Thread: Video Game prices...WTF??

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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    earlier tonight I was at my local Babbages, and they were advertising for Grand Theft Auto IV for XBox and PS3.....and they listed the retail price of it as $60!! what the hell man? is the company THAT desperate for money??
    Doc.....are you telling me that this sucker is NUCLEAR?!
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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    Nah, it's probably because of gas prices.
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    hell back when n64 was still popular their games ranged from 30 to 60 bucks a pop. it was friggin ridiculous. i begged on my knees for my parents to get super smash bros. well, they bought it, but they were still mad after getting it, so i left them alone for the rest of the day
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    Nah, it's probably because of gas prices.

    Yeah, you may have a point there...and how do you put the yellow box around somene's quote?
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    Videogame prices are meant to be high so the y can build the profit and make the next big iht game.
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    Quote by RetroRickster923
    Nah, it's probably because of gas prices.

    Yeah, you may have a point there...and how do you put the yellow box around somene's quote?


    Just push the quote button on the bottom of the post that you want to quote.
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    The economy isn't in such great shape now. We're pretty much in a recession. I don't know how much impact that would have on VGs but I remember brand new games were usually at 49.99 not 59.99.
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    in between those prices now a days and saruman_w is right.
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    I know, it IS ridiculous. Fortunately, Wii games range from $29.99 to $49.99, which isn't all that bad.
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    Nintendo is thinking smart when you think about it.
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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    its because the price to make games have gone up. just like movies, they need script writers, voice actors, directors, cgi artists, programers, etc. g.t.a. is a multi million dollar production, just like every other video game out there.


    and gas prices too.
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    True well when you look at it it all boils down to money and greedy people always want more money.
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    Hell, that's nothing. I remember Ghengis Khan for the NES retailing at Toys R Us for $65 back in '89 or '90
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    Imagine what it is now.
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    I never would've thought this would come'round Full circle.
    a Cartridge Game 1995,6,7 $65-$72. A CDRom game (PSX-PS1 or Saturn)$21-$29. wow..... Let the good times roll
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    Try getting a Neo Geo AES console back in 1990. I know what it's like there. Ouch.
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    Prices went up when the XBox 360 came out. Fortunately, Nintendo didn't go that direction so we have pretty much standardized prices for Wii games: $20-$50.
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    *sigh*... some of y'all should do your research before posting.

    Back in the Nintendo 64 days, there were some games that retailed for as high as $79.99!! Remember, cartridges were more expensive to produce, so high-profile games like Zelda & Turok retailed for a very high cost, but most were at the $49.99 price. It wasn't unusual to see a handful of top games at $59.99.

    When DVD's came along as the norm, the prices of games remained at a stagnant $49.99. Most PS1 & Saturn games were $39.99, but the better ones retailed for $49.99. It wasn't just because of the production costs... but because it was the pricing point of which retailers & manufactures thought was acceptable... especially with all the 'middle-man' costs.

    Look at a video game that goes multi-platform across the console & PC, and you save $10 to $20 on the PC version because of all those middle-man costs which are cut (fees, mainly). Case in point would be something like Bio-Shock. Same great game on X360 as it was on PC, but the PC retailed for 10 dollars less, and even had sales where it was down to $25 at various stores. X360 never budged on their $60.00 until many months later.

    Modern times:
    When the X360 came out, there was a debate whether to keep the games at $49.99 or bump it up to $59.99 (and piss a few gamers off). Because of the high production values of games now-a-days jumping into the 10's of millions or so, they went for the $10.00 jump for your better games.
    Yea, it did irk a few people, but it didn't damage the business. PS3 followed suit, so $59.99 is now the 'norm' for your good games.

    Because the Nintendo Wii is a inferior machine, only generating graphics as good as an X-Box original, they're sticking with the $49.99 model because production value isn't nearly as high as those of the true next-gen systems. The only way Nintendo charges more is due to silly little add-in features such as a dance-pad, microphone, or balance board (Wii Fit). This is ONE reason the game system is so popular... because the system is cheap, the games are cheaper, and they appeal to a "larger crowd".

    Whomever said gas prices had an effect on the game prices are blowing smoke up the tail-pipe... gas prices do not have any effect on electronics. Best Buy, Circuit City... etc, is NOT affected by gas-prices. None of their televisions, cameras, videogames or whatever is going to go up as a result of skyrocketing gas prices. The MSRP is what they're going to charge. You can get the same thing on-line sometimes cheaper, so they've got some major competition that they have to absorb any transportation cost increases.

    As for the recession in America that we're facing.
    Surprisingly, the Video Game industry is NOT affected at all!! In fact, March & February & even January have seen record sales where the industry is going UP instead of down. More systems are being sold, more high-profile games are selling like hot-cakes, and retailers are just swimming in their cash flow.

    Shows you where our priorities are, eh?
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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    I remember ff6 being 110$ when it was new. So worth it ^^
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    This is why I usually rent games before I even consider buying them. Heck I probably should get a Gamefly account because in the long run it'll be cheaper for me than buying a game, beating it, and not worrying about it anymore.
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