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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 09:47 AM
I'm saying this not for these games like FB that you can spend hundreds of hours playing but for the other ones that after a couple of hours are stored and never used again.

And I have to tell you that unfortunately most of the games are like this.

So don't you think that rates of 40-80 Euros per game are very expensive or not?

XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 09:47 AM
I'm saying this not for these games like FB that you can spend hundreds of hours playing but for the other ones that after a couple of hours are stored and never used again.

And I have to tell you that unfortunately most of the games are like this.

So don't you think that rates of 40-80 Euros per game are very expensive or not?

XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 10:26 AM
yep, if you don't play a game it's a waste of money alright.

I've got a few like that...

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 10:35 AM
For a good game, it is not very expensive. Compare the enjoyment and number of hours spent playing to just about any other hobby/recreational activity and it comes out to be one of the cheapest.

That is why I always read reviews before i buy them and try to get my hands on a demo.

Now a crappy game that you put away after a few hours...

Some games that I got a lot of bang for my buck:

Free Space 1 & 2(I still play FS2, one of my favorite games of all time).

IL2:Sturmovik

Morrowind

Shogun and Medieval Total War

XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 11:03 AM
Hmmm... Prize per hour? Then it´s very cheap I think compared to a lot of other things. In my country a game costs about four times as much as a CD of music - but in the end it´s the same I guess. I´ve never spend 1/4 of the time I´ve been online with FB listening to any album besides the third Zep with "Since I´ve Been Loving You".

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 11:10 AM
I think what you need to do is to check the prizes of game consoles like Xbox and Playstation 2.

After buying 3 or 4 games you have actually spent more money on the games, than the price of the console itself...

That will never happen in the PC world, so thats why i´d say games for the PC are quite cheap, compared with game consoles.

Imaging buying a PC game for 200 USD. that would be insane right?

Thats the console world...

Newer games costs about 6.99 USD here for PS2 and Xbox.

Its insane.

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 11:11 AM
For the last 5 years I've bought only 2 games, so I'd say the value is quite good. I used to go through console games on a monthly basis, and they cost even more.

Justifying the cost of the computer, well thats another story completely...

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 11:17 AM
Some games I play are well worth the money, like FB, FS2004, Vietcong, Delta Force series...and many others...40 or 50 euros are well spent on them.
But many others I bought are really a waste, like CFS3, Platoon, Red Faction, and more...
It depends a lot on game overall quality. many people would say that X Plane isn´t worth the money, (and it is expensive), but I do enjoy it a lot. It brings to me what FS series lack...It´s a little bit like a complement to it: not as eye candy, but rather complex managment and FM.

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 11:22 AM
I only tend to get `replayable ` games, like FB (why Campaign important) and MTW. If I want a real light hearted blast I might run UT2003 or Battlefield 1942. But MTW and FB are truly worth the money. Balder`s gate and Morrowind also very good for the cash, well worth it.
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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 01:53 PM
Thats why I like this sim so much. This is the most bang for the buck I have ever gotten out of anything like this which includes records,CDs,tapes,books (except one../i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif ),discs,various players (cd,tape,etc) and most other "things" I have bought over the years fopr my enjoyment. FB is hands down head and shoulders above them all.

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 01:57 PM
IMO only games that you can play many many times all over again are worth buying.

Not many of those though.

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 02:13 PM
Expensive is all relative. If you have no money at all everything is expensive. If you are Bill Gates it's hard to find something that's expensive. If you think games are expensive then you ...well...think about it....

XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 02:17 PM
Yes, I think games are too expensive. The biggest problem is that the money doesn't necessarily buy you quality. For the same price you pay for a good game, you can get a game which is absolutely rubbish. The trouble is, if you do not want to pay much for a game, you can't expect a high quality. IMO Americas Army is probably the best value for money game available. Although the US taxpayer pays for the game, since I'm British I don't have to pay a penny. In return I get a game with great gameplay, graphics, sound and so on. In the world of computer games, its not always a case of "you get what you pay for."

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 02:29 PM
PC Games are cheap compared to console games.



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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 02:41 PM
No, really kinda cheap for the many hours of enjoyment. A pc game can easily last 6-12 months, where a book of the same price (unless a reference book) will last a few days.

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 02:43 PM
I think that often new games are desperately overpriced and I believe that the industry needs to address this in order to prevent pirates from destroying the market. Having said that though, spending less on marketing would help! I read somebody's post early about TV adverts on Discovery Wings, that I am sure does not come cheap and in the long run would that money not be better spent by passing direct discount to the buyer? Hey, I may be living in a bubble world here, but I do believe that quality always shines through and all that ads in the world don't make a CFS3 into an IL2. :-) So to speak.

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 02:48 PM
Going price for a game (PC or console) 20 years ago: $45-$60.

Going price for a game (PC or console) now: $45-$60.

Overall I think we're doing quite well.