The Most Overpriced Products In Video Game History [MUO Gaming]

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overpriced video gamesI think at this point, all gamers have accepted that playing and buying video games is an expensive hobby. Between the cost of games, consoles, and accessories, it’s easy for a gamer to drop a large portion of their income on gaming. This is to be expected, as we are involved in a hobby that often uses the latest and greatest technology, which is bound to cost a pretty penny.

In some cases, the cost of being a gamer gets a little crazy. There are some items that have hit the video game market that are absolute rip offs. These are overpriced video games, and generally, not very useful to begin with. Today, we are going to look at some specific items and trends that have dropped in the video game world that are just not close to worth the cost of admission. These are the biggest rip offs in the history of the video game world.

Collectors Editions

I am a video game collector. I have amassed a moderately large collection of classic games, and sure, I’ve spent a good amount of money on it. What I don’t spend money on are overpriced “collectors editions” of video games. I am not willing to spend double the price to get some cheap plastic and an art book. It’s just not logical.

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Recently, I was looking at the collectors edition for Batman: Arkham Asylum. It comes with what appears to be an awesome Batarang. Upon taking it out of the box to have a closer look at it, I realized it was made of cheap plastic. You get a little journal, a behind the scenes DVD, a box, and a code to download a challenge map. All of this garbage for the low cost of $40 more. It’s a cash-in, and this is just one example of the giant gouging that takes place in the collectors editions of games.

Xbox Live

Let me start this by saying I have been paying for an Xbox Live account since there was an Xbox Live to pay for. That being said, I freely acknowledge that paying for the exact same service you can get on a PC or PS3 free is an unfathomable rip off.

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Sure, Microsoft has added some cool stuff to the feature-set of Xbox Live, but essentially, we pay for it because of the ability to play games online. Not only that, but Microsoft has increased the cost of the service by $10 since its inception. Paying to watch Netflix —a service I am already paying for — is just dumb, and yet every year, I shell out that money, because Xbox Live is where my friends play, and I am stuck.

Xbox 360 Wi-Fi Adaptor

This is an example of proprietary hardware locking consumers into paying an obscene price for something. On Newegg.com, you can get a Wi-Fi adaptor for a desktop computer for a measly $10. Microsoft charges a ridiculous $70 for the proprietary model.

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Sure, there is some crazy steps you can do to get the Internet on your Xbox 360 without buying this overpriced dongle, or you can just buy a new Xbox 360 with Wi-Fi built in, but both of those options are impractical. There is no reason for Microsoft to charge so much for its dongle, other than the fact that it can; it’s the only reasonable choice.

The Launch Price Of The 3DS

Nintendo invested a lot of money in the technology behind the 3DS, and as such, the company had to charge a little too much for the console upon launch. In fact, it could have been a major cause to Nintendo posting a loss for the first time in years. The price was so high that Nintendo had to drop it incredibly quickly from $249.99 to$170.

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Of course, Nintendo attempted to make up for the overpriced 3DS by offering people who bought it at the higher price some free downloadable games, but it still did not make up for the fact that they really beat up the early adopters. After all, some game downloads cost Nintendo almost nothing, and the company still made the extra high price on the people who bought it quickly.

 Neo Geo

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I recently wrote about the Neo Geo being a great idea, but with a failed execution. I would be leaving out one of the most insanely overpriced things in the history of video games. $650 for a console all those years ago is just nuts, and it is, without question, one of the biggest overpriced video game products in the history of video games.

Conclusion

I beat on the Xbox 360 a little bit in this article, but the fact is, Microsoft ripped gamers off in a big way on these items. At least all of the products here work. I mean, one could argue that the Virtual Boy is a rip off since it barely worked, even if the price was not too bad. Either way, these products all take advantage of the fact that gamers expect to spend money by making them spend way more than necessary.

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Comments (30)
  • Jacques Knipe

    Agreed. CE are pretty expensive, but if you are a fan of a certain series then you don’t think rationally. I shelled out quite a large sum for my AC3 Freedom Edition. The only thing in that edition I really wanted was the figurine and one extra mission. Now I can’t do anything with those things, but I still enjoy seeing my collection of AC figurines everyday.
    It’s a pretty expensive hobby, collecting memorabilia and game related items. It should be much cheaper. Oh well I’ll still get the GTA V CE when it is announced.

  • Shavenix

    Microsoft really knows how to get money. Xbox live gold just to access netflix isn’t just one rip off, but access to cable or fios tv channels of course provided the user has an active subscription to one of those companies. Xbox 360 can also be as an extender, but the original Xbox 360 had(s) trouble keeping up with copying the image of the media center that the pc that is running. Being able to use social media on xbox 360 for the price of xbox live gold is funny.

  • Todd Gerhauser

    How can you discuss overpriced items in Video game history and not include Panasonic’s 3DO? It came out around the same time as the Neo Geo and cost 600$. It also didn’t have a line-up of games anyone had heard of. Atleast Neo Geo had the Arcade games you knew at the time.

  • Richard Benkov

    two Microsoft items…. and ANYTHING sold by APPLE

  • Scott Macmillan

    Microsoft is very greedy on the Xbox but all the big players are looking to puff up their balance sheets..

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