I Personally judge a game’s value to me by the fun I have had with said game. For instance
Fifaâ€¦ sorry Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1, (due to the rate by which they are released I get them confused :P) I thought the 1st mission was awesome then yawned through the rest, but Ben There, Dan That and Time Gentlemen Please a double pack valued at much lower I had so much more fun with.
Generally, games are too expensive at the moment. Hell, I remember when you could buy games on tapes for the ZX Spectrum +2 and Amstrad CPC 464 at Â£2.99 for ok stuff and Â£4.99 for the more AA titles… Yes I am THAT old!
Some of the excuse the industry gives is hiring bigger teams to do harder work on the titles. But me, I think it would have been better if the prices were standardized so they cannot exceed a certain price tag unless releasing a full featured collectors edition. And by full featured I mean more than a extra DLC, we’re talking resin model, art book, making of DVD ect. You know, a real Special Edition.
I Think a boxed game, no matter the platform be it 360, PC, PS3 or Wii should not exceed $39.99 and the Collectors editions no more than $59.99
Inversely I think downloadable versions should be valued in the same way. “Why Kouen?!” I hear you ask. To level it between the boxed and digital releases. Personally, with the limited space I have, I cant really have many Boxed games but I would like the option and as such donâ€™t want the boxed game to be a thing of the past. There is nothing quite like unwrapping a fresh copy of a game you have been waiting for, something digital titles will never replace and I hope it boxes are here to stay, so to speak. The whole thought that the next generation consoles will remove optical drives from them troubles me on more levels than one, for instance it removes the experience I mentioned above but also really removes your ownership to some degree. People argue thatâ€™s the case with the Steam service, but however I am able to backup my games through the steam system via the Steam application and I can “un-Steam” them with items from the darker side of the internet meaning I donâ€™t looe total ownership, and mit akes the games rather like something from GoG.Com…
Just the thoughts of your average gamer. Make of that what you will.