The other week I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine, and the topic of video game prices came up. I thought this would be a good blog discussion point because I imagine opinions vary hugely.
Over the years the prices of video games has slowly crept up. When I was a child…..over two decades ago, I remember games costing £40 for the latest release and I remember as a child thinking this was expensive. But as I grew older and had better access to money, I swiftly learned that this was a reasonable price. The issue has been over the last five years, where the prices have nearly doubled. For the newest releases you can expect to pay £70, which is okay when it is something you are really excited for, however if it is something new and you want to try it out, £70 is a little bit of a big ask.
Now I am not naive to why games cost what they do, and I am absolutely appreciative of the time and effort that goes into making a game. Modern graphics, A.I instructions, controls, story, etc., Take a huge amount of time and effort to design and program, taking hundreds of programmers to create. As someone who doesn’t know how to program or even how the design process even begins, I understand why they are priced so highly. At the end of the day, they are making games for a profit, they couldn’t continue to make games if they didn’t’t make any money. The issues falls, when I feel like we are hitting the tipping point, where the price outweighs the worth it value. Even now on a grown up wage, I still feel hesitant about paying out and I won’t lie, buying a new game is still very much a treat.
There is also a huge positive to this high-end price for video games, and that is the varied levels of prices for the double A or indie games. Over the years, more developers have been making a range of different games at different scales, but it has allowed them to take advantage of pricing them at different prices. Some of the best games I have played in the last few years, are these smaller indie titles that only cost me £10, which I think is an absolute steal! Yes these games might not be as long, but video games at the end of the day are about the experience.
Let me know in the comments, what you think about the price of games at the moment! Too high? Too low?