So how will EA's $60 game compare to hundreds of $5-$20 games? Probably not very well. I think that is the problem. Sure, I'll buy games I like for $60, but a lot of people might not, especially casual gamers. Look at games for iPhone, WP7, Droid... There are tons of games for $.99 - $10, but I always get the free ones. Why pay?
There may be tons of games out there free and .99 but NOT the ones I want. EA will do great on cloud based gaming. How could anyone think otherwise??? I'll bet the NBA that got cancelled is going to be cloudbased, and that's partly why they pulled it to do it in the cloud. Star Wars subs are down, just think how much better off EA would be to put that in the cloud???
If you can't see the difference between a .99 game and a $60 game then need to go back and play with your toys. Also, EA makes about $35 per $60 game because of marketing expenses and middle men. That is the beauty of Origin/Steam. For those that want to shell out $15 for a jewel case and a paper insert... Well, it is time to change with the times, hoard something else.
Also, the price of a $60 game hasn't changed for about 10 years, can you name another product that can claim that? Look at movie tickets.
EA has a strong portfolio in in your beloved .99-$10. So don't be a "hardcore" gamer and buy the $60 games. Stick with disposable $.99 games, the demographic was developed just for you!
Here is the math since you don't understand:
I'm currently playing Borderlands 2, a $60 game on my $1000 gaming PC. I freakin love it, just as I did Borderlands 1. I have been playing almost everyday since September 18, I am still on my first of four characters and am about 3/4 through the game. I have spent about 70 hours playing so far. I imagine I will play this game for around 600+ hours over the DLC and lifespan of the game. So my entertainment is costing me 10 cents per hour.
I played Angry Birds and enjoyed it. I played for around 3-4 hours and then had enough. So if I had bought it, my entertainment would have cost me about $1 per hour or 10x what a $60 game provides. Not to mention sling-shoting birds at stuff doesn't really play in the same park as a totally immersive FPS RPG with a story and characters. The artwork and creativity is pretty amazing and humorous at times. You don't get that in a .99-$10 game.
I am a gamer and there are a lot of us out there, we were all that were out there (for decades) before tablets and smartphones came along to give you your flash-based "games". Core gamers aren't going anywhere. See Deus EX, DA, ME, COD, Warcraft, Madden, Starcraft, etc. etc. etc. We are not entertained by mindless flash garbage on a 4" screen.
Game producers would do very well. It is merely allowing more people access to there games.
Ok. Keep on thinking with your one track mind. Game producers would still do okay for the high end games (maybe... only because it's unknown). The problem is, there could now be 1000's of games available, cheap. There could also be 100's (if not 1000's) of "game producers" too. When building "app" type games, it's easy to see how the market would be flooded if cheap/free games, hence, creating an expectation that $60 games should really be $40. Plus, if it's online, the price should drop even further. That's just how people think.
I'm a gamer too, I'm only a level 12 Gunzerker right now, but I haven't had tons of time to play lately. Borderlands is one of my FAVORITE games to date and I preordered it the day it was available. I still prefer Brick over Salvador, but like I said, I'm only level 12. I gave up on PC games long ago only because my 360 plays games way better (trust me, I know the PC crowd thinks consoles suck) and is more convenient for me. I too have a $1000 computer, but I don't play games on it.
My point is, if an online/cloud "game store" becomes available and they open it up like they did for "app" store, there is going to be so many games available that the real games may not get much play/purchase. We don't really know yet, but people like FREE. I like free, but I prefer a great games. I've played the free games on my phone and I lose interest in about 10 minutes. Childs play. ....but, a lot of people of this junk and don't play the real games because of it (free/cheap).