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In the scientific method, an experiment is an empirical method that arbitrates between competing models or hypotheses. Experimentation is also used to test existing theories or new hypotheses in order to support them or disprove them.
Take a look at the steps of the scientific method:
1. Make observations.
2. Formulate a hypothesis.
3. Design and conduct an experiment to test the hypothesis.
4. Evaluate the results and accept or reject the hypothesis.

STEP 1: Observations
#1 People who play computer games like games. This is mostly true, however some gamers who played these titles might disagree.
#2 People who buy computer games prefer spending less money to spending more money.
It hurts us a little bit, but the truth is games don't sell for $1000+
#3 GOG.com users are people who play, like, and buy computer games.

STEP 2: Hypothesis
If GOG.com lowers the prices of some games in our catalog, more gamers will be inclined to buy and enjoy those high-quality products.

STEP 3: The Experiment
We're trying out some new pricing, and we want to see what you guys think of it.

Prices changed from $5.99 to $3.99:
Alien Shooter, Celtic Kings, Commandos Ammo Pack, Constructor, Empire Earth, Knights and Merchants, Litil Divil, Lords of Magic, Lords of the Realm, Mobile Forces, Myst: Masterpiece Edition, Outcast, Personal Nightmare, Realms of Haunting, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Simon the Sorcerer, Waxworks.

Prices changed from $9.99 to $6.99:
Broken Sword 4: The Angel of Death, Ceville, Evil Genius, Haegemonia Gold Edition, King's Bounty, Moto Racer 3, Red Baron Pack, Restaurant Empire, Sanitarium, Shadowgrounds, Sherlock Holmes, The Incredible Machines, Warlords Battlecry 3

STEP 4: Results
This is where you, our dear gamers, step in and decide the results. We'd like to offer you the best games in history on PC & Mac for the most affordable prices, but we need to fund testing, coding, bundling, and securing rights to even more classics. So we want to see if this brings us and our partners more money overall, even though there's less per individual sale. That's the argument we'd like to make, but we'll see what the results from you guys actually are as we try out our new price points.
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Zchinque: Constructor? Commandos? Roller Coaster Tycoon?
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carnival73: I'd slap a $4 price tag on these:

Constructor, Lords of Magic, Outcast, Realms of Haunting, Broken Sword 4: The Angel of Death, King's Bounty, Evil Genius, Haegemonia Gold Edition

And flush these:

Alien Shooter, Celtic Kings, Commandos Ammo Pack,, Empire Earth, Knights and Merchants, Litil Divil, , , Mobile Forces, Myst: Masterpiece Edition,, Personal Nightmare,, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Simon the Sorcerer, Waxworks. , Ceville, Moto Racer 3, Red Baron Pack, Restaurant Empire, Sanitarium, Shadowgrounds, Sherlock Holmes, The Incredible Machines, Warlords Battlecry 3, Lords of the Realm
Flush Sanitarium? I hear nothing but good things about that game. Never played the game, unfortunately.
Post edited February 25, 2013 by langurmonkey
Lower prices are always welcome. This economy, let's face it, is in the shit. I hope it gets better soon.
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zidders: Personally, I feel like GOG's prices are low enough already. ... I think GoG has its heart in the right place but frankly, I think this trend where we see developers begging for scraps as an unfair one. Sure, we've been taken advantage of by big publishers and retailers for years now but it's not fair to turn around and expect that developers beg us for handouts. All the hard work and artistry has to be worth more than just a few bucks.
I think even GOG feels like it and they said once that extremely discounted sales and low prices are spoiling the customers and they don't think it will do good in the long run, but they have to do it because the competition also does it. I would see low prices as a sign of a well adjusted market, after all the costs of distributing a game digitally are very, very low too. If you ask me, we finally see the dividend of going all digital. Less money for production and shipping and retail space could mean both, more savings for the customers and more funds for the developers too.

I don't think its really unfair. It's just the law of the market which in general works quite well. Some games (also on GOG) are just aged so badly that not many people would risk spending time on them. So their fair value is certainly below 6$ and a new price point between 6 and 10 also gives them more flexibility. Also I guess that in most cases the developers won't see much revenue of the good old games sold here, most profit will go towards the publishers.

In a way it's unfair that GOG has worldwide equal prices. Americans, Western European, Japenese, ... could afford to pay much higher prices than Africans for example and probably would also pay much more if the prices were higher. Seems like rich countries profit from worldwide equal prices most.

In the end it's GOGs experiment and they will decide if it was a success. For the time being customers should be happy about the low prices.
While you're at it, you might fix some of the inconsistencies with your Sierra adventure games pricing.

You offer, not currently on sale, Leisure Suit Larry 1-6 for $9.99 or $1.67 per game,
Goblins 1-3 for $5.99 or $2.00 per game,
Quest for Glory 1-5 for $9.99 or $2.00 per game,
and Police Quest 1-4 for $9.99 or $2.50 per game.

Those games ranging from $1.67 to $2.50 each aren't bad (despite some games being 150% the price of others).
But this is where it gets a little ridiculous:

You also offer Space Quest 1-6 in two different bundles totalling $19.98 or $3.33 per game which is 200% the price of the LSL games.
And, worse yet, you offer King's Quest 1-8 in three different bundles totalling $29.97 or a whopping $3.75 per game (225% of the LSL games).

I propose that the Space Quest games be offered in a single bundle of 1-6 for $9.99 to be in line with the LSL bundle and, for King's Quest, either offering 1-5 and then 6-8 for $9.99 each or 1-7 for $14.99 while selling 8 separately for $5 or $6 as it is a larger game in terms of download size and hard drive space and is unlike the others in the series in terms of gameplay.

Edit: I now realize thanks to gibbeynator that SQ and KQ are discounted if bought all together, but I still think that SQ is $7 overpriced. Or LSL is $7 underpriced.
Post edited February 26, 2013 by jmeyer2039
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jmeyer2039: While you're at it, you might fix some of the inconsistencies with your Sierra adventure games pricing.

You offer, not currently on sale, Leisure Suit Larry 1-6 for $9.99 or $1.67 per game,
Goblins 1-3 for $5.99 or $2.00 per game,
Quest for Glory 1-5 for $9.99 or $2.00 per game,
and Police Quest 1-4 for $9.99 or $2.50 per game.

Those games ranging from $1.67 to $2.50 each aren't bad (despite some games being 150% the price of others).
But this is where it gets a little ridiculous:

You also offer Space Quest 1-6 in two different bundles totalling $19.98 or $3.33 per game which is 200% the price of the LSL games.
And, worse yet, you offer King's Quest 1-8 in three different bundles totalling $29.97 or a whopping $3.75 per game (225% of the LSL games).

I propose that the Space Quest games be offered in a single bundle of 1-6 for $9.99 to be in line with the LSL bundle and, for King's Quest, either offering 1-5 and then 6-8 for $9.99 each or 1-7 for $14.99 while selling 8 separately for $5 or $6 as it is a larger game in terms of download size and hard drive space and is unlike the others in the series in terms of gameplay.
GOG has bundle support for the Space Quest and King's Quest games now, so you can buy all the games in the franchise at a reduced price.
We need "bottom of the barrel" items to be lowered price-wise, like Tomb Raider AOD.
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gibbeynator: GOG has bundle support for the Space Quest and King's Quest games now, so you can buy all the games in the franchise at a reduced price.
I didn't notice that, but I probably should have. In that case, the only major inconsistency is with Space Quest. The discounted series still costs $17 whereas LSL (same number of games) is $10. Oh, well, still very good to have that brought to my attention. As you can see, I just registered to make that post last night, so I am new to the website.
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jmeyer2039: You offer, not currently on sale, Leisure Suit Larry 1-6 for $9.99 or $1.67 per game,
You should be aware that LSL 1–6 consists only of five games. There is no LSL4! So that makes $2 per game, and e.g. King’s Quest costs $2,62 per game (using the all at once bundle price). Space Quest is $2,83 per game – a bit more, but not that much. And the story is better. ;)

Buying LSL1–7 also costs $2,66 per game ($6 for part alone), so all in all it’s quite a good pricing.

Edit:
I’m sorry, there are indeed seven games in the Larry pack, but Softporn Adventure is not part of the series and also kind of a basic game for Larry1 (I didn’t play it myself). And the VGA remake of Larry1 is just another remake.
Post edited February 27, 2013 by ZivilSword
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jmeyer2039: You offer, not currently on sale, Leisure Suit Larry 1-6 for $9.99 or $1.67 per game,
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ZivilSword: You should be aware that LSL 1–6 consists only of five games. There is no LSL4! So that makes $2 per game, and . King’s Quest costs $2,62 per game (using the all at once bundle price). Space Quest is $2,83 per game – a bit more, but not that much. And the story is better. ;)

Buying LSL1–7 also costs $2,66 per game ($6 for part alone), so all in all it’s quite a good pricing.

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I’m sorry, there are indeed seven games in the Larry pack, but Softporn Adventure is not part of the series and also kind of a basic game for Larry1 (I didn’t play it myself). And the VGA remake of Larry1 is just another remake.
Oh, man, I forgot that they had done something like that (omitted a number in the series). But, honestly, my biggest problem was with KQ1-7 being $30, but, as I've learned, it's only $20 or $21 if bought all together...plus, you get Mask of Eternity thrown in there, if you can tolerate that game. So I don't want it to seem like I was trying to make a big deal out of it.
Which one do you like best?
1.50% off of $9.99
2.93% off of $99
3.30% off of $5.99
4.70% off of $19.99
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sajin: Which one do you like best?
1.50% off of $9.99
2.93% off of $99
3.30% off of $5.99
4.70% off of $19.99
4. the normal price is too high for me to buy in here, but if the game is really good, I'd be tempted and sad that no matter how much I like the game, I still shouldn't buy it for such high price (or if I did, I'd have to pass on all the other deals that happen that month or so)

1 and 3 are really low prices anyway, so if I really wanted the game I already bought it

2 is just silly :D
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sajin: Which one do you like best?
1.50% off of $9.99
2.93% off of $99
3.30% off of $5.99
4.70% off of $19.99
5. 100% off of $[insert arbitrary value]
Price is for the old games not exactly my problem.

Getting them to work is because I like video eye candy and work with 2 grafic cards.

Some games bought on GOG I am so devoted to, I actually set up a dual boot to accomodate those older games.
Up to now it works like a charm.

Steam I am afraid is a fierce competitor for Indie/old games and also their pricing during sales. I prefer DRM free games but steam/origin is so intergrated within my games system I forget to look on the GOG site to compare. So I end up with games allready bought I later see on GOG and would have prefered even if they are slightly more expensive.

Mabe you should think of a application like steam and origin insted of email to promote your games
imo, GOG should stick with only offering real quality good old games. Classics. Don't allow just any junk to creep in because you can offer it for 5.99 or 3.99. Or it will erode your quality over time and you will acquire a reputation for offering cheap trashy stuff.
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neru: Price is for the old games not exactly my problem.

Getting them to work is because I like video eye candy and work with 2 grafic cards.

Some games bought on GOG I am so devoted to, I actually set up a dual boot to accomodate those older games.
Up to now it works like a charm.

Steam I am afraid is a fierce competitor for Indie/old games and also their pricing during sales. I prefer DRM free games but steam/origin is so intergrated within my games system I forget to look on the GOG site to compare. So I end up with games allready bought I later see on GOG and would have prefered even if they are slightly more expensive.

Mabe you should think of a application like steam and origin insted of email to promote your games
Won't happen
Most people don't want a client here. Steam don't have many of the older games here (a good number of their older ones do not work properly with older systems either.
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sajin: Which one do you like best?
1.50% off of $9.99
2.93% off of $99
3.30% off of $5.99
4.70% off of $19.99
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Trilarion: 5. 100% off of $[insert arbitrary value]
The Ultimate Cheapass Gamer ;)
Post edited March 06, 2013 by nijuu