Yeah, this is heartbreaking. Console games are supposed to be $10 more because the consoles were subsidized to begin with. This price on PC, it's a rip off. If I didn't have my ME2 saved game on the PC I'd seriously consider getting ME3 for the PS3. Along with the complexity and cost of PC gaming this new pricing scheme is going to transition all but die-hard enthusiasts to console gaming. I can't even trade in my PC game when I'm done! This is a very bad trend. I'm mad enough that I'll most likely wait until a price drop before purchasing, no matter what pre-order DLC these marketing monsters concoct.
Same discussion is happening over at the Dragon Age 2 product page. One thing I don't understand is that if PC gamers are being charged $60, how come the console gamers are not being charged $70 because of the licensing fees? Inflation is fine, but inflate it for those console gamers as well.
I'm not too happy about the price changes in recent years, but they don't last with PC games. Within a month they are within 40 bucks. Just need a little patience. Platform games take at least 6 mnths to get to 50 and years to get below that. I still love PC gaming and both Dragon Age and Mass Effect have brought good ports to the PC plus the graphics are better, So I'll stick to my trusty PC.
The durability of a pricing point has to do with how well a product sells and what the market will bear (that is, what consumers will tolerate). As of today, Starcraft 2 is still going for $50 (down from $60) here at Amazon after being out for 6 months, but Fallout: New Vegas is going for $30 (down from $50), having only been out 2 months . I haven't played either game, so I can't comment on their relative quality. But prices are usually a reflection of the supply/demand dynamic of the marketplace.
I, too, hate to see this trend toward a $60 price point for PC games, which seems to have been started by Blizzard with Starcraft 2. Actually, I am going to make it a New Year's resolution not to buy any PC game that retails over $50. Even better, I am going to try not to buy any for over $40 again (wish me luck on that one!). I'll just wait for the inevitable price drop, which should be long enough for the typically buggy PC release to get patched up.
Despite being a PC gamer for 20 years I don't get the problem. The PC versions are generally the best versions, why should they be cheaper? Also games were $50 20 years ago... inflation should have made them like $100 by now, so $60 is a good deal either way.
ME2 was certainly worth $60, so I am sure ME3 will be as well.
^^ I agree 100%. Guys it's freaking Mass Effect 3. Are you all not excited to see how it all ends? What's Shepard's fate gonna be? I don't care how much it costs, this game will be worth every damn penny I pay for it.
I'm a console gamer (PS3), although I decided to get ME2 on the PC, as I was also getting ME1.
I'm kinda used at paying upwards to $60....I dunno? But I gotta agree...it's kind of surprising how superior PC versions are and then the price point. I played the ME2 demo on PS3, then played it on my PC...and haven't really looked back.
everything went up in price. its not just video games. the market simply reflects the falling value of the dollar. that said, this game is totaly worth paying full price for and its already tough to wait a whole damn year for it to come out (what? its the most fun I had playing a video game in over a decade, the suspence about the fate of humanity as well as fate of Shepard and "the gang" is killing me). Bioware put a lot of thought, effort detail, investment into making their games, they deserve the tag (unlike Blizzard in more recent years..which saddens me :( )
I'm really disappointed with EA for doing this. ME3 is one of my top games for 2011, and this price point is making me reconsider my decision to pre-order when a release date is solidified.
I'm most certainly with Andrew C. on this however; it really comes down to what the market will bear. $60 titles on the PC usually last around 30 days, sometimes even less. The fact that publishers cannot stick this price point to the market for any amount of time seems indicative that they are missing sales by overpricing these games.
It also seems to point at the fact that collectors editions of previous installments in these franchises sold well. ME2 and DA:O's collectors editions for PC, correct me if I'm wrong, were $59.99 (at least the digital version I purchased on Steam were). It almost seems like EA went on a fishing expedition with the CE's to see if they would sell at that price, and now that they've confirmed this, across the board price increases are happening. Worse, it doesn't look like they'll be including CE content in standard releases, which means you're getting slightly less value for your dollar.
I now feel relatively guilty for buying CE editions. Feels like I've helped justify this behavior.
Yeah, it sucks that EA is going $60 for most of their new release PC games. But I'd buy any Bioware game, Day 1. I don't feel bad dropping $60 on a Bioware game, especially Mass Effect 3, and especially a game that I'll probably put close to 30 hours into.
Andrew C said it best. It's all about the business supply and demand. Like it or not, businesses exist for one reason, to make a profit. The higher they can charge a consumer for a product, the more money they make. It's all a matter of how much consumers are willing to pay before they decide that the price is too high. With games like SC2 setting the new price point at $60 and still selling out, many other developers are taking suit with their high profile release games.
Agreed. $60 is less in real dollars than the cost of games 10 years ago. Much less the few games one could buy when I had my first computer (Apple II+) 30 years ago. And they're so much better - at least the good ones like ME and DA and Fallout.
I remember back when PC games came in huge, sturdy, two piece boxes with a lengthy printed manual with all kinds of back info and lore. The game companies then came out and said that the reason games were $50 is because of the big packaging and those printed manuals, so they started releasing them in the smaller flimsy boxes, putting the discs in paper sleeves instead of a jewel case, and the only printed material you got with them was a registration card. Through all that, the price has stayed at $50. These days, they're starting to charge $60 for games that come in a dvd case, often no printed manual, limited installations from draconian DRM, and the total playtime of the games is maybe 6 to 8 hours.
The Mass Effect series is worth it though... 60 hours for a complete playthrough and you can still go back and do it again a couple more times, getting all sorts of new dialog and outcomes. It's a great thing to be able to replay a game and experience something new each time. While I'd be willing to drop $60 on this game, I definitely wouldn't do so for other $60 games like Call of Duty where you're done playing it, and have seen it all, on the same day that you installed it.