[QUOTE=Gunstarhero]The inflation argument is a bogus one. Why? Because the sticker price of games has stayed exactly the same throughout the past 28 years of gaming history. $50-70. Neo Geo excluded.
If the games were costing us $200 a piece, like the inflation argument suggests, then some of you may have a point. That's not the case obviously, so you all lose and I win.
Wait a minute, you're right! Video game prices have not gone up! Inflation doesn't exist! Call up the Chairman of the Fed and tell him NOT to raise interest rates, inflation is under control, and we have proof! Video games! All we need to do is eat video games, live inside video game keep cases, and ornament our bodies with video game artwork! Eureka!
Seriously, just because the price of one good hasn't gone up doesn't mean you can throw the inflation argument out the window. I think what we are observing with video games is "price stickiness", meaning that people are used to paying these prices, and producers are reluctant to change that. CDs, for example, quickly became much cheaper to produce than cassettes, but prices did not go down because people were used to paying more for them.
We have seen this reluctance with video game prices too, and it is only with this generation that producers are attempting to raise prices across the board, and people are already raising hell.
In your world video game prices are exactly the same as they were back in the 80s. Inflation, however, tells the rest of us that video games are actually cheaper than they were 20 years ago.