What get's me is the blatant bullsh#t from the retailers...
The Aussie dollar performs, most other trades see savings (see computer parts for an example of this).
Software? Games have been around the 50 USD mark for A or higher rated titles for a very long time and Aus has been around 80-90, which was understandable when the dollar was at 60 cents.
But digital delivery, particularly across Steam, is almost cost free. Hell, most of my Steam content comes from my ISP or other Aus steam mirrors. Steam doesn't pay for the bandwidth. There is no DVD, no packaging, no manual. No shipping costs, no retail margin beyond what Steam applies. And yet we're supposed to care about the poor local providers who aren't going to compete???
Sorry for the rant but this chaps my ass. I recall trying to buy the 2142 expansion from the EA online delivery system, I got gated to the Aus one where the cost was ~80 aud, but the US EA site had it for 20 USD... This situation is even more ridiculous. Game pricing should be uniform world wide, not arbitrarily set depending on ancient dollar values that are no longer relevant...
Great thing I already got a 4 pack at the princely sum of 39 AUD per copy amongst 4 people.
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