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Old July 20 2009, 12:03 PM   #16
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^PC game prices are typically lower because the publisher doesn't have to pay Microsoft, Nintendo or Sony any licence fees.
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Old July 20 2009, 12:08 PM   #17
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Well the way games prices are going now i might just move back to my big beige beasty.
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Old July 20 2009, 12:13 PM   #18
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I don't mind big prices so much. I do mind those half-brained copy protection schemes that insert themselves as a filter driver on your dvdrom drive and all that crap. Before I buy a game, I usually try to find out if it has any copy protection. If it does, I don't buy it. But I have a big stash of games I gladly payed the full price for, seeing as they don't have any copy protection. I see it like this: if the developers/publishers don't try to frell me over, I want to give them the money the deserve. If they do try to frell me over, they don't deserve any money from me.
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Old July 20 2009, 02:08 PM   #19
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I've only purchased a handful of PC games the last couple years, and admittedly have pirated a few that I was unsure of, but twice I actually HAD to pirate the game and use a crack because the copy protection was causing stability issues. (Spore and Mirror's Edge, both EA) It is almost enough to just drive me away from PC gaming entirely. As far as I know, no problems with any Activision games.
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Old July 20 2009, 02:13 PM   #20
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I don't mind big prices so much. I do mind those half-brained copy protection schemes that insert themselves as a filter driver on your dvdrom drive and all that crap. Before I buy a game, I usually try to find out if it has any copy protection. If it does, I don't buy it. But I have a big stash of games I gladly payed the full price for, seeing as they don't have any copy protection. I see it like this: if the developers/publishers don't try to frell me over, I want to give them the money the deserve. If they do try to frell me over, they don't deserve any money from me.
I investigate things like that before buying the game. If I really, really want the game anyway, I'll buy it, but I'll then download a cracked version to avoid the garbage that will mess up my system.

It was bad enough when we had CD checks. Now they install drivers that dick up your OS and hardware, all on the fear you might pirate the game. And yet, I have not found a game that someone hasn't managed to pirate. Imagine that! Why they continue to bother is beyond me. Put some simple checks in to prevent casual copying and just be done with it! Keep your fucking hands off my computer.
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Old July 20 2009, 04:26 PM   #21
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I bet ASDA sells it for £39.99 or less.
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Old July 20 2009, 04:32 PM   #22
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I bet ASDA sells it for £39.99 or less.
It would cost me the same once I add in the effort of having to go to an Asda store.
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Old July 20 2009, 05:06 PM   #23
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I bet ASDA sells it for £39.99 or less.
It would cost me the same once I add in the effort of having to go to an Asda store.
Not for me. It's only a five minute walk away.
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Old July 20 2009, 05:12 PM   #24
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I investigate things like that before buying the game. If I really, really want the game anyway, I'll buy it, but I'll then download a cracked version to avoid the garbage that will mess up my system.

It was bad enough when we had CD checks. Now they install drivers that dick up your OS and hardware, all on the fear you might pirate the game. And yet, I have not found a game that someone hasn't managed to pirate. Imagine that! Why they continue to bother is beyond me. Put some simple checks in to prevent casual copying and just be done with it! Keep your fucking hands off my computer.
I completely agree with you, on both points.
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Old July 20 2009, 05:48 PM   #25
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I wouldn't be surprised if Activision allocates limited stock to any supermarket that might sell it less than £40
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Old July 20 2009, 06:31 PM   #26
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I wouldn't be surprised if Activision allocates limited stock to any supermarket that might sell it less than £40
Again, not a problem since my local ASDA is 24hr. I'll probably just take a walk up after Midnight and pick one up.
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Old July 22 2009, 01:25 AM   #27
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Game prices in general are ridiculous. Most are around $70 Canadian but some creep up into the mid to high $70's and even $80's.
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Old July 22 2009, 03:35 PM   #28
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Who on earth buys games on release? Well, I guess a lot of people. Stupid question.

But I always wait for proces to drop. With PC games it has to be £10 or less... Xbox 360 I'll probably pay a bit more, up to £15 - £20 - but often pick games up at under £10.

And if you committ to this process, by the time you've played the ones you want then the old new ones are down in price. Works the same with DVDs too.
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Old July 22 2009, 10:33 PM   #29
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Who on earth buys games on release? Well, I guess a lot of people. Stupid question.

But I always wait for proces to drop. With PC games it has to be £10 or less... Xbox 360 I'll probably pay a bit more, up to £15 - £20 - but often pick games up at under £10.

And if you committ to this process, by the time you've played the ones you want then the old new ones are down in price. Works the same with DVDs too.

I do but it really depends on the game.

Ghostbusters, for example, is a game I have been waiting to be released for a long time. Same with Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter 4 so I bought all of them as soon as they came out.

Most games, though, I wait, but some take a long time to go down in price. When I bought GTA4 for my PS3, it was a year later and I got it for $30 Canadian used but the original non-used game was still sitting at $69 Canadian.
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Old July 23 2009, 07:27 AM   #30
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Who on earth buys games on release? Well, I guess a lot of people. Stupid question.

But I always wait for proces to drop. With PC games it has to be £10 or less... Xbox 360 I'll probably pay a bit more, up to £15 - £20 - but often pick games up at under £10.

And if you committ to this process, by the time you've played the ones you want then the old new ones are down in price. Works the same with DVDs too.
I buy some games day of release, some games later. Nothing on Earth will stop me having Half-Life 2: Episode Three day of release.

However, in the case of Modern Warfare 2, despite this price increase I expect the game to be the year's biggest seller. I don't think we will see the sort of price drops you're talking about for quite some time after release.
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