Go on Amazon right now. Try to find me one game that is currently selling for $59.99. Skyrim, MW3, BF3, Uncharted 3… I can’t find one game that costs more than $49. A lot of them are $30 something too, or even less. I think this is interesting, because I’ve believed that $60 has been too expensive for a while now. Also announced today was the pricing for PSVita software. The MSRP for the games varies, from $9-$49. For example, the new Uncharted game for Vita has a list price of $49.99 on amazon right now, while WipEout 2048 is at $29.99. I’m not sure how correct amazon’s prices are, but it hopefully sets a precedent for the next generation of consoles. I will gladly pay $60 for the next Uncharted game, but if other games (like Need of Speed, or other not as blockbuster games) retail for $39, or even $29, I would be way more likely to buy them, as I’m sure other people would be too. As a whole though, I think games need to be shorter and cheaper. The average game should cost $29.99 and be 6-8 hours, with no multiplayer. Maybe make it $39.99 for a 6-8 hour game with multiplayer, and there should only be a few full budget $60 titles each year, which would be the big exclusives. Multiplat games like Skyrim, CoD, BF, and Assassin’s Creed should be $50.
Anyway, food for thought.