International Game Prices – Fair or Foul

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Over the weekend I received an email, in the middle of all the hate mail, from Ewers asking us for our opinion on the local cost of games in relation to the recent improvement in the exchange rate.

My first thought was that we (South Africa and Oz actually) were once again being over charged with the grubby fingers pointing to the variable exchange rate, small market share and the over the top cost of shipping the items to our small market.

However the more I looked into it the more it felt that we were not really being taken for that much of a ride. Take a look at the below table and let me know what you feel.

I have converted all prices to US Dollars using Google’s curreny converter for simplicity… it may not be exactly accurate but we get the point.

Title SA Cost US Cost UK Cost Oz Cost
 inFamous  $88.91  $59.99  $63.63 $86.33 
 Prototype  $72.65  $59.99  $63.63 $86.33
 Halo Wars  $51.92  $59.99  $60.45 $78.48 
 Silent Hill: Homecoming  $88.91  $39.99  $60.45 $94.18
 Tiger Woods 2009  $69.27  $45.99  $63.63 $78.48 

So once again America is the cheapest place to be a gamer but surprisingly South Africa takes a win on the Halo Wars column. Microsoft has always been very good with their local pricing so I can’t say I am overly surprised.

What does surprise me however is how absolutely shocking Australia’s results are, overpriced on 4 of the 5 titles and only losing out to inFamous by a mere $2.58.

Stay tuned for tomorrows hardware comparison where we will be comparing all the current generation SKU’s over all 3 manufacturers. Will Australia fair this badly again?

Last Updated: May 25, 2009

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