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Edited by Prime: 8/2/2014 11:57:37 PM
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Why does $60 seem like the standard?

This video is about the current prices of games, I know this is off topic but I wanted to post in the place where it could get the most attention. If you have time to watch this 5 min. video please do and let me know what you think. [b]EDIT:[/b] To clarify, this post is not meant to be a complaint. It's supposed to be an honest query to get people thinking about something they might not otherwise think of.
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  • Considering NES games in the 80's cost an average $40.00-$50.00 and SNES games were more. Id say $60.00 is a good deal for games released today.
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    • Well Destinys worth a $100 plus DLC, and the extra stuff which I find quite interesting. Other games like COD or BF should be $40 their is never any real improvement or stunning game changers in them now. COD AW we'll see but I really doubt it. Destiny is something that were used to since it's a FPS BUT it's different, it feels different, plays different, and is made by gamers that would want to play it themselves.
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    • Edited by I Dont Know YOU: 8/4/2014 12:34:18 PM
      Most FULL games are now $100.00. After you factor in a DLC cycle and/or micro transactions you can easily be looking at $100.00 sometimes even more. That's not even factoring in special editions.
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    • This is a good generation for gaming actually... Process will always be inflated for profit. But at least four the playstation this generation is cheaper then the last even before accounting for inflation. And due to the lack of change in game price.. Video games are cheaper this generation than last . this time accounting for inflation . sure I'd love games to be 20$ but they'll never happen. We already have it better this generation then last so that's something
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      • Edited by Un1337ninj4: 8/4/2014 2:02:47 AM
        Because Publishing! The single greatest evil of our generation. PWE, Activision, EA, Ubisoft. The only way to go, by buying things from Independent developers, not only does the money go straight to them, but it also gives the inspiration to the other dev teams out there getting their creative freedom ripped out from under them. (With the rare exception like Bungie, who's getting a really good deal with Activision even if things have gone askew from the base game. That is why I love me some DE.
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      • Americans have no worries. Look at Australia's currency and England's £ and also the € countries on games, we pay even more!
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      • Edited by Zeeznuts: 8/3/2014 10:45:30 PM
        Digital downloads is a whole other story, they definatly should be cheaper. But when you consider Atari game were 40 dollars it doesn't seem to bad
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      • The industry capped prices at $59.99, I think in the 90s, which is why it feels like a magic number. They only go over that price when the game is more than just a disc (limited editions, guitar hero, etc.). Also, video games are the most cost-effective form of entertainment I can think of. $60 for a game I can play for 25 hours (not sure what the average is) is $2.40/hr. Movie? $5/hr in theaters. $15/hr if you buy the DVD and watch it once. As for the rest of the guy's points, people complained so much about games being short that developers basically HAD to add 'tacked on' content. And if you want to talk about economics, please learn some actual economics.
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        • I think people hate the $60 standard now because you're not getting a full game at times. There's expansion packs and map packs and etc etc. Back then you spent $60 foreverything
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          • I remember when games used to cost $50 :( and when they would actually lower the price to $40 and $30 then $20 after half a year. Now, the big games don't go down in price until 2 or 3 years later.
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          • If bungie manages to sell only 10 million copies thats 600 million not even counting limited edition 99 dollars and sold out ghost edition 150 dollars plus 45 for "season pass" then dlc for the next 10 years. I would say they would have success. Is 60 too much for a game? I don't think so. Are companys hard press to recoupe costs? I don't think so. Unfortunately as evidenced by CoD the quality vs. Profit is not always equal.
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          • I completely agree with this. $60 for a game is ridiculous, considering thats almost a 4th of a next gen console. I think games such as Cod and Battlefield are just online games. Sure their campaigns are alright but that's not the main reason people buy them. Those should be 40-50$. Now I'm not trying to sound like a fanboy, but I think destiny will be worth the 60 because of how its structured. It's supposed to be centered around the campaign, and based on the beta, its very well made. The soundtrack and cinematics are just awesome. And like they said its supposed to be a world you can live in. And its a new concept, not like COD which has a new game every year with a similar story and "updated" graphics. Not trying to trash any other game just giving my opinion.
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            • According to what I've been told by older gamers, games have been 50/60 dollars sense the NES days. Take inflation into account and all the technological advancements we have now, and I think $60 isn't that bad.
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            • Cheaper than the the generation with gcn, ps2, and xbox - $70 o.o
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            • I always wondered why out of all my different types of entertainment that video games and going out to eat always cost me the most.
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            • Edited by Marlowe Fire: 8/3/2014 6:33:25 PM
              It seems like market dictates the "true"worth just weeks or months after launch. I guess $60 is there as a standard and if a game isn't or doesn't feel worth that then it drops a little after launch. Watch dogs for example is $40 on xbox 360 and $50 new on xbox one And you can buy it used for $30 on each system. That's just two months.
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              • Up to $120 in Australia.
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              • I pay $80-$100 here, don't get me started. *downsides of living on the third richest country on the planet*
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                • That's how much games have been for a long time my dad told me when he was my age (14) that he saved up $60 to buy Link to the Past
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                • Edited by Kilo Juliett: 8/3/2014 6:33:45 PM
                  Prices have gone down and I think it's cheap when you think about everything that goes into making a game. Just think about all the hours spent coming up with the idea and then the hours spent trying to make it work. Also you have to think about server costs since most games are online now. Same is true for gas prices. Everyone complains when the price goes up 10 cents but when you think about it it is actually still incredibly cheap. They can pump oil out of the ground in the Middle East and ship it to the US and process it into gasoline and I'm only paying a couple of dollars for a gallon.
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                • Edited by xDefilement: 8/3/2014 5:03:11 PM
                  [b]>boogie2988[/b] Haha hahaha hahaha! Okay, you do realize games have been $60 for longer than you've probably been playing them. Also, did you happen to know gaming is [u]cheaper[/u] now than it ever has been. [b][u]If you can't afford to play video games, don't. Simple as that.[/b][/u]
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                • It's something that can't be helped. Companies need money to pay their Devs and make a profit. Places that help sell the games need some profit too.
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                • I rather have the dollar instead of euro!
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                  • To me, it's mostly due to inflation. I also wished they were a little cheaper, but typically most games are worth $60 to me.
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                  • Of course as a consumer it's way too much. But if you look at the product, production and just all costs that go up in it, it's only fair. There are many factions who get a slight portion of that 60$.
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                  • With million dollars budget and such high costs for making these games, the games hardly got any more expensive compared to the past. A game for my NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was 99 DM (before we got € ). 99 DM are about 50.61€ here now. Which are about 66$ in the U.S. The Destiny (standard edition) costs 64€ here in Germany. Tbh, I can live with that price.
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