Game prices 'back in the day'

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  • boo 29 May 2020 15:13:39 13,588 posts
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    I was looking at my game library fo the Xbox One, and it consists of a grand total of five games. (The Division 1 & 2, Ori and the Blind Forest, Forza Horizon 3 and Rare Replay), and then I compare it with my PS1 / PS2 library, where I've probably got around 80 games for each.

    I think it's partly down to there being fewer games produced today that I was to play, but I also wondered about cost. And I can't remember for the life of me what PS1 and PS2 games used to cost, new.

    Somewhere in the back of my mind I'm thinking that something like Crash Bandicoot, or G-Police would have been about £19.99. Is that right?

    And PS2. Also about twenty quid, or were they nearer thirty?

    Obvs you could wait and pick them up more cheaply, but I'm talking new releases.

    I seem to recall N64 carts being stupid money, but I also remember picking up most Dreamcast games for about a fiver, but I think I picked up the DC as it ws going end of life.
  • Technoishmatt 29 May 2020 15:16:31 4,130 posts
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    Games are cheaper now considering inflation.
  • TheSaint 29 May 2020 15:19:08 19,573 posts
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    I think PS1/PS2 games were generally around 39.99 on release.
  • MrFlay 29 May 2020 15:20:03 4,478 posts
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    Games were more expensive back in the day. Gaming is much more popular now I think. N64 games were Ä80+.
  • uiruki 29 May 2020 15:20:26 5,199 posts
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    Was reading some old PC Zone mags earlier this week, that new fangled CD-ROM software was expensive. 7th Guest was 70 quid!
  • PazJohnMitch 29 May 2020 15:21:14 15,797 posts
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    I have vivid memories of Cool Spot on the Megadrive with a Woolworths £45 sticker on it.
  • Stuz359 29 May 2020 15:24:27 256 posts
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    Game prices have been remarkably steady for the duration from NES/SNES Megadrive games. They would usually cost about £40 new, though I remember Street Fighter 2 turbo on the snes costing £69.99 when released. The costs in those days though were due to the physical manufacture of cartridges. I think there was a fire or something at one of the major manufacturers of memory in Japan in the 80's or early 90's which pushed up the prices. This didn't change during the introduction of disc based consoles but they sold for the same. But generally, game prices have remained pretty steady for the last thirty years (fuck i'm old).
  • mudskipp 29 May 2020 15:28:12 57 posts
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    I think the PS2/PS1 platinum series games were around £20 new? New releases have been about £40 since the playstation era I reckon.

    I remember buying platinum version of FFVIII from WHSmith and being amazed at the value of 4 discs for £20. Despite replaying on emulators every so often I've never made it to that fourth disc.
  • Nexus_6 29 May 2020 15:28:31 4,946 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    I think PS1/PS2 games were generally around 39.99 on release.
    I remember being excited if the new releases were just £39.99 instead of the usual £45 - £50.
    Back in the PS1 days though I would go to the local Comet (where I bought my PS1) and they were up to £60
  • SolidSCB 29 May 2020 15:34:25 12,497 posts
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    I distinctly remember Turok on N64 being around the £70 mark.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 29 May 2020 15:36:07 8,695 posts
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    @boo By and large, game prices have stayed fairly constant in cash terms and they've gotten cheaper over time in real terms.

    New releases for current-gen consoles held fairly static at around the £40 mark through the PS2 and PS3 generations, with the £50 price point only becoming more normal in the PS4 generation (which may well be down to currency - the equivalent US price point has been $60 throughout). N64 games could be as high as £60.

    PC game prices have fallen as well. In the mid-90s, it was common for PC games to sell for £45-50 (typically more expensive than console releases). Clearing out some junk from the parents' place a few years back when they were getting ready to move house, I found a bunch of old game boxes for titles like Gunship 2000 and the original X-Wing that had £50 price stickers on them. Since the uptick in digital sales of PC games, average PC game prices have fallen below console levels.
  • challenge_hanukkah 29 May 2020 15:37:19 12,734 posts
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    I'm pretty sure I paid something stupid like £60 for Mortal Kombat 2 on the Snes at launch.
  • Phattso 29 May 2020 15:39:27 25,302 posts
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    I remember being delighted when a (clearly desperate) SEGA set the Dreamcast prices to £29.99 by default, and £34.99 for some special larger budget releases (like Shenmue).

    That turned out to be the magic line in the sand for me, and I probably bought every fucking Dreamcast game that was released. :)
  • b-rk 29 May 2020 15:40:20 1,249 posts
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    last ninja 2 c64 £11.99

    star fox snes (import) £95 (thx mum)

    super star wars £75 (import)

    /shrug
  • Electrovideo 29 May 2020 15:45:13 53 posts
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    @SolidSCB
    Yeah, I remember seeing Turok for £75 once.
    Crazy money
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 29 May 2020 15:46:12 8,695 posts
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    @b-rk C64/Spectrum games were cheap, yes. If I remember, around £12 for a full-priced title and budget titles for £4 or so.
  • Phattso 29 May 2020 15:47:32 25,302 posts
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    The Spectrum has £1.99, £2.99, £3.99.... then a massive jump to £9.99 that younger me could only dream of, and £12.99 for the monster releases of the year.

    I probably got more games as "freebies" when renewing my annual Your Sinclair subscription than I did from the shop. But oh... those cheap Mastertronic games. Man.
  • docrob 29 May 2020 16:00:17 1,565 posts
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    Spectrum games were mostly in the £5 to £8 range. I remember when Sabre Wulf first came out at £9.99, and it was a real shock to the system. You did also get the budget range at £2-£3, but most games were more than that.

    Atari ST and Amiga was £20-30, from memory. PSX was £30-40 for new releases. Prices have actually held pretty steady since then, when you take into account inflation and the huge teams that work on AAA titles.
  • Nexus_6 29 May 2020 16:01:21 4,946 posts
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    Phattso wrote:
    The Spectrum has £1.99, £2.99, £3.99.... then a massive jump to £9.99 that younger me could only dream of, and £12.99 for the monster releases of the year.

    I probably got more games as "freebies" when renewing my annual Your Sinclair subscription than I did from the shop. But oh... those cheap Mastertronic games. Man.
    Used to go down the local video rental shop on a friday night and buy a new Speccy game for £1.99. Take it back up the road and play it after watching Conan The Barbarian or something rented at the same time. Bliss.
  • nudistpete 29 May 2020 16:12:56 1,198 posts
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    Nexus_6 wrote:
    Used to go down the local video rental shop on a friday night and buy a new Speccy game for £1.99.
    Yeah, our video shop was a haven for budget games. Local newsagent also used to have a lot of decent Mastertronic and "Hit Squad" games for £2-3.

    When you saved up your money and got a £9.99 game in a massive fuck-off cardboard box mostly full of fresh air you felt like you're a champagne-swilling rapper making it rain.

    Edited by nudistpete at 16:13:06 29-05-2020
  • challenge_hanukkah 29 May 2020 16:19:09 12,734 posts
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    I remember full price Spectrum games being £9.99 and then £10.99 and being outraged.

    It just looked so odd. £10.99...
  • tadejpogacar 29 May 2020 16:20:26 262 posts
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    street fighter 2 turbo on SNES cost £1,000,000 when it came out iirc
  • Reacher 29 May 2020 16:21:23 2,984 posts
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    £65 for Street Fighter 2 (something something alpha, maybe ex +?) and the megadrive.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 29 May 2020 16:32:16 9,366 posts
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    As a PC boy growing up I remember buying big box PC games for about 20 quid, but I distinctly remember paying £45 for WWF Attitude on PS1 because one of my dad's mates who for some reason was around said forty five quid! Well fuck him, it was awesome and I played the bollocks off it.

    Edited by BigOrkWaaagh at 16:32:33 29-05-2020
  • nudistpete 29 May 2020 16:44:07 1,198 posts
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    tadejpogacar wrote:
    street fighter 2 turbo on SNES cost £1,000,000 when it came out iirc
    I remember Console Concepts (import shop here in Stoke) being rammed when they had Turbo in, was probably £100+ for a Japanese copy. I had the PAL special edition that came in a shitty biscuit tin (with "LIMITED EDITION HOLOGRAM STICKER") for Xmas and felt like I'd won the lottery. That tin now holds razor blades and a sense of bewilderment that I got so hyped for a game which was pretty much the same game that I already had but with 4 more characters now playable and a speed setting.
  • Trowel 29 May 2020 16:44:44 23,406 posts
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    Reacher wrote:
    £65 for Street Fighter 2 (something something alpha, maybe ex +?) and the megadrive.
    I remember buying StreetFighter II for the SNES in Dixons for £65 - for some reason they had it on the shelf a week before it was meant to come out.

    Super Street Fighter Alpha 2 cost me £50. I remember that because I sold it on eBay not so long ago and still had the receipt in the box.

    I also once walked an hour to a Special Reserve to buy ISS 64 for £60, which was £5 cheaper than RRP. Worth it.

    More confusing now I think about it was the way we all accepted the old 8 bit days of the budget and full price games, e.g. £2.99 for Treasure Island Dizzy but £9.99 for Laser Squad. Wut.

    Thankfully our local Woolworths was inadvertantly great for game rentals: "I got this game for my birthday but I already have it - can I swap it for another? Yes, my aunt said it was definitely bought from her local Woolworths. No, I don't have the receipt sorry. No, I don't know how they got the plastic hanging tab off the back of the cardboard box without leaving a mark... :/"
  • tadejpogacar 29 May 2020 16:45:28 262 posts
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    speed setting was pretty good to be fair. base game speed was rancid
  • nudistpete 29 May 2020 16:50:20 1,198 posts
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    tadejpogacar wrote:
    speed setting was pretty good to be fair. base game speed was rancid
    Can't disagree there, especially with 50Hz slowdown. Not sure it was worth the 65 quid or whatever.

  • You-can-call-me-kal 29 May 2020 16:54:37 19,727 posts
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    Definitely misremembering those PS1 prices. Console game prices havenít really ever changed so yes, allowing for inflation are much cheaper now.

    Used to love a Codemasters £1.99 Speccy game back in the day though.
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