considering Windows is the most used OS used for modern gaming) doesn't do on PC.

So really, if Activision of any other publisher for that matter, can make profit out of a game they sell 60$ on a console, 10$ going directly to the console maker, why do they need to sell it 60$ on PC, if not by greed?

But in the end, the most ridiculous thing is the fact that, assuming ActiBlizzard makes three limited editions, some people will end up paying 300$ to play the "complete" StarCraft 2 (the first limited edition is priced at 100$, others are likely to be priced in a similar way). The last time I was something nearly as expensive, it was Steel Battalion.

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@below, I believe Assassin'S Creed 2 is 60$ as well. I just hope this doesn't become some kind of trend, as StarCraft 2 standard edition will be 60$ too.

Motion3115d ago

Exactly as other people have said, consoles have a $10 licensing fee added to the price of the title, as where PC's have no such fee being an open platform. When a standard pc game is marked up to $60 its just the publisher being greedy. Though in all fairness, the ONLY non-special edition game I've seen with this price tag is MW2.

PS. Geno, you have no clue what you're talking about.

sikbeta3115d ago

This is Real? as far as I know Prices didn't change...

champ213115d ago (Edited 3115d ago )

Well if console gamers have a problem paying the extra 10-15usd per game. They should take it up with Microsoft or Sony, since that share goes directly to them.

Pc being a free platform doesnt have those royalties.

Hence complaining about paying more and getting a inferior version is a moot point.

BTW its not hard getting a PC and being free of paying royalities. You dont have to stick to console gaming if you have such a problem paying the extra money.

Edit: before some console gamer comes up saying it costs 2000usd to make a PC. Out perfoming a console would only cost you a 500usd PC. Getting a more powerful machine is just your choice its not required.

I personally game on a machine that runs 5760*1080p (6x the current 720hd standard), its not required its my choice.

BRG90003115d ago (Edited 3115d ago )

PC games have cost $50 for decades, despite inflation causing dollars to be worth 40-50% less in that period. This was going to happen sometime.

We will see games cost $100 for standard editions in our lifetime. That's just how inflation works.

EDIT: Got my percents backwards. Things cost 40-50% more on average, so money is worth more like 30% less. Still, this $10 increase doesn't even cover inflation.

EDIT 2: SPLINTER CELL SPOILER JACKASS BELOW ME. Scroll down at your own peril.

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FragGen3115d ago (Edited 3115d ago )

You think the extra money is going to DEVELOPERS? That's so naive it's actually cute.

They're $60 because PUBLISHERS (i.e. folks like Activision) have determined that's what the market will bear, IF they choose to make the terms for studios better and IF the studio's management decide to share their good fortune and IF the going rate for industry talent goes up, then Johnny Programmer will get a couple $$/wk raise or modest bonus next year.

Much of it's going to be paid out straight to Bobby Kotick's bonus, I'd wager.

champ213115d ago

Console gamers hoping PC prices go upto 60usd, should think again.

If that does happen, Microsoft and Sony will shamelessly increase prices to 70usd next gen or maybe even this gen. Who knows.

Since both of them are in losses still, they need to recover the losses to justify new consoles.

The wise gamer would rather support the idea of 50usd games on the PC so prices on console games dont go up. Rather it would be wiser to jump ship and buy all multiplats on PC, no point whining about getting the inferior version.

presto7173115d ago

When Starcraft 2 comes out for 60 bucks, I'll be getting it day 1. Heck I would pay if they charged even 80 bucks. People will pay equal to or below what they value something at. If the game of your dreams comes out on pc for 60 bucks, which one of you will tell me you wouldn't buy it? No point lying...

champ213115d ago


agreed, most of us probably will pick up SC2 day one even if its 60usd. Though remember blizzard games have an insanely long life.

This game will be played for years to game, hell even a decade.

Warcaft 3 is almost 10years old, i still play it was worth every penny.

I didnt pick up MW2 cause it was crap anyways, niether would i pick up any other game at 60usd.

I do fear though if Activisions way of milking their franchises makes way to blizzard, i wont be supporting that. I dont want to see SC5 in the next 4years.

ColdFire3115d ago

If games cost $60 on PC, the publishers will want to make the same amount of money from console, due to the licensing fee, this means console games WILL go to $70. Stop celebrating at the potential loss of one of the reasons PC gaming is better, and start thinking outside the platform war, about how this affects you.

Ocelot5253115d ago

in belgium i have to pay $70(€40) for PC games, $80(€75) for modern warfare 2

and $100 for new PS3 exclusives.

the game-shops know that the standard of living of average joe in europe is high and gamers pay the price :( , the 21% tax rate is also a big problem

so stop whining americans, u guys are already receiving games at budget prices.

Millah3115d ago

I take it you didn't bother to read the article. PC games do not require the same licensing fees that consoles do, hence the reason why they have traditionally been cheaper on PC. The publishers, or actually just Activision are charging 60 dollars, not because they have to pay any additional licensing fees, but simply because they know they can get away with it. You're a straight dumb ass if you think this is helping the developers in any way.

This only helps those greedy low lifes at Activision pocket more money. It amazes me how these stupid executives never learn that taking advantage of your customer base, treating them like pawns, and milking things the way they do at Activision is never good for the long term and always turns around to bite them in the anus..

sid4gamerfreak3115d ago

Uh Ive never bought a 60 dollar pc game and never will. In fact i wont give a cent to those filthy greedy developers.

The only games ive heard which cost 60 dollars for the pc is AC2 and MW2. And those are games hardly worth getting...

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xTruthx3115d ago

Don't worry I have over 300 friends on xfire, barely 20 play it

-Alpha3115d ago

Is this a growing trend? I only know of MW2 that did it.

tda-danny3115d ago

In Canada Capcom released both SS4 & RE5 at $60 as well.
They are the only PC games I've seen not priced at $49.95 though

spektical3115d ago (Edited 3115d ago )

why? because PC gamers are losing their bargaining power, especially by now buying basically fixed prices via download. I said it before and i'll say it again, Downloading is bad for the customeres bargaining power.

this especially happens when an extremely greedy company decides to jack up the price. - activision

Pandamobile3115d ago (Edited 3115d ago )

Activision are greedy, money grubbing whores, and Ubisoft is trying hard to be Activision.

I'll start getting worried when THQ and EA start charging $60.

MexicanAppleThief3115d ago (Edited 3115d ago )

Pandamobile: 'Activision are jews'

Is that allowed here?

Rowsdower3115d ago

you have been reported for your vile stereotyping

next time choose your words better

DORMIN3115d ago

and now be prepare to be charged $15 for some map DLC.

Sad thing is, it still managed to be one of the best selling on XBL already. Everyone be prepared to be paying more for DLC on all fronts.

OtherWhiteMeat3115d ago (Edited 3115d ago )

I think it's wise you edited your first comment,now I'll agree with you.

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Rowsdower3115d ago (Edited 3115d ago )

can be a sad depressing place sometimes.

apparently you can get your account suspended for spamming, but throwing around ethnic stereotypes is fine here on N4G, quite disappointing.

also the fact that those speaking up against it are getting disagrees while those who are using the stereotypes are being agreed with.

Pandamobile3115d ago

Calm down, buddy, it's not a big deal.

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