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Old 09-10-2003, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Plz Help out -- Game Price.

I'm curious as to what people think when they see the prices for a game and what they think. I know a company that is new, and is trying to figure out what to set the price of their game as. A new company selling for a high price like 50 bucks or greater doesn't stand a chance, and fourty may also be a hard bargin.... 20 probly won't cut it, but will $30 do? If you're curious the game is an FPS (non clone)

So here is what I ask of you, I'm going to label some Price Tags.. tell me what you think of them (like if the price is too low for a new game, so you'll walk right past it, or if its just too damn expensive, or if its doable, and what not.)

What Do You Do When You See A NEW Game at This Price:

$20 --

$30 --

$40 --

$50 --

$60 --

Also if there in an inbetween like say 25.. or35.. go ahead and state it. Every gamer may have a different range of money that they will pay. To me 20 bucks for a new game simply doesn't cut it. To me it seems like the company isn't very sure of their game, and so I usually stay away, but at 30 bucks... That hits my range, And I'll check it out. This is what I want to hear from all of you gamers.

Thank you very much for your Time.

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Old 09-10-2003, 05:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Plz Help out -- Game Price.

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Originally posted by GakFace
What Do You Do When You See A NEW Game at This Price:
(this makes for a great format, its clean for all of us to read.)

$20 -- This seems too low for me. Its like the company doesn't doesn't feel confident in their game. Because of this I tend to keep walking. Twenty bucks is a NO GO in my book.

$30 -- This fits me quite well. Its high enough to believe that the game has potential. On top of that I don't see many games over 45 bucks anymore, so this isn't that far off. Also I'm a college student so 30 bucks really appeals to me. If its thirty bucks, I'll check it out.

$40 -- this is about the same as my $30 response. There are a lot of games at this price, but for a new game and new company.. this might be a stretch, one might think weird, dunno. Since I'm in college, I make "Tripply" sure that I want it..

$50 -- I rarely look at ANY game thats 50 bucks anymore. It probably explains why I haven't bought any Gamecube games in a while, they usually start off at fifty bucks. New Game + $50 == NO GO from Gak.

$60 -- Too damn expensive. I simply do not buy games that cost 60 bucks. PERIOD.

(I figured I oughta at least show my own views, and show you guys what I was looking for... Examples are the best explanations)
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Old 09-10-2003, 05:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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$60.00 is too high. The MSRP on most videogames that come out are $40.00 to $50.00. I'll buy games for $50.00, but I like to have the best games right when they come out. $40.00 is a good price for a game made in the past year that is new. Used games should be $20.00 approximately. $30.00 is a good price for new games that are getting a bit old (over a year).

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Old 09-10-2003, 06:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i dont usually pay attention to who makes the game, just if its good or not. if its good ill pay anywhere from $30-$50
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Old 09-10-2003, 07:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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$44.99 is as high as I will go, and no lower than $29.99 for a brand-new game. I bought a collector's edition of Daggerfall for $60, and that game, while lots of fun, was a buggy piece of crap.
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Old 09-10-2003, 08:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Plz Help out -- Game Price.

$20 -- If it's a game I'm interested in... boo yah.

$30 -- This is where I won't buy a 'budget' game (serious Sam, etc.)

$40 -- For a new game I really want to play, I would probably pay this.

$50 -- I would only pay this if the game came with something extra, like a collectors edition type package.

$60 -- No. Not even for a collector's edition.
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Old 09-10-2003, 10:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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20- makes me worry if I dont know about the game. Otherwise, hell yeah

30- good price for a first game from a company, 40 may do it also but it better bring me back for another go.

50- no. Too much for the college student in me. Maybe if it is really good and offers replayability and its around chrstmas time or summer vacation.

60- when I win the lotto
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Old 09-10-2003, 11:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I look at $20 and under games quickly, scanning for titles of something I forgot about. Or something to pass the time. For instance Dungeons Siege is no epic, but it’s fun for $20.

If it is brand new for $20… don’t look at it. Period.

$30 is okay, below par but probably good. Game (pc) may go this low in a year. (I’m a snob to pick what I want but not a ‘eww that’s old’ type)

$40 – these are almost always the best. Most slightly less advertised but great games run at $40. I’m an console rpg’r so $40 is usasulaly wat is needed.

$50 – if it is special. A FF game, a game I wait a few years for.

$60, r a r e. working designs does such a good job with packages killer extras and all for a higher price, but you get what you pay for. It’s for the fans…

I say $35.

A touch above the ‘always good but not great’ titles and slightly lower than a sure shot title.

Problem is this: if you come off cocky or expensive, people will flip you off. If you undercharge they’ll think ‘it can’t be good’.

I hope this helped! (tho im fighting sleep to finish the post)
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Old 09-11-2003, 07:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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$20 - If it's brand new, I'd buy some compressed air and CD-Rs instead.

$30 - If I've heard good things about it, or it's by a company who has made great games in the past, I'd maybe get it (if there was nothing else worthwhile).

$40 - 9 times out of 10, if I want this game, I'll get it.

$50 - It'd have to be really freakin' unbelievable. Half-Life 2, Jedi Academy, and those types of games. And I'd only get it if it just came out, if it has been out like 4 or 5 weeks, I'd wait till a price drop.

$60 - No way. Unless it was the best special edition ever and I had the money and nothing else to do but burn it.
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Old 09-11-2003, 08:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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20 - Are you giving it away? Is it reall that much of a P.O.S

30 - I'd do it

40 - I'd do it if I read good reviews

50 - I'd do it if I've been waiting for it for a damn while and I am really exicted about

60 - I better get like 50 fucking dollars worth of collecters edition stuff...
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Old 09-11-2003, 09:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm Canuckian, so our prices are *slightly* higher up here - maybe an additional $5 to $10. So this reflects that somewhat:

$20 -- Actually, I like this price point. I am willing to take a risk on this price point if the game looks good from the box art and synopsis. I'll buy this price point without "research".

$30 -- If it got decent reviews, and is a genre I enjoy, then this price works for me. If the game looks REALLY good by the synopsis/box, I may purchase without research.

$40 -- Same as $30, but I'm a bit stickier on how good the review/word of mouth is. Definitely would not buy without researching, no matter how good it looked.

$50 -- This is the price I expect to pay for a game that I've really been waiting for, or a sequel to a game I absolutely loved. Definitely would not purchase unless I knew it was something I was going to enjoy.

$60 -- There are a few - VERY few - developers that I would pay this price for. Working Designs does such a great job with their releases that this price isn't even an issue for them. Hell, I've spent over $100 on their game and strategy guide, and would again! Honestly, if Blizzard charged $60 for their games, I would pay it as well. I just know that I'm going to get my money's worth out of their games - and then some! Diablo 2 saved me a small fortune because that's all I played for a few months - and didn't buy one other game during that time.
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Old 09-12-2003, 05:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Plz Help out -- Game Price.

As I have very little//no money;

$20 -- I will look at these, and if something appears interesting, I will give it a chance. I have found some great games like this.

$30 -- About what I will pay for a big game I want. If it costs much more than this, I will wait until its' price drops.

$40 -- I rarely pay this. it has to be from God himself.

$50 -- Unreal Tournaments will get this much money from me. nothing else.

$60 -- Never
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Old 09-12-2003, 12:16 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Well I've GOT money, what I've got more of is sense.

$20 - Depends on the game, I've purchased 2 games (Desert Rats and MoonBase Commander) for $19.99 and gotten a lot of enjoyment out of them and a few others that I've played some and put on the "to be traded in " pile.

$30 - What game is it? Is it one I've been waiting for a while for? If not, it'll eventually make it's way down to the $20 and lower level.

$40 - It'll be $20 in 6-8 months I bet.

$50 - It'll be <$20 in 6-10 months or I might be able to find it used.

$60 - who are they kidding? It'll be < $30 in a year or so months.

For Example, Age of Mythology came out November of last year and was priced at $49.99. Now I can pick it up for about $29.99, I saw a special at CompUSA that had it for $19.99.

Warcraft 3 came out last year at $59.99 for the non-collectors editions. Now it's $39.99. I bet after Christmas it'll be around $20 or so.

Console games I rarely buy new. It has to be really, really special (or not really available used) for me to buy it new instead of used.
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Old 09-12-2003, 08:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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just remember that war3 was over $60, and i believe that to be one of the best pc games i have ever played. i will pay any price they decide on for word of warcraft and (wish, wishing still) diablo 3
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Old 09-13-2003, 07:21 AM   #15 (permalink)
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just remember that war3 was over $60, and i believe that to be one of the best pc games i have ever played. i will pay any price they decide on for word of warcraft and (wish, wishing still) diablo 3
But would you pay any price knowing that the price WILL go down over time?

That's just a factor of the instant gratification ....err....urge I guess.

Although some people might look at it as paying a tribute to the company for developing a great game.

I look at it as justifying their expensive game development process, something I don't want do. I want them to find a way to develop great games cheaper, make their money through volume.
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