I hate to say this, publishers, but we don�t �owe� you anything, at least straight out the door. Especially when people like David Jaffe are saying that the consumer has no place in the used game sales debate
. Telling us that we should buy your games at $60 because you need to make money or the used games market is �tough� for you
isn�t an excuse. This is capitalism. Customer and brand loyalty are things that need to be earned and maintained, and it's especially arrogant to assume
customer loyalty. Not to turn this into a referendum on used sales, but it seems like every time a cheaper alternative to $60 games comes along like used games or mobile apps, publishers get temperamental, since Reggie Fils-Aime has complained about mobile games too.
This is why Capps� comment disappoint me. Epic of all companies should be aware that it�s up to the publisher to tell us why your game costs what it does. They�ve had a great commitment to quality and they have a good history of rewarding people who purchase their game brand new. Gears of War 2
at $60 netted you little unlockables like gold guns or an extra multiplayer map. The reason I went out of my way to buy Bulletstorm
brand new is because it offered a lot of extra multiplayer bonus content and access to the Gears of War 3
beta. That was absolutely worth $60 to me.
If anything, the rise of indie development, cheap games on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and WiiWare, iOS gaming, and Facebook games are godsends. By undercutting the model of $50-$60 games, publishers now can�t uniformly say that games are charged in the $50-$60 range because �that�s what games cost�. I disagree with the suggestion that mobile games are killing Epic Games or anyone else, but if that�s what publishers think, they�re going to need to either:
A) Charge less money for games
B) Go out of their way to make their games worth sixty bucks
After all, who says capitalism doesn�t foster competition?
Final note: Yeah, I know this happened a while ago, but some computer troubles prevented a timelier posting. Blame my laptop�s fan.
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