Who's not getting Modern Warfare 2?


AKA Ass-Bandit
You may be looking at the title and thinking, "Who in their right mind won't buy it?"

Well, me for one. Not because of game quality, or anything like that. It's because of a possible Activision plan to jack up the price in the UK to "test consumers".

Recently, Activision announced that they were going to charge £54.99 (roughly $90) for the standard edition of Modern Combat 2, claiming that high development costs and a weak British currency were responsible. This pushed me away from buying on the initial release. However, industry analyst Michael Pachter (so take it with a grain of salt) says that the price increase is likely to see how far they can push consumers.

"The price increase is a business decision," he said, noting that the British pound is worth more now than it was when Call of Duty: World at War was released in November of last year. "Activision knows it has a 'hot' game, knows that the market will pay an additional 10 per cent, and has decided to increase price accordingly."

"My guess is that this is a one-time test for Activision, and that they will re-think the strategy after seeing if it angers consumers," he continued. "If there is no consumer backlash, I think we may see higher pricing on other games, regardless of the GBP/USD translation rate."
Now, if this is true, then I'm going to be buying the damn thing used. I can hear you saying, "They're free to do as they please". Sure. But I'd think they'd have a little more sense when the damn CEO states at roughly the same time that unless Sony reduces the price of the PS3, they will have to stop designing games for it.

Rising costs of development? How about this, instead of increasing the price of a game, why not try to lower the cost of development? That way, the companies aren't spending too much and the consumers still get a game at a reasonable price.
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Formerly "Maikeru"
Activision is the new EA, greedy and obsessed with power, they know MW2 will sell like cup cakes and they will try and squeeze every little penny from the costumer.

As for the ps3 >Activision >price drop issue, ironicly the ps3 was activisions the 3rd biggest revenue this 3rdQ, surpassing the Wii and Dsi.

Doubt they will cut its support anytime soon.
Ok so it appears that Activision's CEO its telling the potential costumers to fuck off:

"Activision's Kotick: I'd Raise Game Prices Even More"

Activision's Kotick: I'd Raise Game Prices Even More - News

That does it for me, ill get a copy of MW2 on Mininova and spend my money on Ubisoft, Temco and Naughty daugh this holidays.
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AKA Ass-Bandit
Once again, they're a company and they're free to do what they want. But push too much, and (hopefully) the user base gets pissed. What happens then? They stop buying their product.

However, I'm starting to believe the majority of games consumers don't actually care about the price and will get the product no matter what.


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I still haven't played MW 1, because it hadn't even dropped from $70 here last time I checked.

Even used, it's still ridiculously expensive.


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I'm content to browse the used-game racks for all but a rare few titles. If the price of games goes up to $90, then the game-industry will lose me as a customer altogether, as I'll be picking up only used games from then on.


AKA Ass-Bandit
In a way, this is why I like PC games. They're generally priced lower than console games, and go down in price pretty early. Though, there really is no used PC game market in stores...
I'm not buying it, but thats because with my experience from the Cod series, the Single player gets boring fast, and the multiplayer is VERY camper friendly (Which makes it less fun to play). I doubt MW2 will be any different.
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