PC game prices

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Anyone else worried by the recent huge rise in prices of PC games? Especially those only available as download? When PC games were around £25 the equivalent console game could be £10 more now that PC games are pretty much free to distribute they seem to have shot up to £40.

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Yeh, I thought downloadable would cut the cost of packaging and distribution.
 
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Yeh, I thought downloadable would cut the cost of packaging and distribution.

That was never going to happen. All digital distribution has done is to give the publishers tighter control over the pricing. No surprise that they've used the opportunity to drive prices up.
 
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That was never going to happen. All digital distribution has done is to give the publishers tighter control over the pricing. No surprise that they've used the opportunity to drive prices up.

In that case, they can't argue that its piracy driving up the cost then.
 
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You have to wonder though if increased profits will lead to more games being released on PC. Just look at Alan Wake that turned out to be quite a hit on PC.

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I buy most of my games when they are £5 or less on steam. Most are less than half price within a month or two - that worries me more actually.
 
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Meh, I rarely buy games on release though, don't think I have bought a single PC game on release or at full price, only if they are on offer :p
 
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i rarely buy on release, but usually in the massive amount of sales us PC gamers get online.
i think theres quite a hefty cost involved in digital distribution with regard to high speed connections and huge amounts to be stored for online access.
it'd be quite interesting to know if its actualyl any cheaper than printing discs and covers etc
 
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I've seen no sign of a 'huge rise'. Cumulative inflation over the past 15 years is about 50% and PC games have risen by less than that.
 
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Huge rises here, amazing deals there - hard to keep track tbh.

If you buy Day 1 though, always expect to pay a premium.
 
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Call of Duty games and blizzard games are the only ones that tend to go for a higher price, that's because they are greedy companies. Most other games can be got easily for sub 30 quid on release.
 
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