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    I found out a couple of days ago that Mass Effect 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Dragon Age, games that I bought when they were released, have dropped their price on Steam down to 30$. COD:MW2, another game that i bought on release, is still at 60$ with the map pack at 15$. I could now buy Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age with all the DLC for that kind of price. COD:MW2's price only dropped 5% during that huge Summer Steam Sale, where I bought 3 games for 5 bucks each.

    I just want some opinions on this, and whether you guys think it's the developers reasoning behind the price drop (or lack thereof).
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    Re: Video Game pricing

    Publishers usually set the prices for the games. If the publisher is EA, it knows that it can make more income when prices drop down slightly. Activision knows that people will buy anything with Call of Duty or Modern Warfare in the name, so it sees no reason to drop down the price.

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    • #3
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      Because they don't have to drop the price. People are buying it at the higher price in numbers that make them happy financially. The other games are not selling at the higher prices at volumes desired so they have a big sale to move product.
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      • #4
        Re: Video Game pricing

        Mass Effct is one of the best games in my experience. Not everyone will agree, but the ones who like the first one will almost certainly want the second and third (I think) and yet it was about half the price of COD: MW games when it came out (here, dont know about US). I dont know why.


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        • #5
          Re: Video Game pricing

          With digital distribution I don't know why some don't lower their prices sooner, even with good sales. There are games that I simply won't buy until the price drops and won't buy ever if it takes too long for that to happen.

          Mass Effect 2 is a good example, I just bought it because the price dropped to $30. Even if your profit on selling something digitally for say $20 is only $5, if 1 million people buy it at that price that wouldn't have bought it at all for any price higher...well the math is pretty simple.

          This of course applies only to digital versions as the cost of pressing discs, packaging, and shipping is quite costly I imagine.

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          • #6
            Re: Video Game pricing

            Originally posted by Harlequin View Post
            This of course applies only to digital versions as the cost of pressing discs, packaging, and shipping is quite costly I imagine.
            Depends on the distribution method, the cost to develop and maintain it, how many items are offered and restricting it to authorized users. Printing isn't too bad in volume, and even digital distribution can cost a bit due to overhead and needed equipment.

            Physical copy: Upfront cost to press and package, once sold it is done with on the retail end.
            Digital copy: Upfront cost for distribution method or pay per sale for 3rd party. If repeat downloads available that's more bandwidth requirements, etc.
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            • #7
              Re: Video Game pricing

              Simple: Bobby Kotick is a money grubbing a-hole, and the enemy of the gaming industry as we know it.

              If it were left to him, we would have a new COD every year, with a paid subscription on top of it.
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              • #8
                Re: Video Game pricing

                Originally posted by TheSkudDestroyer View Post
                Simple: Bobby Kotick is a money grubbing a-hole, and the enemy of the gaming industry as we know it.

                If it were left to him, we would have a new COD every year, with a paid subscription on top of it.
                +rep couldn't have said it better, well i cold have but then it wouldn't be appropriate for TG. :)






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                • #9
                  Re: Video Game pricing

                  Game companies have realized that gamers in general are getting younger and younger each year. Because they are young, they have attention spans measured in nano seconds. Game companies are very aware of this fact. So, they release game after game to these younger "gamers" year after year, and they keep buying them. So, they keep pumping out new games and dropping the prices on older ones. The price drop triggers something in the brain that says "Hey, this game used to be $60 now its $20. That must mean it is a bad game. I will just get the newest one I can find cause its still $60 which means its good." Its a pretty good racket by the big game companies.

                  The only glitch in the plan is PC gamers. We have been known to play a game for many years after release (CSS is still crazy popular).

                  "What are we too do about these PC Gamers" - The game company asks. "I got it!" screamed someone from the back. "What makes PC games last so long?"...the room was silent..."Community Addons!"...."OOOOOOOOH" they all say in unison.."If we start making more and more games with less and less support, the will eventually fall into the same payment plans as our console players."....This bright young fellow is now a top producer at "Big Game Company".




                  *All speculation of course. The last bit was a rant just for the sake of getting it out there. But, we are paying more for less because game companies know the young kids will have mom and dad get it for them. Like clockwork.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Video Game pricing

                    Woohoo! Thanks for this post! With BF:BC2 dropping to 30 bucks, I just FINALLY bought it. Downloading on Steam now. :)
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                    • #11
                      Re: Video Game pricing

                      dont we already have a new COD released every year?


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                      • #12
                        Re: Video Game pricing

                        ...Kinda.

                        Two different developers. Although I guess you're right.
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                        • #13
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                          Supply and demand. If it keeps selling at 60 they are not going to drop the price. If salse crash significantly then they will try to boost them with a sale.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Video Game pricing

                            Originally posted by Golgo13 View Post
                            Supply and demand. If it keeps selling at 60 they are not going to drop the price. If salse crash significantly then they will try to boost them with a sale.
                            Or "New DLC" thats only 15 dollars :)

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