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Video games are underpriced

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by , 30th December 2009 at 12:10 AM (733 Views)
We've all seen people complain about the price of video games on various message boards. The idea that $60 is too much to pay for a game is a popular one, and there are many people out there who think they're being ripped off.

I, for one, completely disagree.

Think about it for a second. You pay $60 for a game that lasts you 20 hours. That may seem like a lot, but if you break it down, that's about $3 for every hour of entertainment.

In comparison, you go out for a night to the movies. For a two hour movie, you're likely to pay about $10 for the ticket. Even if you don't buy any food or drinks to go with that, you're still paying almost twice as much for the same amount of entertainment. There are various other factors involved, of course, but on a purely cost per hour scale, video games win out.

Wanna go out for a night at the bar, or a night out clubbing? Those have an even greater per-hour cost.

The truth of the matter is, video games are some of the best values for your money that you can get, especially if you buy RPGs. Yet people still see them as being "too expensive" without really looking at the big picture.

Of course, I'm not saying that those other forms of entertainment are inferior or that people should stick to video games to get the most bang for your buck. But I do think that people should take things into perspective the next time they complain about paying $60 for a game that will entertain them for hours and hours and hours.

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  1. Phoenicks's Avatar
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    Maybe because some games are seen as rip-offs compared to other games. 20 Hours is nothing compared to games like Tetris or Mario. Those games don't cost $60.
  2. Dewgong Reign's Avatar
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    This is why I never complain about how much I pay for my video games.

    I even buy them used on eBay for less than $20 if I'm lucky. I bought Zelda Majora's Mask the other day for less than $5. And there's nothing wrong with it.
  3. Sublime's Avatar
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    Did the idea of saving money somehow go out the window? Actually a lot of logical idea's seemed to have gone out the window in the last few years. Are people becoming dumber?
  4. Mako's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ιиsσмиιαc
    Are people becoming dumber?
    Yes.

    Anyways, to the topic at hand... games are the best in terms of a simple mathematical rate.

    For example when I used to play World of Warcraft, it was $15 a month for like 100 hours or so of play. Which meant that each hour was like 12 cents or something.
  5. H-con's Avatar
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    Only 60 $? For all games, like PS3 and Xbox 360 too? Because those can get around a 100$ over here.
    But I don't have either, so I'm not complaining. My last purchase was only like 40, and I've had quite a lot of fun with that, so it was definitely worth it. It's not like games are so terribly expensive, if I want them cheap I could always just try to buy them used...
  6. Dogasu's Avatar
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    Well, yeah, I was mainly aiming that post toward Americans since it seemed like Americans were the ones who complained the most. Despite the fact that we pay the least out of just about any country.

    Shoot, I just paid the equivalent of US$85 for Final Fantasy XIII over here in Japan, and that was after the store knocked US$10 off.

    Still, $85 for a few dozen hours' worth of entertainment ain't too shabby.
  7. Zynetic's Avatar
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    I believe people call games far too expensive simply because they don't have the money on-hand.

    It's like £4.50 for about 1:30 in the cinema here. A game can get to around £40, which, in theory is £5 off 13 hours of the cinema, and knowing games, they last a lot longer.

    The thing is, people don't have £40 to spend at once, while they might have £4.50 which they want to spend.

    That is why people say video games are too expensive.
  8. Archaic's Avatar
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    Or even when they do have the money on hand, spending a big wad of cash in one go (with the satisfaction payoff being spread over time) seems more expensive at the time of purchase than something much cheaper which gives an immediate satisfaction payoff.

    Having said that....I must second that people from the US don't know how good they've got it when it comes to Video Game prices. Have a thought for the people in Europe, who pay prices as if 1 Euro was equal to 1 US Dollar, which when you consider real world exchange rates means they're effectively paying double for everything. Of course, there are reasons for that (they pay the added cost for having a game that is translated to every local language), but those reasons are annoying to the customers themselves (what customer wants to pay for a bunch of extra languages that they know they don't want?).
  9. Sublime's Avatar
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    @Archaic: Yeah we also get uncensored games, unlike you who live in Australia get some games censored and still sold at the original price. Same can be said about a few other countries in Europe. But like you said people don't know how good they have it here.
  10. H-con's Avatar
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    Why we have to wait until games are translated to other European languages beat me, pretty much all the games are in English anyways. But hey, that's what censorship is all about!

    Otherwise, I agree with Diryn
  11. Sublime's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by H-con
    Why we have to wait until games are translated to other European languages beat me, pretty much all the games are in English anyways. But hey, that's what censorship is all about!

    Otherwise, I agree with Diryn
    If you're in Italy don't you want to read the dialogue and etc in Italian?

    Also pre-order the games from internet websites...simple enough no?
  12. Mijzelffan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archaic
    Have a thought for the people in Europe, who pay prices as if 1 Euro was equal to 1 US Dollar, which when you consider real world exchange rates means they're effectively paying double for everything.
    Slightly less. I usually pay either €44,95 ($65.88) or €49,95 ($71.62) for my games. And as I don't have enough money to buy every game I want that way... well I'll just stop there. I payed a cheaper price for Spirit tracks when I bought it recently, because of the holidays. It was priced down to a nice €34,99 ($50.17) if I remember right.

    Used multiple sites for those calculations and they're all the same. But as you see it's not double price.
  13. Blackjack Gabbiani's Avatar
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    But that doesn't mean that they're not overpriced. It just means that, compared to other overpriced things, they're less so.
  14. Dogasu's Avatar
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    I dunno...paying a measly $60 for a game that cost the developers millions of dollars and months (if not years) to complete does not strike me as being "overpriced" in the least.
  15. Yamato-san's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogasu
    Well, yeah, I was mainly aiming that post toward Americans since it seemed like Americans were the ones who complained the most. Despite the fact that we pay the least out of just about any country.

    Shoot, I just paid the equivalent of US$85 for Final Fantasy XIII over here in Japan, and that was after the store knocked US$10 off.

    Still, $85 for a few dozen hours' worth of entertainment ain't too shabby.
    while anything cheaper would be convenient to any consumer, I agree with everything you're saying that these prices for games are indeed quite reasonable. But speaking of prices in Japan, don't they charge around 5K yen for DVDs/BDs with two anime episodes on them? Looking at that I can't help feeling that we Americans are extremely spoiled considering we can now buy a complete series set at that kind of price. Though for whatever it's worth, the Japanese at least have the benefit of having anime air on TV first, whereas we'd be lucky if a network picked up a certain series, and unless we have the International Channel or something, the Japanese original is definitely gonna be off-limits. Overall, consumer products are the ONLY way for us to watch most anime.

    Still, even before all these budget thin-pack sets and such started coming out, Americans could still expect to pay no more than $20 for a disc with 3-5 episodes on it (and having dual audio tracks could count as extra content, though most people would stick to just one anyway), so what the Japanese deal with seems like fucking highway robbery to me. And companies are wondering why reverse-importing's a problem?
  16. Dogasu's Avatar
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    Hey, I just saw your response!

    I will agree that DVDs and music CDs are horribly overpriced in Japan. Video games are less so.

    But I think that part of the reason the prices are so high in Japan is because these prices have become accepted over time. It's like DVDs in the U.S. Now let's say, for example, you go into Best Buy the day Avatar comes out on DVD and see that it's on sale for $5.00. At that point, your gut reaction probably isn't going to be "oh wow, great deal!" Instead, you're probably going to think something's up. "Why is this so cheap?" "Is Best Buy selling bootlegs now or something?" "This can't be the actual movie...maybe it's some lame promotional DVD instead." etc.

    For us, $15 - $20 is what we expect to pay for a new movie, and anything less than that is suspicious. I think in Japan, the same is true; they expect to pay 3500 yen - 4000 yen for a new movie, and anything less than that is suspicious.

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