By Tim Colwill on September 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm
It’s been a bad time for Australians trying to buy digital games this year, with two major price rises in the last few weeks — $40 for Civilization: Beyond Earth, and $22 for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor — and Watch Dogs for $15 earlier in May. And as we head towards the glorious Holiday Season, when all the big names finally come out to play, it’s probably going to happen at least one more time.
Each time this happens, the cycle is the same: A member of the public spots the change (it’s never, ever announced ahead of time by the publisher), we report on it, everybody is outraged, the publisher refuses to comment, we look into other ways to buy the game without getting ripped off, and then we move on. And each time I just get more and more frustrated, because nothing about these continual scenarios makes even a bit of sense.
Let’s nut this out, because honestly, it just doesn’t work.