$130 for a maybe 20 hour console game. What a waste of money. I can buy 3 pc games (new releases) and play them on my gaming rig that will beat any console into the ground.
I feel that a great deal of piracy today is related to the pricing.
Because Sometimes you can't really find out if a game is good or not until you buy it...demos don't really cut it...
To be true, sometimes I try cracked games, if they are good enough I buy them...
If they want piracy to go, lower the price, heck if they get games to at least 50% I would buy them at random!
And I bet you that it will increase the revenue.
I'm not in favor of piracy, it's wrong whatever the motive is, I do sound like a hypocrite, but it have it uses, I try the game, if I liked it I actually go buy it, If I didn't then forget the whole thing.
I don't want to go around throwing my money foolishly until I find something worthy to play..
But really, the kind of piracy I'm talking about here is in favor of games, I know that I'm not alone who do this, I can honestly say almost all of my friends do this.
This actually boost (not to a high figure) the sales, Again I repeat no one want to go around throwing money blindly until he found something he really likes..
I don't think most pirating helps out software developers...
70 big ones is still way too much for just a game.
Before you say it's way too expensive for software, you have to consider how many hours went into designing, programming, testing, as well as the cost of equipment (ie. many thousands of dollars of computer equipment), the hardware required to mass produce the cds, boxes, manuals, etc. I wouldn't be terribly surprised if the profit margin was less than 50% on the first million copies or so.
Not most pirating, I'm talking of one kind only...
The game is usually stripped down from almost all videos and music, to reduce size, and it's not even the whole game...
They pretty much show you the entire game, minus a few very unimportant things, and then they make it seem like there is so much more to the retail version, when in reality there really isn't. (such as a strategy game that has 4 races that are nearly exactly the same, but you only play with one race in the demo and/or the plotline thins out after the very beginning. I can't stand that.)
Talking about pirating games and having that be one main reason why the prices are so high nowadays... Can games on the 360 even be pirated?
I have not heard of a 'cracked' Xbox 360 yet. I know PS2 had pretty much all their games could be downloaded/burned and played on a modded PS2, but nothing for Xbox 360.
Any ideas anyone?
First you say that they show the entire game, with a few minor things missing... then you talk about only being able to play 1/4 of the game.
(unless you are comparing cracked version of games vs retail... can't tell :P )
I have yet to find a demo of a game that let's you explore the majority of the game play. But if there was such a demo... what would be the point of playing the retail version of it?