Over at Gamasutra they have a greta new article by Tadhg Kelly named What Games Are: The Mac App Store And The PC Gamepocalypse.
The pie ce crystalizes some thoughts that have been bandied about in 8bitrocket.com towers for the past few weeks: The App Paradigm Shift. Tadhg says that he believes the natural price for games is about $5.00. I’m not sure that any regular readers of this site could argue, as many wish they would see $5.00 per unit sold! He also believes the “Gampocalypse” will be good for indie developers:
“I think that what app stores are going to do to the desktop market is bring its pricing into line with where it naturally wants to be. In the process this is going disempower many developers and publishers who believe their business model should be ARPU-based rather than volume-based. It will reduce the number of big-budget games to only a handful, perhaps making those games seem like the ultra-premium Gucci bag game, where most others are simply regular bags.
And yet it will also empower many newer developers.”
You can read more about Tadhg on his blog: http://whatgamesare.com/