Hey people, have you noticed that your favorite downloadable games are rising in price? Isn’t this something that’s been happening for at least 2 years now. But hey, now that Chris Charla, the XBLA portfolio director, has actually come out and said it, it’s news. Most the games you buy on XBLA have been $15 for a couple of years now. In fact already 20 titles have been set at that price since the start of 2011 when only 27 were at that price point in 2010 and only 21 in 2009. OH MY GOD.
This is the most tragic news I have ever read and/or written. What are we going to do about this? Do we need to band together in a sort of 100,000 strong campaign to lower this outrageous cost of downloadable games? Or do we need to name ourselves something clever like Project Rainfall and get handwritten letters sent to us by Microsoft detailing that they aren’t giving any details at this time. This price gouging needs to stop. It’s starting to get ridiculous.
On a more serious note, this is the way of the world folks. If gamers continue to spend the same amount on map packs for Call of Duty, then getting full experiences like Shadow Complex and Bastion at that same price seems downright reasonable. Game development costs a lot of money. Developers need to recoup their costs and hopefully make a profit. Games can’t be as cheap as say an iPhone game because there’s not the customer base that, that device has. If Microsoft ever raises the cap on the size of downloadable games, we might soon see $20 games on the marketplace. Oh, the internet riots and outrage that will happen then!