UK Video Game Charts: Skyrim Price Slash Success Proves Games are Too Expensive?

Retailer slicing up the pricing gets a #1 award for Bethesda

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UK Video Game Charts: Skyrim Price Slash Success Proves Games are Too Expensive?
Here's what UK stats compiler, Gfk Chart-Track has to say about the new UK all format's #1: "Bethesda?s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which climbs from No5 to claim No1 for the first time, thanks to an average price reduction of around 13 compared to last week (+145%)."

Of course, this could be read as: "Games Companies are over-pricing games." However, Gfk says, "Skyrim debuted 5 weeks ago at No2... which explains why it never made No1 at launch."

Either way, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is no longer in the #1 spot with Xmas only just around the corner.

Chart-track also points out that, "Activision Blizzard?s aforementioned ?Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? (-7%) drops to No2 after 4 straight weeks at the top and Ubisoft rise one place to No3 with ?Just Dance 3? (+67%) ? the PS3 version is new this week, but the Wii version continues to account for a massive 89% of all sales on this title. EA drop 2 places to No4 with ?FIFA 12? (+24%) as do Ubisoft with ?Assassin?s Creed: Revelations?, now No5 (-5%). EA?s ?Battlefield 3? climbs 3 places to No6 (+30%) and Nintendo claim a third straight week at No7 with ?Professor Layton and the Spectre?s Call? (+5%).

"THQ drop 2 places to No8 with ?Saints Row: The Third? (-2%) and Sony?s ?Uncharted 3: Drake?s Deception? climbs back in to the Top 10 at No9 after an absence of 3 weeks (+81%), thanks to some price promotional activity. Nintendo?s ?Mario Kart 7? completes the Top 10 (-1%), holding off the charge of Sega?s ?Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games? which remains at No11 (+16%)."

{5} - 1 - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Bethesda
{1} - 2 - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Activision
{4} - 3 - Just Dance 3 - Ubisoft
{2} - 4 - FIFA 12 - Electronic Arts
{3} - 5 - Assassin?s Creed: Revelations - Ubisoft
{9} - 6 - Battlefield 3 - Electronic Arts
{7} - 7 - Professor Layton and the Spectre?s Call - Nintendo
{6} - 8 - Saints Row: The Third - THQ
{16} - 9 - Uncharted 3: Drake?s Deception - Sony
{8} - 10 - Mario Kart 7 - Nintendo


jonfaec 12 Dec 2011 12:25
It's been selling like hotcakes anyway, Skyrim. I think it's simply Modern Warfever wearing off now that everybody's bought it. Skyrim's unique in that it's been very viral (umpteen Tweets and Facebook posts about it each day, based on an unscientific observation of my own feeds) compared to a lot of other things and so word of it continues to spread.

Let's not forget that the cut-pricing only really began towards the end of the week itself, so we'll see the results of that in the next chart.
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