Games Should Not Cost $60 Anymore (The Jimquisition)

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There is a constant problem plaguing the game industry, if its spokespeople are to be believed. Games cost $60, and that price doesn’t work anymore!

Weirdly enough, The Jimquisition agrees with this assessment. “AAA” games should indeed not cost $60 anymore, and they most certainly have outgrown it.

saynotogamblingingames
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saynotogamblingingames

Dear Jim and Justin..who ever reads this nonsense. This video is more like it! Sterling work haha But I just read , watched …rea-tched (?) Jimpressions on ‘metal gear survive the boredom’ and was hugely unimpressed but the quality of the segment which id describe as lazy. Though I admit that the game is so lazy that possibly like a zombie viral infection it spread to Jim’s coverage. Beyond that personal criticsm of that piece (it’s a lazy game so I’ll do a lazy impression/review?) id like to point out that at no point does Jim mention that MGS is… Read more »

Checkmate
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Checkmate

Jimquisition or jimsterling. Just wondering if you happened to read my previous comment about the complicity of the consumer and how they are actually voting with their wallet with regards to dlc and microtransactions. Full disclosure, i am not company mouth peace, redditor,etc,etc…just someone wondering why your videos do not look at the responsibility of the end user and only reason EA exist is because we are propping them up and that extends beyond a portion who are susceptible to promotions and PR crap.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I would like to add another name to the “good guys” list alongside Ninja Theory and Devolver Digital: NIS. NIS publishes loads of Japanese indie games in the west. NIS makes weird and fun game concepts into a reality, like the son of a Satan-equivalent taking over hell through bribery, political subterfuge, and intense and excessive violence. Or a shapeshifting, space-faring succubus that wants to conquer the universe. Or a swamp witch who invokes an ancient weapon just so she can leave her swamp for once. Or a regular teenager who is recruited lottery-style to be Christian God, under the… Read more »

David
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I still haven’t tried Destiny 2… but I would if it was free…

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

On the topic of new business models, I wonder where MS’ announcement to include Xbox exclusives to Game Pass lands in terms of value, fairness, and sustainability. I could pay $60 for Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 this year. Or, I could pay $10 a month, have access to both, and also any other title for the same price that year.

La Chica Incognita
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La Chica Incognita

“Jim Sterling is ridiculed in certain subreddits”

Do people really give a shit about the opinion of incels? Men so utterly pathetic they lack even the basic self awareness to see how they are unironically mocking themselves for being so vile no woman would ever touch them?

Checkmate
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Checkmate

Not sure why the subject of the average consumer and their responsibility is not brought up in these videos? I dislike the ever growing business practices of companies like EA and Warnerbros but a scorpion will be a scorpion, right? I lot of these add-ons like payed dlc, microtranactions would have been discontinued a long time ago had consumers not payed for the them in the first place. To say they are being manipulated is condescending and a generalization. Is is possible that they just like and dont mind paying for these extras. I feel for an argument to be… Read more »

Hugrid
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Hugrid

The placement of the exo guy ‘s head on a train made me suddenly realise that you can’t pet the chickens in the farm in destiny 2 and getting suddenly angry about it.

Anyway, I suspect why free-2-play is out of the question for AAA is for 2 reasons: the revenue stream from physical stores, especially walmarts at christmas etc… is from a demographic who marketing have down pretty well, plus the act of having games in stores, near cash registers, is itself a form of marketing, one that reaches people who buy games but aren’t reached by other marketing methods.

alextulu
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alextulu

The multiplayer of Dragon Age Inquisition is free.

Same with Starcraft 2.

Benj
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Benj

I don’t understand why AAA don’t just release two separate games based on the same development project. One multiplayer and one full single player story.

The former could have microtransactions and more balanced play and the later could have a flat price and a greater variety of play and weapons that’s fun but would break the challenge of the multiplayer.

This would be an effective way to “double-dip” with your price models which wouldn’t feel like you were forcing money out of players.

PhoenixShi
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PhoenixShi

There’s games as a product, which can have online options, but play in whole just fine without an online connection, and tend to focus more on single player, with possible multiplayer options. Then there’s games as a service, where if you want to play it at all, you need to connect to their servers through an online connection, which tends to emphasise multiplayer content. Larger companies have been moving away from games as a product, and towards games as a service for years, as those are the ones that work best with added fees like micro-transactions, and multiplayer everything has… Read more »

Anton
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Anton

It’s a nice sentiment, and one I agree with, but it’s not going to happen. Real change won’t happen until the big publishers start hemmoraging money; even then, I would bet that their response will be to somehow gut something else the gamers want, and double down on draining their remaining customers.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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That photo of some vaguely familiar CEO…his eyes are black, like just completely black. Is that a photoshop or is this some evil shit?

Also the dynasty warriors shade was entertaining and somewhat arousing, it’s the breaking of rules that excites dearly. But if the embargo is the literal release day, then that’s already pretty suspect as it is.

Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

On the video itself, good video and very much agree with you. The only concern I could see is fans picking up a thus about which games shouldn’t and should be allowed to charge certain prices like we see in the indie and you yourself discussed years back when it was announced No Man’s Sky was going to be $60 at launch but it’s better than what we have at the moment. Honestly, I’ve kind of grown tired of the live games service model because I do like to play games on my own time and never have been a… Read more »

Galactix100
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Galactix100

It’s interesting that Jim brought up live action ads (just for a second, though he did also point it out on twitter) as an example of how the industry could better spend money and reduce costs. Live action ads existed long before loot boxes, season passes etc. became a thing, so when you think about it they’re a pathetic attempt at justifying the bullshit even if they’re not an unnecessary expense. Look at the Halo games, for example. Halo 3 had the believe ad campaign and a live action short directed by Neill Blomkamp, ODST got a live action ad,… Read more »

annihilator
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annihilator

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Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

Not related but an update on something you reported on a while back, so remember when months before launch, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle announced that half it’s roster was going to be DLC (despite 18 of them being made by mostly reused assets), people weren’t happy. Since then their has been some updates, the first being that in Japan at least, the game won’t be priced like a normal game but on the same level as SFV Arcade Edition was and they announced that the two RWBY DLC characters will be free. Not enough to convince me to buy it… Read more »