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Will We Ever Stop Complaining About Current Video Game Prices?

By Kevin on Dec 17 2012 09:05 PM
If you think today's video game prices are overpriced, think again. For those of us who grew up in the 80's and 90's, the steep prices of NES and SNES games will forever been ingrained in our minds. We didn't care if Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), retailed at a whopping $80. If it meant we worked harder around the house, doing extra chores to get more allowance, we did that. If we couldn't afford it, we went to our friend's house who had it.

The point is, there seems to be a lot of bickering about how "expensive" video games are today. Just to put things into perspective, here are some really cool advertisements from a 1996 Toys R Us flyer that have been circulating around on the Internet as of late. Let's be thankful that today's video game prices aren't anything, equivalently, close to the games retailed sixteen years ago.

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Source: NeoGAF


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OMG all of those scans bring back so many memories. I did not take notice to the pricing of many of these systems because at that time I was too young to care. It is nice to see that the prices have not changed much but we get a lot more out of technology.
Oh nostalgia. :D
I was a kid so I never paid too much attention to prices.
I don't see much differences from those prices compared to modern game prices besides consoles costs.
On a side note I get disappointed and sad when I see Sonic 3D blast for 42.99 and 59.99. Poor souls of the past. :ashamed:
This post is soaking with nostalgia.  I could barely consider the prices with all the games I used to enjoy so much.  I almost forgot about the game boys in different colors, and pitfall!  Your article brings up a good point.  The price hasn't changed much, now back to looking at all the old games.
this is great!! I think part of the problem today with pricing is people have gotten use to free-to-play or ad-supported versions on mobile devices, so that carries over to consoles and handhelds. people want something for free. it's like... stop being so cheap, you cant expect every game to be free.
Yeah I was only a kid back then so I never had to buy my own. We really should consider ourselves lucky these days. It's hard to believe that games are actually cheaper. o.O

View PostDinky, on 18 December 2012 - 11:43 PM, said:

this is great!! I think part of the problem today with pricing is people have gotten use to free-to-play or ad-supported versions on mobile devices, so that carries over to consoles and handhelds. people want something for free.

This is exactly what the issue is, and part of the reason why stuff like Angry Birds just hurts gaming in general in the end. What doesn't help is that, as pointed out by various people in this thread, a lot of gamers were too young to understand this. I imagine the same situation has been going for each gaming generation.

I think another really bad issue is DLC. Just think, back then if you spent $50 on a game, you got the entire game. Now you're dropping in some cases $59.99 for something that you need a lot of additional DLC to play properly. And it'll only get worse from there.
It's really like gas prices, there was complaining when it was 50¢ a gallon, and now we're still complaining when it's $3.50 a gallon.

People would complain no matter what