More than ever, video games seem to be burning a gaping hole in my pocket. New consoles, hardware and games are constantly vying for my hard earned cash; none of which I ever seem to have. As development costs increase, so does the time for testing and final retail price. Can our industry continue to spiral upwards? Below is a preview of the feature, but you can read it in full simply by clicking on the ‘more’ button.
Unless you’ve been gaming under a rock, chances are you’ve heard that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is going to retail at £54.99 later this year. This really annoys me, not only because it’s a seriously hefty price tag – but because I’m going to pay it all too willingly.
Many publishers (not just Activision) are warning consumers that the price of games is going to increase over the Christmas period, as the weak pound and high development costs force trade prices to rise. (More)
Perhaps renting and sharing games is the way forward for consumers. Will this help indie developers in the same way though? Maybe it’s time that we thought a little harder about where and how money is exchanged in the production of video games.