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PostSubject: Australian Games in General   Mon 22 Apr 2013, 10:35 am

http://au.gamespot.com/features/why-australian-game-prices-will-not-drop-6401518/

I'm just, stunned.

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Mon 22 Apr 2013, 11:58 am

Damn, Aussie.

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Mon 22 Apr 2013, 12:56 pm

Fucking hell.

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:07 pm

*Hides uTorrent.*
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Mon 22 Apr 2013, 6:52 pm

This is why rule 58 was created.

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Mon 22 Apr 2013, 8:23 pm

I'd be concerned with finding out what precisely makes Australian publishers at such a disadvantage. It lists a high initial cost of producing a physical copy of a game, but how much of that is really transportation, I wonder? Is it a product of Australia being spread out as it is (in which case I understand; food is expensive here for similar reasons), or they're paying more for inputs, or because production is inefficient?

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Tue 23 Apr 2013, 2:10 am

Producing discs is actually immensely cheap. Like, less than a dollar cheap.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Tue 23 Apr 2013, 3:15 am

BUUUUUUULLLLLSHIIIIIIIIIITTTTT.

The main reason would obviously be places like Kmart and target, but thankfully only the kids shop for games there. I would be at a loss as to what to do if my local Gametraders shut down. The game stores always have better customer service, and friendlier employees. And you get to trade games in.

Half of the games I buy are second hand, which is something Target or KMart would never allow. But, don't listen to my rant any further.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Tue 23 Apr 2013, 5:31 am

The article listed a vast multitude of causes for these trends, not just wholesale retailers.

Just something interesting to share: To buy the professional version of Photoshop online in the US costs $600. From the same website, but accessed from Australia, it costs $1200. This is something which is entirely digital, no physical delivery involved.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Tue 23 Apr 2013, 7:08 am

Exactly. If they decided to, digital delivery could price-drop even just a little and completely smoke out physical distribution. According to the article, the cause would be "cahoots" aka "good relations with the physical retailers." IMO, they're waiting for the physical price to drop before they drop the digital prices, because they can get away with it.

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Producing discs is actually immensely cheap. Like, less than a dollar cheap.

Yes, but then there's getting them where they need to go. Evidently the transport costs are bonkers, but that's hardly the other $19.50 of the listed cost of the CD. How much of that is the case, the manual, distributed cost of the art and production of the game, marketing, etc. Because the per-CD fractions all of that have to be accounted for in the price assigned to each individual CD, in order to determine the final wholesale price of the game.

What I'm trying to say is, are they really being shafted by transport, or is there some other obnoxiously high cost that gives them grief?

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Tue 23 Apr 2013, 1:32 pm

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Half of the games I buy are second hand, which is something Target or KMart would never allow. But, don't listen to my rant any further.

If you're buying a game second hand you're honestly better off straight up pirating it- The game developers get the same money either way, and 'game traders' and the like are actively hurting the producers, and thus helping to lower the quality and variety of games created.

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Sun 28 Apr 2013, 11:35 am

Not sure if any of you heard about this, but I only just found out myself.

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2009/11/whats-cut-from-aussie-left-4-dead-2-and-how-to-uncut-it/

And yet, EA got all three Dead Space games here on the MA+ rating, where dismemberment is a key gameplay mechanic. Oh well.

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Games in General   Thu 09 May 2013, 6:39 am

I'm honeslty not bothered about censoring the really gory parts. I'm not that kind of gamer.

Although I would like to note that Fallout 3 and New Vegas are a bit ton violent. Like, exploding heads and some very gruesome objects just lying scattered around at places. But... no censorship...

Indeed.
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