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Op Ed

Kotaku - Gaming's Biggest Problem Is That Nobody Wants To Talk.
The biggest problem in gaming today is that the gaming industry thinks we're all out to get them. They think gamers are the enemy, a group that needs to be treated with disdain and avoided whenever possible. They think the only way to fool us into buying their products is to cover everything in a shroud of secrecy, only drip-feeding us pretty trailers and juicy soundbites during carefully-tailored marketing campaigns. They think we should just sit there and lap it up.

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17. Re: Op Ed Aug 3, 2012, 16:25 Beamer
 
Tumbler wrote on Aug 3, 2012, 16:14:
Lower prices. $40 should be the norm. $50-$60 for the biggest games.

How do we define "biggest" games? Are they the ones that cost the most? Are they the ones with the most content? Are they the ones with the deepest content? Are they the ones with the broadest appeal? Are they the ones with the most brand recognition?

How many developers will ever admit their game isn't one of the "biggest?"

Why change what's working right now and go straight to $40? You were only willing to pay $40 for Max Payne 3, and within a few weeks you could. Meanwhile a million or however many paid $60 prior to that. Would it make sense to leave that $20 million in revenue on the table? Would enough additional people have purchased it at $40 day one that won't purchase it at $40 month 2 to warrant letting that revenue go?

It's not as simple as "drop prices unless you're a big game or else!" I firmly believe we're going to see $40 become the norm once physical media is dead, but it's going to be hard to move down to that. Every model you can make that shows $40 leading to higher profits also shows it being catastrophically bad when a sensitivity analysis is done and some variables are loosely flexed (and vice versa.)
 
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  1. Aug 3, 11:50 Re: Op Ed MajorD
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