Originally Posted by ratpacker
BF pricing may not reflect the quality
of a title, but it can
be a yardstick to measure the popularity of one. FH hasn't been setting the sales charts on fire. I asked my ex wife to pick this title up for my son when she ventured out to Walmart on Thanksgiving night. She arrived several hours after the doors opened to avoid the mad rush, so I wasn't real confident on her being able to score it. As it turns out she did, and told me it was the only game left among the cheap sale titles. For $15, it's a no brainer, but for what I paid for the LCE, I feel let down by the quality for $80.
I havent played FH yet, so I cant talk about its quality. But I can talk about BF. And why I agree it can properly measure an item's popularity.
BF came to be for several reasons:
1) It gives retailers a reason to get shoppers in stores on what would normally be a restful weekday off from work.
2) It signals the "official" start of the holiday shopping season. There is a psychological effect that tells consumers *this* is the day you begin preparing & shopping for Christmas presents.
3) BF discounts allow stores to clear out older, overstocked or otherwise slow selling products. Which makes room for next year products. Think about all the 2013 announcements that will happen in 6 weeks from CES.
4) By heavily discounting older, overstocked or less-than popular products, retailers attract record breaking amounts of foot/web traffic. Which leads to customers purchasing other items on their Christmas list while already shopping in the B&M or website store.
While the vast majority of my friends list plays shooters, mainly Call of Duty. I have quite a few who are also big into racing games. Several of those guys were playing Forza4 when it released. I didnt see nearly that number playing Forza Horizon. I dont know what the official sales numbers were.. but Horizon does seem to be alot less 'popular' than previous iterations of Forza.