retrosofer wrote:simes wrote:Freestyler wrote:1992: SNES Street Fighter 2: £64.99 retail.
2011: Xbox 360 Street Fighter 4: £39.99 retail.
If you factor in inflation and in the increase in VAT, the RRP of Street Fighter 2 today would actually be over £100 so games have actually come DOWN in price over the years not counting the 8-bit market. All things considered, I don't think we're doing too badly. I'd say anything 16-bit / PC onwards has probably reduced slightly compared to current PC titles but console wise we're experiencing a massive drop so it's pretty good time for gamers.
This isn't the first time i have heard someone say this, 'if you factor in such and such, then if released today it would have been more expensive,' but i cant see it, if it was released today, it would be £39.99, or an rrp £44.99, plus another £30 of dlc rubbish on day 1 release.
The price of £64.99 for SF2 on the SNES was a product of its time so to speak, with alot of different factors causing that price point, things such as smaller games market, cartridge etc. So inflation really means nothing as if released today, unless it was a special edition and came with a miniture Ryu, would be priced at todays prices, and as such a product of modern times, if this makes sense.
The thing to remember as well is it wasn't even the most expensive SNES game. That I knew of, at least. Turok had that dubious "honour" at a stunning £74.99 retail. Shocking!
I'll definitely agree that Gaming as a whole has never ever been cheaper and so inclusive. Despite companies like EA and Capcom trying their utmost to rip their loyal customers off (c'mon guys, leave the Buyers Justification at home for once; admit it) the Gaming Scene is a wonderful place to be. I hope the death of GAME, Gamestation and any others from the inevitable fallout won't be seen as either the "immanent collapse of the Industry like during Atari" or as an excuse to lambaste the Pre-Owned market for ultimately causing it in the first place. Both are wildly speculative, if not outright wrong.