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Spending $60 on a video game doesn’t make sense anymore


 
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 4 weeks ago '07        #1
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iswerve  217 heat pts217
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Spending $60 on a video game doesn’t make sense anymore
 

 
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It used to be, if you wanted a video game at launch, you’d pop into a store and set down $60. Maybe that store was brick and mortar, or maybe it was a digital boutique, but the expectation was always the same. You pay a premium, and you get to own the game.

In 2019, the calculus is entirely different.

Lately, I’ve found myself debating whether or not full-on purchasing new games was actually the wisest decision in the face of a cheaper option. When Gears 5 was released, for example, my Xbox One offered two choices: I could snag the game for $59.99 ... or I could pay $9.99 for an Xbox Game Pass subscription and play it right away. I wouldn’t truly own Gears 5, of course, but I thought to myself: How long would I actually be playing it, long-term? Do I need to have Gears 5 “forever”? Couldn’t I just save some money now and buy it later if I really wanted it?

Plus, I thought: If I did get bored of Gears 5, Game Pass gives me plenty of other games to try. Or I can just cancel the whole thing outright. Lo and behold, I am now a Game Pass subscriber. Judging from the numbers hailing from the launch, many players seem to have undergone the same thought process I did. According to Microsoft, 3 million people enjoyed Gears 5 at launch thanks to Game Pass, making it the “biggest launch week of any Xbox Game Studios title this generation.”

Paying full price for a game has always been a foolish choice, of course. Without fail, seemingly every new title gets knocked down 10-20 dollars within a couple of weeks now, if not more. It’s also increasingly common for high-profile games to have rocky launches. And depending on your console of choice, game prices may be more or less set. Even so, the considerations that a potential video game buyer needs to make are shifting more rapidly across the board now.

Thursday, for instance, marks the release of Apple Arcade, a new subscription program where players can download dozens of titles for the low price of $4.99 a month. At first, I wasn’t considering adding yet another subscription to my repertoire — it already feels like I’ve got more than I track. But then I noticed that a handful of games I did want to buy on other platforms, like Sayonara Wild Hearts and Mutazione, were all coming to Apple Arcade too.

What makes more sense? Purchasing each game piecemeal for $15 or $20, or paying five dollars and getting them all? Needless to say, I’m patiently awaiting the launch of the iOS service on iPhone now. They’ve got me.

Whether or not this turn of events actually benefits game developers in the long term is yet to be seen, but we already know that even a full $60 can’t cover the ballooning costs of making a video game. Racing to the bottom line like this may seem grim, but there are apparent upsides. One developer participating in the Apple Arcade program tells GamesIndustry.biz that the model seems beneficial, because players are less likely to feel like they’ve wasted money on a short game when they’ve got plenty more to peruse after they’re done.

“One of the things that’s good about subscription in general is there’s no direct one-for-one value transaction ... it unshackles the finances from the experience,” said Ustwo Games’ Dan Gray.

I can already see the ways this value proposition changes the way I look at games. On Game Pass, I’m actively considering titles I probably wouldn’t have ever actually bought under normal circumstances. And if I find out they’re bad or just OK? Well, it’s not as if I spent much money on them, right?

This approach is consistently referred to as the Netflix model, but here’s the thing about the Netflix model. At one point, Netflix was my go-to service for curing boredom. Nowadays, though, while there are occasionally standouts like American Vandal and BoJack Horseman, I still often have to sort through endlessly mediocre content that doesn’t strive to be any better than it needs to be. The content doesn’t need to be “good,” just good enough. We haven’t gotten to that point yet with video games, but taking the model to its natural conclusion paints a potentially unsettling picture. For now, though, the savings may block everything else out, as far as players are concerned.

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 4 weeks ago '06        #2
Skateboard T  59 heat pts59
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I rarely day 1 cop now unless it’s something major like the FF VII remake orvthe next persona title. Typically I just play my backlog and then eventually cop on a flash sale or on eBay. I’ve got tons of titles months later for $30 on eBay. Still in the shrink wrap.

Still can’t justify PSNow tho but I’m not far from considering it


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 4 weeks ago '06        #3
imthatinfamous  49 heat pts49
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Yup...we all know this....boarderlands 3 was around $40 this past week
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 4 weeks ago '07        #4
21  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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yeah subscription services are the new wave.

but when CyberPunk comes out
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 4 weeks ago '12        #5
Tron Carter  25 heat pts25
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haven’t spent $60 all gen cause of game sharing lol.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #6
wildish  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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id rather support the game by paying $60 than having them go to the spend hundreds just to have a f*ghting chance in multiplayer games model..........
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 4 weeks ago '05        #7
Krazie  139 heat pts139
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TL;DR: Game Pass is the best thing in gaming.
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 4 weeks ago '06        #8
Kingme  23 heat pts23
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My day 1 buys are the games I can get 50+ hours out of solo and it has multiplayer like GTA, RedDead, or NBA 2K. Anything other than that I'll wait 2 weeks and get for $29.99-39.99.

Game pass is legit. I'm still buying Cyber Punk and that Star Wars game but for everything else it's game pass.

If Microsoft starts up a $13 a month or $150 a year bundle that includes Live it's a wrap.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #9
Blaffy  261 heat pts261
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I did preorder mk11 ultimate edition $100 with all the DLC back in April. I have not purchased a $60 game since gta5. I do regret sometimes buying mk11 at this price, but I'm always playing it.

Gamepass is great I'm going to use it for gears 4,5, and DMC5. I have a backlog of old games, not buying anything any more. Cyberpunk has caught my attention but I'm not buying it. Plenty of old stuff to enjoy


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 4 weeks ago '14        #10
TooFatToFish 
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OP can you post the link to this?

 4 weeks ago '05        #11
Micheal C. Will  41 heat pts41
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Depends on the game still, preordering though? That's a no-go, I wait a few days before purchasing unless I can get it for real cheap.

It's always wise to find discounts first before buying retail.
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 4 weeks ago '07        #12
iswerve  217 heat pts217 OP
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 TooFatToFish said
OP can you post the link to this?
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 4 weeks ago '16        #13
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 wildish said
id rather support the game by paying $60 than having them go to the spend hundreds just to have a f*ghting chance in multiplayer games model..........


Only free to play games do this, for the most part
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 4 weeks ago '12        #14
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 Blaffy said
I did preorder mk11 gold $100 with all the DLC back in April. I have not purchased a $60 game since gta5. I do regret sometimes buying mk11 at this price, but I'm always playing it.

Gamepass is great I'm going to use it for years and DMC5. I have a backlog of old games, not buying anything any more. Cyberpunk has caught my attention but I'm not buying it. Plenty of old stuff to enjoy
I just got MK11 a week ago for 50 with all the DLC downloads on ebay. Feel like i should of still waited for Black Friday and get it even cheaper.
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 4 weeks ago '05        #15
Switchc2390  10 heat pts10
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I've been playing Witcher 3 for like 7 months. No point in getting a video game on launch when games are so expansive and they're always going on sale somewhere shortly after they're released.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #16
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 Tron Carter said
haven’t spent $60 all gen cause of game sharing lol.
This is what I do... I cop one my homie cops whatever other dope sh*t drops late and we alternate... Waiting for GR breakpoint Ffvii and cyberpunk... Nothing else really catching my eye
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 4 weeks ago '16        #17
Aztlan  143 heat pts143
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I dont game enough anymore to justify a subscription service aside from PS+.

I buy a Madden and CoD every couple years.

And I go hard in Skyrim and Fallout 4 to get an RPG fix.
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 4 weeks ago '12        #18
gunshot225  1 heat pts1
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One my game sharing sites went down. But I have a backup. I'm always looking for new sites with low PS account prices. Got 2K20 when it came out for $25 from 1 site and it had other games on the account

 4 weeks ago '17        #19
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$60!? Try like $80 to $120ish after they eat you up with all the dlc maps, exclusive costumes, and season pass bullsh*t.

But hey, to each his own.

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 4 weeks ago '19        #20
Soulvoyage2  3 heat pts3
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Good. Grow up
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 4 weeks ago '19        #21
ArabianPrince  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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You know they cutting that gamepass sh*t off as soon as the next gen comes out.


 4 weeks ago '18        #22
KdenIII  26 heat pts26
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I usually get my games during e3 event preorder sale.

I preorder a bunch of diff games that look good and if they end up looking like sh*t or their betas are sh*t I cancel em

 4 weeks ago '17        #23
BXSPAGHETT  1 heat pts1
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Borderlands 3 is worth every penny
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 4 weeks ago '04        #24
Ra-da-god  36 heat pts36
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 ArabianPrince said
You know they cutting that gamepass sh*t off as soon as the next gen comes out.

no sir this M$'s new business model in fact they would rather you pay them the 10 every month for GP over physically buying their exclusives...they are shifting their metrics to engagement to sell their services (Xcloud, Gamepass, eTc) to publishers so they want you in game pass

I do both

Sea Of thieves
Forza horizon 4
State of Decay 2

are all Gamepass for me but I bought Gears 5 and I will do the same with Halo infinite
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 4 weeks ago '04        #25
GodsFavorite  113 heat pts113
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I just wait until games have been out for a while and buy them heavily discounted, same idea. The game pass issue for me would be that it takes me a long time to finish a game and I would end up spending in excess of the game just for the subscription. Witcher 3 cost me 25 incl both DLCs, and I’d have no chance in hell of finishing that in 5 months

Plus, I thought game pass just got you games cheaper, not all new games for free? But could be confused on that
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