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Thoughts on 70$ games next gen?

I'm happy with it, more money=better value 6 5.83%
 
I'm ok with it 26 25.24%
 
Don't like it, but will tolerate it 29 28.16%
 
Completely against it, won't tolerate it 42 40.78%
 
Total:103

All the companies known for lootboxes will surely try to push this as the shadow of lootbox regulations looms over their heads and they need to keep making more profit to keep shareholders happy.



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Video games have costed roughly the same since like the 90s, so really it is not that bad that they went up slightly with inflation. I don't like it but it is an unavoidable reality. 60$ in the 90s is worth more than 70$ in 2020

I will also say that I have already seen some 70€ games here in Europe several years ago. They were not common and if you looked for other retailers you could usually find them at the more usual 60€, but they existed

Of course, here is where I also mention that the 60/70€ price is including taxes, which I don't think is the case with US pricings? (then again 1€ is like 1.1 USD so it balances out I suppose)



hush404 said:

As someone who rarely buys new games now because of the price, I just see that personal trend continuing. Games are already $69.99/$79.99 here in Canada and this just means we jump to $79.99/89.99. After tax, we're looking at over $100 per title. The list of games that are worth that, in my eyes, is very small.

Example from Amazon:

Well im not sure how old you are so not sure if you remembered when some SNES games were +$100 CAD, and that was like during mid 90s, which would be around $150 CAD now with inflation.  So paying $100 a game again wouldn't be surprising.  But it still sucks big times.

Canadians had it good last gen (PS3/360) as our dollar was better and our systems/games were the same price amount as the US.



V-r0cK said:
hush404 said:

As someone who rarely buys new games now because of the price, I just see that personal trend continuing. Games are already $69.99/$79.99 here in Canada and this just means we jump to $79.99/89.99. After tax, we're looking at over $100 per title. The list of games that are worth that, in my eyes, is very small.

Example from Amazon:

Well im not sure how old you are so not sure if you remembered when some SNES games were +$100 CAD, and that was like during mid 90s, which would be around $150 CAD now with inflation.  So paying $100 a game again wouldn't be surprising.  But it still sucks big times.

Canadians had it good last gen (PS3/360) as our dollar was better and our systems/games were the same price amount as the US.

I was living in the Netherlands at the time and I remember Nintendo cartridges being sold for up to 250 guilders at Fame on the Dam square (1998) The shop is gone now, there is a bank in its place. I used to get my Laserdiscs there at 80 to 90 guilders a piece. The guilder (doesn't exist anymore either) was worth about $0.52, so around $45 for a Laserdisc and up to $130 for (imported) Nintendo games.

I spend close to a 1,000 guilders a month at that store in movies and games.

No wonder they went bankrupt after I left the country :)



SvennoJ said:
hush404 said:

As someone who rarely buys new games now because of the price, I just see that personal trend continuing. Games are already $69.99/$79.99 here in Canada and this just means we jump to $79.99/89.99. After tax, we're looking at over $100 per title. The list of games that are worth that, in my eyes, is very small.

Example from Amazon:

Yep, the upcoming Paper Mario is also listed at 79.99.
I hope it will 'only' go up to 89.99 next gen, however $70 translates to CAD 95 nowadays :/

I've been buying far fewer new games this gen as well. Start of this gen games were still CAD 54.99 or 59.99

Yeah, that's true, I wasn't thinking it would go up more. It seems to follow the trend of $10 over that of the US price and has for a while. I don't recall seeing an odd prices like $77.99 to make up for the difference in the dollar. I bought Horizon Zero Dawn at full price (actually got the CE for that) but think that's likely the last game I bought on release at full asking. I mean... I bought the SpongeBob game that just came out but it was $29.99 on release, so I was fine with that.  I took advantage of a black Friday sale price on a Cyberpunk 2077 pre-order and got in for $54.99 which Im super happy with (and tbh, CP2077 is likely a game I would pay full price for anyways).

V-r0cK said:
hush404 said:

As someone who rarely buys new games now because of the price, I just see that personal trend continuing. Games are already $69.99/$79.99 here in Canada and this just means we jump to $79.99/89.99. After tax, we're looking at over $100 per title. The list of games that are worth that, in my eyes, is very small.

Example from Amazon:

Well im not sure how old you are so not sure if you remembered when some SNES games were +$100 CAD, and that was like during mid 90s, which would be around $150 CAD now with inflation.  So paying $100 a game again wouldn't be surprising.  But it still sucks big times.

Canadians had it good last gen (PS3/360) as our dollar was better and our systems/games were the same price amount as the US.

Oh wow, that is incredibly interesting. I would have been ehh, something like 8-10 back when I got my first SNES (around 5 or 6 when the system launched) and thus have no memory of buying SNES games. We likely got games as gifts or picked em up second hand.



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SvennoJ said:
V-r0cK said:

Well im not sure how old you are so not sure if you remembered when some SNES games were +$100 CAD, and that was like during mid 90s, which would be around $150 CAD now with inflation.  So paying $100 a game again wouldn't be surprising.  But it still sucks big times.

Canadians had it good last gen (PS3/360) as our dollar was better and our systems/games were the same price amount as the US.

I was living in the Netherlands at the time and I remember Nintendo cartridges being sold for up to 250 guilders at Fame on the Dam square (1998) The shop is gone now, there is a bank in its place. I used to get my Laserdiscs there at 80 to 90 guilders a piece. The guilder (doesn't exist anymore either) was worth about $0.52, so around $45 for a Laserdisc and up to $130 for (imported) Nintendo games.

I spend close to a 1,000 guilders a month at that store in movies and games.

No wonder they went bankrupt after I left the country :)

I miss the times with both Guilders and Belgian francs,cheaper times and it actually looked like i had money in my wallet.(well yeah all cheaper except for the games)

I went a full night out with 500 Belgian francs or around 25 guilders that are now around 12,5 euros/14 american dollars,crazy how prices inflated so rapidly after the Euro beh.



In theory, I have no problem spending $70 or $80 for very good, complete games. But, I rarely even pay $60 for a game, because I see few games as worth that much. I wait for sales probably 90% of the time. If the regular price increases,.I'll probably wait for a sale 95% of the time.



Where's the "I don't care because I'll buy them on discount" option? I rarely buy new (full-price) games as it is tbh.

I'm not happy with the fact the prices are going up obviously but I think it was always going to happen at some point so it looks like that point is the next gen.



hush404 said:

Yeah, that's true, I wasn't thinking it would go up more. It seems to follow the trend of $10 over that of the US price and has for a while. I don't recall seeing an odd prices like $77.99 to make up for the difference in the dollar. I bought Horizon Zero Dawn at full price (actually got the CE for that) but think that's likely the last game I bought on release at full asking. I mean... I bought the SpongeBob game that just came out but it was $29.99 on release, so I was fine with that.  I took advantage of a black Friday sale price on a Cyberpunk 2077 pre-order and got in for $54.99 which Im super happy with (and tbh, CP2077 is likely a game I would pay full price for anyways).

Prices went up slowly last gen. I went through my physical game collection and selected the ones I bought at release for which I still have the receipt (I often put the receipt in the box)

Canadian prices before tax

11/28/2019 Death Stranding $79.99
06/13/2019 Blood and Truth $49.99
01/18/2019 Ace Combat 7 $79.99
10/26/2018 RDR2 $99.99 (special edition)
09/07/2018 Spiderman $79.99
06/06/2018 Detroit become human $79.99
04/20/2018 God of War $79.99
02/08/2018 Shadow of the Colossus $49.99
10/17/2017 GT Sport $89.99 (steelbook edition)
09/05/2017 Knack 2 $49.99
01/24/2017 RE7 $77.99
12/06/2016 The last guardian $77.99
09/08/2016 No Man's Sky $77.99
05/02/2016 The Talos Principle $34.99
03/24/2016 Trackmania Turbo $49.99
03/24/2016 Plants vs Zombie: GW $67.79
11/15/2015 Fallout 4 $77.99
09/09/2015 Tearaway unfolded $39.99
09/03/2015 MGS Phantom pain $69.99
07/03/2015 Batman Arkham Knight $67.99
03/25/2015 Bloodborne $67.99
11/20/2014 Dragon Age Inquisition $67.99
11/20/2014 LBP 3 $67.99
11/20/2014 Far Cry 4 $67.99
11/20/2014 GTA 5 $67.99 (CAD 307.31 in one go after tax!)
07/31/2014 The last of us remastered $39.99
05/15/2014 Project cars $67.99
04/21/2014 Dynasty warriors 8 $64.99

GT6 was $59.99 as well as the ps4 launch games, yet it quickly started to go up after the launch of the ps4.
The last of us part II was $79.99 as well, bought it digitally due to covid19.



Will this price increase make a handful of developers/publishers to keep the price at $60 for next gen to stay competitive? And I don't mean indie developers, but I'm talking about major developers and publishers. We know the likes of EA, 2K, Sony, MS and Ubisoft will hike up the prices, but what about others?


Maybe I'm being way too naive and optimistic for certain developers.