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I keep hearing folks complain about how the gaming industry is milking us all like cows, clawing every last hard earned penny they can from us. DLC is almost profanity in this brave new world, as we whine about how we used to be able to buy a game and get the game rather than buying a disk and then downloading (and paying extra for) half the content.
Before we get too hard on the folks trying to make a living making the games we love to play though, how about we take a look at what we're really paying and how those prices have changed over the years.
Back when I was a lad, and Atari ruled the gaming world with old faves like Missile Command, Asteroids, and Pac Man, the game system cost close to $200, or 1-2 weeks' pay for a working adult. For the price of 20 of those decks, you could have purchased a new car. The games for the old Atari ran about $20 each, or roughly a days' pay. Just for reference, 35 cents would buy you a gallon of gas, and $15k would buy you a small family home in a major city (after you paid off your 20 year mortgage).
Now, fast forward around 40 years, and we're griping that a game costs $85 or so after we've paid for all the DLC that didn't come with the $55 sticker price. Let's think about this for a moment. How outrageous is it to charge $85 for a video game? Is it reasonable to expect a game to cost $55? Considering that a student working part-time at McDonalds is making close to $100/day and gas has gone up tenfold (expenses that the manufacturers of games are facing, having to pay salaries considerably higher than minimum wage for their artists, designers, etc), I think it's pretty silly to make the manufacturers grovel for less profit on their product than they got when a game character could easily be represented by a couple of dozen black dots on a white screen.
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Lamplighter1968
Stanley A. Westhaver
Canada
Current Residence: Langara Point Lighthouse
Favourite genre of music: Country and oldies
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I keep hearing folks complain about how the gaming industry is milking us all like cows, clawing every last hard earned penny they can from us. DLC is almost profanity in this brave new world, as we whine about how we used to be able to buy a game and get the game rather than buying a disk and then downloading (and paying extra for) half the content.
Before we get too hard on the folks trying to make a living making the games we love to play though, how about we take a look at what we're really paying and how those prices have changed over the years.
Back when I was a lad, and Atari ruled the gaming world with old faves like Missile Command, Asteroids, and Pac Man, the game system cost close to $200, or 1-2 weeks' pay for a working adult. For the price of 20 of those decks, you could have purchased a new car. The games for the old Atari ran about $20 each, or roughly a days' pay. Just for reference, 35 cents would buy you a gallon of gas, and $15k would buy you a small family home in a major city (after you paid off your 20 year mortgage).
Now, fast forward around 40 years, and we're griping that a game costs $85 or so after we've paid for all the DLC that didn't come with the $55 sticker price. Let's think about this for a moment. How outrageous is it to charge $85 for a video game? Is it reasonable to expect a game to cost $55? Considering that a student working part-time at McDonalds is making close to $100/day and gas has gone up tenfold (expenses that the manufacturers of games are facing, having to pay salaries considerably higher than minimum wage for their artists, designers, etc), I think it's pretty silly to make the manufacturers grovel for less profit on their product than they got when a game character could easily be represented by a couple of dozen black dots on a white screen.

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:iconjuicername:
Juicername Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! Thanks for trying to talk sense in some people on my ''Irongirl Render''. Seems like it doesn't help though, haha. Have a nice day!
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:iconlamplighter1968:
Lamplighter1968 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
My Dad had a saying for people who simply won't listen. "You can't tell a Heinz Pickle nothin'!"
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SaiyanWarrior002 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
morrygan is new slave yura of the hair by archangemon
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Psycho-blue Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Hey man!  Just wondering if you had a chance to check out my succubus story "Rising Sun" that's being put up on DA right now. 
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:iconlamplighter1968:
Lamplighter1968 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Crazy busy lately, wrapping up the summer, but thanks for the heads-up!
Once the winter weather sets in and puts us under house arrest, I'll have time to catch up on my reading. Maybe even some writing too!
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TDA-3d Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the fav dude! :D
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ManbeastMan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the favorite!
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Lamplighter1968 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
My pleasure!
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JacobAndrew5 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Thank You for the Favourites more coming soon :D
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Lamplighter1968 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
My pleasure! Sprites from the original SFII were my first "fanarts" before the days of the internet. <pause> and photographing the screen with a close-up lens and a 35mm film camera made many a poster in my house before I discovered real artists and became a serious collector. I even had artist renditions made of some of my fave sprite poses, like Chun's low medium kick and her throw.
Keep up the great work, please! The stroll down memory lane is awesome!
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