Microsoft Accidentally Charges $800 for Arcade Game

| 22 Dec 2009 10:29

When setting prices for your games, you should be careful to make sure that you're setting them in the right currency.

To the right, you see a screenshot of the Xbox Live Arcade listing for Polar Panic, an Xbox Live Arcade game that is scheduled to be released tomorrow. Seems pretty standard to me, right? Nothing special about it, just another XBLA game...

...with a price tag of $800. Oh, huh. Talk about your premium pricing, wow. The developers must either think they have a really, really good game, or they're shooting for the "We'll make a profit by selling our game to the 20 people dumb enough to buy it for four-fifths of a grand" business model. Which there may be some validity to, of course.

In all seriousness, this is certainly just an error on Microsoft's part - someone meant to type in "800 MS Points" (or $10) and ended up pricing the game at 80 times that. Let's hope it gets corrected by the time the game comes out, or the poor Polar Panic folks might find their game not selling as well as they'd hoped.


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