Australian game prices lower in 2012 than any year on record

Australian Money

By on February 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm

NPD Group Australia reports that game prices in Australia are now lower than they were when recording of data began in 2000.

Additionally, MCV Pacific is reporting that Australian game prices dropped by 15% on average in 2012, the biggest drop on record since 13% in 2004.

NPD Analyst Andrew Milgate claims that “There are a few things that have contributed to the lower average prices this year,” citing the falling cost of console hardware and “strong sales of Skylanders & Skylanders Giants figures”.

Source: MCV via VG247

18 comments (Leave your own)
Lord_PorkSword

cough cough…Don’t fogret the fact that a lot of folk are importing these days therefore local stores are probably lowering prices to try an attract these customers back….

 

Free market and global exchange rate *zero* issue. It’s all about console hardware and Skylanders.

In other news, who the hell do I punch in the face?

 

Wyld:
Free market and global exchange rate *zero* issue. It’s all about console hardware and Skylanders.

In other news, who the hell do I punch in the face?

When you find out, lemme know, I have a baseball bat with that person’s name on it.

 

I’ve been somewhat happier with EB prices in the last year with some console titles going on sale sooner or coming out 20 to 30 bucks cheaper. I like that they price PC games lower because they have no resale value, but if the future of games retail is no resale for anything, then I expect that to mean prices will go up even further.

But despite EB, the biggest receiver of my games money continues to be Steam, Origin and CJS Keys (liking Origin more and more, just wish they’d step up their platform development as Steam is still way sexier… and they could both borrow some ideas from uPlay!).

In the coming year, as the wallet gets thinner and thinner as my son grows up, it’ll more and more be CJS keys.

 

Murray Hibble,

Uh, hate to be rude, but I’m questioning your sanity. For starters, A PC game is 10 cheaper than console to pre-order, that’s about it. Barely a bargain.
Secondarily, Origin is getting better, but is still a 100% CPU hog that over charges and forces us to pay Australia Tax.
Finally, Please, let us never remember that horrible Uplay DRM. Forced to run in the background, numerous crashes, little to no additional function (the overlay is just a friends thing! Thats it!) and charges even more than Steam does for a DLC (looking at you Anno 2070)

On topic, Skylanders really shouldn’t be a cause of prices dropping… I don’t even see how they made a mark. of course there are “reductions in console hardware prices”, they’re getting to the end of the cycle and getting too outdated. Forcing a game to use letterbox (*cough* BF3) is how you know your consoles are getting old.

Wyld,
How the exchange rate or even F2P games wasn’t mentioned is just insane. I mean really. I’ll join the gang to smack some sense into these guys.

 

Well, I went in the other day and PC new release titles were $10 to $20 cheaper than their xbox versions.

Origin is a CPU hog is it? Haven’t noticed and because it impedes nothing that I do with my computer so that’s not something I really care about!

Agree with the Australia tax, but my most recent purchase was Dead Space 2 for $20 (compared to Origin’s mates-rates on Steam for $80). Before that it was BF3 (retail) and ME3 (paid full price). I have a bunch of others too, but at the end of the day it was my decision to buy them, so what can I complain about?

UPlay is awesome in that I can use a limited number of my achievements to unlock items, levels, missions or crappy screenshots… this alone is miles beyond what I can do with my 8000 or so other achievements across Steam/XBL/PS3. I haven’t had any issues with their DRM either, I never seem to fall foul of things like this and GFWL that millions of others state that they do. I wonder if perhaps I’ve had issues but have just looked at them and gone “oh, right, better fix that”. I’m a fairly reasonable guy like that.

And not offended at all, dear chap, I’m just looking at these things slightly differently to you.

 

Murray Hibble,

You like EB’s prices of $110 for new console games?

 

Murray Hibble:
Well, I went in the other day and PC new release titles were $10 to $20 cheaper than their xbox versions.

Origin is a CPU hog is it? Haven’t noticed and because it impedes nothing that I do with my computer so that’s not something I really care about!

Agree with the Australia tax, but my most recent purchase was Dead Space 2 for $20 (compared to Origin’s mates-rates on Steam for $80). Before that it was BF3 (retail) and ME3 (paid full price). I have a bunch of others too, but at the end of the day it was my decision to buy them, so what can I complain about?

UPlay is awesome in that I can use a limited number of my achievements to unlock items, levels, missions or crappy screenshots… this alone is miles beyond what I can do with my 8000 or so other achievements across Steam/XBL/PS3. I haven’t had any issues with their DRM either, I never seem to fall foul of things like this and GFWL that millions of others state that they do. I wonder if perhaps I’ve had issues but have just looked at them and gone “oh, right, better fix that”. I’m a fairly reasonable guy like that.

And not offended at all, dear chap, I’m just looking at these things slightly differently to you.

I’m glad to have you on my varying friends lists even though we’ve never had a game together. It’s an attitude like yours which more gamers need to have.

In all honesty I’ve had a few niggly issues with GFWL… though less than Steam, and you know what, it took me all of 30 seconds to fix it. LIFE IS SOOO TOUGH! :P

 

shlaimon,

If you’re paying full price, either by not knowing your local staff, or by not price matching, you’re doing it wrong.

 

kipjib:
shlaimon,

If you’re paying full price, either by not knowing your local staff, or by not price matching, you’re doing it wrong.

You’re doing it wrong from the start by walking into an EB store. At least go to JB Hifi or something if you want to buy from brick and mortar. The fact that you have to price match means they are still trying to rip off rubes, and even though they may be rubes, it’s still a shitty business model and enough for me not to want to give them my business.

 

They still sell games in stores o.O

Well fark me, I think I’ll just laugh at this. I don’t think I’ve read anything trying to create more spin or have content that’s such total bollocks before.

It’s like the media are having a bout of the Emperor’s New Clothes syndrome. Seriously they need to stop bending over and taking it from whoever’s giving it…

 

novocaine,

Every few months this subject and argument comes through the site and forums. An inevitably every few months, me or someone else who has had experience in brick and mortar games retail steps in to remind you that EB, JB, HN, DS all pay between $85 – $95 for a AAA title incl. GST. Gaming is a loss leader for most retailers, with money made up in other areas such as brown goods sales, warranties, accessories and/or used game sales.

Also, although not strictly gaming. Video of Adobe’s CEO dodging questions about Australian pricing for Creative Suite.

 

the reason the prices have gone down is because of CJS-CDKEYS

 

hawker45,

Yeah but then they make money by flipping the used games they buy back from the guy that bought the game at their shop for $5 and resell it for $40. So yeah, they do make money from new releases, otherwise they would drop new releases and focus on used games entirely.

 

RSOblivion:
They still sell games in stores o.O

This. Why would anyone even entertain the idea of buying brick and mortar these days…? Doing so feeds the problem by letting these price gouging retailers stay in business in the first place.

I Pick up all my AAA pre-orders for anywhere from $29-$35~ by looking around online. 2K recently screwed GmG for us? No problem, Bioshock Infinite is $37.99 from Ozgameshop’s digital store (minus a voucher I had – $32.99)

Talking purely about console games that have no digital online counterpart? Again Imports via Ozgameshop/CDWOW/PlayAsia/Zavvi/Mighty Ape…

Why the hell anyone would willingly herp da derp down to their local rip off merchants and help fund EB Game’s CEO’s third yacht by handing over the Australia tax is truly beyond me.

I also facepalmed hard at that link Hawker45, no one wants to acknowledge this is even a problem.

 

stoibs: This. Why would anyone even entertain the idea of buying brick and mortar these days…? Doing so feeds the problem by letting these price gouging retailers stay in business in the first place.

I Pick up all my AAA pre-orders for anywhere from $29-$35~by looking around online. 2K recently screwed GmG for us? No problem, Bioshock Infinite is $37.99 from Ozgameshop’s digital store (minus a voucher I had – $32.99)

Talking purely about console games that have no digital online counterpart? Again Imports via Ozgameshop/CDWOW/PlayAsia/Zavvi/Mighty Ape…

Why the hell anyone would willingly herp da derp down to their local rip off merchants and help fund EB Game’s CEO’s third yacht by handing over the Australia tax is truly beyond me.

I also facepalmed hard at that link Hawker45, no one wants to acknowledge this is even a problem.

No, what you do is you wait for a sale. Only by from them when one is on. That will send the message much better than not buying from them at all.

 

jagji: No, what you do is you wait for a sale. Only by from them when one is on. That will send the message much better than not buying from them at all.

Why would I give them my money at all??
Their ‘sales’ typically end up being more then what I can pay on GmG/GetGames/Gamersgate/Amazon Digital/Ozgameshop/Gamelane/Cjs Keys etc. anyway – just like Steam’s “sales”.

Rather pay less elsewhere then what these rip-off merhcants are offering me during what they call a ‘sale’ anyway and be playing months ahead to boot.

 

Where the hell did they get this from. I’ve seen no price drops that are even worth mentioning. I still see my self importing and will not stop till I can buy a game at the same price here, Which will be never.

 
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