Although many people are unsure why people are less interested in these popular games nowadays, but most people believe it’s the pricing of the $60 video games. Nexon America's CEO Daniel Kim told Games Industry International that "Free-to-Play" games are the reason $60 games are going away. Studies have shown from the NPD group that free games are starting to take over the expensive popular games.
Some people also believe that people actually have more fun playing more affordable games; games like Infinity Blade and Modern Combat 3 have replaced the top action games and have made a wealthy profit almost catching up with Microsoft. If you think about it, $60 sounds a bit pricey and that is what most believe is the cause, now unless financially independent, $60 for a video game is considered a “rip-off” and that is what game industries desperately needs to convert to grow and survive. A lot of people already find video game companies cheating them and stealing their money, for example: X-box live is something people have to pay monthly or annually to allow gamers to play online with friends, and other people around the world. However, with that said it think about gaming alternatives with high production value and more relaxed pricing. Just look to successes like Battlefield 1943 (over 1MM units sold), and Xbox's Castle Crashers (sold 2.6 million)
If only video game companies could just drop the charade already with the $60 dollar video games, people will be actually interested in buying video games. Even when people go in to a GameStop or a Wal-Mart, they still see old games priced at $15-$30 which is beyond the price of popular tablet games like Angry Birds. In conclusion, I realize that it takes more time for the shipping, making, and producing of a video game like Skyrim which is $60, but is it really worth it compared to a game like Modern Combat which is $3? To sum it all up, I believe that gaming will change drastically in the next couple years.