This is like someone taking a screen capture of PS4 game prices on amazon.com right now, then uploading it in 15 years and saying "game prices in 2013."
We didn't have internet in a lot of places during those days.
I remeber I could only dial-in to certain websites and message boards if I had the phone number back then. And then everyone got spammed with AOL discs.
Plus, a lot of us would cite it as placeholder prices because this wouldn't be anything new.
The game industry was a lot different back then.
While the photo may list "imported" games.... I do recall my parents paying $80 for Super Mario Bros 3.
Yeah, the internet was not as widely spread in '98 as it is today. Though, in '98, it was much more popular than when I got it in '95.
And wow to Super Mario Bros. 3 costing your parents $80. I remember my older brother paying $50 for it at K-Mart in 1990.
a movie ticket where I live now is just $6 before 6pm and goes to $9 after.
In New York, movie tickets are $10+
And moving to cd/dvd was supposed to reduce the cost of producing the games. To bad even now with digital distribution the savings in the cost do not get passed onto the consumer.
It did. Games were upwards of $75 because of the costs of paying the license to use a proprietary cartridge. When CD's came along, the cost of a game went down to $40.
Now you have many more costs associated with games. Support has gone from zero to YEARS. Online servers have to be maintained. Patches have to be coded. Downloads. Security. These things just don't appear out of thin air. All of this requires people, and they all have to be paid. This idea that no physical media was going to somehow transform the industry into "swell guys" was completely, and utterly misguided. There's costs even associated with digital games. Bandwidth, servers. updates. Just because there's no disc, doesn't mean it's "free".
$6 for a movie?! Where do you live man. I just paid $10 to watch the new Fast and Furious and now I'm Furious. Was horrible.
I live in Va. Matinee movies are $7.50 for adults, $10 regular price. Matinee movies are usually before 3pm I think, maybe 4. I took my wife, my daughter, my Mom & Step father to see Star Trek Into Darkness for $37.50. Not bad considering I had a $50 gift card to Regal Cinemas from donating plateletts last year. I paid $2.25 out of pocket after I added a large popcorn and drink. The concession stand is where they really nail ye. But time and location can have an impact on prices for a lot of things.
Despite what many think, we're getting a whole lot more bang for your buck today, as opposed to twenty years ago. Online play. Patches to fix game problems. Downloads. The experience has gotten exponentially better.