remember when games were $50?

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#1 Posted by thejakel11225 (2217 posts) -

why the jump to $60? you'd think they'd put more content in games but instead we actually pay for things that were supposed to be in games in the first place in the form of DLC. thoughts?

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#2 Posted by SrpskiVojnik (166 posts) -

why the jump to $60? you'd think they'd put more content in games but instead we actually pay for things that were supposed to be in games in the first place in the form of DLC. thoughts?

thejakel11225

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#3 Posted by thejakel11225 (2217 posts) -

you just made my day XD

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#4 Posted by foxhound_fox (97005 posts) -
Games are among the cheapest in the history of the industry. N64 games cost upwards of $100 in the late 1990's. That didn't even account for inflation. Games cost a lot of money to make these days... and even though some games probably shouldn't cost $60, we could be a lot worse off (I remember an interview done with some developers saying they should be priced at $120 given how much work goes into making them, and how much content comes out, compared to a $10 movie which lasts 2 hours).
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#5 Posted by lensflare15 (6614 posts) -

SrpskiVojnik

:lol:

That pic pretty much sums it up!

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#6 Posted by JayQproductions (1804 posts) -

Back in the Sega genesis days it was pretty common for the big name games to be $70-$80

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#7 Posted by josephl64 (4424 posts) -
like others say it could be worse and you have to add in inflation as well
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#8 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (21090 posts) -

Games are still 50 bucks for me. I buy from England, where new games cost £40 (€50)

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#9 Posted by josephl64 (4424 posts) -

Games are still 50 bucks for me. I buy from England, where new games cost £40 (€50)

Black_Knight_00
i don't know if you saw the $ sign or not but as of right now €50 is $69 and with tax obviously above $70
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#10 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (21090 posts) -
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Games are still 50 bucks for me. I buy from England, where new games cost £40 (€50)

josephl64
i don't know if you saw the $ sign or not but as of right now €50 is $69 and with tax obviously above $70

Sure I did, that's why I used the very obvious words for me
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#11 Posted by deactivated-57e5de5e137a4 (12929 posts) -
They can't sell it for $60 unless people are willing to pay for it. Fortunately, with all the competition in the download games market, you can still get new release games for $50 or less if you just shop around.
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#12 Posted by deactivated-57e5de5e137a4 (12929 posts) -
[QUOTE="foxhound_fox"]Games are among the cheapest in the history of the industry. N64 games cost upwards of $100 in the late 1990's. That didn't even account for inflation. Games cost a lot of money to make these days... and even though some games probably shouldn't cost $60, we could be a lot worse off (I remember an interview done with some developers saying they should be priced at $120 given how much work goes into making them, and how much content comes out, compared to a $10 movie which lasts 2 hours).

I would be perfectly fine with 6 hour games costing $30.
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#13 Posted by Archangel3371 (23853 posts) -
Yes and I also remember when some SNES games were were $100+. I paid $100 for Street Fighter II and $115 for Chrono Trigger which I felt were both worth it by the way. Nowadays games cost so much more to make then before so I think $60 is a pretty fair starting price.
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#14 Posted by SleepArrest (25 posts) -

I remember when games were $60.

Yeah, back in the NES era.

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#15 Posted by SleepArrest (25 posts) -

Yes and I also remember when some SNES games were were $100+. I paid $100 for Street Fighter II and $115 for Chrono Trigger which I felt were both worth it by the way. Nowadays games cost so much more to make then before so I think $60 is a pretty fair starting price.Archangel3371

This feels like a lie. I bought Chrono for $55 brand new. Not sure if you bought some form of weird second hand market?

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#16 Posted by Chris_Williams (14882 posts) -

the good ol days

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#17 Posted by DJ_Lae (42748 posts) -
I don't remember when games were $50. I remember when they were $70+. I paid $70 to $80 for a lot of N64 games on release, and I remember skipping Chrono Trigger because I couldn't afford the then $110 price tag.
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#18 Posted by Archangel3371 (23853 posts) -

[QUOTE="Archangel3371"]Yes and I also remember when some SNES games were were $100+. I paid $100 for Street Fighter II and $115 for Chrono Trigger which I felt were both worth it by the way. Nowadays games cost so much more to make then before so I think $60 is a pretty fair starting price.SleepArrest

This feels like a lie. I bought Chrono for $55 brand new. Not sure if you bought some form of weird second hand market?

Nope, no lie. I paid $115 for Chrono Trigger when it first came out and it was at a game specific store called Microplay. It was in Canadian funds so I'm not really sure what the value of our dollar was back then.
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#19 Posted by phhstom1 (1999 posts) -
Try living in Australia, most retailers sell new releases for around $100, i think a major retailer is currently selling MW3 for $110, i just import from the UK for $50.
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#20 Posted by XaosII (16705 posts) -

Most PC games are still $50.

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#21 Posted by DarkCatalyst (20965 posts) -
I remember when games were $80.
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#22 Posted by yomanjdf (1166 posts) -

i buy only 2nd hand

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#23 Posted by myke2010 (2747 posts) -

I remember paying $80 for SFII for the SNES. Honestly, when you consider how much the price of movies and other forms of entertainment have risen, then factor in inflation for the past 20-30 years, I'd say $60 for a videogame is a great deal.

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#24 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (21090 posts) -

[QUOTE="Archangel3371"]Yes and I also remember when some SNES games were were $100+. I paid $100 for Street Fighter II and $115 for Chrono Trigger which I felt were both worth it by the way. Nowadays games cost so much more to make then before so I think $60 is a pretty fair starting price.SleepArrest

This feels like a lie. I bought Chrono for $55 brand new. Not sure if you bought some form of weird second hand market?

Dude, ages ago my dad paid the equivalent of $100 to buy me Killer Instinct on the SNES and the aversage SNES game was 80 bucks That said, I think prices were more justified back then, since cartridges were expensive to produce. DVDs are super cheap to make, so games today should cost less than what they do
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#25 Posted by King9999 (11837 posts) -

I remember when games cost up to $100. Now that was something.

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#26 Posted by rawsavon (40001 posts) -
I also remember when gas was $1 a gallon. Back in the day a loaf of bread cost a couple cents ...inflation is a hell of a thing (something games have NOT kept up with BTW) Also, see this: [QUOTE="foxhound_fox"]Games are among the cheapest in the history of the industry. N64 games cost upwards of $100 in the late 1990's. That didn't even account for inflation. Games cost a lot of money to make these days... and even though some games probably shouldn't cost $60, we could be a lot worse off (I remember an interview done with some developers saying they should be priced at $120 given how much work goes into making them, and how much content comes out, compared to a $10 movie which lasts 2 hours).

games cost less than they did in the SNES era without inflation. games cost less than they did in the NES, PS1, PS2 era with inflation games cost more to make than ever ...so games actually cost more to make but cost people less to buy. I fail to see the issue from the consumer side. It sucks from the developer side though (hence so many going under and them sticking to 'what works'). On a side note: This 'problem' (selling for less, costing more to make) has caused developers to stick with what is safe/known sellers...which is actually killing the industry, but that is a different conversation
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#27 Posted by Canvas_Of_Flesh (4052 posts) -
I remember paying 100 dollars for video games on the SNES.
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#28 Posted by Metamania (12031 posts) -

I remember when games were $80.DarkCatalyst

Most definitely. Games like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI costed $80 to buy at the time.

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#29 Posted by WreckEm711 (7357 posts) -

All my Wii games ARE 49.99 to start out ;)

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#30 Posted by rawsavon (40001 posts) -

All my Wii games ARE 49.99 to start out ;)

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...you get what you pay for /SW /sarcasm
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#31 Posted by WreckEm711 (7357 posts) -

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All my Wii games ARE 49.99 to start out ;)

rawsavon

...you get what you pay for /SW /sarcasm

:P True in some cases, in others I have to wait for a price cut for it to be worth the money, but so far I don't have a single game that I regret paying for :)

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#32 Posted by langrisser2005 (2285 posts) -
I remember paying (well my parents lol) 100 bucks for SNES and N64 games. That's why I only had about half a dozen only - the rest i would just rent from a local video shop every weekend. I still have a copy of Yoshi's Island on SNES with a fat 99.95 sticker on it!
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#33 Posted by Dracula68 (33109 posts) -

Back in the Sega genesis days it was pretty common for the big name games to be $70-$80

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You are quite right. I know for a fact I paid $99 for Phantasy Star IV for Genesis on release day.
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#34 Posted by Am_Confucius (3229 posts) -

Inflation, piracy, new formats, and games being more expensive to make.

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#35 Posted by Maroxad (14692 posts) -

A 50 dollar game in 2000 is 65 dollars today, so games are pretty cheap. a 50 dollar game in 2005 is 58 dollars today. I dont see the problem. Especially considering how much the development costs have increased.

Most PC games are still $50.

XaosII

Same goes for Wii games. And handheld games are even cheaper.

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#36 Posted by MushroomWig (11626 posts) -

Funny enough, I actually don't remember when they were that price. I've always remembered paying around £40 for games. You can blame piracy for that though.

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#37 Posted by Business_Fun (2282 posts) -

I spent £50 (that's Sterling) on Resident Evil 2 in 1998, a small fortune for an eighteen year old schoolboy. Totally worth it of course.

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#38 Posted by MushroomWig (11626 posts) -

I spent £50 (that's Sterling) on Resident Evil 2 in 1998, a small fortune for an eighteen year old schoolboy. Totally worth it of course.

Business_Fun
Ah, I remember my dad buying me a used copy of Resident Evil 2, back then I didn't know that it was "wrong" to buy games used.
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#39 Posted by Dracula68 (33109 posts) -
I didn't know that it was "wrong" to buy games used.MushroomWig
It's not wrong if you can't afford to buy every game for 60 bones plus tax.
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#40 Posted by Allicrombie (26213 posts) -
[QUOTE="JayQproductions"]

Back in the Sega genesis days it was pretty common for the big name games to be $70-$80

Dracula68
You are quite right. I know for a fact I paid $99 for Phantasy Star IV for Genesis on release day.

Yeah every SNES RPG that hit stores was 74.99 - 89.99. I know cause we picked up every single one. >.>
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#41 Posted by TJORLY (3298 posts) -

"Remember when games were $50?"

Pepperidge Farm remembers.

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#42 Posted by Dracula68 (33109 posts) -

[QUOTE="Dracula68"][QUOTE="JayQproductions"]

Back in the Sega genesis days it was pretty common for the big name games to be $70-$80

Allicrombie

You are quite right. I know for a fact I paid $99 for Phantasy Star IV for Genesis on release day.

Yeah every SNES RPG that hit stores was 74.99 - 89.99. I know cause we picked up every single one. >.>

Oh yeah, so did I. I was so upset so many never came over from Japan too. I was hoping that's what the VC on the Wii was gonna do but I gave up checking after back in 2008.

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#43 Posted by Metamania (12031 posts) -

[QUOTE="MushroomWig"]I didn't know that it was "wrong" to buy games used.Dracula68
It's not wrong if you can't afford to buy every game for 60 bones plus tax.

Not if you were living in a tax-free state like New Hampshire. ;)

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#44 Posted by Allicrombie (26213 posts) -

[QUOTE="Allicrombie"][QUOTE="Dracula68"] You are quite right. I know for a fact I paid $99 for Phantasy Star IV for Genesis on release day.Dracula68

Yeah every SNES RPG that hit stores was 74.99 - 89.99. I know cause we picked up every single one. >.>

Oh yeah, so did I. I was so upset so many never came over from Japan too. I was hoping that's what the VC on the Wii was gonna do but I gave up checking after back in 2008.

yeah thats a bummer. I still kind of want a wii though, lots of games on the VC that I havent played in years.
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#45 Posted by Dracula68 (33109 posts) -

[QUOTE="Dracula68"][QUOTE="MushroomWig"]I didn't know that it was "wrong" to buy games used.Metamania

It's not wrong if you can't afford to buy every game for 60 bones plus tax.

Not if you were living in a tax-free state like New Hampshire. ;)

I'll swap taxes with ya? Hell, that's one thing I loved about living in VA for 6 years. Tax was cut in half of NY tax.
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#46 Posted by Metamania (12031 posts) -

[QUOTE="Metamania"]

[QUOTE="Dracula68"] It's not wrong if you can't afford to buy every game for 60 bones plus tax.Dracula68

Not if you were living in a tax-free state like New Hampshire. ;)

I'll swap taxes with ya? Hell, that's one thing I loved about living in VA for 6 years. Tax was cut in half of NY tax.

When I tell my fellow gamers from outside NH that, they get jealous. But then it's hard for me, because when I step out of New Hampshire and visit another area, that's when it all changes. :lol:

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#47 Posted by TransFishers (263 posts) -
I remember when games were $80.DarkCatalyst
That's how much SF2 ran me on SNES. Phantasy Star 2 (I think it was part 2) ran me $99. Chrono Trigger was $60, and my first N64 game, Shadows of the Empire, was $80. Oh but hey I do remember a fifty dollar game from just the other day. Sonic Generations, pretty good too.
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#48 Posted by trent44 (255 posts) -

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Electronics Boutique Scan with 2010 price adjustments edited in:

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Console price chart based on 2007 inflation index

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Game library size chart

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Annual (Fiscal Years) Gaming Division Profits chart

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#49 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6054 posts) -
I remember when games were $60.Yeah, back in the (S)NES era.SleepArrest
Thanks for saving me the trouble of posting this myself.
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#50 Posted by HipHopBeats (2850 posts) -

I remember when you got all game content the day you purchased the game. I miss the pre DLC era.