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EA slashes prices on elderly games

Out with old, make way for the new
Mon Jan 23 2006, 19:58
IT SEEMS Electronic Arts is the industry's sentinel in waving goodbye to the current-gen, one price tag at a time.

EA is the world's largest game publisher, so when it slashes prices on games, you know others will soon follow suit.

The EA Sports lineup, including Madden NFL 06, FIFA 06, NASCAR 06 and NBA Live 06, have all had their prices cut from $39.99 to $29.99 for the Xbox, PS2, GameCube and PC. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire suffered a similar slashing.

Medal of Honor: European Assault's price was chopped in half to just $19.99 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted was reassigned to the $39.99 price slot.

Games for the X360, DS, PSP and plenty of other titles remain up around the $59.99 range.

So are they pulling the chain in the proverbial water closet? It seems that way.

My guess is that they're cleaning out the bowl for a brand new steaming pile. Retailers, gamers and developers alike will shortly be it with a new generation of games. Retailers will be left wanting more money, and gamers might still have a few bucks left in their wallets. Developers will be there to give us what we need.

Vive le systeme! µ


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