@Hunkulese said:@Kidavenger I know most replies will be pretty anti-EA but they do have a point.
EA wants to be a semi exclusive department store catering to a small portion of a market which pays generally only pays a premium for physical bundles and exclusive content when the store really offers neither?
They have a brain disease, not a point.
The point is that regular expected 75% of sales do devalue games. There is a large portion of the steam userbase that wont pay full price for anything because they know if they wait a few months they can get the game at a significant discount. Of course sales numbers go up when these sales occur due to the large amount of people waiting for the games at clearance level sales. There is a difference between extending the life of a game with a regular sale and offering the game for next to nothing.
Why does no one rage against retailers that put games on clearance? This happens on a fairly regular basis, too. Steam sales are always temporary and have been known to last hours as opposed to days. Do you really think a significant portion of hardcore fans that really want the game are just going to sit on their hands until they can get it for a dollar? If so, how do you explain the success of COD and Skyrim? Rock bottom Steam sale bring in money from people that (a) are too cheap to pay full price or (b) dont really want it, but "wouldn't mind giving it a shot". In case you're wondering, the alternative to Steam sales for those two groups is piracy, not buying at full price.