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Monday, 25 July 2011 11:07

Xbox Live Arcade prices continue to rise

Written by David Stellmack
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Customers still buying and actually buying more
It is no surprise that Microsoft has finally admitted that prices have been rising on Xbox Live Arcade titles. Chris Chharla, the XBLA portfolio director, told GI.biz that despite the higher prices, consumers are willing to pay for quality products.

Here at Fudzilla this comes as little surprise to us, as we have noted this trend before. Despite the suggestion that consumers will pay for quality software, the truth is that we still hear and see a lot of people complaining about the cost of a lot of the things released on XBLA. While there are exceptional titles that deserve the $15 or 1,200 Microsoft Points that they cost, many of them would be better priced if they cost $10 or 800 Microsoft Points. It does seem that Xbox consumers know this.

The stats offered show that in 2009 only 21 of 86 titles cost 1,200 points, and by 2010 27 out of 85 titles cost 1,200 Microsoft Points. So far this year already, 20 titles have been released that cost 1,200 Microsoft Points and there are still a significant amount of major titles to be released before the end of the year, so it would not be surprising if this number reaches 40 or more by the end of 2011.

In our opinion this just confirms the trend that we have noted all along. Developers that we have spoken with, however, indicate that part of the reason for the price increases is simply that the development cycle is becoming longer and it simply is costing more to deliver the higher quality titles that consumers are demanding and that seem to be successful on XBLA. In addition, with so many choices and some difficulty in promoting releases, sales still may not work out to cover development costs, so the higher starting selling price helps.

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-7 #1 Warrior24_7 2011-07-25 12:58
M$ has a winner here and they know it...and so do the gamers! This is THE best online service there is bar none! Its better than PSN and Steam.
 
 
+3 #2 Harry Lloyd 2011-07-25 13:08
So we should pay more just because LIVE is the best online service? Yes, it is, but no, we should not.

Anyway, I do not get the fascination with XBLA games. The only game I spent a lot of time with is BF1943, worth even more than 1200 MSP. There were a few other titles which I completed and never went back to, but like 95% of the catalog is bullshit, stupid games I would not even play for free.
 
 
-7 #3 Warrior24_7 2011-07-25 13:34
Quoting Harry Lloyd:
So we should pay more just because LIVE is the best online service? Yes, it is, but no, we should not.


Yep! If you don't like it, don't do it. All Steam does is try to sell you games and force their way onto your PC! Its the worst of the three!

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Anyway, I do not get the fascination with XBLA games. The only game I spent a lot of time with is BF1943, worth even more than 1200 MSP. There were a few other titles which I completed and never went back to, but like 95% of the catalog is bullshit, stupid games I would not even play for free.


Live is waaay more than simple games. Btw, BF 1943, meh!
 
 
+6 #4 redunion1940 2011-07-25 14:14
A computer is way more than a console. Think about this, you pay for the console, pay for the internet, pay a yearly subscription to use said console on the internet, then pay addtional subscriptions and prices to use other services or games.

How does XBL beat the PC. Steam doesn't force its way on the computer, a lot of developers are using it now because it has made it easy to have all of your games in one easy to find place, and its easier to get updates to people.

Also saying all steam does is try to sell you games is like saying all A grocery store does is sell you food, NO duh.

Lets see, pay for computer, pay for internet, wait for deals on entire catalog of games, have hours worth of play.
 
 
-6 #5 Warrior24_7 2011-07-25 17:30
@redunion1940

Uh oh, yet ANOTHER PC gamer that thinks that the internet and "subscription" services are free just because he has a PC! :D Steam is a boiled turd. You pay full price for games like you do in a retail store! Waiting for a deal? So what anybody can buy a $20 game. It "forces" its way onto your PC or you just can't play "your" game. I refuse to use it. Many publishers are pushing back against it. BF3 most likely will NOT be on Steam. Its become intrusive to both players and publishers alike.
 
 
+2 #6 redunion1940 2011-07-25 19:42
Huh? Did I say the Internet was free. What I said was paying to use the internet you are already paying for is wrong.
And Pushing back, You mean EA, which is a company that is a track record of disaster. They Destroyed one of the best RTS of all time. That destroyed Bullfrog, any company that EA touches is destroyed, I'm just waiting for bioware to fall.

I've never had a problem with steam. or GOG, or Impulse, or Direct2Drive, or GFWL? Or games in General. And full price where do I pay full price, the huge summer deal, or the common winter deals, I mean that has to be worst to paying $10 more than the average PC starting price. Anb BF3 will be on steam once there sales tank on the PC.

What it comes down to is , You don't know how to compare prices.
 
 
+1 #7 redunion1940 2011-07-25 19:53
"You pay full price for games like you do in a retail store! Waiting for a deal? So what anybody can buy a $20 game. "

This statement is self defeating. See I don't have to pay full price. I wait on a deal which is pretty common on Steam and other Game download services. As to the price thing. No duh its the retail store on the internet. You don't have to have a disc and keep track of passwords, You just need a account and password. You can choose not to have steam or play games that require steam. So it doesn't force its self on the computer. Unlike XBL, that is already apart of the XBOX, want to play online pay some more money.

Console: $300
HD TV: $500
Internet $50
XBL: $70/year?
 
 
-4 #8 Warrior24_7 2011-07-26 06:42
Quoting redunion1940:
What I said was paying to use the internet you are already paying for is wrong.



You're not paying to use the internet TWICE, you're paying to use "their" service. Paying $15 a month to play a game you already own, plus the internet fee that it "requires" is wrong! Many PC games "require" that you have an internet connection or you can't even load the game! Steam "requires" you to load Steam or you can't play "your" game! Its B$!!! You're waiting for EA and Bioware to fall? If it weren't for yhose two companies there wouldn't be console ports worth playing on the PC becuase NOBODY is making any decent PC games anymore! :lol:
 
 
-4 #9 Warrior24_7 2011-07-26 06:44
Quote:
What it comes down to is , You don't know how to compare prices.




What it comes down to is that I don't have to "wait" for a summer or winter "deal" to play a game! Thats stupid PC $h!t. I can rent, trade-in, buy used, or by discount. Waiting is something that I don't have to do.
 
 
-3 #10 Warrior24_7 2011-07-26 06:56
@redunion1940

You don't make any sense. You contradicted yourself in every sentence. You don't have to pay full price, but then say its a retail store?!! Depending on what game you're playing, you CANNOT not choose to have Steam! You can ALWAYS choose not to have Xbox Live, and you don't need an internet connection to play the games! Live is part of the console, Steam forces its way onto your PC whether you want it or not then stops you from loading the game if you don't! Its garbage.
 

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