Saturday, February 05, 2011

Are low price apps threatening the gaming industry?

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime sure thinks so. He recently spoke with GameTrailers on the subject.

"I actually think that one of the biggest risks today in our industry are these inexpensive games that are candidly disposable from a consumer standpoint," says Fils-Aime.

"I actually think some of those games are overpriced at one or two dollars but that's a whole different story," he joked.

"Angry Birds is a great piece of experience but that is one compared to thousands of other pieces of content that for one or two dollars I think actually create a mentality for the consumer that a piece of gaming content should only be two dollars,” Reggie warned.

We've had our own heated debates on the topic here at VGP but what do you guys & gals think?

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  1. I have to agree with him. I have an iphone but I realize the quality of the games are no where near what you get on a portable or home console. I think they have their place in the industry but unfortunately people just don't realize the differences and beleive all games should be $1-2. I went Walmart recently and seen the itouch ranging from $249.99 to $419.99. This makes me ask why people think a $249.99 3DS or the new NGP are expensive?? The NGP is so jam packed with technology and everything you could ever want but yet people beleive it should retail for $199.99, which is cheaper than an itouch. Just makes no sense!!

  2. I agree, gaming has become so diluted with so many games across so many mediums. Look at a franchise like Rock Band and CoD. Year after year a new game has to come out and saturate the marketplace instead of focusing on a fantastic game developers are rushed to finish a product to meet the masses. To the point where small indie studios can't create a great game and hope to break even. CEO's of the publishers are to blame gaming has become a big cash cow for corporate greed