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has anyone noticed

Post by warlock359205 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:35 pm

has anyone noticed , considering most games are now downloaded, i.e. no more box or packaging, no dvd, that just how much the price of a game that USED to be around £ 30.00, has now jumped up to around £40.00 to £45.00 now, for me personally they are pricing themselves out of the market, or at least me playing "new realeases" that is I will now have to start to play them once they get to the bargain bin at a later date, the trouble is I find that even cd keys , g2play, and kinguine , are all following suite. they all used to be the cheapest .
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Post by Ztranier » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:39 pm

there is one good think on your point @warlock,
less natural resources are needed and yoused

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Post by Age. » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:42 pm

Inflation. Brexit. Etc.

But also because pc game prices are set to compete with console. Especially on Uplay and Origin. But if you wait until after launch prices soon fall. Or there's sales on Humble Bundle, Steam, Fanatical, Indiegala, Gog. Or you can vote with your wallet and buy from Kinguin, CDkeys etc.

PC game prices fall much more quickly and sensibly than console from what I've seen. EA stuff is always over priced though. As is COD.
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Post by Projectblue » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:27 pm

Cost of a disc - negligible. Cost of packaging some money, tuppence in China. Cost of artwork - a lot and still needed. Cost of game development. The same if not more as people need to get paid.
Downloading is much better to the environment (except the energy used) than packaging, but game dev is always going to cost.

More importantly perhaps is where the perception of how much a game will sell for. That is the thing that EA learnt from BF1 imho - that they tried to milk the cash cow just a little too hard and it complained. So they have backed off, possibly realising that 22million @ $50 is much better than 11 million @ $70.

The thing is Warlock, stuff has changed from when games were coming out at £30. We are ten years further on now. Look how much concert tickets are. Because instead of concerts being the thing that got people to buy the album, which made money. The digital download is cheap, leading people to concerts, which make money.
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Post by warlock359205 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:11 pm

I appreciate all the replies and points raised, but my point is ,when steam first suggested all games should be downloaded,that it would be cheaper, saying that steam has never been cheap, but I have for price reasons got an account on kinguin, and one with g2play both of them used to be cheap, but even these companies are getting as expensive as the game shops where you go in physically buy a game in a box.
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Post by WarGanisM » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:20 pm

It's partly a demand thing as far as I can tell initially. I remember when digital games were cheaper, even triple A games via steam were £25, whilst £29.99-£34.99 in retail. Then over time as digital took over and started to become the favoured medium the price started the increase. However now £39.99, 46,99, 49.99 now £69.99+ it's a joke, ultimate money sponging, hence why i only buy games when they're on sale now.

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Post by Age. » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:17 am

The triple A titles no doubt involve a lot more production and development than they used to as well. More people involved, more technology, more work. Simple examples are the efforts that go into getting real gun sounds into games. Or the motion capture work that goes into character movement. That effort and tech did not exist back in the day. Sure, they are expensive but I'd imagine the costs are astronomical. They probably have to pay a cut to Steam. Then there's all the marketing. Etc. Still, I personally won't pay more than £35 for a game if I can help it mostly because I'm too poor to spend more.
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Post by BillBailey » Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:56 am

To be fair, even though BF1 cost as much as it did, I believe I've had my moneys worth out of it.

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Post by 0v3rz34l0u5 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:06 pm

I don't see £50 a lot of money if you get 500+ hours on it. Nowadays, the cost of a disc (as Blue said, it's a fairly miniscule figure) is less than hosting servers.
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Post by Stujb » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:42 pm

You can pay £50 to watch 90 minutes of football..
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