The Price of Video Games
How much does a brand new game cost? $59.99 plus tax. How much should a new game cost? That is a totally different question. Game businesses have dug themselves into this hole, assuming that all games should be priced the same. This equalization of price plays off the assumption that all games are equal and should be sold as such. But everyone knows this isn’t true.
Consider the generic kids game based off that one big upcoming movie. Are those developers looking to make an amazing game that gamers will spend a hundred hours on? No. Are they trying to make a game that is even considered average at best? Not likely. They are just trying to make a game that loosely fits the script of a movie, and get it out on time. Yet this game that could be considered sub-par to consumer and developers alike, is sold alongside games that have been years in the making and are attempting to break the mold. If a consumer had $60 to their name and could only buy one new game, it is obvious that the thrown together title is going to lose out. But what if that game wasn’t priced at $60? What if that game was priced somewhere around $20-$30? Sure it would still be a bad game, but it would be a bad game for a cheap price.
Of course this also means that developers would have the option of raising the price of their game. But sometimes, it’s worth it. Gamers have spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours in games like Skyrim. Would they still want to spend all that time if the game was say $7o instead of $60? Yes, they would. It is obviously a larger game than the average AAA title, but it is still priced the same. Now most gamers will never complain about a deal, but in lowering the price of bad games, you would have to allow room to raise the price for good games.
So what? Why does this changing of the price matter. You can save a couple bucks on a mediocre game, but other than that, you might end up paying more for something else. By letting developers pick the price of their own game, you are letting them determine the worth of their game. They have been making that game for years. They know if it is good or bad. But at least if it is bad, they will still get some sales. And if it is good and the price goes up a little, well they deserve it if the game sells. And to end with a bad metaphor, should a fast-food burger be priced the same as a quality steak?
Rundown of Everything I Missed While I Was Away.
Some times life happens, so I haven’t been able to blog, or even follow what is new in video games the past 2-3 weeks. Here is a quick rundown on everything I have been able to pick up and my thoughts on them.
- EA bought the rights to Star Wars video games: at least someone did
- Microsoft memo denies always online 720: Good job Microsoft
- Luigi is getting his WiiU game: It’s been a good year for the brother in green.
- EA will no longer use online passes: party in the streets
- Beyond: Two Souls did really well at the Tribeca Film Festival: Should I wear a beret and drink wine while I play this game? Because I will.
- Nintendo will do E3-Nintendo won’t do E3-Nintendo will do E3: I really have no idea what is going on.
I am sure more has happened, but like I said, I have been busy. After this blog post, I will return to daily blog post when ever possible. Just wanted to let you all know I am still alive. If you can think of any big news that I missed that you think I should really know, send it my way.
Sorry for the lack of post guys. I just finished my last semester of college and my laptop has almost been fixed.
No Idea What is Going On. Honestly.
In contrast to my prior story, the E3 Facebook page has stated that Nintendo is in fact going to be at E3. Nintendo has yet to release a public statement stating what they are actually planning, and other game sites have yet to remark if their stories were jumping the gun. So we will just have to wait and see. I am personally really excited to finally see Mario Kart U at E3 this year.