Of the 20 best-selling PC games at U.S. retailers in December 2008, 7 of them were within The Sims franchise. If you bring Spore and its parts pack into the equation, that means Maxis-helmed games accounted for almost half of the month's top sellers.
And let's not forget that The Sims 3 is due out February 20. Anyone want to bet how long that'll be at the top of the sales charts? Weeks? Months? Years? Decades?
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39 (Average)
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
- Spore / EA Maxis / $47 (Average)
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $50 (Average)
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $48 (Average)
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $49 (Average)
- World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard / $38 (Average)
- World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20 (Average)
- The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff Exp. / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
- Bejeweled Twist / PopCap / $19 (Average)
- Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 / EA LA / $49 (Average)
- Grand Theft Auto IV / Rockstar North / $49 (Average)
- World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion Pack / Blizzard / $28 (Average)
- The Sims 2 Pets Exp. / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
- The Sims 2 Seasons Exp. / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
- Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy / Her Interactive / $20 (Avearge)
- The Sims 2 FreeTime Exp. / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
- The Sims 2 University Exp. / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
"Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 / EA LA / $49 (Average)"
But it sells for $29.99 on steam.
NPD doesn't track digital distribution.
It sells for 50€ on European steam.
Unless It's a sale which we don't have (and won't have) I call BS.
European prices are often much higher then US prices. Plus they add your local sales tax on top of that. It's nothing uncommon at all. Steam price their stuff to match your local MSRP or something like that.
I bought RA3 at Direct2Drive for 20 pounds. That's even less than our local retail.
1$ =/= 1€
These are Decembers numbers and it was just lowered to $30.
It's selling locally at Future Shop (here in Canada) for $29.99 (regular price) as well, retail boxed copy.
Hey, nice. It was $49.99 when it was first released on Steam a week ago.
It's also that price at GameStop (free shipping with code 'saver') http://www.ebgames.com/Catalog/ProductDetails.aspx?product_id=69403
Steam's Europe sales use Sweden's sales tax, which is 25%.
Hurray, back to boxes.