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Once again, I'm here to remind you that every argument in favor of $70 games is wrong.

brian0057

Member
Given that the upcoming release of The Last of Us: Part I remake has reignited the discussion on whether or not next gen titles should cost $70, I'm here to remind you why any reason beyond "because we can" is complete horsesh*t. For the record, I'm not saying that games can't cost $70 but that any justification beyond wanting more money is a lie.


For the TL;DW crowd:
  • "Budgets have gotten insane, so the price increase reflects that."
When RDRII has horses whose ball shrink when it's cold, you know money could be shaved off somewhere.
This is a management problem. Manage better. And if you have to cut stuff to make the game within budget then so be it.
Consumers don't have to pay for your shitty management skills
  • "Movie tickets have gone up in price due to inflation. Why not videogames?"
Movie ticket prices vary by region, by time, and even by film. But overall, the price is not standardize, unlike gaming.
Also, using DVD's doesn't work since those prices haven't gone up in over 15 years.
And given that streaming services have been taking over the entertainment landscape, this argument is even worse than before.
  • "It will get rid of loot boxes and micro-transactions. So it's either that or paying -$70."
No, it's gonna be both. Why would publishers get rid of such lucrative practice.
They'll sell you the game at $70 while also shoving in MTX and lootboxes.
  • "Games will be better."
This is highly subjective and depends heavily on individual developers.
And considering the state of the last two generations, I'll just keep my money instead.
  • "It's inevitable. People will pay it."
This is actually the least BS reason. No, I won't. I'll just wait for titles to drop in price or during a Steam sale.
Good luck getting that new standard to stick.

At the end of the day, companies can charge whatever they want. And it's up to the consumer how much he or she is willing to pay.
The point of this thread is to dispel the notion that there's any reason for the price hike beyond a monetary one.
Then again, Diablo: Immortal is printing money, so I'd say we have the industry we deserve.
 
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Dutchy

Member
It depends on the game for me.

I stopped paying full price for most games around the same time when Doom 2016 came out. Purely out of principle matters. Seeing how it was a $60 (mostly) single player game that I wouldn't be playing a lot more after the first 10-12 hour walkthrough.

I think it's easy for people to become a victim of hype. And to think that not purchasing a game on release is going to make you miss out on a lot. It won't.

I didn't mind paying full price for games like Destiny 2, knowing me and my sister will put hundreds of hours in it.
 

Pelta88

Member
I will pay £70 for games I want to play because I really enjoy great games. I need and support Quality over uninspired fodder.

The face I make when someone tries to convince me to try the uninspired fodder and shovelware... Because it's free.

 
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AV

We ain't outta here in ten minutes, we won't need no rocket to fly through space
"In favour of" is not the same thing as "in defense of". I don't personally see many people actively rooting to pay more. Seems like a company that thinks they can get away with charging more for a popular product and people are free to buy it or not buy it.
 
When RDRII has horses whose ball shrink when it's cold, you know money could be shaved off somewhere.
This is a management problem. Manage better. And if you have to cut stuff to make the game within budget then so be it.
Consumers don't have to pay for your shitty management skills
Most important point imho. So many abysmal management decisions at these companies in recent years. CP2077 comes to mind.
 
$70 is fine. At that price games are still WAY cheaper than they used to be, unless you don't understand inflation.

What I'm not okay with is hidden costs. Microtransactions, DLC, slowing down progression unless you pay extra, pay to win, etc. This crap is way more determintal than a simple $10 price increase.
 

Kuranghi

Gold Member
I was a teenager when new PC games cost £25-30 RRP (£35 for sports titles, simulators and fancy shit). Now PC games cost max £40 (from non-dodgy key reseller sites on release day, not Steam/MS Store/etc of course, there its up to £55, like Psychonauts 2 was, lol what a joke)

A ~33% increase after 20 bloody years! OooOOoooo! 👻

Console games have gone from £40-50 to £60-£70 RRP but you still get many on release for £50, why even waste time thinking about this, there aren't that many AAA releases worth buying in any given month to even care about this, its like £120 extra year MAX, more like £40-60, if that amount of increase is a consideration for you then you shouldn't be buying luxury items like computer games in the first place.

Even with that last point you can just wait for deep sales, I just don't even see a discussion worth having unless you have OCD about buying every new release, that also means you must have nothing else to do in your life, like you have a job obviously but you don't have to look after a family/household/do anything else except play games, because otherwise there wouldn't be enough time to even play all those games (even if you mainline them and do minimum percentage runs, not 100%).

Look I love playing computer games but you need to spend time doing other stuff and bettering yourself (I do a bare minimum of this as well and I should do more) to live a meaningful life imo, playing games for 8 hours a day, 7 days a week isn't tenable for your whole adult life unless you have a trust fund, win the lottery or have some business you manage remotely and requires minimal input.
 
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Jormatar

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I'm still gonna pay full price on God of War and enjoy it more than I have enjoyed the last 3 Assassin's Creed games combined even though I basicallly got them for less money than one full price Sony first party game.

The companies who raised their games' price knows they have a premium product in their hands and people are gonna pay for it regardless the price increase. That is just one reminder that companies are not your friend.
 

bender

What time is it?
Movie ticket prices vary by region, by time, and even by film. But overall, the price is not standardize, unlike gaming.

Games don't have a standardized price and range from free to however much you can spend in Star Citizen.
 

radewagon

Member
I guess I'm okay paying 70 bucks as long as the game isn't also loaded up with a bunch of scummy "pay to win mechanics," "day one character passes," "season passes for content that should have been included in the base game, and "don't worry they're just cosmetic dlc packs."

It's not the 70 bucks that's a concern, it's that some game companies will charge you that much and then, with a straight face, still nickel and dime you with some fremium style nonsense.
 

TexMex

Member
Your points are deliberately obtuse and/or subjective, you have a fundamental misunderstanding of economics and, most importantly, there has never been a cheaper time to be a gamer. Prices go down weeks from release and patient gamers are getting countless games, more than they can even play, on these huge PSN/Steam sales. You couldn’t buy crap games this cheap back in the day and we’re regularly offered AAA amazing content for $5-10. This is before we even touch on things like GamePass/PS++.
 
This is the only entertainment industry that keeps charging/asking more while giving you less.

Unusrpisingly, Sony fanatics are already defending the price increase.

AAA games that cost $60 dollars twenty years ago were made by ~30 people in 2.5 years.

Todays AAA games that cost $70 dollars are made by 400 - 1,000 people in 6 years.

There's waaaay more product in todays AAA games, but if you want to buy games that 30 people make today check out the indie and A space.
 
Pointing out that games used to be more expensive and that people should totally be ok with them going back to those prices is not the dub you seem to think it is.
You not understanding how the world works is your own problem.

Take up a different hobby if this one is too much for you. Or wait for sales, rent games, etc.

Just don't tell people they shouldn't pay for it. Gaming is a relatively cheap hobby.
 

BlackTron

Member
Pointing out that games used to be more expensive and that people should totally be ok with them going back to those prices is not the dub you seem to think it is.

Is this a bad time to point out that a $70 PS5 game today is actually a few bucks cheaper than a $60 PS4 game in 2017?

What "dub" are you saying we think this is? I was only going for empirical evidence, and that's exactly what it is.
 
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