I get the argument honestly. Games were $60, even $70 back in 1985. That breaks down to $136 roughly nowdays, games are like the only thing that have avoided ever going up in cost over the last going on 40 years I can think of. And then when you consider a small handful of programmers back in the 80's/early 90's could get together and kick out a game in a few months, pretty different than nowdays where major studios have hundreds if not thousands of employees working on the bigger titles at a time, over a 4-6 year timespan.
They have gone up technically with the inclusion of season passes, etc. Though you do have the option of buying just the base game, makes me glad we have so many great indie games this generation.