With every new generation of games and consoles, we see a price increase. But what’s the limit?
Gamers know the routine. Buy a console. Love a console. Play the console until it dies. Move on to the newest console. If you ever wanted to know the life cycle of gaming, console or PC, this is pretty much how it goes (but with PCs, we upgrade RAM and processors before we buy/build a new system).
With every dead gaming system, and every overworked title, we move on, but at a cost.
You’ve gotta pay to play.
We know this. We’ve accepted this, but hold on a minute. If my prediction is correct, the next gen games will cost $70 each, sans DLC, map packs, etc. Seventy dollars represents the base model. It’s like buying a car with an engine, but having to pay extra for things like a muffler, struts, and shocks. What about gas? That’s your subscription fee!
Show me the money!
If games are going to start at $70 each, I need to know what I’m getting for that price. $60 games were nothing to sneeze at as far as the impact to collective wallets everywhere, but now they’re talking more. On top of that, there are rumors that neither of the new consoles will have backwards compatibility.
Are you freaking kidding me?
So you have a system that forces you to buy new titles and potentially re-buy the titles you loved (with standard graphics) at a higher price?
Even the terrible games will be sold at this price. Let’s be honest, each year we see a crop of games with potential, alongside a plethora of detritus. This could spell disaster for indie game developers who can create a quality game, but without the million dollar ad campaigns to convince you to play it, will you even take a chance?
You want $70, I want the best darned gaming experience EVER. Not a repackage, not an upgrade in play calling, magazine size, court sheen, jersey colors, tire brands, horseback riding, or a new mini-level.
I want what we used to have. I want games where gameplay is well thought out, purposeful, and intuitive. I want games where the story isn’t an afterthought. I want games where the characters have a purpose for being on the screen. I want to be challenged, I want to think, I want zero lag!
What’s your max?
How much is too much for a video game? After all the extra content is said and done, and we’re kissing $100 per title, is it worth it? How will these prices restrict your gaming? Will you start budgeting for games? Will you rent more titles?