QOTW: Do you think the cost of new video games is reasonable or should be lowered?


New Video Games are by no means cheap.  Sure if you’re patient and wait a few months after a game is released you can get great deals on PC Games.  Just in the past I’ve probably paid for 7 or more games though Steam totaling less than $40.  And I’m talking quality games here, not shit games.  But new releases are generally $60.  If a game is multiplayer only it may come in the $40 price range (RO2) and deserverdly so. But when big development companies and Publishers know they can get $60 for a game, they will price their games at $60 a pop.  Not to mention the 4 pieces of DLC that will cost $15 each as well, making the gamers total investment in his hobby around $120, for one DAMN GAME!  So we ask ourselves this week on our QOTW: Do you think the cost of new video games is reasonable or should be lowered?

Casper: For all the Australian/New Zealand readers it definitely is very unreasonable because we get to pay around 100 dollars per game even digitally when it cost 0$ more to give it to us on a digital platform this is a fucking scam and the people doing it should be brutally fucking FLUFFY CAT CENSORSHIP for all these years of theft from people all over these 2 countries..  In the united states and the UK i think the pricing is reasonable and once the world gets the same price ill be extremely happy my only other question is.. why do countries like russia manage to get them the cheapest ?? why do any countries get a game cheaper than another..this is bullshit..fix it!

Jose: It depends, i would pay $60 for a game that includes a large replay-value. I remember that a time ago, portal 2 was released for $50/$60, but it wasn’t worth it. Because it was the same thing as the first portal, and the only difference was the multiplayer. That was a $30 game for sure.
But games like BF3 or maybe TEoS (Morrowind ftw and hopefully skyrim will be great), that you can play always, are really worth $60.
Like i said, it depends on the replay value 🙂

Adam:  I think $60 for a finely tunes masterpiece is a great deal.  A game that offers a compelling single player experience and literally hundreds of hours of online potential is worth $60.  The thing is that if a boxed version of a PC or console game costs $60 the digital should be at least $10-$20 below that price point.  But publishers have gotten away with offering the game at the same price but profiting more because of the LOW overhead to offer a digital copy of a game and possibly servers to download if from.

I think another sin of the industry is having game hype the shit out of themselves, cost $60 and then suck ballz.  Many times this may just be a matter of opinion, but in some cases selling a un-finished product of a lame ass game for the full price of $60 is highway robbery.  But overall I would just love to see the savings publishers obtain by offering their products digitally passed along to customers up front, not just a year after its release.


Airborne Gamer
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4 comments
mrSilkie
mrSilkie

Yeah, world of warcraft ended up costing about $130 Base, $20 BC, $30 WOTLK, $40 Cata, $40 And that's before you even start to think about playing the game, you still have to pay for your subscription fee. BUT! i'm not a stingy bastard, i'd be happy to pay 20 or 30 bucks for a game, but i've bought games before, the most infamous being spore which i had used up all of my installations on a single machine (just from taking out the ram and that one time i blew up my graphics card. :P) I picked the $100 game up (i actually bought the game for $100) on steam for a mere $15

thegameplaysk
thegameplaysk

Well, it really depends on the game, but I think that 60 dollars is too much for some games. Especially because I live in Europe and SOME (not all.. not even the majority) convert american prices to euro in a rate of 1:1. So if you pay 60 dollars we pay 60 euros, but that is like 80 dollars.. roughly Steam does it on call of duty games, but it might be just Activisions demand since it converts other games pretty acurately price wise.

AirborneGamer
AirborneGamer

Yeah, the conversion from US dollars to Euros is not very fair to European Gamers at all. You're getting screwed over for sure, but not quite as bad as the Australians.

shardival
shardival

...and not converting it into PLN (polish zloty) is really unfair - I'm talking about Steam. For example - RO2 cost 35 euro (150 pln) - in store, I can buy for 16 euro (70 pln). That's why gamers from Poland need to wait for sales to buy games in reasonable prices. This is why there is so much "shops" selling a illegal Steam keys for a half price.

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