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LOL... oh dear.

Postby Rath Darkblade » Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:02 am

So apparently the "only" game store in my town, EB Games (known in the US as Electronic Boutique, I believe?), have decided that they can make some money off the new Dragon Age game. How much money? Well... ;)

An "ordinary" copy for PC will set you back about $90. However, a "deluxe" copy (only for XBox) will fetch an extra $10, so you'll be spending $100. If you have money to burn, you can splash out for the "Inquisitor's Edition" (only for PS4) and get a whole bunch of extras, and your wallet will be lighter to the tune of $230.

What will you be getting for all that dough? Apparently you'll get a throne made out of an "ancient dragon skull", bonus digital content (which is to be announced), maps and cards and badges and coins (?), a journal, a quill and inkpot (for all you budding calligraphers, I presume?), and a steel box. Why a steel box? "To house your game", the advertisement proudly proclaims.

Wow. :shock: Is there anyone who will actually get that??? :P Don't get me wrong, I still like the game - but I'm not about to spend hundreds of dollars for it. ;)

Anyway, I just thought you might get a good laugh out of this. In my not-so-humble, it's either for people who like the game waaaaay too much, or for people with too much money and not enough sense. :P What do you think, eh? ;)
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Postby Tawmis » Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:35 am

Rest assured, plenty of people will get it.

I have seen folks spend that much on all those WoW, Diablo, etc "Deluxe" editions. I dumped quite a bit on a few of the Gears of War deluxe editions, myself. (Not $230, but a higher price than the norm).
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Postby Rudy » Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:54 am

Smart move... if you're a couple hundred miles away from the next town and don't have postal service :)
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Postby Expack3 » Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:42 pm

Is $90 the average price for a PC game in the UK? I would've said something to the effect of "What the heck? That's as much as a brand-new Nintendo 64 cartridge in 1996!"...until I recognized the UK name of Electronics Boutique (yes, you are correct, Rath).
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Postby adeyke » Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:57 am

Rath lives in Australia. And yes, games are ridiculously overpriced there.
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Postby Rath Darkblade » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:00 am

Expack3 wrote:Is $90 the average price for a PC game in the UK? I would've said something to the effect of "What the heck? That's as much as a brand-new Nintendo 64 cartridge in 1996!"...until I recognized the UK name of Electronics Boutique (yes, you are correct, Rath).


adeyke wrote:Rath lives in Australia. And yes, games are ridiculously overpriced there.


Yep! I do live in Australia, and yes - games are ridiculously overpriced here. $90 is about average for a new release - and, to make things worse, game prices do not fall for at least 2 years (or even 3 years, if the game is very successful or popular, like Skyrim or Dragon Age).

Having said that, I'd just found a good second-hand shop that would offer games for less than that... it even makes it possible to pre-order DA:III for $60. Does that sound more reasonable? *crosses fingers*
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Postby Expack3 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:23 am

Rath Darkblade wrote:
adeyke wrote:Rath lives in Australia. And yes, games are ridiculously overpriced there.


Yep! I do live in Australia, and yes - games are ridiculously overpriced here. $90 is about average for a new release - and, to make things worse, game prices do not fall for at least 2 years (or even 3 years, if the game is very successful or popular, like Skyrim or Dragon Age).

Having said that, I'd just found a good second-hand shop that would offer games for less than that... it even makes it possible to pre-order DA:III for $60. Does that sound more reasonable? *crosses fingers*
$60 is far more reasonable than the typical Australian price - in fact, it's the average retail and digital price for AAA video games in the US. It isn't a steal by US standards, but it sure beats having to pay international shipping costs just for a reasonably-priced US copy. In fact, depending on whether you're willing to eat the cost of international shipping, buying stuff you can't get from that second-hand shop you mentioned - which was a brilliant find, by the way! - from a US store like Amazon.com (not Amazon.com.au) might be a good idea as the US and Australian dollars are mostly equivalent right now (1 AUD is currently equivalent to about 0.96 USD).
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Postby Rath Darkblade » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:01 am

OK - for anyone who lives in Australia (or fairly near), Dungeon Crawl is the shop I have in mind. :)

They've closed their shop front because rising rent meant that it was impossible for them to keep their shop open. :( That said, they'll still allow you to buy your game online, which they will then package and send to you. :)

Not sure if they do international shipments - but my guess is that they do. So this is brilliant for anyone who lives in Australia or around Oceania. Much better than having to buy on Amazon/eBay and then wait weeks for shipments. :)

What do you all think? :)
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