There certainly are but they aren't very intuitive or feature rich. For print only two softwares packages are considered as being viable alternatives Adobe indesign and quark express ....so it's pretty much a monopoly there and thus you have the overpriced software.
As for SC2 and D3 i don't have as much of a problem with those requiring you to be online to play as i do with a game like AC2 due to the first two being primarily multiplayer games,
Really? I loved Starcraft + Brood Wars (and played through (not loved) Diablo 1 + Hellfire, and large part of Diablo 2: LoD, but not completed it yet), but I haven't played them online (almost) at all. I have always treated them purely as single-player games.
If Starcraft 2 is to be considered primarily a multiplayer game, good reason for me to pass it then. I'm not interested in the multiplayer part at all.
That's what I was hoping from Blizzard, that they would come clean and simply make D3 a multiplayer-only game. Why to pretend it is a single-player game too, if it is not supposed to be?
Luckily there are lots of other games out there too, my life does not depend on Blizzard games (and after all the Starcraft series is the only one I'm really interested in their lineup).
I wouldn't go so far as to call mainstream publishing a niche market which is where these tools are used the most.However these products are certainly very over priced for the little updates that they offer....it's not reasonable by any degree.
Aren't there any cheaper alternatives? I would think that if there is a possibility of price-couging, then it would lure lots of competitors to the market.
Problem is of course if one player can lock out others out of the market somehow, by becoming the de-facto stardard, owning the patents etc.