Analyst: Activison Could Have Charged More for Stimulus Pack

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Analyst: Activison Could Have Charged More for Stimulus Pack

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Despite the criticism from fans for its hefty price tag, market analyst Jesse Divnich believes that Activision could have charged more for Modern Warfare 2's Stimulus Pack.

Fifteen bucks for five maps seems a lot, especially if only three of the five are actually new, but Jesse Divnich, a market analyst for Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, or EEDAR, says that Activison could have charged a lot more.

"The accepted commercial success benchmark for DLC for a console game is 20% of the install base," he said. "The Stimulus map pack was able to reach that benchmark in just a week, and should reach 30 - 35% through its lifetime."

"It is evident that 2.5 million Xbox Live players felt that $15 was either just right or a good bargain and given the enormous quantity sold, I'd argue that Activision could have charged more and still obtain the same results ... Of course the rate hike from $10 to $15 was met with many complaints from consumers, but the commercial success makes it evident that gamers felt the price tag was a good deal," he added.

Divnich makes a good point, people may have complained about the cost, but they still bought the pack anyway, suggesting that it's just a vocal minority making all the noise. I'm interested to hear what you guys think. Did you buy the Stimulus pack? If so, would you have paid for it if it had been more expensive?

Source: Edge

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That's not really something to brag about. It's like if someone were to kill your dad and then say "look at the bright side, at least I didn't kill your mom, too". Yea, it's good that you didn't kill my mom, but you still killed my dad, you asshole.

Yeah it definitely should have been priced higher, to go with Activisions "be evil" policy.

Keep tugging at those strings, and it will all unravel. Hes missing the point of his own comment. "gamers felt the price tag was a good deal" THAT price tag, make them bigger and you'll find your equations don't match up.

Activision must want to try their hand at farming.

That is the only reason I can think of for trying to get the entire gaming world to post turds to their front door. Seriously, pissing off your consumer base is never a good idea. It doesn't say a lot for gamers that Activision are blatantly ripping us off and yet remain in business.

Well, I think it's a perfectly fair price. Halo 3 charged $10 for sets of three maps, which was fine, so five maps for $15 bucks, while not exactly a steal, is a pretty good value.

I haven't bought it yet, but that's just because, as an unemployed teenager, I lack the funds. I'll be getting it soon enough, though.

Of course the could have.. they could have charged $200 bucks for it if they wanted to as well, but it doesn't change the fact Activision is a greedy pile of overcharging shit.

Just another example of consumers moaning about the price while they wait in the queue to buy it

I find that vocal responses from game consumers are rarely backed by the wallet.

Retards

Who ever supports and actually purchased it, is just fueling their idiotic pricing/DLC policy. Really, despite bitching the same people still buy it. Terrific, I hope you people will keep supporting Activision.

If I offended anyone, I apologize but you remain retards. End of the line.

i didnt get it, and likely never will. it is to expensive. if dlc is over 5 bucks i wont pay for it. not worth it for no improvements.

I didn't buy it, and don't plan to. However, just as I have trouble finding people on LIVE who also refuse to use the nuke, I also have trouble finding people who haven't bought the pack.

They could have charged anything they wanted, and people still would have bought it, its like a starcraft beta key, people will do anything to get it because its crack.

OT: Playing modern warfare two makes me want to start playing Farmiville...

Back on topic, I bought it, but simply because I had two accounts on my xbox360--long story, the synopsis is Microsoft customer service fail!--anyways I had 4000 point setting on one of them so I bought the pack. Just for the hey...

Should have saved my points

The analyst does know that they have a bad reputation for being money hungry right?

In the long run people would probably stop buying their games if they charge too much for everything right?

Of course they could charge more. Because, people love MW2 so much they would pay anything for it just because it has the name on it.

I still think it was too much, glad I dont lay online with it

You know what? Do it. Fuck it, make it $40. Fuck'em. You know why? BECAUSE THE PUBLIC LOVES IT.

That's right, the public loves the feeling of dick rammed right in their behinds:

"We're upping the price of the normal game... because we feel like it",
"We're treating you like subpar clients just because.",
"We're actually removing content from the game.",
"We're giving you rehashed shit for MOAR MONEY!".

"*The public whines*".
"*The Public buys*".
"It's super effective."

Either people are insanely stupid or they just love to take it. So fuck'em. Let's see how long they'll take it. Pump that shit up. Make games more expensive and shittier than ever. Make each old map 20 bucks minimum. Bleed'em dry. Maybe then they'll get some balls to say "no, I won't pay to be kicked in the nuts".

Oh yeah, they certainly can. Nearly 0 content for a lot of $$ is a fair deal.

And people would still buy it.

THe only way to make them understand you dont approve, is by NOT buying their products. Money is the language they understand best.

So, if I am reading this right, it is expected that only 30-35% of MW2 players will get the map pack. In sales, I see how this is a success, though its not too great when 65-70%, or about 2/3 of the people who play will not buy it.

Also, if I'm reading this right, it may be a vocal minority, but also a large minority that think this is worthwhile or enhances the game enough for the money.

AkJay:
That's not really something to brag about. It's like if someone were to kill your dad and then say "look at the bride side, at least I didn't kill your mom, too". Yea, it's good that you didn't kill my mom, but you still killed my dad, you asshole.

That is either a terrible spelling error or a hilariously grim pun.

OT: I really hope they don't keep jacking up prices. They keep trying to push new price standards for consumers with MW2. There is only so far you can go without breaking that horse, and I have a feeling they are going to keep at it until it that horse just dies from exhaustion.

They are ripping of mostly 360 fanboys... Most of em are either 12 and using their mom's credit card or frat boys in college using their mom's credit card. Activision probably could have charged 25 bucks and it would still have reached the 20% mark.

Caliostro:
You know what? Do it. Fuck it, make it $40. Fuck'em. You know why? BECAUSE THE PUBLIC LOVES IT.

That's right, the public loves the feeling of dick rammed right in their behinds:

"We're upping the price of the normal game... because we feel like it",
"We're treating you like subpar clients just because.",
"We're actually removing content from the game.",
"We're giving you rehashed shit for MOAR MONEY!".

"*The public whines*".
"*The Public buys*".
"It's super effective."

Either people are insanely stupid or they just love to take it. So fuck'em. Let's see how long they'll take it. Pump that shit up. Make games more expensive and shittier than ever. Make each old map 20 bucks minimum. Bleed'em dry. Maybe then they'll get some balls to say "no, I won't pay to be kicked in the nuts".

That is exactly what is happening. They keep movin the line and they keep buying into it. Sooner or later they will push to far though.

I didn't buy it because I'm not a retard.

Caliostro:
You know what? Do it. Fuck it, make it $40. Fuck'em. You know why? BECAUSE THE PUBLIC LOVES IT.

That's right, the public loves the feeling of dick rammed right in their behinds:

"We're upping the price of the normal game... because we feel like it",
"We're treating you like subpar clients just because.",
"We're actually removing content from the game.",
"We're giving you rehashed shit for MOAR MONEY!".

"*The public whines*".
"*The Public buys*".
"It's super effective."

Either people are insanely stupid or they just love to take it. So fuck'em. Let's see how long they'll take it. Pump that shit up. Make games more expensive and shittier than ever. Make each old map 20 bucks minimum. Bleed'em dry. Maybe then they'll get some balls to say "no, I won't pay to be kicked in the nuts".

This person beautifully sums up why I didn't buy it. Kudos chum. ;)

I've held off buying the map pack, but I generally don't buy DLC for anything. Seeing as there are still plenty of people playing multiplayer without it, I'll happily wait till the price goes down to pick it up.

Straying Bullet:
Retards

Who ever supports and actually purchased it, is just fueling their idiotic pricing/DLC policy. Really, despite bitching the same people still buy it. Terrific, I hope you people will keep supporting Activision.

If I offended anyone, I apologize but you remain retards. End of the line.

im sorry but calling names and then apologizing is not cool

as a business i understand what the mind set is for Activision, and i support them in their quest for more income, but you cant be seriously considering that just because someone thinks Activision is not wrong he is mentally disabled...

just keep your offenses to yourselve please.

Logan Westbrook:
Divnich makes a good point, people may have complained about the cost, but they still bought the pack anyway, suggesting that it's just a vocal minority making all the noise. I'm interested to hear what you guys think. Did you buy the Stimilus pack? If so, would you have paid for it if it had been more expensive?

Logan, you're asking the vocal minority that the researcher proved was wrong, about their now discredited opinions?

Rednog:

AkJay:
That's not really something to brag about. It's like if someone were to kill your dad and then say "look at the bride side, at least I didn't kill your mom, too". Yea, it's good that you didn't kill my mom, but you still killed my dad, you asshole.

That is either a terrible spelling error or a hilariously grim pun.

OT: I really hope they don't keep jacking up prices. They keep trying to push new price standards for consumers with MW2. There is only so far you can go without breaking that horse, and I have a feeling they are going to keep at it until it that horse just dies from exhaustion.

I have to admit that it was a spelling error, but I think Freud may have something to say about that...

You know what this means:

"Get Ready to pay even MORE for DLC."

That's right. But Activision doesn't deserve all the credit. They owe a lot to R* for their price point pushing mission packs, Capcom for introducing multiplayer for a price, and all of the other pubishers willing to charge microtransactions for things that should've been included with the $60 price tag.

The Analyst could also suck my dick.

I dont remember whem the whole DLC bullshit came in, but i do remember that downloads like this used to be FREE.

WOuld people really pay $20 for some maps, most of which are remakes?
I didn't pay $15, I could have but didn't want to pay such unfair pricing.

AkJay:

Rednog:

AkJay:
That's not really something to brag about. It's like if someone were to kill your dad and then say "look at the bride side, at least I didn't kill your mom, too". Yea, it's good that you didn't kill my mom, but you still killed my dad, you asshole.

That is either a terrible spelling error or a hilariously grim pun.

OT: I really hope they don't keep jacking up prices. They keep trying to push new price standards for consumers with MW2. There is only so far you can go without breaking that horse, and I have a feeling they are going to keep at it until it that horse just dies from exhaustion.

I have to admit that it was a spelling error, but I think Freud may have something to say about that...

Yeah, He would say its damn funny.

I didn't buy it for that rip off price. I wouldn't even have bought it had it been 1000 points.

The prices only drop when people start actually considering them.

WTF $500 FOR MODERN WARFARE 3 AND $50 A MONTH FOR ONLINE THIS SUCKS OK I'LL BUY IT ANYWAY

People don't want to miss out, simple as that. They're worried they might miss out on all of the action on these new maps. I've never understood why developers decide to split their multiplayer player-base like this. Maps should always be free, whilst skins and maybe callsigns should cost money. As long as it doesn't impact on the balance of the game and who gets to play what.

I'd pay more 15 bucks for 50 hours of entertainment is a good value for me.

Most if not all people that are buying these map packs for 15 bucks are being both penny-foolish and pound-foolish. If anything 15 bucks is the limit that any DLC should cost.

To think of it this way, imagine what one can actually do with 15 dollars? There is actually quite a bit of buying power when it comes to video games and there are full games that can be bought with that 15 dollars.

Now expand that 15 dollars to 20 dollars. Right there twenty dollars can buy a decent console game on sale, or buy a high quality downloadable game.

Yeah I'm sure Activision could raise the map packs and all DLC up to 25 dollars(yes I'd go that far but at 30 dollars people can buy new games at that point) and people will buy it en masse. But that is because when it comes to finances, that is one part that video gamers suck at.

We suck at being financially responsible because of our age(most have disposable incomes thanks to mom and dad), just getting a job for the first time, and not requiring to truly budget or save in the long run. However gamers were never hard pressed to constantly buy like many other demographics growing up be it fashion or sports when one is a child. So many of the old guard have never had so many opportunities to buy add-ons for games they love and this makes the financial health of the consumer for the video game industry unhealthy. I would go so far to predict this will have negative long term effects as the video game industry is ballooning(yes I think the video game industry is forming a bubble) because video game publishers are focused on the short term gains instead of cultivating long term relationships with everyone involved in the industry and that includes the consumers.

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