Modern Warfare 2 PC Pricier Than Expected

Tom Goldman

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Modern Warfare 2 PC Pricier Than Expected



Just when we think games are all about fun and ... games, something comes along to remind us that they are a business, after all: Modern Warfare 2 for the PC will be priced slightly higher in line with the current console pricing structure.

$59.99 is now the normal price for console games, but those that prefer a computer have thus far have been lucky enough to avoid a similar rise in price on PC titles. While this is perhaps done as some sort of incentive to encourage PC gamers to keep supporting the platform, it may not last for too much longer.

Modern Warfare 2 will buck the trend and be priced at a full $59.99 according to retail outlets like Best Buy and Amazon. It does not appear to be isolated to just one retailer, as is the case with the Wii MotionPlus and other accessories being priced $5 higher at GameStop [http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/696597/GameStop-Customer-Service-Rep-Apologies-For-MotionPlus-Price-GougingSort-Of.html].

Sure, Modern Warfare 2 is predicted to be one of the biggest selling titles of all time, so this isn't necessarily going to spread throughout the rest of the new release section. The desire to profit just a tad more (or 20% more) is an infectious disease that is easily caught, however.

[Source: IGN [http://pc.ign.com/articles/101/1015622p1.html]]



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oliveira8

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So no Prestige special edition for PC gamers and the game costs more for PC to?

People shouldn't give a nickle to these assholes. Sad is that it's going to be one of the best selling games of the year and Activision will keep pulling shit like this.
 

D_987

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I really don't see why PC games are cheaper anyway, considering they get mod tools and more updates than console players...
 

Angron

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id say torrent time, but they will just pull out of PC altogether, they dont care...

pre owned time for everyone it seems!..but then whos gonna buy it new...idiots probably, yay for idiots! and boo for idiots...
 

TheCameraman

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Ah well, it's only Modern Warfare. Wasn't going to buy it anyway, so I'm indifferent.

And I didn't like activision anyway. >_>
 

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Oy vey voy.

The sad part is, only the minority of video game geeks (I.E. us) will care enough to not buy it.

Activision is pissing me off...
 

Baby Tea

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oliveira8 said:
So no Prestige special edition for PC gamers and the game costs more for PC to?
No no, the game doesn't cost more, now it costs the same at it's console counter-parts, whereas before it was cheaper on PC. Some call it money grubbing, but I call it a fair move. Why should the PC version be cheaper if it's the same game?
 

The AI

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I think the word "FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-" just about sums it up. D:<
 

KSarty

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I'll be interested to see how much piracy this game gets hit with. Activision is testing the waters right now for higher prices across the board. If this game sells well, expect to see higher prices on ALL of their upcoming titles.

Baby Tea said:
No no, the game doesn't cost more, now it costs the same at it's console counter-parts, whereas before it was cheaper on PC. Some call it money grubbing, but I call it a fair move. Why should the PC version be cheaper if it's the same game?
Well it has been that way for a couple of years now, so obviously for some reason the PC version is cheaper somewhere along the line. If it really cost them the same amount of money to make the PC version as the console version, then there never would have been a difference in price. Activision just sees a way to increase their profit margin, its as simple as that.
 

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I will laugh if this game turns out to be a complete flop. In fact, I think I'll laugh so much I won't be standing up a few days.

Not that it's going to happen, but at least I can hope.
 

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Baby Tea said:
oliveira8 said:
So no Prestige special edition for PC gamers and the game costs more for PC to?
No no, the game doesn't cost more, now it costs the same at it's console counter-parts, whereas before it was cheaper on PC. Some call it money grubbing, but I call it a fair move. Why should the PC version be cheaper if it's the same game?
Essentially because they don't have to pay any of the revenue to a specific console maker. A large portion of game profit always goes to Sony, or nintendo, or microsoft. But that's not needed for a PC game.

So They will be making more off it than the console version, even if we don't pay more.

But then, this could make PC game prices soar. I honestly hope now that MW2 gets piss poor OC sales.
 

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KSarty said:
I'll be interested to see how much piracy this game gets hit with. Activision is testing the waters right now for higher prices across the board. If this game sells well, expect to see higher prices on ALL of their upcoming titles.
And what's worse? More developers will begin doing the same.

I really do want to see how hard they get hit with piracy though, if only because it will send them a message. But that message will surely be soon forgotten when they see their console numbers.
 

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vivaldiscool said:
Baby Tea said:
Some call it money grubbing, but I call it a fair move. Why should the PC version be cheaper if it's the same game?
Essentially because they don't have to pay any of the revenue to a specific console maker. A large portion of game profit always goes to Sony, or nintendo, or microsoft. But that's not needed for a PC game.

So They will be making more off it than the console version, even if we don't pay more.

But then, this could make PC game prices soar. I honestly hope now that MW2 gets piss poor OC sales.
I still say that makes it fair.
Now the prices are even across the board. The fact that they may get more money from it doesn't deter from the fact that console owners have been paying more for games. Now it's even, which is only fair for everyone.
 

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Why should PC gamers get games for 10 dollars cheaper than their console counterparts? It's not like the content of the game is different on the PC: in fact, the argument can be made that PC games are worth MORE due to modding tools.

Of course, many will use this as an attempt to justify pirating a copy instead of paying the extra ten bones for it. I would say that these people have holes in their heads, as this justifies the spread of DRM.
 

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Tom Goldman said:
Modern Warfare 2 PC Pricier Than Expected



Just when we think games are all about fun and ... games, something comes along to remind us that they are a business, after all: Modern Warfare 2 for the PC will be priced slightly higher in line with the current console pricing structure.

$59.99 is now the normal price for console games, but those that prefer a computer have thus far have been lucky enough to avoid a similar rise in price on PC titles. While this is perhaps done as some sort of incentive to encourage PC gamers to keep supporting the platform, it may not last for too much longer.

Modern Warfare 2 will buck the trend and be priced at a full $59.99 according to retail outlets like Best Buy and Amazon. It does not appear to be isolated to just one retailer, as is the case with the Wii MotionPlus and other accessories being priced $5 higher at GameStop [http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/696597/GameStop-Customer-Service-Rep-Apologies-For-MotionPlus-Price-GougingSort-Of.html].

Sure, Modern Warfare 2 is predicted to be one of the biggest selling titles of all time, so this isn't necessarily going to spread throughout the rest of the new release section. The desire to profit just a tad more (or 20% more) is an infectious disease that is easily caught, however.

[Source: IGN [http://pc.ign.com/articles/101/1015622p1.html]]



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I guess Activision just hates you.
 

KSarty

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scotth266 said:
Why should PC gamers get games for 10 dollars cheaper than their console counterparts? It's not like the content of the game is different on the PC: in fact, the argument can be made that PC games are worth MORE due to modding tools.

Of course, many will use this as an attempt to justify pirating a copy instead of paying the extra ten bones for it. I would say that these people have holes in their heads, as this justifies the spread of DRM.
As explained earlier in this thread, it costs more to release games on consoles rather than PC because part of the profits go to the console manufacturer. PC developers don't have that problem, so the price didn't go up.
 

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Jumplion said:
Oy vey voy.

The sad part is, only the minority of video game geeks (I.E. us) will care enough to not buy it.

Activision is pissing me off...
Activision has been pissing me off since before you were born... *grumbles*

Seriously though, you are right. And I will not buy the game. It's a sequel too, another reason not to buy it...

The only sequels I've ever bought, while having bought the first game, are Jak 2 & 3... And Final Fantasy X-2, but that game was so vastly different from Final Fantasy X; I don't really consider it a sequel.
 

MasterStratus

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Boo-fucking-hoo, now you have to pay the same price as everyone else.
I can tell that piracy for this game is going to skyrocket, because of people who complain about shit like this.
"Oh no, an extra ten dollars!
Now I have to go pirate it, and it's all Activision's fault!"
Man the fuck up.
Honestly.
All they're doing is making the prices even.