Annual, exclusive, doesn't matter. Games just shouldn't be as pricey as $60. GI had a feature on this some years ago and gamers are to blame for pricing. Every time you drop top dollar on a collectors edition or dlc etc. you're basically telling the company "Charge what you want, I'll pay it". Nobody to blame but fellow gamers.
Game Informer is owned and published by GameStop, just to let you know.
They have a vested interest in making as much profit off of you as possible.... the more people that buy brand new games and expensive collectors editions, the less money gamestop sees. Especially when every store that sells a game at 59.99 is barely making $5-10 in profit due to wholesale prices from distributors.
Everybody seems to already forget this little piece of information...
You don't HAVE to pay full price for a game.... but you're going to have to do a few things....
1) SHOP AROUND
2) Purchase through affiliate programs. I usually buy my games with information from CheapAssGamer.com and TekSyndicates' affiliate marketing.... just from both of those sites, I can buy BRAND NEW games for $10-$20 less. But they stay at that price longer than say buying from Amazon 2-4 months after release.
3) wait 3-6 months after a game launches.... usually, someplace is going to be selling it at a reduced price. Target is pretty good about lowering game prices the longer they are on shelves, at least in my area....
Everyone wants to save a few bucks here and there and some don't believe every game deserves a $60 price point, I understand.
But when you don't bother yourself to shop around and search for discounted games or be patient enough to wait until a game you want is discounted, then you can't use that excuse. (not to apply to everyone, but those people know who they are)
I usually wait a month to buy my games, because thats when they show up at discounted prices on the places I normally buy them.
Some games, I will pay full price the day it comes out.
So you're saying GI had an unbiased feature in their mag and didn't care if it lost their owner some business? I like GI alot more now.
I don't think you know, what you think "unbiased" means....
Actually I do, I read the full article I mentioned. My memory is good, but not good enough to remember the full feature word for word and re-post it here.
Had you read the article you'd understand my point AND why your comment about GS owning GI had nothing to do with nothing. I don't see how it would be in Gamestops best interest to point out companies charging ridiculous prices at retail for products sold in their store. I'll let you think about that for a few and why a Collectors Edition that costs the same amount everywhere has nothing to do with who owns GI.