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Are Video Games Worth 60 Bucks?

Posted by Fever Dogg, 19 October 2009 · 259 views

For the most part I think the answer is yes, however games could be cheaper. Personally I don't play a lot of multiplayer so I'm not sure if a game like Brutal Legend is worth the full 60 bucks (for me). Uncharted 2 on the other hand has co-op missions that act as a part of continuing the story, and is very deep in gameplay. I kind of wish that Sony and Microsoft would use digital distribution as a way for the consumer to buy the portion of the game the player wants. For example if I wanted to only play the story mode of a game they would charge me 30-40 dollars, and if I wanted multiplayer they could charge me 20-30 dollars. Of course this is all wishful thinking, but the big three could see more of a return on games that aren't as popular or are not as well established. My point is that at least they would get more money from those willing to "try" a game for 30-40 dollars. Plus lets not forget that 60 dollars these days "gets you in the door", and then DLC three to six months later is coming out for an additional 10-20 dollars. Fable 2 was recently released in chapters on XBL; why not do this with more games? Even if you buy the first chapter and never go back, thats more money they got from you than if you never intended to buy the full retail version anyway. I would like to hear thoughts and comments on this, agree or disagree.




For the most part I think the answer is yes, however games could be cheaper. Personally I don't play a lot of multiplayer so I'm not sure if a game like Brutal Legend is worth the full 60 bucks (for me). Uncharted 2 on the other hand has co-op missions that act as a part of continuing the story, and is very deep in gameplay. I kind of wish that Sony and Microsoft would use digital distribution as a way for the consumer to buy the portion of the game the player wants. For example if I wanted to only play the story mode of a game they would charge me 30-40 dollars, and if I wanted multiplayer they could charge me 20-30 dollars. Of course this is all wishful thinking, but the big three could see more of a return on games that aren't as popular or are not as well established. My point is that at least they would get more money from those willing to "try" a game for 30-40 dollars. Plus lets not forget that 60 dollars these days "gets you in the door", and then DLC three to six months later is coming out for an additional 10-20 dollars. Fable 2 was recently released in chapters on XBL; why not do this with more games? Even if you buy the first chapter and never go back, thats more money they got from you than if you never intended to buy the full retail version anyway. I would like to hear thoughts and comments on this, agree or disagree.
No. In this day and age when game prices quickly drop, most of the time within a couple of months of release, I don't see why I would ever pay $60 for a game, even if it something I want badly, like Rock Band Beatles, Ghostbusters, or Infamous. I can wait. It gives me time to play through my backlog anyway.
It is rare that I buy a game when it releases anymore. I agree completely with what you said mitch079.
No, most games are not worth it unless it's really great game. If you check deals on cag, you will never pay $60
I think this is where Demos come in to play. They offer a taste of the game - and they are even free! (Although they can be deceiving. I hated the Dead Space demo, but loved the game.) I think the developers need to focus some effort in their demo to get you to buy the whole game. Give enough content to get invested into the game so you'll spend the $. I think Patapon was a great example on the PSP. You even got a bonus item for completing the demo.

That said, I would be willing to shell out $30 today for Brutal Legend and skip the Multiplayer aspect. I could also see shelling out $30 for the Killzone2 Multiplayer and skip the single player. (Not now, of course, when you can get the whole game for close to 30).
I think the best way to compare game pricing is to look at the cost of other forms of entertainment. Movies are a great example... A 2 hour movie at the theater costs like 10 dollars. So let's say that's 5 dollars an hour. How long is the average game? Maybe 10 hours or so (not including mutliplayer and replaying)? At 60 dollars that would work out to 6 dollars an hour. That's pretty compairable... And doesn't include actually owning something in the end as aposed to a one time viewing.
This comparison translates well to people who can wait. If you wait 6 month you can rent that same movie for around half the price. Same thing for buying video games. So 60 dollars for a 10+ hour game, in my opinion, is a fair price for games when they first come out if it is something I really want to play.
Aren't we all CAGs because we all pretty much agree the answer is no?
Personally, price wise video games today are cheaper today than a few years back.

This generation we have seen a huge growth in both hardcore and now casual gamers. But if you go back to when video games came out say the Atari 2600 that system was originally priced at $300 which would be equivalent to say around $650 in today market and it stayed at the price point for a couple years.

Games for the Atari is a different story just on the simple fact that there was no set price so you can go into a Savemart at the time and pick up Pitfall for around $50 or into Woolworth and find the same game priced at $30. Cheap yes but again $50 in 1982 would be about $110 in today's market.

Then you jump to the 16bit era and I remember paying $100 for Phantasy Star 4 on the Sega Genesis. Or how about $250 dollars for Samurai Showdown 2 cart for the Neo Geo.

I can understand how alot of gamers today complain about $50 or 60 dollars being to much for a game but when you think about it with the rate that games drop down in price and the competitive market we have with stores video gaming is pretty cheap this generation.

Today I can walk into any major retail store and find some great quality games prices at $20 dollars. That was something you couldnt say a couple years back.

But then again video gaming is a hobby to enjoy and like all hobbies its expensive no matter how you look at it.
Completely agree. Siren Blood Curse on PSN is released in chapters or you can buy the whole thing outright for 39.99. Word to the wise PSN had a halloween special on it a year ago for 29.99 so keep your eyes peeled. Also worth noting is how outrageous these Collectors Edition games. I love to get them, but I alway try and wait for the price to drop.
Yeah collectors editions can be a joke.
Only games with high replay value like Fallout 3, Tekken, Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo. Etc. Any other game I wait till discount. If I get no more than 20 hours out of a game then it is not worth 60 dollars and should be bought until 40 dollars or lower. These game of the year editions coming out recently are helping out with game purchases.

The only collectors edition I got was Fallout 3. Which was a gift and was only 60 dollars thru Amazon last holiday season. Great package.
I remember paying $70 for ff3/6 (SNES) and $80 for 1080 snowboarding (N64) back in the day.

Fast forward 10+ years later and I complain about paying $60. Now that I (or should I say we at cag) are more informed, I rarely pay full price for a game.

There are only two games that IF they ever existed I would buy at full price. They would be Zone of the Enders 3 or a new Xenogears/saga.
You can't sell a game with online multiplayer only and no campaign or vice versa. People will complain and perfect example of it is Metal Gear Solid 4 and Warhawk. Warhawk was online only and was bundled with a bluetooth headset and like others, I waited for a price drop until it was $10 and it was worth it for me. MGS4, I bought it at launch and loved the campaign alot more than the online multiplayer. People complained about mgs4 so they sold an online multiplayer only that i saw for sale as an import and people still complained. It's a no win situation really so they just bundle everything. I think the only games that never let people down are the call of duty ones.
There's no discussion to be had here. The answer is no.
personally I don't think that games are truly worth 60, that doesn't mean I won't shell out 60 for like nhl 2010 or something. personally I think 50 is the right price to being with.
Not in my opinion. I just don't buy games at MSRP anymore unless I have gift cards or credit given to me for free.
Console games are not worth $60 each. But when you figure in TRU gift cards and other freebies into the scenario, it is TOTALLY worth it. I haven't bought a new game in forever (hello, gamestop), but buying ODST and Arkham Asylum first day, and getting the free gift cards, I'll have two more free games and the average price drops dramatically. $120 plus tax for four games ain't too shabby! But I wouldn't buy them without the freebies!