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Game prices are relatively cheap in the modern day. I know forking over $60 doesn’t sound very cheap, but considering the prices haven’t adjusted much for inflation since the 90s, I’d say it isn’t all that bad. That and the fact that our current gaming market includes stores like GameStop selling used games at a fraction of the price and online services with insane deals on games like Steam and the online console stores shows how easy it is to be a gamer in the modern day.

It was never this easy nor this cheap to get into the medium in the past. Back in the 90s, game cartridges sold for $50-$60, the value of which has almost doubled in the modern day. Even games that cost $60 ten years ago would cost nearly an extra $10 now as it is. So, as a result, since games still cost the same amount, we’re actually paying less due to inflation. This makes the medium much more affordable, which is something that gamers everywhere would probably want to keep this way.

Despite being so consumer friendly, this inflation mixed with increasing costs in staffing and creating modern video games is harming the producers in the industry. Now, I know that most consumers won’t care but the relationship between the two should be symbiotic for the system to work. By that, I mean producers make quality content for the consumers and said consumers pay them what they deserve for that content.

Since the scale started weighing in the favor of consumers, producers started fighting back with their own methods of keeping it balanced, which many gamers are not fans of at all. Concepts like DLC, micro-transactions, and season passes all exist for game developers to earn extra money on their product. Some of these started off benign enough. Extra content would be added to a game if gamers wanted it and it would have no real impact on gameplay, story, and so on to make the experience fair and enjoyable for all parties involved.

However, these business practices have devolved to the point of taking content from a game that should be there and locking it behind a paywall, creating incredibly unfair pay-to-win situations. A somewhat recent example is the 2015 Star Wars: Battlefront which had very lackluster content at launch and had a $50 season pass, totaling the price up to $110 for the full game. By “full” I mean all the content that was originally supposed to be in the game was there. However, this was done by taking bits and pieces out and selling them back as DLC. While anti-consumer, it brings the price close to what a full, 90s equivalent version of the game would have cost. While it would have been a very different game back then, with an entirely different development process and quality, I’m saying this assuming both would have top-of-the-line visuals for their time like the 2015 version did.

So now that producers have swung the scale way in their favor, I think the best solution is a healthy compromise. Game developers should stop these business practices since they hamper the enjoyment, balance, and quality of the products they deliver. However, I also think gamers should be expected to pay slightly more for their products for developers to safely make their money back on the increasingly expensive venture of game development. I don’t know exactly how much more would be a healthy compromise since I’m not an economist, however I think game prices should at least increase somewhat. A lot of people won’t like this idea, but I think it’s a step in the right direction for fixing the divide between producer and consumer in the gaming industry.

What do you think? Post your input down below.

I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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There are strong indications that Persona 3 Reload The Answer DLC may be on the horizon

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Speculations about the inclusion of The Answer in the latest Persona 3 Reload have been circulating for some time now and seem to be gaining credibility. After being played for some time, new evidence suggests that more SEES action is on the horizon. Caution: Spoilers ahead for Persona 3 Reload!

Completing the game on merciless difficulty will result in Elizabeth from The Velvet Room giving you a cryptic clue, hinting that The Answer is approaching. According to PC Gamer, YouTuber Faz used a cheat engine to reach that stage and record the conversation. Elizabeth delivers players a mysterious message: “At the end of a great trial, the answer illuminates my path.”

The Answer occurs after the events of Persona 3, focusing on the cyborg warrior Aigis in the weeks following the game’s climax and offering around 30 hours of content. Persona 3 Reload feels unfinished until its latest update, which follows the trend of Atlus finding ways to release enhanced versions of their games, like Persona 4 Golden or Persona 5 Royal. Speculations were circulating about The Answer being in development, which aligns with the findings of dataminers. However, an official confirmation is still pending.

Is it possible that we will uncover the answer in Persona 3 Reload? Are you eagerly anticipating it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Remedy reclaims ownership of Control IP from Publisher 505 Games

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Remedy Entertainment has recently revealed that they now have complete ownership of the Control IP, which was previously shared with 505 Games. Remedy allegedly spent 17 million euros for the opportunity; nevertheless, 505 Games will continue as the publisher until 2024 during the transition.

In a recent press release, CEO Tero Virtala mentioned that the company will thoroughly evaluate its options, acknowledging the widespread appeal of the Control franchise among various partners. Furthermore, Virtala shared a quick update on the other ongoing projects now that Alan Wake 2 has been released. “Condor and Control 2 have made significant progress recently, and we anticipate these projects to advance to the next stages of development by the first half of 2024.”

Condor is the codename for Remedy’s multiplayer game set in the Control universe. Control 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the first game, was announced in late 2022 following the developer’s new publishing agreement with 505 Games. The Finnish game studio managed to create a brand-new path for the future at some point in their journey, perhaps as a result of recent successes.

How do you feel about Remedy gaining control of the Control IP from 505 Games? Are you looking forward to what the future holds for the series? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Neil Druckmann, the head of Naughty Dog, is not planning to create games indefinitely

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Neil Druckmann, the president of Naughty Dog, believes he may not continue creating video games indefinitely, especially not on the grand scale we’re accustomed to from the renowned creative. He is widely recognized for his contributions to Uncharted and The Last of Us. His positive experience adapting the latter for HBO, combined with a shift in priorities towards family, led him to consider making a significant change.

Druckmann’s reflections were captured in an interview with rapper Logic on his YouTube show, Logically Thinking (thanks to VGC), where he mused, “I guess that I don’t see myself doing this forever at this scale.”. Talking about the importance of spending quality time with one’s children, the subject resonated with the Naughty Dog boss, leading to a thoughtful conversation:

“You mentioned entering a new phase in life where your kids are the top priority, and I can relate because my kids are also my main focus… I understand the value of time and prioritize spending it wisely, especially when others want to share it with me. I’m currently at a stage in my life where I’m contemplating my ultimate goal. When is the right moment to decide to end it?

Druckmann is likely referring to stepping away from AAA game development and studio management to avoid the overwhelming anxiety that comes with those responsibilities, as he mentioned that it can be draining. Managing a large number of people and multiple studios worldwide can be quite overwhelming.

However, he would still need a place to channel all that creativity, and he might not be the only one to fall for Hollywood’s allure: “I can envision myself moving towards something that’s more laid-back and less stressful but still allows me to express my creativity. However, I’ve begun contemplating the number of similar games I have left in me, and it’s not a large quantity.

How many additional projects do you anticipate Neil Druckmann leading? Regardless of the quantity, his impact is expected to endure far into the future as we all eventually depart this world. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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