We all know video games are expensive nowadays. It takes around $60 to buy a single game for the PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii U. Even handheld games for the PS Vita and the 3DS will take about $40 your pocket.
Wait, There’s More!
On top of that, you have the downloadable content, which is becoming increasingly popular (and gives game companies another chance to milk some more cash out of a single game). And if you are like me and want to experience every little part of the game you love, this downloadable content will cost you somewhere between $1.00 – 20.00 (usually downloadable content is offered for action and arcade games).
Dedicated and Cash Poor
As a college student, I will freely admit I do not have the fattest wallet. But gaming is my hobby, my habit, my addiction, and my vice … so I still tend to spend a bit of cash on my games (I’m doing better, it has been a month since I last purchased one). Recently to cut down on the amount I was spending, I have been playing some games that I had loved but had never taken the time to beat. But back to what I was talking about … money.
Quality = Reason
If a game is really good and is something I have wanted, I will pay a pretty high price to get it. Such as last summer–I was playing a classic Square Enix game, Parasite Eve. After completing the first game, I wanted to play the second. I found the game for around $65 at my local used game store. Because Parasite Eve 2 is rare, and I wanted to finish the story I was invested in, I was willing to shell out the cash. If this had been a game that was new to me, or I had not known anything about it, I might not have been as willing.
Give Me More
Recently, I finished playing Ni No Kuni, the latest video game by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli. I can not even tell you how much I loved that game. After completing it I actually felt a little sad that it had come to an end. So it is no surprise that if downloadable content were offered I would be all over it, even if it packed a steep price.
Summing It Up
So my thoughts about today’s rising game prices: sure I wish games (and consoles) were more affordable, but as long as fans are as dedicated as I know we are, games will still fly off the shelf or be downloaded no matter how much they cost.