I don't agree. Once I see a game has been listed or sold at at a given price it would be retarded to pay anything more for it because I now know the lowest price a developer is willing to accept for his product. Unless there is a game I must absolutely have and games are never a "must" have for me. The same principle applies universally to almost any product, even real estate. Who's going to pay $100,000 for a piece of real estate if they seen it listed for 10% cheaper the month prior? Well, real estate is a completely different topic because of its possible uniqueness etc. So, lets scrap "that" example. However, Valve won't be running low on stock of digital downloads anytime soon. And one copy of "Left 4 Dead" is not unique to any others.
Quake Wars:Enemy Territory can be purchased on Amazon.com for $10 or less. I have been waiting for along time for this price drop to show up on Steam. A long time. I can guarantee you that I will never pay over $10 for it when I know someone else is selling it cheaper. Steam still sells its for $19.99 and until it drops to at "least" $10 or less I will not purchase it.
But if Valve wants to think that they can raise/lower prices without penalty, it won't hurt my feelings any. I will take advantage of every sale and let every other game I want that isn't on sale remain in their digital locker until it grows as stale as a 3-year old piece of bread.
I cant praise this new era of digital downloads enough and all the competition its creating.
I used to think I was stealing games when I got big titles like Painkiller:Black Edition and Vampire Masquerade:Bloodlines for $10. Not anymore. My latest two digital purchases were Company of Heroes:Gold Edition for $5 and Painkiller:Overdose for $3.46(reguarly $4.95 but I got it on sale at 30% off, lol). $10 has become too expensive a price for a game anymore for me personally. Probably not for everybody. But Im getting spoiled to the point where my new ceiling price for purchasing any game is about $5. This comment was edited on Nov 18, 2009, 23:33.