Game Prices Rising & I'm Still Buying

Despite rising prices gamers keep paying.

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.


Critley Lynn King holds a BA in Theatre and English from Eastern Kentucky University and is actively pursuing an acting and directing career. She spends her time blogging for Gameskinny, Huffington Post, and her own blog which can be found at She also host two vlogs (KS Vlogs & Critley King) on Youtube, helps out at a local acting school for children and manages her own online store Three Kings Vintage on Ebay.

Published Aug. 23rd 2013
  • Steve Lawton
    I think I've actually become pretty good in my game spending. When new games release that I want to play I ask myself 2 questions:

    1) Is this game something I really want right now?

    I'll freely admit I bought Saints Row 4 opening day because I love the series and couldn't wait to play it. At the same time there were games like Dishonored or Tomb Raider I really wanted to play but not enough to shell out 60 bucks for. So I wait until they're around 20 (or borrow from a friend...Hi Max!) dollars and pick them up on the cheap.

    2) What other games do I already have backlogged?

    I have a rule. If I'm picking up another game I can't have 2 or more games in my house I haven't beaten yet. If I don't like the game that's one thing, but if I simply haven't beaten a game I'm playing, and have another game behind it. All purchases stop.

    So to me, the price of a game doesn't matter. I think I've mastered my "gimme gimme gimme" reaction to new games.
  • Critley Lynn King
    Steve that is a good way to deal with the "I want " syndrome and is basically is what I have been trying to do lately. I have a ton of games I need to beat, so I have been focusing on them and I have only been allowing myself to buy games that complete a series I already have. Since I like playing game series in order one right after the other.
  • Max Jay
    Featured Columnist
    I've recently been wondering: How would people react if games were slightly shorter (theoretically decreasing development time and therefore costs), but a AA game would cost $40?

    Personally, I don't have time to play every game to the extent that I want to - I think this would fix everything. Furthermore people would be more likely to purchase more often in that the cost would be significantly less than it is now.
  • Critley Lynn King
    Max you put up a very good argument.
  • Max Jay
    Featured Columnist
    Right?! How has no one thought of this?

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