I am NOT a PC gamer and that is the point. I have always hated the PC as a gaming platform because it was uncomfortable, more complicated then it needed to be(patches, hardware issues etc etc) and in general just a hassle. Steam has made it so its not such a hassle and is tossing huge sales our way or on great content. Most people own a PC so if your choice is between getting DLC that many say is overpriced and doesnt add much on XBLA or for like $2 more getting a full game like TF2 on steam....what do you think people are going to pick?
Again I am glad MS is having sales, but given that you must be a gold member you must essentially pay for access to these sales. Then add in that the sales themselves so far have been for 1 game and 2 DLC.....vs comparing the last 3 weeks on Steam which like it or not is a related service where we have seen TF2, Unreal Tournment and World of Goo the last 3 weeks.....it again just strikes me as MS doing far too little too late. If they really want to compete, especially given the fact that you must be a gold member they need to start putting stuff like Castle Crashers, Penny Arcade and other full games up, or discounting the DLC 75% +.
Just because most people own a PC, doesn't mean that people game on them. You're acting here like Microsoft has any direct competition on live. There is none. No one else controls the pricing on Live except Microsoft. Who says they want to compete with a PC based platform (Steam)? What exactly would they be competing over? Steam doesn't offer content on Xbox Live, so again, why would Microsoft care?
Too little, too late for any type of big sales increase from this price drop. What type of sales increase do you think a store would see if they dropped PGR4 from the $60 original price, to $36 at this point? Too little, too late? Since they have such little overhead, you would think they would be more aggressive with the pricing, especially with content that really isn’t on the consumer’s radar anymore. If they are trying to drive traffic to the marketplace they need less rigid pricing, it makes people more likely to browse through the marketplace.
The Steam comparison is valid, just as bringing up a Sony sale on DLC would be valid. They are still competing “platforms,” despite being on different “systems.” If you see one “platform” holder consistently having huge sales, while the other has very minor sales, it still makes you think about what you are getting for your dollar. Steam has shown huge sales increases, from huge discounts, enough that they can (sometimes) make more profit from the sale, than selling the game full price.
I'm not sure what you're talking about with PGR dropping from $60 to $36. That makes little sense, being as how the game itself is under $15 most places. Microsoft putting DLC on sale drives sales regardless. Someone is buying this content for the reduced prices.
Not everyone has the CAG mindset about comparing "value" when it comes to a content deliverable service across platforms. You often forget that CAG does not represent the mass of people out there. Our 30k members (if that) are nothing in comparison to the hundreds of thousands that think a slight discount on Live is a deal. The general gaming public sees a reduction in a DLC price and will eat it up, regardless of "value".
Back on topic, can anyone recommend this pack? Is it worth the 240?