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lazy shmupper
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Hi dudes !

I plan to build my own website in a few months (maybe) and part of it will feature some games reviews.
The thing is I would like to include some 'price category' marks (like A,B,C...) in the reviews for the readers to know aproximatively how much x or y game might cost (In $ I guess).

But it came to my mind that I have no idea of what the common prices are outside of my country (France) or at least outside western Europe...

So, how much's a 360/Wii/PS3 or portable game in your corner of the planet ?

PS: dunno if it's ok to ask that, but be sure that I'm not doing an inquiry for some company or anything like that. t'will be my own website and definitely not 'commercial'.

Thank for your help ! ;)
 

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The Hunter
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Here new PS3 and Xbox 360 games are about €60,- to €65,-

PC games are usually €50,- to €55,-

It highly depends where you purchase though, as at Mediamarkt and Saturn it is common to see new PC releases for €44,- and console games for €55,-
Of course anyone with a little patience and a creditcard should simply shop at Play.com, as it sells new PC games for as little as €32,- or €36,-

I think that for a website it simply isn't interesting to have the exact prices, unless you want to make some sort of a pricewatch. In Holland there's a website called budgetgaming (Budgetgaming.nl - De prijsvergelijkingssite voor games! - Budgetgaming.nl) which lists all the games' prices in known webshops. It's very informative as you can look up the game you want and get it rather cheaply.

My advise is to have an evaluation of price / value in each review. It's quite easy to see if a game is worth the full bucket of money, or if it is recommended to wait for the first pricedrop, or if it's a budget bin title. I think these three categories work best, as that's how it usually ends up in shops as well.
 

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lazy shmupper
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I forgot to tell:

France:
- PS3/360: average 60€ (some at 50 or 70) -> 90$
- Wii: average 50€ (some at 40 or 60) -> 75$
- DS: 30€ or 40€ -> 45$ to 60$
- PSP: 30e or 40€ -> 45$ to 60$

*sob*

Thanks Cid, yes that might be interesting that way.
 

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The Hunter
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PC - $50 CDN
XBOX / PS3 $60 CDN - $70 CDN

Man, you europeans get screwed.
The ones without a creditcard, yes. Basically retailers are losing out a lot of money to the hardcore gamers as they are the ones who either import their stuff, or download it due to the ridiculous pricing here. True, we make a lot more money, but in a global economy that should reflect to being able to afford more, not having to pay more for the exact same set of bytes...

I heard Aussies don´t have an easy time either.
 

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Prices are relative. You can't compare prices equally because there's different standards of living from place to place. But that's where importing comes in...
 

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How expensive are games from european publishers and studios for you across the water?
 

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The Hunter
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How expensive are games from european publishers and studios for you across the water?
I think it's cheaper for me to order Killzone 2 across the big pond than if I'd pick it up at the developers in person.

Is there any place where games are even more expensive than Europe ? There must be...some island or sumthin'.
If you consider Australia an island, that'd be my best guess. But otherwise I don't think so, most European countries simply suffer from the following three problems when it comes to gaming:

1. High taxes, we've got high sales tax, 19% in Holland...
2. 1:1 pricing with the Dollar. Yes, it made sense when they had the same value, and in the beginning we perhaps had an advantage, since the Dollar was worth more. Nowadays Dollars are cheaper than toilet paper and yet they still force us to pay 1:1.
3. In addition to #2, because the standard of living of most of us being higher than in the US, there's no motivation to lower the prices.

Exodus said:
Prices are relative. You can't compare prices equally because there's different standards of living from place to place. But that's where importing comes in...
In that case I should be lucky living in Holland, because if I'd live in Hungary I'd never buy a single game anymore, seeing how their prices are the exact same as ours in Holland :S
 

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Ya'ver drink Brazilian bold from fkn dunkn donuts!
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In good ol continent of Australia we get:

PC - from $49.95 - $99.95 depending on the publisher

360 - $79.95 - $119.95 (that is not a typo) again depending on the publisher and retail outlet. Supermarkets such as Big W generally sell their wares for around the $89.95 range for new titles for the first opening days of the game being on sale.

PS3 - $89.95-$119.95

Wii - $69.95 - $99.95

DS - $39.95 - $59.95

PSP - $39.95 - $69.95
 

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Well, I know that they are selling the GoW Collection(PS3) for roughly $250-270 here. That'd be about 65-70 USD. Most PS3 games seem to go for $200(~50 USD) and up, though those that cost that little are normally games that you'd see in the bargain bin in the States by now. Highest I'vee seen games go is $500(130 USD). I'd go to a retailer and check the current prices, but I don't have any close by.
 

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Ya'ver drink Brazilian bold from fkn dunkn donuts!
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^I hope that is in Australian prices. Lol.
Heh, it is in Australian moneys.

On the flipside there are a few growing online retailers who are capitalizing on the poor prices and are offering better deals for new games.

For example cd-wow.com are offering free delivery (takes about 7 days but whatever) and games go for about two thirds to half of the prices I stated earlier. For instance I can (and will) get Left 4 Dead 2 for $52, Modern Warfare 2 for around $84 and most other games in the mid $70 range.


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For the most heavily priced games, if they were to go on sale in the states at Australian prices, with the current exchange rate as of the 25th November, US citizens would be charged US $111.00
 

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In that case I should be lucky living in Holland, because if I'd live in Hungary I'd never buy a single game anymore, seeing how their prices are the exact same as ours in Holland :S
Maybe. But then, what's the average wage? What's average disposable income? Prices will be set at what the market is willing (implying able) to pay.
 
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