My name is Nick. I'm a gamer-holic.
Or at least I was.
Of late, I've almost stopped buying games for Xbox & Playstation in favour of gaming on my iPad. Aside from the mobile aspects, the pricing of iPad gaming is incredible, and (IMHO) blows the console market out of the water from a value perspective.
Here in Australia, new games are coming out for the above consoles, at approximately $110 RRP. Our exchange rate here has gone past parity with AU$1 worth over US$1. So at the very least, we're paying $110 US DOLLARS for games, while in the US, they are paying $40 to $50.
With the digital-age well and truly upon us, and the ability to download FULL games in place, you'd have thought that the cost of retail games ONLINE would be less than the physical product because there are no-distribution costs for physical packages, no cases, no covers, no manuals, no discs, nothing. Yet a quick look at the latest games on LIVE will show that prices are in fact the same as the street RRP, and in some cases, MORE!