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  Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003 Report News | Archive | Top  
Microsoft Slash Game Prices?
- Posted 12:25 AM By WaRMaN
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Before you say its about time that games are dropped in price to an affordable rate, read what I have to say.

At first glance this seems like a great deal. Microsoft decided to lower the cost of some of their games from the high price of $39-$49 to a mere $19.99. Great, right? NO! These are games that Microsoft calls their "Platinum Hits." Games that have been on the market for 9 or more months and have sold 350,000 - 500,000 copies. That's right, once the sales have obviously peaked or stalled, MS is nice enough to drop the price to $19.99. At a glance this might sound like a decent deal, but does this apply to all titles? NO! MS will exclude it's most popular title, HALO, from this discount. Ed Bland, a senior director of sales and marketing for the Xbox, had this to say: "It is doing very well at $49," noting that it will move to "Platinum Hit" status at some point later in the future. In my opinion, this is calling all gamers stupid. Since you suckers are still willing to pay $49 for this game, we will continue to sell it to you at that price.

It looks like we are still far away from reasonable pricing on games that hit the shelves for PC and consoles alike. Prices like these drive the piracy community to excel. If the software companies would just release their titles at reasonable prices (especially accounting for the quality of their product) I believe they would profit greater monitarily and expose their product to a bigger community that would not normally drop $49.99 on a game. I for one can name very few games that I wouldn't mind purchasing for $49.99. Am I wrong? Hit the forums and let me know!

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