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John Riccitiello thinks game pricing should be tiered

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Videogames can cost a heck of a lot of money. If you’re part of the crowd that must have things on day one, gaming is a seriously expensive hobby. Former EA boss John Riccitiello believes games would do better if they took a cue from mobile games and adopted a variable pricing model. In fact, he thinks that the $60 standard pricing for most games is “a giant F-U to a very large number of people.”

“There’s not been a console game with even half as many installs as Clash of Clans,” he said at Gaming Insider Summit.  “Puzzle & Dragons has got more installs than any console game in history. Getting a larger audience through variable pricing is a really useful thing.”

He believes that games should function more as a service than a product – which is how many mobile titles function.

“More than anything, what the traditional game industry should learn from mobile is it’s really about service,” he said. “It’s an ongoing business. You’d think we would have learned this some time ago, but I find it interesting that WoW and Sim City and GTA and Starcraft and many other games all fell over at launch when they put their service components together.

“Some of the biggest brands – I’d argue almost all the biggest brands – fell over from lack of the testing and research that mobile people do in the regular course of their day.”

I do agree with him that the current pricing model for retail games is silly; something like Call of Duty Ghosts or Assassin’s Creed IV, both of which will give gamers hours of play, shouldn’t cost the same as Deadpool, which could be completed in five hours. I’m not, of course, suggesting that games should be priced as a direct ratio to the amount of playtime you’ll get – just that there should be a clearer divide between Triple A, and things that just aren’t. 

It’s something we’ve discussed before, and I’d honestly be far more keen to pick up a game that’s gotten decent, but not great reviews if it was R350 instead of R600 – and I think I’m not alone. Of course, the free-to-play movement is trying to address this, by offering good, and even great games that could potentially cost you absolutely nothing, but the pay-to-win ethos often overshadows those games inherent positives.

Last Updated: October 23, 2013

136 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Ninja

    October 23, 2013 at 09:20

    If the game is kak, they should pay the customer

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    • John's Steaming backlog

      October 23, 2013 at 09:21

      They owe me a lot then. I’m in.

      Reply

    • SaintsRowNigri

      October 23, 2013 at 09:26

      Admiral for president!

      Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 23, 2013 at 09:27

      What if they liked the game though…

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      • SaintsRowNigri

        October 23, 2013 at 09:31

        Nah. They take some aggregate score. If a lot of sites call it crap, then refunds all around!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 23, 2013 at 09:32

          that would be great! Catch is Game devs would be going bank alot then lol.

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          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 23, 2013 at 09:33

            Is that a bad thing? If you make crap games and make people pay R600 for it, then I do not want you developing anymore, really.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:39

            what if good game dev makes a cockup with one game and then goes bank… See your the logic is not always good, sure they should make good games,but sometimes no everyone likes it and so do..

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 23, 2013 at 09:45

            Look, we can all agree that Aliens: Colonial Marines was a bag of bull. Borderlands not so much. So if a studio releases one dud, that is not so bad. But look at Peter Molyneux for example. Every game after Black and White was promised to be the second coming. But everything that guy did was boring and fell flat. Do I want Peter to make anymore games? Nope.
            Time for him to step aside and let the next Mass Effect come through if you follow what I am saying.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:46

            Yeah I get what you saying, but Peter Molyneux should of made another Black and white.. Had a good thing going and ruined it..

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 09:47

            He did make another B&W. And ruined it.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:47

            Black and white 2 was great!

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 09:49

            Which B&W2 did you play? I finished that in a day and was bored the whole way through. It ruined everything that the original was. He made an rts with some giant useless turd creature thing. And it was bland and boring.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:53

            Dude, original was way worse, worse graphics worse physics. BW2 Has better buildings miracles ect.

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 09:59

            Yeah but the time you spent on your creature (which was the big unique new thing) really showed. You had to really teach that thing, spend time with it, and getting new skins / creatures wasn’t the easiest thing. Some skins were hard work.

            They removed everything B&W had going for it with #2 and made it a generic rts with some lumbering idiot creature thing. And yes, generic. RA1 was better. WC1 as well.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 10:01

            did you just say Red alert and war craft 1 were better? than what the newer ones?

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 10:17

            Than the latest ones yeah, but thing C&C4 and B&W2 – they’re on a par with crappiness.

            What I was referring to however is that both RA1 & WC1 are better than B&W2 – and they fall into the same genre. B&W1 was its own genre really, a blend of populous and a tamagotchi.

    • Hammersteyn

      October 23, 2013 at 10:20

      Amy is selling for R7 on the PS store

      Reply

    • marthawiggins888

      October 24, 2013 at 20:44

      my dad’s friend recently got Volkswagen Golf just by working
      from a home pc. read here http://www.Bay35.co?

      Reply

  2. SaintsRowNigri

    October 23, 2013 at 09:21

    But who will decide what is a AAA game and what is not?

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      October 23, 2013 at 09:38

      that’s the biggest problem; who decides what gets sold at what price?

      Reply

      • SaintsRowNigri

        October 23, 2013 at 09:42

        That is a tough one really. You cannot rely on distributors/devs to be honest and tell us: Guys, Deadpool will keep you entertained for five hours, so lets sell it at R300.00 and lets be fair.

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        • John's Steaming backlog

          October 23, 2013 at 09:43

          Then Skyrim will cost a grand. Which is probably still worth it.

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          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 09:46

            Never. I bought mine 2nd hand for Xbox, played a month (finished all the vanilla content), traded it in for something else. A grand for 1 month’s game time? Not a chance.

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 09:48

            Ah, but opinions and game preferences differ dear Tosh. I’ve had months of gameplay on that thing and I’m still not quite tired of it. Same with Fallout NV.

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 09:51

            The thing is – Skyrim IS my game preference. I loved it. But its old and boring and did I mentioned I get bored fast. For a game to keep me busy for a month without playing any other game is a big deal.

            If I picked it up now, I’d play 15 hours, and then again in 6 months. I’d have hated to waste R1k on it.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:52

            Why you get bored so fast? what was a a great game besides skyrim from you?

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 09:56

            Honestly Skyrim was awesome. I mean awesome. The previous non-mmo (grind fests, its a false time sink) game that kept me busy for at least a month was Baldurs Gate 2 when it was released. Not even Oblivion or Morrowind did that for me.

            For example: The Witcher 2 – LOVE the game. Played it once, tried a second play through, and I couldn’t even finish the first act. It was just more of the same. Total playtime around 25 – 30 hours. Not bad, but still, not skyrim.

            And also: addictive games such as pokemon which i’ve sunk more time into than I’d like to admit, don’t count. The formula is to grind away to catch them all. It’s not pure content driven game play. If you understand?

            Ps, sorry for the wall of text.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:59

            I dunno man, for me personally a game lasts a long time.. I don’t like to rush games plus don’t have the time as Id like to have. Back in college days game would keep me happy for a month or so… Now about 3 months maybe more..
            If you have alot of free time I see the issue at hand.

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 10:16

            Technically I don’t have all that much free time – but I have insomnia so I’m up til 1am whether I lie in bed or play games. May as well do the latter.

            Idk, I just get through content fast though.

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 23, 2013 at 09:52

            But then you get someone like me that have sunk so many hours into that…

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 23, 2013 at 09:47

            Skyrim: Let me tell you, I got it for R600.00 when it released, and a few weeks back I got myself the Ultimate edition on PC: Base plus all three expansions for R300.00.
            That game seriously deserves every penny and hour I had sunk into it.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:47

            Still need to get Skyrim!

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 23, 2013 at 09:49

            It’s well worth it man. I put so many hours into that on PC.

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 23, 2013 at 09:53

            I am playing more Skyrim that GTA V, and I kid you not.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:55

            Personal choice I guess..

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 23, 2013 at 09:59

            Nah. There is something awesome about creeping through a burial mound, your trusty bow and arrow ready to inflict some serious damage on some undead nord emerging from his grave as you approach.
            Or joining the Dark Brotherhood and becoming the fearless assassin you always wanted to be. (There is something special in shooting a cruel orphanage head mistress in the face, really)

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 10:02

            or become a vampire or werewolf.

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:04

            Man it’s tough being a vampire on that game.

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 23, 2013 at 10:04

            SHADDAP ALL OF YOU, YOU ARE RE-AWAKENING MY DORMANT ADDICTION TO THE LAND OF SKYRIM!!!!

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:07

            I’m doing it to myself as well.
            Just think of all the new mods since you were last on…

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 23, 2013 at 10:08

            I CANT HEAR YOU!!!

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:12

            That’s because I’m using my sneaking skill that I have upgraded and perfected.

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 23, 2013 at 10:14

            Pity you spoiled the stealth attempt BY ANNOUNCING YOURSELF!

            😛

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:16

            Hahaha.
            This is why I suck at BF

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 23, 2013 at 10:09

            “What is it? Dragons?”
            “Got me thinking. Maybe I am Dragonborn.”
            “A Guard might get nervous. A woman approaches with a weapon drawn.”

            The guards alone make that game worthwhile. And lets we forget: ” I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee…”

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 10:04

            Sunlight burns lol

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 23, 2013 at 10:04

            Meh. The werewolf is cool, I hate vampires.

      • oVg

        October 23, 2013 at 09:52

        This old chestnut always resurfaces. The conclusion is never ever resolved as it gets compared to the movie model.

        The old EA CEO must go to Zinga. He was fired for a reason. Bringing the Service model to the forefront was the demise of Sim Shitty.

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      • InsanityFlea

        October 23, 2013 at 10:50

        Should be like any company, each company decides it’s price for it’s own product. More than one company makes light bulbs but not all are the same and same price. 🙂

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 23, 2013 at 10:55

          Yes, they decide the price. I decide if it’s worth it. It’s the balance between price & value. I get annoyed when I hear them talking about value to justify price. Deciding if the price is equal or lower than the value I assign to something is my decision. I doubt very much that they’re impartial in that regard.

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  3. Ir0nseraph

    October 23, 2013 at 09:22

    If it wasn’t for 2nd hand gaming and rental options I probably would only buy 5 games a year.

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  4. InsanityFlea

    October 23, 2013 at 09:27

    Fully agree. No more bargain bin scrounging.

    Reply

  5. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 23, 2013 at 09:28

    I agree with a tiered structure. Often games are just not worth the price they ask.

    However, I do think that games in general need to have their prices dropped across the board. More sales at a smaller price is always better than less sales at higher price

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    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      October 23, 2013 at 09:29

      Indeed.

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    • John's Steaming backlog

      October 23, 2013 at 09:30

      Economies of scale

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      • Macethy

        October 23, 2013 at 09:34

        Why try and apply economics of scale to a pastime/hobby where you know that people will be willing to pay a premium for the next COD, Battlefield, AC, etc. It’s like applying economics of scale to Apple products, ain’t going to happen anytime soon.

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        • John's Steaming backlog

          October 23, 2013 at 09:42

          Yea, I was just stating the name for what Sir Rants suggested.
          But you’re right, that would NEVER happen. Especially the Apple part. They love charging you for inferior products.

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        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          October 23, 2013 at 09:52

          While your point is very valid, there would be huge benefits for applying economics of scale to the industry as a whole.

          Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 23, 2013 at 09:30

      Console games should be at around R300 new game and pc games like R200.. Then the average Joe can also afford more! Plus as you said have more sales!

      Reply

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        October 23, 2013 at 09:41

        I’d say cap a big budget AAA game (such as GTA V) at R450. A standard AAA game at R350 and standard games at R200 – R300 depending on quality

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        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 23, 2013 at 09:42

          And all steam games FIVE DOLLAHS

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 23, 2013 at 09:49

            Lulz

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 23, 2013 at 10:08

          Agreed! See those are reasonable prices.

          Reply

  6. SaintsRowNigri

    October 23, 2013 at 09:30

    So if I understand this correctly:
    I buy Skyrim for R80.00.
    I slay the dragon.
    I get summoned by the Greybeards to High Rothgar.
    They tell me that ‘Ro’ is the next best thing since ‘Fus’, hence I get it for free.
    But then they show me that what I really need in my Dragonborn existence is ‘Dah’
    So I can get ‘Dah’ for extra R150.00.

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    • John's Steaming backlog

      October 23, 2013 at 09:31

      Awesome. That pretty much sums up DLC there.

      Reply

  7. FoxOneZA

    October 23, 2013 at 09:30

    That explains why I picked up MGS4 for R33 at Musica this weekend. There’s too much flexibility in the current model.

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    • SaintsRowNigri

      October 23, 2013 at 09:32

      I got Halo 3 collectors edition this weekend for R33.00 as well…

      Reply

      • FoxOneZA

        October 23, 2013 at 09:35

        What’s special about the CE?

        Reply

        • SaintsRowNigri

          October 23, 2013 at 09:37

          Well, mine came in a bended tin and got this really cool art book with it. I love them art books, hence I got it…

          Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 23, 2013 at 09:33

      R33??? are you flipping serious!

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      • FoxOneZA

        October 23, 2013 at 09:35

        Yeah, along with Paper Mario(Wii) and SF X Tekken(360).

        Reply

      • SaintsRowNigri

        October 23, 2013 at 09:35

        You can take him serious. I also got Halo 3 and Spiderman Web of Shadows for R33.00 bucks each on Xbox

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 23, 2013 at 09:37

          Maybe your guys musica has employees that are F*cking stupid! No way that would happen in musicas I been too!

          Reply

          • CypherGate

            October 23, 2013 at 09:37

            True i been to musica and i never see such specials.

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 23, 2013 at 09:38

            Nah. When I handed the cashier the games, he looked at me funny and asked: “Where did you get this?”

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:40

            Dude where you live in CT?? Maybe in other parts of the country they make these mistakes… but I have never seen a game under R100 ever in musica unless really kak one.

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 09:42

            I picked up Rage for R50 at an Incredible Corruption. Warhammer 40k Dawn of war 2 + expansion for R40 from a different Incredible Corruption.

            Just shop for specials man, you’ll be amazed at the deals you find. And I live in Jhb North.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:44

            I wouldn’t pay R1 for rage, lol But regardless I haven’t seen these Specials… Saw once Hitman Absolution for R200 when was still new at incredible corruption. I got that, but haven’t seen stuff like that again.

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 09:46

            Same here. But I’ve also found some great deals, especially for pc games, at Incredible Corruption.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:48

            Pc games I hardly see bought to be honest lol

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 09:49

            Then the desperate people like myself swoop in and grab everything that’s left for but a couple of Randelas.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:51

            Pc games in stores will soon come to an end.. pc games these days all downloaded..

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 09:52

            In SA that’ll take another decade to happen.

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 23, 2013 at 09:53

            Two decades in Slaapstad.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 10:04

            Make that 3!

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:01

            I haven’t bought a pc game in store in months. So I agree totally.

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 23, 2013 at 10:03

            I’d like to get some of those old BIG boxes from maaaaany moons ago

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:13

            Ah, legendary dude. My Total Annihilation box was huge.

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 10:14

            I have a box with all my old game boxes in it. Can’t bear to throw them away. <3

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 23, 2013 at 10:17

            I have this shrine to the older ones:

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 10:27

            You have some great games there. I want a shrine. I need more space. T_T

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:32

            Tiberian sun. Whatever happened to all the great strategy games?

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 09:52

            Yeah, ditto. And not the pokemon.

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 23, 2013 at 09:50

            I love incorrectly marked goods… you get to see people kak themselves because the idiot with the price gun was high or something.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 10:03

            No they were high, not the something! lol once picked up new DVD think was Spider man 3 at the time for R25. lol

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 09:46

            I once found a rare DVD in a musica because they clearly had no idea what the hell it was.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 09:49

            which was?

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:01

            NIN

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 10:03

            Nine inch nails.. You smaak them?

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:14

            I do. The music.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 23, 2013 at 10:22

            very different kind sound they had.

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:23

            Changes all the time too. And it’s not pop. So that usually makes me happy.

    • Tarisma

      October 23, 2013 at 09:49

      I pick up 2/3 games a month for R400 a year…

      Reply

  8. oVg

    October 23, 2013 at 09:48

    The game should be priced around the budget.

    265million to make GTAV for $60
    or
    3million to make Cars 2 for $60?

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    • John's Steaming backlog

      October 23, 2013 at 09:52

      I don’t know. Stalker COP, for example, had a small budget compared to other games and I would much rather get it than some of the other big budget games. EA has hurt me way too much to let me think big budgets mean that the games are worth their prices. (but that’s just my opinion)

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      • oVg

        October 23, 2013 at 09:57

        I do not bother with EA anymore. They are the CAPCOM of the West. Not Even Activision is as money hungry as they are.

        Reply

        • John's Steaming backlog

          October 23, 2013 at 10:02

          I try where I can to not buy EA, but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 23, 2013 at 10:07

            That’s why I’m really torn about DA3.

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:16

            That’s the one I’m fighting against now myself.

          • oVg

            October 23, 2013 at 10:59

            lets hope there are 2 caves this time 😛

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 23, 2013 at 10:08

        Exactly, Stalker games are awesome. I’ve replayed them all at least once.

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        • John's Steaming backlog

          October 23, 2013 at 10:15

          The mods on COP have made that game so much more fun. When I hear that siren going off, warning you of a storm and I’m in the middle of nowhere I just about crap myself. Wish it had co-op.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 23, 2013 at 10:19

            I don’t know, part of what appeals to me about the series is the isolation. It wouldn’t be the same going underground with someone having your back, because those locations really gave the old starfish a workout.

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:21

            That’s true. You have a point. I scare easily, so that’s probably mostly my reason for wanting co-op.

            That game sure knows how to get you shitting some grade-A bricks. Glad to see there’s someone who enjoyed that series as much as I have.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 23, 2013 at 10:25

            I’ll never forget going into the first underground bunker. I think you had to find a keycard. You get that flashing light that squeaks as it goes round, a faint humming sound builds, stuff starts lifting off the ground & suddenly boxes are flying at your head. Mommy!

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:30

            Ah, such great memories. I am still to play it with the lights off though. When I’m alone in the middle of nowhere and I hear that snarling of a snork…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 23, 2013 at 10:37

            I hate those things. The worst is when you’re in the opening marshlands level in Clear Sky, it’s pitch black at night & you’re in the tall reeds, then you hear one of those things. And they’re never alone.

          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 10:38

            I need to install one of my Stalkers again this weekend…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 23, 2013 at 10:48

            Beginning of the year I read the Roadside Picnic book that the game are based on. It’s pretty good. People get really screwed up by the zone & anomalies.

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 11:01

            Yes. Have that book and Metro2033 myself. Pretty damn awesome concept overall.

  9. John's Steaming backlog

    October 23, 2013 at 09:54

    EA would never have allowed him to say something like this under their roof.

    Reply

  10. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 23, 2013 at 10:06

    A game is NOT A FUCKING SERVICE. It is a PRODUCT. It’s not bloody different from any other THING you BUY. This service bullshit is ruining my fucking hobby. It’s not beneficial to customers, the only thing that benefits is the publisher because legal semantics allow it to screw paying customers out of a PRODUCT for which they paid FULL FUCKING PRICE. “Oh we’re switching off this server now, sorry, if you want to keep playing this type of game you have to buy our new one.” FUCK OFF. It’s a bunch of bullshit & stupid people lap it up.

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 23, 2013 at 10:07

      Gees Calm down man!

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 23, 2013 at 10:11

        I just sat on an uncomfy chair for over an hour listening to corporate BS, don’t need this arsehole spewing his propaganda too about something I actually like.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 23, 2013 at 10:25

          That’s a shit one man! Relax though have nice cup of coffee and relax…

          Reply

    • John's Steaming backlog

      October 23, 2013 at 10:08

      You need more upvotes for this comment.

      Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 23, 2013 at 10:10

      The thing is Trevor, frankly they just dont give a shit about us as the customers. See us as money and see only money.. Which is why they wont keep servers going for longer as it costs them money they want to use for a new car or something lol.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 23, 2013 at 10:17

        I know that. It’s just one of many reasons why I’ve stopped buying so many games. I’m not a goddamn walking wallet for them to rifle through whenever they release some piece of dreck. It’s just getting worse & worse.

        I have zero problem with a business making money. That’s the whole point of a business. But publishers like EA screwing over customers to make an extra $1mil, which they wouldn’t notice the loss of anyway & probably wasted on some fancy fucking water feature for their offices or in some other creative way pisses me off.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 23, 2013 at 10:24

          I agree with you man.

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        • ToshZA

          October 23, 2013 at 10:30

          Which is why I wait until customer reviews and some time have passed before buying a game. It spared me games such as AC3 and RA3 and the like. Also, I get to play the good ones for less. I win, and the devs that make good games get paid. So, a win-win and everyone’s happy.

          Also, I don’t buy DLC unless its in some steam special thing where the game comes with DLC. Otherwise, just no.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 23, 2013 at 10:35

            Me too. I’ll rather wait, see the reviews, then wait some more to get the whole game including DLC on special.

            The only exception to that will be Witcher 3. I loved the previous two, and CDPR doesn’t screw you – so they’ve earned my trust.

          • ToshZA

            October 23, 2013 at 10:38

            I will have to wait for the witcher 3 until I get a better graphics card, or a next gen console. I’d probably get more value out of the console, but I spend more time on the pc. choices.

            Still, either way, this is a must have purchase. I agree.

            I went off topic a bit didn’t I? Ah. Whatever.

    • InsanityFlea

      October 23, 2013 at 10:49

      Origin refunds & steam refunds bro. Unless you’re on console.

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  11. Nick de Bruyne

    October 23, 2013 at 14:24

    Most ‘OK but not great’ games end up being bought months or years down the line in a bargain bin or some special or bundle anyways instead of rather showing strong launch numbers at a lower price point, so this would make a ton of sense to me. Take for example… umm… Darksiders 2 which I bought on sale. Kinda like first one, sequel got OK reviews but not like “MUST HAVE NOW”, so I didn’t really even look at it next to a big line-up of other titles. If it was like R300 at launch, I would have been WAY more likely to go get it.

    Also works for launch windows. Your game competing with something huge like CoD or GTA? Make it cheap. A lot of people might say, OK I’m gonna budget a total of like R1000 or $90 or something for games, go pick up a full price title and a cheaper one to make up a nice gaming schedule for the month/holidays etc.

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