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    Rising video game prices have an impact on UK's rate of inflation

    Next gen console games were one of the inflationary uptick's main contributors.
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    Re: Rising video game prices have an impact on UK's rate of inflation

    I think this is a case of manufacturers taking advantage of the market - new equals more expensive. I wonder if the content is slimmed down as well, as it has been in many food items where £x used to buy y kgs of something but now £x+a is needed to purchase y-b kgs - but all in the same packaging.

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    Re: Rising video game prices have an impact on UK's rate of inflation

    Nope I am paying about the same for console games.

    When the PS3/XB360 were first launched, i was paying £30-£40 for a brand new game. I am paying exactly the same for new AAA XBO games now.

    Given the rate of UK inflation, I am actually paying less for the games in real terms

    It's a bit disappointing from eurogamer really as a nonsense story - they are comparing prices to last year, when the PS3/360 were both at the very end of their life, and when games are at their cheapest. If you compare like for like you'll see that the prices are no different. You still get shops asking £50-£60 and shops asking £30-£40 for every title. I guarantee that in a few years when the next next gen consoles are announced, we'll see prices fall yet again.

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    Re: Rising video game prices have an impact on UK's rate of inflation

    Quote Originally Posted by Spud1 View Post
    It's a bit disappointing from eurogamer really as a nonsense story
    To be fair it's not Eurogamer, it's the ONS and they are saying the increase in video game prices has been significant enough to cause an increase in the officially reported inflation for the UK.

    It doesn't really matter whether it's EOL pricing vs new pricing - video games are in the basket of goods used to assess 'real world' inflation so if the prices go up then there's a chance the official inflation will go up to. Note that it's still very low and well under target, so anyone using this to complain about higher prices needs to have a bit of a think

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    Re: Rising video game prices have an impact on UK's rate of inflation

    My average spending on a game is still the same as last year - about a £5 a game. With steam sales and second hand console games i'm sorted - I've no interest in paying a premium for new titles. Games like Farcry 3 are just as playable now as last year...
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    Re: Rising video game prices have an impact on UK's rate of inflation

    Have any HEXUS readers noticed that they are spending more on individual games this year compared to last?
    I've noticed that the price of console games has taken a - in some cases dramatic - upswing. So I've pretty much decided to avoid buying any "just out" console games. In fact, my spending on my XBox this year hasn't exceeded £10. Compare that to previous years where I'd invariably line up for the latest Forza, Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty trio with a Battlefield when available. So that's £100 or more. It also helps that Microsoft's focus is 100% on XBone, with no love for the ole' 360.

    On the PC side, I have bought the odd "A list" title (this years "Wolfenstein" was the last one) but won't be bothering with the Assassin's Creed nor CoD - probably leave those until sometime next year.

    For both sets of games - yes, the graphics have got better, but conversely I'm reading about a LOT of playability issues, so even ignoring the financial hit maybe the "smart money" is on waiting until there's been a patch (or six) issued. If that also means that the title is then in the Steam/GAME/Asda sale then so much the better...

    In the meantime, I'll not be bored since there's plenty of old titles that still have playability (mainly ones I hadn't - ahem - got around to finishing) and failing that, I really should get some guitar practice in. (If for no other reason than to stem the comments like "are you still playing on that damned computer - why don't you go do something productive instead?").

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    Re: Rising video game prices have an impact on UK's rate of inflation

    I've seen the price from some big PC developers increase - Blizzard, Bioware for eg. But on the other hand most of the kind of games I buy have been cheaper than usual, even at release/pre-order - so Ubisoft's Child of Light, Larian's Divinity:Original Sin and so on. So my personal costs are down for the most part.

    What I have noticed is a much bigger range of prices - no longer is everything the same, so we've got a lot more choice in what kind of price/game we go for - and at the end of the day exercising that choice is the most effective way of driving down prices/style of game preferences.

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    Re: Rising video game prices have an impact on UK's rate of inflation

    I remember spending forty quid on SNES games (and I don't want to think what I spent on SFII Turbo or StarWings) or £35 on Megadrive games back in the day. That works out as over £70 in today's money. Considering I was still getting everywhere on my bike and saving my pocket money/paper round money and bus fare back then, I certainly spend much less of my actual income and pay relatively less for games now

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