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69. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 19, 2013, 16:01 Beamer
Verno wrote on Mar 19, 2013, 15:58:
netnerd85 wrote on Mar 19, 2013, 09:36:
Are you kidding? Have you seen gamers comments and game reviews? If you don't up the ante, you get no sales and a very bad review.

I would ask you the same question. The companies largely ignore user comments and buy up a good portion of their reviews with advertising dollars anyway. Have you seen what development costs have become? It's not sustainable at its current rate of growth, there is no math to support it other than titles moving unrealistic numbers on each platform. That's why the industry is trying to wring every last penny out of DLC and etc.

I don't think that a good portion of reviews are bought (or, rather, I don't think they're outwardly purchased. Whether they're done simply by adverting on a site and having a good relationship is another story, and one that will never, ever change), but yeah, otherwise I agree. Development costs aren't sustainable. DLC is a way to remedy this.

I still think cheaper pricing may be another way, but it isn't like I've even done a back of the envelope model. Just a hypothesis I'd love some data to crunch through.
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