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Why is the Steam game £4 more then PSN/XBLA?

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Can someone explain this to me? why is the steam version of the walking dead (I paid £18.89 pre purchase) but on my PS3 its £15.99 for all episodes?

What does the steam version have that costs more?

TIA

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  • look I dont wanna get into an argument but you have contradicted yourself here!

    most of the telltale game you mention are on PSN/XBLA anyways, and they do sales too!

    You say shops set prices so they can be different store to store...however, on a launch on a unified platform, whether its is x platform or not the PRICE should be same for PSN as XBLA as STEAM as I am not walking around from GAME to HMV to whoever etc etc as they are all on my PC (you can get the PSN purchase online PC with media go and download to your console, you can sign into Xbox.com and buy it and tell the web site to download to your console)

    They all do sales at some point...and most if not all the games you mention can be gotton off PSN/XBLA at reduced prices too and in bundles like telltale......

    NEW GAME...RRP:??????

    as they are all the digital downloads why is Steam up to £5 more then PSN or XBLA? and, can we have a TELLTALE staff answer the question please......

  • @jab1981 said: Keep in mind, in a few months or more you'll likely see this game on sale on Steam. And if history is any indicator, you'll also likely see a sale on Telltale's own site. Right now I see an offer to get the Walking Dead, Sam and Max 1-3, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Law and Order, Strong Bad, Hector & Puzzle Agent 1&2 all for $42.49. That's probably the farthest thing from ripping off the PC gamer outside of them giving away copies for free and if you follow Telltale you'll know they do that frequently too! Most of those games aren't even on the 360, some aren't even on the PS3. I don't even want to think about how much each of those cost on PSN!

    Just be careful and considerate about what you buy. If paying $2 more for a PC version is unthinkable and a terrible value to you, save that money and buy a PS3. Or just wait it out and pick it up when an inevitable sale comes along.

    look I dont wanna get into an argument but you have contradicted yourself here!

    most of the telltale game you mention are on PSN/XBLA anyways, and they do sales too!

    You say shops set prices so they can be different store to store...however, on a launch on a unified platform, whether its is x platform or not the PRICE should be same for PSN as XBLA as STEAM as I am not walking around from GAME to HMV to whoever etc etc as they are all on my PC (you can get the PSN purchase online PC with media go and download to your console, you can sign into Xbox.com and buy it and tell the web site to download to your console)

    They all do sales at some point...and most if not all the games you mention can be gotton off PSN/XBLA at reduced prices too and in bundles like telltale......

    NEW GAME...RRP:??????

    as they are all the digital downloads why is Steam up to £5 more then PSN or XBLA? and, can we have a TELLTALE staff answer the question please......

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  • @jab1981 said: Keep in mind, in a few months or more you'll likely see this game on sale on Steam. And if history is any indicator, you'll also likely see a sale on Telltale's own site. Right now I see an offer to get the Walking Dead, Sam and Max 1-3, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Law and Order, Strong Bad, Hector & Puzzle Agent 1&2 all for $42.49. That's probably the farthest thing from ripping off the PC gamer outside of them giving away copies for free and if you follow Telltale you'll know they do that frequently too! Most of those games aren't even on the 360, some aren't even on the PS3. I don't even want to think about how much each of those cost on PSN!

    Just be careful and considerate about what you buy. If paying $2 more for a PC version is unthinkable and a terrible value to you, save that money and buy a PS3. Or just wait it out and pick it up when an inevitable sale comes along.

    look I dont wanna get into an argument but you have contradicted yourself here!

    most of the telltale game you mention are on PSN/XBLA anyways, and they do sales too!

    You say shops set prices so they can be different store to store...however, on a launch on a unified platform, whether its is x platform or not the PRICE should be same for PSN as XBLA as STEAM as I am not walking around from

    GAME to HMV to whoever etc etc as they are all on my PC (you can get the PSN purchase online PC with media go and download to your console, you can sign into Xbox.com and buy it and tell the web site to download to your

    console)

    They all do sales at some point...and most if not all the games you mention can be gotton off PSN/XBLA at reduced prices too and in bundles like telltale......

    NEW GAME...RRP:??????

    as they are all the digital downloads why is Steam up to £5 more then PSN or XBLA? and, can we have a TELLTALE staff answer the question please......

  • @bit_crusherrr said: The different prices are because some people sell through Amazon. Not because Amazon thinks it's funny to put the same object up for multiple prices.

    I think I type far too much, the massive volumes of text relating to the inner workings of digital distribution end up being tossed to the side for a throw away comment about Amazon. ;)

    That said, I'm not talking about user prices or used sales. What I'm talking about is Amazon listing two pages for the same item. This just recently happened to me with a recent CD purchase. They had two listings for a "deluxe edition" of a CD. I ordered the more expensive copy (it was a dollar difference, both were Prime eligible a feature not available on used copies). They ended up stopping that shipment after it was shipped and having that copy returned to them, and they ended up shipping me the "deluxe edition" again from the lower priced item. My own personal theory is that they mistakenly listed two "deluxe edition" albums instead of a standard and deluxe edition and they shipped me the standard version of the album. I think they realized this after shipment, stopped and returned the standard version and sent out the deluxe edition instead. After this happened the listing that I placed my order on was taken down. So again, I believe this is typically a mistake but it does happen. I only mentioned it because it happened to me so recently and it's exactly the same as the scenario you described, it wasn't intended to really be part of the dialog outside of demonstrating that this does happen. Another example is Best Buy. You can frequently find differences between their online and in-store prices. After dealing with BB customer service a number of times I can tell you that these prices are not uniform even amongst their own store.

    That said, the previous volumes of thoughts and information that was FAR more relevant to the conversation still stand. The prices have never been uniform, and frankly suggesting that they should be only opens the door to companies over charging for their titles as they're currently doing on the PC. As I mentioned, PC games used to be $50 since the publisher didn't need to pay the $10 fee to MS or Sony. But these publishers found they could still charge the $60 price and keep the $10. I'd much rather have $50 PC games, than a universal $60 price.

  • @skidpro said: look I dont wanna get into an argument but you have contradicted yourself here!

    No worries about an argument, I'm a happy guy and I'm not in the least bothered by a different opinion. I had some trouble actually understanding your post(s), so forgive me if I'm wrong but I don't think you understood my post. I can't for the life of me figure out what you think was a contradiction.

    I mentioned that if a person was so upset about a $2 difference in price they could wait for the inevitable sale and save that $2 plus some more. I'm not sure where the confusion came from. I am aware that XBLA has had a single rather small sale for both Sam & Max and for Wallace and Gromit, however neither the 360 nor the PS3 have ever seen sales the likes of which we've seen on the PC either on Steam or on Telltale's store. The 360 sale I remember was half off, the sale currently going on with the Walking Dead is much more dramatic than that. To say that the PC consumer is the consumer getting "blatantly ripped off" leads me to believe you haven't paid very much attention to the prices for these games over the years. They've always clearly been in favor of the PC market by a large amount.

    And I'm not sure where you're going with the angle on stores. Is it that you think an online store has more of an obligation to you? That since you can access that sale on the PC all prices must somehow equalize? This is especially weird since I already mentioned several online only stores who routinely charge different prices (iTunes, Amazon MP3 & Google Music or Google Play). Those are all digital downloads. There is no such rule or obligation that a retailer must provide identical pricing for products simply because you don't have to walk in the store. Simply put, there's a whole lot more to it than that.

    I can understand some of the confusion. The gaming industry has spent the past several years trying to justify a uniform $60 price. For a number of reasons it is in their interest to convince you that every game has a standard value so that they can get you to believe a game is worth $60. It does not mean they are required to sell you that game at $60, it simply means it's in their best interest in that specific situation to get you to believe that console games have a specific worth and value. The music industry for example has unsuccessfully been attempting to artificially raise the price of their wares. The MSRP has been around $20 for years even though stores will usually sell them much lower, and recently they've pressured iTunes into hiking those $.99 tracks to $1.29. Once consumers accept that price point, it sticks and they've managed to convince us their product is worth that value. This happens with games as well, as I mentioned in another post PC games are now starting to charge the same $60 price even though they don't pay the same $10 licensing fee that required on the consoles. But you can see how by keeping the price at $60 they've managed to convince the consumers of a certain value and now they can ask that price without ruffling too many feathers. But I think at the same time this type of price fixing has created some sort of false belief that this is being done to make things "fair" or that you're entitled to certain prices on certain platforms. That is not the case.

    Does this point come across? You have no right to games being the same price on every platform. It doesn't matter how many rules you and I create. It's simply not how it works. It doesn't matter if you walk to the store, bike, take a train or use your iPhone... you simply do not have a right to a certain price. It might be nice or it might be disappointing, but a company is under no obligation to you to provide it's products at some sort of uniform pricing system. That has never been the case.

    Telltale has and continues to treat their customers extremely well, especially their PC customers. There are a number of companies who would deserve these sorts of complaints, Telltale really isn't one of them. They're a smaller company that has an occasional hiccup, but they certainly don't rip off their PC customers. Not even with a lot of make believe rules.

  • @jab1981 said: Keep in mind, in a few months or more you'll likely see this game on sale on Steam. And if history is any indicator, you'll also likely see a sale on Telltale's own site. Right now I see an offer to get the Walking Dead, Sam and Max 1-3, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Law and Order, Strong Bad, Hector & Puzzle Agent 1&2 all for $42.49. That's probably the farthest thing from ripping off the PC gamer outside of them giving away copies for free and if you follow Telltale you'll know they do that frequently too! Most of those games aren't even on the 360, some aren't even on the PS3. I don't even want to think about how much each of those cost on PSN!

    Just be careful and considerate about what you buy. If paying $2 more for a PC version is unthinkable and a terrible value to you, save that money and buy a PS3. Or just wait it out and pick it up when an inevitable sale comes along.

    look I dont wanna get into an argument but you have contradicted yourself here!

    most of the telltale game you mention are on PSN/XBLA anyways, and they do sales too!

    You say shops set prices so they can be different store to store...however, on a launch on a unified platform, whether its is x platform or not the PRICE should be same for PSN as XBLA as STEAM as I am not walking around from GAME to HMV to whoever etc etc as they are all on my PC (you can get the PSN purchase online PC with media go and download to your console, you can sign into Xbox.com and buy it and tell the web site to download to your console)

    They all do sales at some point...and most if not all the games you mention can be gotton off PSN/XBLA at reduced prices too and in bundles like telltale......

    NEW GAME...RRP:??????

    as they are all the digital downloads why is Steam up to £5 more then PSN or XBLA? and, can we have a TELLTALE staff answer the question please......

    I couldnt post again yesterday.....

  • I too wonder why Steam charges more for the games than direct from TT. Perhaps you pay for the convenience of Steam, since BTTF on Steam is also higher priced. I don't think it's up to TT to set the prices on Steam, I would guess Steam buys the product from TT and sets their own price.

    A member of staff clearing this up would be handy.

  • and don't forget regional prices!

    I think it's quite obvious, why steam version costs more. Cause PC is ultimate game platform, which provides superb quality of interactive entertaiment... yara-yara-yara :D

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