PAYING TO PLAY: THE EVOLVING STRUCTURE OF GAME PRICING AND INDUSTRY LEGITIMACY

Mia Consalvo, Christopher Paul

Abstract


This paper explores how games are priced for sale – from free through hundreds or thousands of dollars – and argues that game price functions not just as a signal of a game’s value but also as a sign of a game’s legitimacy – or it’s lack- in the eyes of developers and the larger game industry.


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