I've noticed that the prices of videogames, along with the prices of everything else, tend to be ridiculously high.
And I'm not even talking about the expensive games (yet). I'm talking about cheaper games, which are apparently not cheap enough for me.
For example, I recently had the option of buying Awakening: The Dreamless Castle for the PC or the iPhone. The PC version is the better one; it has HD graphics, a better hint system and good controls. The iPhone version of the game, however, was seven dollars cheaper. So I bought the iPhone version.
Sure, the touchscreen controls aren't as good, and the picture quality is visibly diminished. But I just saved seven dollars. I think the moral of the story is that I'm willing to sacrifice game quality if it means a lower price. That's a sign of games being overpriced, or me being cheap. (Or both).
With DS games, I had the same sort of problem buying Nintendo games. Most DS games are $30, but all the Nintendo games starring Mario are $35. I had to ask myself, "Is it really worth paying an extra five dollars, just for Mario?" And in the end, I always ending up buying something cheaper, like a GBA game.
Now I'm wondering if the $20 DS games sold noticeably better than the $30 DS games. I think it depends on the game, obviously, but I wouldn't be surprised if the overall trend shows that the cheaper games sell better.
Now for the console games. $50? $60? Are those prices for real? That's not the price of a videogame; that's my food budget for an entire week. There's no way I can afford to buy games like those at full price, except with a Black Friday discount.