Video games are exactly like movies, except for the fact that you are controlling the lead role and other characters in some games. Movies generally cost around thirty to fourty dollars a pop whereas new video game releases have a price tag of sixty dollars. In essence you are paying twenty to thirty dollars extra just so you can control the action. Really video game industry? Really?
You also have the problem of not knowing if you’re going to really like a video game or not before you buy it. Sure you can play demos at gaming expos, but for those of us not priviledged enough to go to these expensive gaming expos we’re just S.O.L. then aren’t we? Movies on the other hand come out in movie theaters where we can watch them for 10 bucks or less and decide if we want to buy the movie or not when it comes out. No such option is available for the people who don’t get a chance to preview these games. There is a solution though: Let’s Play.
There are numerous youtubers who upload videos of themselves playing through old video games almost every day. While this is considered copyright infringement, it’s literally a gold mine for the gaming industry. Think, if you could hire these let’s players to do an hour or so demo of your game and charge a fraction of the cost of the actual game for gamers to watch it, then this solves what I think to be a major problem in the industry. The consumer would be able to judge a video game before they purchase it and only waste maybe eight or ten dollars rather than sixty dollars on a game they don’t like that will only fetch less than half of that at GameStop.
What do you think readers? Should the gaming industry look into Let’s Plays? Is the pricing for video games unfair?
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