Our economy is in the toilet. The exchange rate, as it stands right now, is not exactly in our favour. Right now, a single US Dollar will cost R14.38, the Queen’s money will cost R21.75 a pound, and the Euro will set you back R15.71. That has an obvious knock-on effect; just about everything we buy will go up in price, particularly those things that fall under the banner of luxury items.
Unfortunately for us, video games fall under that banner. With the most recent economic slide, I think it’s a safe bet to say that the price of video games will soon become what we, in the parlance, might call bloody expensive. We’ve spoken to local game distributors, and though nobody’s really all that keen on divulging information, the general consensus is that by the time 2016 rolls around (which, according to my calendar, is soon), we’ll be paying over R1000 for a brand new console game release.
We know that the RRP of brand new games on the Xbox One will very soon breach that barrier, and expect others to follow suit soon after. While PC gamers sit there chuckling about the cost of console games, know that you won’t be spared either. While steam is still relatively affordable right now, that’ll be changing soon, as will the retail prices of the games you play.
The thing is, R1000 is one heck of a mental barrier – especially when it comes to a videogame; a bit of entertainment that could last you anywhere between two hours and two hundred hours. R1000 for a single video game is a lot of money – and at that sort of pricing, it’s going to be harder and harder to justify purchasing games new.
Can you though? Are you able to fork out over R1K for a game? Are you able to breach that massive mental barrier?
Last Updated: December 4, 2015