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User Info: KillerTruffle

KillerTruffle
2 weeks ago#1
http://www.pcgamer.com/financial-analyst-says-gamers-arent-overcharged-theyre-undercharged/

So the whole Battlefront II controversy caused some market analyst to look at the situation, and he's basically calling gamers a bunch of pampered crybabies. He said that when you break it down to how many hours of entertainment you get per dollar, gaming is *way* cheaper than going to a movie, and publishers like EA could actually get away with charging a whole lot more.

This is what happens when you sit in a cubicle and stare at numbers all day instead of actually analyze *all* the factors.

It's true gamers have it better than some - game prices haven't really gone up much at all in the past 30 years. In some cases they've actually come *down*. Game pricing has not kept up with inflation, so it's been good in that respect.

He's trying to compare gaming to something like a movie ticket though, and how you can watch a movie for like $3/hour (seriously, where do they still sell $6 movie tickets? Because I pay more than twice that in California), but if you played a game for 2 1/2 hours a day, with a $60 purchase price *and* $20/month in microtransactions, you'd still come out ahead at 40 cents/hour. Even though you paid like $300 for that one game.

Just... so many things wrong with that comparison. >_>
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User Info: SleepComa

SleepComa
2 weeks ago#2
Worst analyst ever.

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MarceloSampaio
2 weeks ago#3
I see a future where indie games will be the salvation. ¬¬
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User Info: ClunkerSlim

ClunkerSlim
2 weeks ago#4
I've gone to the movies once in the last three years. It costs $60+ for my family of three. We haven't been back since. Who the hell goes to the movies anymore? That's probably not the industry we want to compare gaming to.
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User Info: ClunkerSlim

ClunkerSlim
2 weeks ago#5
KillerTruffle posted...
He's trying to compare gaming to something like a movie ticket though, and how you can watch a movie for like $3/hour (seriously, where do they still sell $6 movie tickets? Because I pay more than twice that in California), but if you played a game for 2 1/2 hours a day, with a $60 purchase price *and* $20/month in microtransactions, you'd still come out ahead at 40 cents/hour. Even though you paid like $300 for that one game.

Someone said Battlefront's campaign was 4 hours long. So I guess someone who only plays single player would be better off going to the movies.
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User Info: KillerTruffle

KillerTruffle
2 weeks ago#6
ClunkerSlim posted...
I've gone to the movies once in the last three years. It costs $60+ for my family of three. We haven't been back since. Who the hell goes to the movies anymore? That's probably not the industry we want to compare gaming to.

Not only that, but he's comparing a piece of entertainment you take home to enjoy at your leisure with going out to a movie at a theater. It would have been more appropriate to compare with another take-home leisure activity. Like Blu-ray/DVD movies. Say you pay $20 for a Blu-ray... you get 2 hours out of it, plus the special features, so call it 4 hours to be average. That's $5/hour. But wait! You might have 5 people in your family that watch it together. The movie doesn't cost any more to buy, so you just cut your entertainment cost to $1/hour once you divide it all up. But wait, there's more! Say you really like the movie, and you watch it three times in a year. That just dropped the price down to roughly 33 cents per hour.

Now take a typical AAA game, and let's give it a good 30 hours to be generous (some run longer, some are much less). At $60 AAA price, that comes out to $2 per hour.

So if you ask me, we're overpaying for our games. By a lot! (One reason I tend to only buy games on sale, part of package deals like Humble, etc.)

My logic is at least as good as that analyst's...
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User Info: grand_commander

grand_commander
2 weeks ago#7
I eagerly await this analyst's analysis of how much money sports fans pay to watch their local sport teams on their local broadcast channels.

Also, DVDs are way, way too cheap according to this analyst's line of thought. If it's $3/person/hour to watch it in the theater, then if two people buy the DVD for $20 and watch a two-hour movie once a week for a year then they've paid a laughable 9.6¢ an hour!

If you take a step back and look at the data, an hour of DVD watching is one of the cheapest forms of entertainment. Why are video games so darned expensive? I'd have to play Battlefront 2 for 625 hours to get that much value out of it, and that's assuming I can stand to play for that long without paying for loot boxes, which would mean I had to play even longer to get my money's worth.

So in conclusion, DVD watchers are coddled babies who don't pay their fair share, and video games should probably be cheaper because I was able to find a form of entertainment that was cheaper.

User Info: yohabroha

yohabroha
2 weeks ago#8
use MoviePass if you're single (and if you're dating someone who likes movies, have her get it too) and movie prices suddenly become non-existent. went from paying $12.75 per movie in Commiefornia to $10 for the first movie every month and then $0 for every movie after that. I go every week now. This has been a sponsored post by MoviePass.

really though, it's awesome and as for the article, it's always either this argument or the inflation argument. happens every day on this website.
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User Info: Orestes417

Orestes417
2 weeks ago#9
Set the asking price to whatever they want, doesn't matter. I won't be buying till it comes down to the range I want it in.
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Noraneko_Vel
2 weeks ago#10
judging a game's worth by its cost per hour shows that you're s*** at rating games
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