|In Three Words: I need Money
||[May. 22nd, 2009|09:39 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
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|||||Masayoshi Soken - Weird Counterpoint -Hurry Up Version-||]|
There are a lot of compelling reasons for me to buy each of the current generation video game systems. Of course, I don't have the money and I'm not willing to sink further into debt to have one. Still, the one thing that bothers me the most is the strange disparity between the PC and consoles. I mean, there always was, but nowadays, it seems even crazier than usual.
I don't find it hard to believe that games cost $60 these days. Heck, they used to cost that much back then too, depending on the system. A good friend of mine told me that when he got Secret of Mana years back during its initial release, it cost $70. That may be a hard thing to believe for the current generation of vidya game players.
I randomly stumbled across the poster that came with Final Fantasy III US and on the back of the poster, there was an order form for lots of stuff that's needlessly valuable for no reason today. Also on the order form was Final Fantasy II US, which cost, lo and behold, $70. With that in mind, I've come to the realization that I seriously had it good since I went from the third generation of video games with my NES to the fifth generation. Even then, I came in fairly late in since I entered that generation with a PSOne.
I must say, I really had it good with the PSOne since, by that time, the used game market had a nice selection of complete games at a cheap price. What made it all better was that during generation, gamers started trying to keep all the packaging together (I guess this is because CD's are delicate, facilitating the need to keep their original cases while the cartridges of yore can be nigh indestructible).
I plunged into the sixth generation eventually (i.e. when supplies finally came 'round) with the PS2. At that point, games were only $50 a pop. That isn't much considering how little it costs to produce a CD versus producing a cartrdige. I suppose the price is mostly from developers and Sony trying to make up for production costs.
To a degree, I can understand the $10 jump in the PS3's case given that blu-ray is shiny and new. But since the 360 uses DVD's still, MicroSoft doesn't have an excuse. At least Nintendo knows to stick with the $50 mark. Heck, I bet if the 360 lowered its game costs to match the Wii's they'd do better (not that they're doing badly by any means). Still, it is what it is, and I bet someone out there can explain why this happened to me a lot better than my possibly nonsensical windbaggery.
Once again, I've talked more about other random things than what I was intending this post for so, yeah, lets get to why I actually started writing this post. What, was I talking about again? Oh yeah, Bunny Tennis.
Street Fighter IV comes out soon on the PC. This means that I have even less of a reason to sink money into a 360 or a PS3. The best part about it is that it's coming out at $20 less than the current new prices of the game on the PS3 and 360 respectively. I wonder why that is. What's even stranger is that upon the PC's release (end of June if memory serves), they're going to offer a special bundle that includes the limited MadKatz FightPad (which is by far the greatest fighting game pad I've ever used) which is normally $40 alone (which is coincidentally the cost of IV on the PC) and the game for the same cost as the game new for the PS3 and 360.
Now I wish I didn't spend that whole day electronics store hopping to find what probably was the only 360 FightPad in all of New Jersey (well, to be fair, at least Central Jersey). Still, I have my FightPad and it has nice artwork of everyone's favorite competitive-but-not-really-and-I-think-overrated character.
*sighs and shrugs*
Enough of that for now.