http://i.imgur.com/hT7L1.jpg
I hear many people mention that video games are more expensive than they were in days of yore. Its interesting as this image has recently surfaced to somewhat dispel that idea. Some games cost in upwards to $70 in certain markets depending on the launch system and demand for it.

I don't mind the $60 if the game is worth it and now games can be MUCH less if its digital. Do you think games cost too much? What was the most expensive game you have both recently and ever?

BR   Supporter wrote on 10/05/2012 at 12:25am

I feel like games are a bit too expensive right now. Most major games are $60 which is quite a lot compared to the more indie games that are $20(little more/little less depending on the game type). I don't see why games need to be $60, most indie companies that sell their games cheaper seem to do fine as long as the game is actually good. Also, the fact is that soon most games will be all downloaded digitally. Selling a game digitally is much cheaper than selling a hard copy(disk,case, and any booklets). At least with the hard copy they have to account for all the stuff they include with the game. So the profit isn't going to be as much as a digital download.

All in all I guess I'm saying if you sell a hard copy of the game for $60 its alright, but once you start selling digitally for $60, your just being completely greedy. No digital download needs to be $60 to make a good profit.

BR   Supporter wrote on 10/05/2012 at 12:28am

Also, I forgot to add stuff about dlc. Now they are starting to make dlc at the same time the game is being made then selling it for another 10 to 20 bucks. So that brings the total up even higher than before. Mass effect 3 is one of the games that did this. They released the Ashes to ashes dlc at the same time they released the game and gave it a price of $10. This caused the total of the game to become $70 if you wanted the full game. That is just greedy EA for ya.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 10/05/2012 at 03:21am

I agree, $60 for a digital only triple A game is too much. I've heard the reason why they can't drive the digital price
lower at first is because of contracts with stores.

I hope that changes in the future. Or just charge less, like CS:GO or Torchlight 2 pricing :D

Tungsten wrote on 10/05/2012 at 11:00am

I remember Sonic and Knuckles being ridiculously expensive. The justification was that it let you play the other Sonic games as Knuckles. Pretty awesome idea btw. It was like DLC before DL's.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 10/05/2012 at 12:17pm

Oh right, didn't that cart have a open top to put the other games on so it could change the code or something?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 10/05/2012 at 12:18pm
Jacob_Richardson wrote on 10/08/2012 at 09:18am

Honestly I feel like that picture in particular may be taken out of context. For instance, http://www.play-asia.com/paOScore/19-71-99-49-en-15-gundam.html take a look at how expensive those games are. Ya some places have them way hiked up then they were at the time but, most places were pretty cheap. I got a lot of my super sega games for like 20dollars. Sega Saturn in particular has reasons for being so pricey. As out of japan it did horribly and the number of copies was exceedingly low for games.

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