Prices ‘slowly rising’, says Microsoft. The reality: a great deal more shocking…
Price hikes suck.
Aye. But the games have got better and many have far higher budgets since 2006. Back then it was all MAME ROMS of Rootbeer Tapper and Frogger, now it's the likes of ComicJumper and Limbo and so on. I personally would expect these to cost more.
I agree that alot of them have gotten better. I remember buying the double dragon port on the arcade back in the day for $5 and it was complete garbage. that was a rip off compared to the 15$ games Ive bought. Also there are alot more sales and price drops going on now so you can still get a great deal on them if you wait till they go on sale. I have no problems paying 10-15 for some of the game I think are worth it. Like shadow complex, dead nation and recently bastion. I just finished bastion one time and I must have played it for more than 10 hours to complete it. I will play it again on new game +. For 15 that was a great value to me. I am more willing to pay $15 for a high quality original DL game, then to pay $10 or $5 for a port of some old game. I really like supporting these small devs that create an original DL game as opposed to companies who just port some old game for a quick buck. Im glad that we got high quality $15 arcade games, IMO alot of them offer a better value than many $60 games. You may notice taht most of the good DL games nowadays are Original new games as opposed to crappy overpriced ports like they were a few years ago. edit- anyone complaining about $15 games is too cheap for this hobby. Sorry but the quality of these game has increased dramatically. Content of disk games has not. Like I mention above, DL games used to be ports of NES and crap old games for 5/10$, but now people complain about original HQ digital games that cost $5 more? LOL, sorry but anyone who knows squat about videogames can tell you that the $15 games are usually the best and most original, not just some old port or cheap game. Ill pay 15/10 for awesome original games like bastion, dead nation, and shadow complex all day over the crap ass ports that they release for 10$ or $5, like sonic adventure, double dragon, or the turtles in time game that they made worse than my SNES version. If your too cheap to support small devs making amazing $15 GAMES then shut up and pay 5 for crappy NES ports and $60 for the next modern war FPS.
Many are arguably of 50% better quality. And Trails Evolution will be so good i'd pay full shop price for it.
Another trials fan I see. This is the best game on xbla by far. =D
Section 8:Prejudice is the best arcade game on XBL then it is plants vs zombies.
The newer XBL titles are by far a lot better then previous titles. They are getting more complex, better graphics, ideas and definitely more content. I'm okay with paying $15 for games like Bastion, which is an amazing game that you cant buy anywhere else. I look at arcade titles almost like a "budget" title game. You get so much content it's well worth it. When you consider you can pay $60 for some games that aren't as fun or even last as long as a game like Bastion you'll see what I mean. Right now all the innovation is on the arcade front.
I love Bastion, had to finish it twice this week because it was way too addicting. Musket + Trapper FTW!
$15 not that bad ! 2 bad Microsoft is a fucking pain in the ass company when it comes to greed, if they just took a look @ steam for a while prices, sales and bundles there you can get are simply amazing.
It's not just MS. Lots of these XBLA titles are also on PSN for the same price. Steam will always have great sales, PSN and XBL will never compare.
The launch/standard prices on Steam are also usually a low lower.
I agree but if the games are selling well why lower prices and lose money. Same with Xbl. People buy it despite free alternatives.
The quality and content of these games are also far superior to what was offered in the past (With some exceptions). Having played Bastion and From Dust, it's clear that these are great games with fresh gameplay ideas and styles.
Yet its 41% more profitable :) I mean I really have no problem paying $15 for some of these titles as they are actually worth it for the most part. Bastion for example, totally worth $15.
Totally worth $15 of cash you can't trade back upon, though?
Couldn't care less. I hear that argument/question so much this generation. I don't buy games with the intent of selling it later, so it's value on the open market doesn't even matter.
LOL, you would get a total of 3$ for trading in a game that cost $15 new. is a few dollars that important to you???? I guess people who trade in ALL of their games wouldnt be happy about it. But if its value your looking for then some of these DL games have it for sure. I paid 15$ for bastion and my first time through it took me 10+ hours. I dont think a 15 game would ever be worth much to trade in anyways even if you could. But as someone who doesnt trade in games much i LOVE DL some HQ digital games. IMO, awesome digital games being made is the BEST improvement that this generation has brought. there is now a market for smaller games, and these games are beginning to get better and better.
its the same for psn, all psn games used to be 7.99 euro and know there all 14.99 euro obviously 7.99 was a restricting factor for some devs, but each and every one jumping on the band wagon seems very suspicious and then theres the reduction for plus members, actually i dont buy any game that is reduced for plus members, its like there saying were ripping you off because your not a plus member
oh god 15 bucks is price gouging indeed /s hate articles like this, if you don't wanna buy an arcade title don't complain about the price, nearly all the arcade games are priced accordingly and worth it but i guess since the author is too cheap to buy an arcade game on psna or xbla then i guess he isn't going to ever buy a disk based game since the lowest ive ever seen them drop is down to 20 bucks
Yes, but the value of a boxed game has remained at the same point since 2005, and is hence just over a fifth less expensive now, when you take inflation into account. If retail titles had increased by the same rate, you'd be paying over $100 for them. So there ;P
@DaveX360... I would completely disagree on the value of the boxed game. On surface I would say sure what you say makes sense. But the realities are publishers now a day are continuously holding back content and/or making content for paid DLC etc... that content 6+ years past would have free. The actual price of a full complete game these days is closer to $90 typically with DLC than just $60.
in 3 years time when theres another 50% increase, youll be on here saying "its only 30 bucks" all the arcade games are priced accordingly and worth it
hey so long as they are priced accordingly and give good game play and quality that i enjoy then so be it, if i don't think its worth it then i won't buy it and you misquoted me sir i didn't say all i said nearly all meaning there are some that are not worth the full price but a lot are and why should price matter if you enjoy and have a good time with the game, seems to be the problem now a days all about the pricing when it should be about the quality of the game...not the graphics not the online but the quality and amount of content they give you and how much you enjoy it edit: not to mention EVERYTHING is getting a price increase, gas, food, clothes....world is in a bad spot economy wise, i know i cringe every time i fill my car but its not like it will come down anytime soon and complaining isn't going to do anything but annoy people
Anyone bitching ...just stop. Yes prices have increased but so has the quality and amount of game. Do not forget that when XBLA started with all those 400pt games the file size limitation was 50MB!!!! It is not 2GB! So to do a fair comparison... prices have gone from 400pts to 1200pts (average costs) over 6yrs... thats an increase of $133pts a year basically. Game size has increased over the 6years on average 325MB per year. So yes, prices have increased by 300% over 6yrs...but the game size has increased by 4000% over that same time.
LOL... i love the disagrees. Please...where was I wrong? 2005 XBLA pricing started 400pt. 2005 XBLA file size limitation 50MB 2011 XBLA prices range but lately avg. 1200pts 2011 XBLA file size limitation 2GB those are all facts people... prices have increased by 300%, but files size has gone up by 4000%. You could break it down this way if you like: 2005 you paid 8pts per MB. 2011 you pay 1.66 pts per MB.
"So yes, prices have increased by 300% over 6yrs...but the game size has increased by 4000% over that same time." Size =/= quality.
@radphil, certainly size doesn't always mean quality...but in the case if XBLA I think you can absolutely equate the two over the past 6yrs. The quality of game coming to XBLA now versus the beginning is night and day on a whole.
@Dlacy13g Well the thing is I understand what you're pointing at, but from the way how you pointed it out, it made it seem that the higher the price, the bigger and better quality of the game, which wasn't necessarily true.
paid sarvice forcing you
"the average price hike, year-on-year, has remained above any measure of inflation on record." Isn't that how ALL price rises work? The inflation rate is supposed to be set to represent what is expected to happen to prices/value but then it CAUSES a rise greater than it is ever predicted to be (because greedy companies want to use it as an excuse to overcharge). Average wages never rise by more than the inflation rate... broken much?
Perhaps, but we're talking about the actual rate of inflation that actually occurred during these years, so XBLA titles' value rose more quickly than most purchasable items did at the time.
But your inflation argument can only hold up if you are buying a comperable item. XBLA games have increased in size and quality at a faster rate... so while yes pricing may have increased faster than the inflation rate it is not a valid argument given they have increased the quality and size of game available. IF MS had increased the price but kept file sizes at 50MB then I would agree with you, but they haven't. The value you get for what you pay for has increased exponentially more.
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