Hmmm. I've been thinking about this for a few weeks now. I'm impressed. Good reporting, Patrick. Lots to think about.
I like sales, they can do a lot for a game. Problem is, there are countless times when someone on a review or article comments, there's a good chance there will be at least one person who says: I'll wait for it to go on sale.
which is fine if it weren't so common. Because of the nature of sales, it's like coke or something at a supermarket. People rarely will pay full price. They know it'll go on sale. Whether it's next week or the week after. Those are constants. Just like games have become. It's sad that it affects games like this and it seems it's not just a thing of money.
Difference between say coke sales and game sales is this: with coke, it doesn't matter which week they sell it. It doesn't have a community that changes when people enjoy it.
with games, it does. Especially with online games.
I'm a big supporter of buying games new and paying full price. If the game is good and warrants it, I want to make sure I support it. Not just write off a game and say, meh. Maybe when it's on sale. That's what's become of things like Steam Sales. They're good but they've created a dark side. But then you look at it from the consumers side. They have every right to wait for a cheaper price. Not everyone can afford a full price game. And they're a lot of pros to sales.
I really like the idea of rewarding early adopters by selling it cheaper early on. It's a good move. I'd probably buy a lot more games if that were the case. It's smart. I like it.
Like I said, lot to think about. As I see right now, there are already 3 pages to this article. I'm sure they're are also a lot of "it's the consumers right"
it's a interesting topic. I'm curious to see what happens with game prices as digital becomes bigger on consoles. I think the basic business philosophy is: sell it to as many people at full price, then we'll get the rest on sale. I'm still happy to pay full price, whether that's 10, 20, or 60 bucks for a game. As long as it's worth it. I want to support developers. But I also like the idea of lower prices. Can't argue with paying less money.
Great article Patrick. Thumbs way up. Very thought provoking.