Is $70/£70 for a video game too much?

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If you haven't heard, basically the prices have been jacked up for this new generation with new AAA titles costing around 70 at launch

Is this too much for a game?
(the playstation boss doesn't seem to think so)
https://www.videogameschronicle.com/...ystation-boss/


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I personally think it's too much but it could be worth it I guess (doubt it though)
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Didn't N64 games cost £60 and that was a loooooooong time ago.
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My wallet was already crying prior to the increase
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Didn't N64 games cost £60 and that was a loooooooong time ago.
I remember paying £44.99 for FFX on release day 20 yrs ago, that was on PS2

I can't remember seeing PS2 games higher than £49.99 at that point ...although I didn't own a N64 so can't remember it's prices..
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That is insane, £50 feels too expensive as it is.
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It is. 60 is already too high. 50 is reasonable.
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I personally think it's too much but it could be worth it I guess (doubt it though)
My first reaction was that it's too high, but then I think back to the 90s where Triple A titles were at least £39.99 at launch (possibly higher) and the majority of these games could be completed start to finish in an hour or less.

Most games these days are at least like 10 hours long, with many of them coming in at 30/40+

That's a huge increase in playability, and when you consider inflation ...I think for what we are actually getting it's not a bad deal at all..

but yes, on the surface £70 for 1 game does sound like a lot..
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I remember paying £44.99 for FFX on release day 20 yrs ago, that was on PS2

I can't remember seeing PS2 games higher than £49.99 at that point ...although I didn't own a N64 so can't remember it's prices..
PS2 games were cheaper than N64 because CDs are cheaper than cartridges to produce. I remember Perfect Dark was so damn expensive.
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Think about it though, a game in the 90s cost £39.99

minimum wage in 1999 was £3.60

How long would it take a person on minimum wage to buy a game?, 12/13 hours work

a new game now will cost £70

Minimum wage now is £8.72

It will take someone on minimum wage 9 hours work to buy a game, and they're getting a game at least 10x as long as they were getting in the 90s , maybe even 30/40+X long


On the surface £70 per game seems bad, but when you really sit down and think about it .. it's really not......
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(Original post by ANM775)
If you haven't heard, basically the prices have been jacked up for this new generation with new AAA titles costing around 70 at launch

Is this too much for a game?
(the playstation boss doesn't seem to think so)
https://www.videogameschronicle.com/...ystation-boss/


What do you think?
Yes. You can buy 55 boxes of doughnuts for £70! Bargain. 😊
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Was that not the same situation when prices were £39.99 in the 90s. £39.99 in the 90s on minimum wage is gonna hurt just as bad

I think people are resistant to the change in price as game prices over the years have not increased very much. definitely less than inflation. and now that they are having a big increase people are thinking they're being short changed when in reality they're not.
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It's scaled pretty well with inflation. I think some NES games were £40 which would be absolutely ludicrous inflation-adjusted. Gaming is much more accessible financially nowadays.

I wouldn't pay £70 for a game. My max is about £35. Ideally 20 something pound. I try to take advantage of sales and often buy games a year or two or more after release.
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It's scaled pretty well with inflation. I think some NES games were £40 which would be absolutely ludicrous inflation-adjusted.

I wouldn't pay £70 for a game. My max is about £35. Ideally £2x or lower. I try to take advantage of sales and often buy games a year or two or more after release.
The most i've ever payed was £50 for Final Fantasy 7 remake
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The most i've ever payed was £50 for Final Fantasy 7 remake
When I used to get console games as xmas presents, a few probably were close to £50. (got a few collector's editions which definitely went over) But nowadays buying games by myself on steam/epic/battlenet I wouldn't ever pay full price. Most I've spent recently is about £30 on black ops cold war on a sale.
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£60/£70 is honestly too much for a videogame. The only time I would pay that much is if there is a really nice collector's edition for a gaming franchise I'm heavily invested in (Nier, Final Fantasy). Otherwise, second hand or heavily discounted is where I'm at! I don't buy my videogames higher than £20.

Nintendo will always have my wallet crying though, none of their stuff ever goes on sale
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When I used to get console games as xmas presents, a few probably were close to £50. (got a few collector's editions which definitely went over) But nowadays buying games by myself on steam/epic/battlenet I wouldn't ever pay full price. Most I've spent recently is about £30 on black ops cold war on a sale.

In 2001 I payed £44.99 for Final Fantasy X on launch day

Inflation adjusted that's probably more than £70 today lol, but like you ...I probably wouldn't drop £70 on a game today. even though, in real terms i'd be spending less because of inflation. I think on a psychological level the £70 price point just seems too high..., but on a reality level I don't think it's too high (If that makes sense)
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£60/£70 is honestly too much for a videogame. The only time I would pay that much is if there is a really nice collector's edition for a gaming franchise I'm heavily invested in (Nier, Final Fantasy). Otherwise, second hand or heavily discounted is where I'm at! I don't buy my videogames higher than £20.

Nintendo will always have my wallet crying though, none of their stuff ever goes on sale
Yes, Nintendo games unfortunately seem to permanently stay around full price.

So glad I've jailbroken my Switch
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£70 is too much imo.
I feel like £30 used to be the going rate for a highly rated game, and the last 5-10 years prices have soared.

If you do a play a game for months it might be worth it but you can never tell when you buy it. Nowadays ill often just wait a few months till the game ends up in sale. I also don’t have as much time to game as I used to, so that probably plays into it.
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If you haven't heard, basically the prices have been jacked up for this new generation with new AAA titles costing around 70 at launch...
No, but the real crime is 1 to 1 USD to GBP conversion.

Why is US$70 = £70?

With current exchange rates that's nearly a 40% markup, and you can't explain it with just the VAT.
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