I do recall posting a message, in another thread, about paying $49.99 for a PC game back in 2001 and then buying Fallout 3 for PC last year for the same price. In other words inflation had not hit PC gaming. Methinks my little comment may have jinxed it!
I paid 50 bucks for TIE Fighter back in what, 94 or so? I actually remember paying 50 bucks for games earlier than that. Of course, a game would give you a hundred or three hours of playtime single player, but that's beside the point.
If you calculate games from '94 to today, the price point hasn't changed, but inflation has continued to increase. If game prices kept up with inflation, we'd be paying 70 bucks or so per mainstream game. Instead, game profit margins have gotten slimmer, while the cost to develop games has ballooned disproportionately. Therefore, games are riskier and riskier ventures, and thus we see less innovative games.
Let's go back even further. I remember paying 50 bucks for NES games. So let's say... 1987. That works out to over 90 dollars per game inflation adjusted. I even remember Atari games that sold for 30 bucks in the early 80's, maybe 84? That's 61 dollars today inflation adjusted.
I guess my point is to stop whining. Price increases are inevitable as time goes on. We're lucky we had a stable price point for 20+ years with video games. We pay less today on average for a video game than we did 5, 10, or even 15 years ago.