reply to post by miracleretiree
If you're a gamer for 20 years, you should know that this is nothing new.
First of all: You mostly don't need to buy those DLCs. More Weapons? I don't need them. Other clothes? I don't need them. I really like Mass Effect 2
and i bought the DLC Missions...but the weapons and armor packs are a joke, i don't need them, so i don't buy them.
So, let's go back in time, shall we?
Let's say it's 1990. Wing Commander 2 is the big hit at the moment. You buy the game, some months later a small add-on arrives that costs you 40$.
After that another add-on comes out that costs the same and gives you Speech...YES, you had to pay a lot of money, just so you have some voices in the
Intro of the game.
Some time later Ultima 7 came out. You bought the game...some months later add-on arrives. 6 months later they release the second part of the
game...full price and some months later another add-on to complete the game. All in all you paid about 200$ for Ultima 7
Not convinced? Wanna play some Golf? Links was released in 1990 and came with a single golf course.
After that additional Golf courses were released. You had to pay about 30$ for ONE golf course and they released about 20 of those single golf course
packs over the years. If you bought them all you paid about 670$ for a golf game with 21 courses. In 2002 Links 2003 was released and came with 6 Golf
courses. They released only one Add-On but you didn't needed it, because the gamers were creating a lot of golf courses for free.
And nearly every game back then had at least one Add-On Pack. Take Sim City 2000 for example and the "Great Disasters Addon". It gave you about 12 new
diaster missions and 15 maps. Great, huh? You paid 30€ for that.
Today we take a lot for granted and want more, more and more.
Another good example, because it's so popular here in Germany: Football (Soccer) Management Simulations.
Imagine it's 1991 and you bought Bundesliga Manager Professional. You want to change the names of the clubs and players? Shell out another 20 bucks,
so you can buy the Editor to make those changes. Today everyone of those games comes with the editor built in.
There was also something different back in the day: Today we can download Demo Versions of the games for free from the Net. Back then? At least in
Germany you had to pay to play Demo Versions, either you got them from a magazine or you had to pay about 5 DM so the publisher send you a Demo
Of course Video Games didn't had Add-Ons back then, but instead a lot of sequels were basically Add-Ons, fewer content, same graphics, not much
change. Take Final Fight on the SNES for example: All 4 games are basically the same, same enemies, same gameplay, sometimes even the same levels. At
least today most sequels really feel like sequels and not quick rehashes.
And sports games did exist, EA started to puke out their yearly sequels in 1991, it's nothing new.
Oh and Games were a lot more expensive back then, most people forget the inflation.
For example, in 1991 you had to pay for a pc game in Germany about 120 DM, with inflation that would be today about 91€ and even with a straight 2:1
calculation it would be 60€ - today you pay 35-45€ for a PC Game.
Remember the old prices of video games? When Street Fighter 2 for the SNES came out, we had to pay 200 DM. Virtua Racing on the Mega Drive/Genesis was
about 190 DM. Most other video games were between 100-150 DM. I still have the price tag on my Sonic & Knuckles game: 129,95 DM - that would be today
Way more then we have to pay today.
The prices today drop quicker. Back then games stayed on their starting price for about 1-2 years and then slowly dropped. For example Indiana Jones
and the Fate of Atlantis dropped only 40% after nearly 3 years on the market. Today you wait 4-6 months and you can get the game and all the DLC for a
cheap price - either in retail or at Steam or some other online seller
Nothing has really changed. Games were expensive back then, they're expensive now.
I don't know why people just can't accept, that video gaming is a hobby that isn't cheap. The hardware* is expensive, the games are expensive...take
it or leave it
* - Don't get me started on Hardware prices. PCs today are so insanely cheap compared to the 80's or early 90's it's laughable, that people back then
even bought Computers and then shelled out about 300-400$ for a Double-Speed CD-Rom Drive
edit on 8/5/2011 by ShadowAngel85 because: (no