Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Activision Blizzard

Activision, as some of you may know, recently tried to force Sony to lower the price of PlayStation 3 consoles. Remember this is a company who specialises in ripping consumers off, by marking up the retail price of games and plastic toy accessories like Guitar Hero and similar crap (like that toy 'night vision' goggles). The console versions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is priced at £55, a huge mark up to the normal £40 we are supposed to see with current-gen games. Online pre-orders will come less, at £44.98, but is still pretty expensive by any sane standard.

The sad thing is gamers here will lap it up. Britain and its population do not mind bending over and getting screwed over and over again by corporations, so it comes as no surprise that Activision, the hypocrites they are, has identified us as willing sheeps. It is crazy that one can actually get a fully working and brand new operating system with thousands of hours of usage potential for the price of an eight hour video game, but no doubt Activision will get away with it. Those looking for crazy value ought to buy LittleBigPlanet instead, a snip at £11.99 and will offer you hundreds of hours of fun. At least the guys at Media Molecule deserves the sale.

Unfortunately it is often the same fanboys (there's one born every minute) who often complain about the prices of CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays, who will lap up this £55 game. Remember, these are the same people who spends £100-200 on shit plastic toy guitars.

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