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#31 salty tbone

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 07:15 PM

Fricken Activision and it's Xbox loving bias.

DJ Hero 2 turntable bundle:
PS3/Wii = $25.99
Xbox360 = $24.99


This is why I own almost no Activision games. They always spit in my face for not believing in Microsoft.

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#32 dchrisd

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 07:19 PM

I really like that Star Wars Wii Sensor Bar Holder, but $10 seems a bit too much.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 07:23 PM

For a second I thought you were serious. Sometimes it's tough to tell on this site.

You think Activision isn't biased towards Xbox?

All COD DLC are 1 month early.
Xbox prices are usually $10 - $30 less.

They give me no reason to purchase their games when I always see cheaper prices solely on the competing console I do not wish to own.

It wouldn't surprise me to find out that the lower price here is because Activision has some prearrangement with GameStop that the Xbox version be cheaper.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 07:27 PM

Anyone have this? I'm mildly interested (I'm at least $10 in gas away from TRU).


I picked up the DJ Hero 2 bundle as well as a copy of the first game during the last sale and I'm having a lot of fun with it.

#35 salty tbone

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 07:29 PM

Xbox prices are usually $10 - $30 less


Well you're in luck, the difference is only $1.
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#36 a_dirty_Shisno

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 07:36 PM

Well you're in luck, the difference is only $1.

It's never been the amount of the difference that has angered me. It's the fact that there always seems to be a difference. $1 or $10, it is always only on sale or on a deeper sale (as in this case) on Xbox.

Now truthfully I considered buying it when I saw the $25 price, but once I saw the higher price for the system I actually own I decided not to give Activision my money at this time. I'll wait until I can get it for $10, just like I did with the original game.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:05 PM

You don't know what you're talking about man. Activision loves money, not xbox.
Microsoft pays out the ass to gain the early exclusivity on dlc. Its not just activision either, microsoft owners get fallout dlc early to.
Microsoft pays like crazy for the privelege, and companies love to grant it and why not? Sony owners will still buy the dlc, just later.

Nothing to do with anyone loving anyone, everything to do with money.

#38 a_dirty_Shisno

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:16 PM

You don't know what you're talking about man. Activision loves money, not xbox.
Microsoft pays out the ass to gain the early exclusivity on dlc. Its not just activision either, microsoft owners get fallout dlc early to.
Microsoft pays like crazy for the privelege, and companies love to grant it and why not? Sony owners will still buy the dlc, just later.

Nothing to do with anyone loving anyone, everything to do with money.

I do know what I'm talking about.

Whether or not they are being paid to give so many benefits to microsoft, I have no incentive to purchase their games on the only console I own. Why should I buy a game for $40, $50, $60, etc. when anyone with an Xbox can almost always get it for less?

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#39 Nyxaz

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:51 PM

Damn. Ain't shit on sale for PS3.


DJ Hero 2 Bundle for $26 seems to be about the only good PS3 sale listed.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:20 PM

I do know what I'm talking about.

Whether or not they are being paid to give so many benefits to microsoft, I have no incentive to purchase their games on the only console I own. Why should I buy a game for $40, $50, $60, etc. when anyone with an Xbox can almost always get it for less?


The cost to the consumer is higher because of a $7 per sku console fee xbox & sony charges. Now, that console fee can be lowered if the publisher provides an exclusive content only to that console. In addition, sony charges an additional licensing fee for blu-ray technology. Part of that extra $1 you pay also covers the 'free' multi-player servers on PS3.
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#41 a_dirty_Shisno

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:40 PM

The cost to the consumer is higher because of a $7 per sku console fee xbox & sony charges. Now, that console fee can be lowered if the publisher provides an exclusive content only to that console. In addition, sony charges an additional licensing fee for blu-ray technology. Part of that extra $1 you pay also covers the 'free' multi-player servers on PS3.

I'm afraid you're going to have to clairify this "$7 per sku console fee", as I can't seem to find any information about it through a google search.

And I'm a little confused. I find it hard to fathom that Microsoft would pay Activision to make exclusive DLC and then go and wave this fee that Activision is supposed to pay Microsoft as a reward for Activision making exclusive DLC that Microsoft paid for.

Also, I highly contend with "Part of that extra $1 you pay also covers the 'free' multi-player servers on PS3". If that were the case, then every multiplatform game would be about $1 more on PS3 than it is on Xbox. Instead, only Activision games are routinely available for lower prices on Xbox than on PS3.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 11:10 PM

DJ Hero 2 Bundle for $26 seems to be about the only good PS3 sale listed.


Yeah, which i picked up day one during the Power Saver sale.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 11:27 PM

I'm afraid you're going to have to clairify this "$7 per sku console fee", as I can't seem to find any information about it through a google search.

And I'm a little confused. I find it hard to fathom that Microsoft would pay Activision to make exclusive DLC and then go and wave this fee that Activision is supposed to pay Microsoft as a reward for Activision making exclusive DLC that Microsoft paid for.

Also, I highly contend with "Part of that extra $1 you pay also covers the 'free' multi-player servers on PS3". If that were the case, then every multiplatform game would be about $1 more on PS3 than it is on Xbox. Instead, only Activision games are routinely available for lower prices on Xbox than on PS3.


He's probably referring to the per unit licensing fee that both MS and Sony (and Nintendo) charge publishers on game software.

In the past, such as with GTA IV, MS did throw down alot of cash for temporary exclusivity of DLC....in that case Rockstar was hard up for cash, Sony's installed base wasn't nearly a large as it is now, and MS made a point by taking a game series that had always had Sony hardware the lead platform and now made the 360 the lead platform (at least in consumers minds, if not Rockstar's) and had fairly serious exclusivity...I think it was good for at least a year.

However, the marketplace has changed....DLC is now a well established business (it may be hard to believe but it has taken quite a while for publishers to figure out what works and doesn't work on DLC (horse armor anyone?) and the PS3 now had sizable installed base as well.

I have no specific knowledge of the agreement that activision and MS made in regards to black ops, but I suspect that it doesn't involve large amounts of cash going from MS to activision, but likely has a ton of extra marketing support for black ops done by MS at low fees. At this stage, MS knows exactly how much value it has to offer activision because it knows exactly how many map packs are sold and also has a platform that is fairly advertiser friendly (the PS3 currently is much less so). Both parties know that they need each other to make more profit (as much as activision thinks it deserves a cut of MS's Xbox live subscriptions, I can't see that line of thought being brought up to forcefully) nor is 30 days exclusivity that much a marketing feature to justify paying a ton of cash for. It is not like PS3 and Xbox players battle on the same network and thus Xbox players would have some sort of advantage over PS3 players if they got the maps 30 days sooner than PS3 players. It is something to brag about at E3 but really isn't big deal in the overall market....It is not like people are going to dump their PS3s and buy a 360 because of something like this.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 12:02 AM

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 12:13 AM

I'm afraid you're going to have to clairify this "$7 per sku console fee", as I can't seem to find any information about it through a google search.

And I'm a little confused. I find it hard to fathom that Microsoft would pay Activision to make exclusive DLC and then go and wave this fee that Activision is supposed to pay Microsoft as a reward for Activision making exclusive DLC that Microsoft paid for.

Also, I highly contend with "Part of that extra $1 you pay also covers the 'free' multi-player servers on PS3". If that were the case, then every multiplatform game would be about $1 more on PS3 than it is on Xbox. Instead, only Activision games are routinely available for lower prices on Xbox than on PS3.


Forbes has a pretty good write-up here:
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Forbes' reporters are spot on, it is usually around $7, depending what your publisher's relationship with console owner.

I have no specific knowledge of the agreement that activision and MS made in regards to black ops, but I suspect that it doesn't involve large amounts of cash going from MS to activision, but likely has a ton of extra marketing support for black ops done by MS at low fees...


Its more of, a share of the pie when a sale is made. The shared marketing cost, MDF, (marketing development fund) is only a very small percentage...
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Posted 30 April 2011 - 12:46 AM

Is it sad that the only thing I'm remotely interested in on that list is the Darth Vader Wii Sensor Bar holder?


Ya its a very nice statue, i grabbed it at TRU for the same price. Solid piece and looks great.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 01:41 AM

I do know what I'm talking about.

Whether or not they are being paid to give so many benefits to microsoft, I have no incentive to purchase their games on the only console I own. Why should I buy a game for $40, $50, $60, etc. when anyone with an Xbox can almost always get it for less?


Almost always are PC games cheaper than consoles. On top of that, the people that pirates always get's it cheaper than the paying customer....

What are you going to play?

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:28 AM

Its more of, a share of the pie when a sale is made. The shared marketing cost, MDF, (marketing development fund) is only a very small percentage...


MS reducing their cut would be a sensible compromise for short term exclusivity...but that said, flipping through my xbox dashboard tonight, there were 3 tiles promoting the next map pack (2 in Spotlight, 1 in Inside Xbox...one was a trailer, and there was an inside xbox video tile about how 'amazing" this next map pack was in two different areas)....That sort of saturation doesn't happen by accident.... Given the sales of these things and their appeal to a key xbox live gold constituency, MS would have likely done some extra marketing regardless but now I suspect they do it overkill mode as a part of this exclusivity agreement.

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#51 ShinSolidus

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:37 AM

Going to Gamestop tomorrow. Wonder if I should pick up the DJ Hero bundle... hmmm...

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:44 AM

Going to Gamestop tomorrow. Wonder if I should pick up the DJ Hero bundle... hmmm...


Check out your local TRU first. They're all $19.99 for the three systems.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:47 AM

Check out your local TRU first. They're all $19.99 for the three systems.


My 'local' TRU is way too damn far. it'll be probably 15 bucks in gas alone seeing as it's on the other side of town. I can never take advantage of the in-store sales because of how far the damn store is. Kinda sucks, but, whatever.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 08:07 AM

So I got a question about online returns. It says on the return slip that I have 30 days to file a return, but I want to return the games in store and I know they usually have a 7 day limit? So far it's been 9 days. Do you think they'll let me return the items? Has anyone had any experience with this?

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 05:55 PM

I remember hearing somewhere about how Sony charges devs for use of the psn network, for if their game connects. That is why you see Dlc like re5s multiplayer and how it would have been free to 360 users but capcom wanted to recoup some loss from the psn. Idk it was awhile ago and I never thought much about it but I figure since we are now talking about hidden fees and such maybe someone else could shed some light on this.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 05:56 PM

So I got a question about online returns. It says on the return slip that I have 30 days to file a return, but I want to return the games in store and I know they usually have a 7 day limit? So far it's been 9 days. Do you think they'll let me return the items? Has anyone had any experience with this?


you have 30 days for all online orders to return. its only 7 days when purchased in store. You'll have no trouble returning

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 06:36 PM

At some point DefJam Rapstar has to drop below $20, right?

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 06:53 PM

is DJ Hero 2 worth biting on? i know they are supporting it with DLC but is there enough tracks on it? i sold my DJ Hero 1 along time ago because it lacked enough content.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 07:43 PM

you have 30 days for all online orders to return. its only 7 days when purchased in store. You'll have no trouble returning

New games have a 30 day return regardless of if they're bought online or in store, while used games bought in store are only 7 days. But used games bought from the website and returned in store are 30 days.

At some point DefJam Rapstar has to drop below $20, right?

If you have a Target nearby, then you could've possibly picked it up on clearance there for as low as $12.48. One of my local Target stores had 2-3 of the PS3 Def Jam Rapstar bundles sitting there for 2-3 weeks at that price and they eventually just went out of the system.

But maybe your Target is further behind the curve on the clearance drops and may still have them, so you might want to check there.:)

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 07:51 PM

Thanks, I'll check that out. Usually my Targets only have dreck for cleareance, but who knows.