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Would you pay $9.99 for an iPhone Game?

08-10-2009, 01:06 PM
#1
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Would you pay $9.99 for an iPhone Game?

With the average price of iPhone games around the $2 mark, what does a game need to have to justify a $9.99 price tag?

Is there a place for $9.99 games on the iPhone?

Or is iPhone gaming going to be in the .99 to 4.99 range.
08-10-2009, 01:08 PM
#2
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 191
No.

Make this into a poll.

08-10-2009, 01:12 PM
#3
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 4,568
Yes, have done it several times when big name games first get released.
08-10-2009, 01:13 PM
#4
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Originally Posted by Twazzock View Post
No.

Make this into a poll.
Well thought out
08-10-2009, 01:13 PM
#5
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I would and I have. Assasin's Creed started at ten. Doom Resurrection, ten. Rolando 1 and 2... Started at ten. Most of the time, the bigger, more high quality games are ten. (Now there are exceptions, like Gomi and a few others that still have depth and are under 5 bucks.) But yes.
08-10-2009, 01:15 PM
#6
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Yep...Real racing, rolando, Doom res, all bought at ten dollars and all in my opinion are worth the money. Shoot I've probably beaten doom on nightmare difficulty like 12 times.

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08-10-2009, 01:17 PM
#7
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yea, I have like 3 or 4 $9.99 apps
08-10-2009, 01:19 PM
#8
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I'd have a hard time paying $10 for an iPhone game for several reasons:

1) There are a lot of good games for less.
2) It seems that a lot of expensive games 'Peggle' and can be gotten cheaper if you pay attention.
3) I really do wonder about the lifespan of this platform. My Atari2600 still works after 30+ years, will my iPod Touch games be playable in 30 years?
4) The control that Apple(and to some extent, developers) has over the games still scares me a bit - for a long time I had a title that kept showing me updates available in iTunes, but since the item had left the US store I couldn't get them (nor could I redownload the app if I lost it's file) and nothing prevents a developer from making the game you paid for free with adds, which you either have to put up with or keep an old copy on hand, not update it and put up with iTunes telling you to update...

That being said, the most expensive game I've purchased is The Quest at $5.99, because I really enjoy that sort of game. I've purchased a few titles at $4.99 (iSyn and SIIE) everything else I've paid a dollar or two for.

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08-10-2009, 01:23 PM
#9
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only bought 4 things at $9.99: 2 x-planes, nfsu, and 3.0
08-10-2009, 01:24 PM
#10
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Originally Posted by drelbs View Post
3) I really do wonder about the lifespan of this platform. My Atari2600 still works after 30+ years, will my iPod Touch games be playable in 30 years?
I don't see why future smartphones would remove any current features, any iDevice Apple makes in future would likely be the same thing with everything upgraded and new stuff thrown on top... and I'm pretty sure they won't just stop making phones altogether Sure, in 10 years time all this stuff could look outdated and retro, but whichever device they have at the time would likely at least be able to run it as an emulator with relative ease.