Mapathy is an Expensive Condition to Cure

For those of you playing Modern Warfare 2 and are looking for some new maps to play on, Infinity Ward supposedly has the cure for you. The Modern Warfare 2 “Stimulus Package” contains 5 maps, two remakes from Modern Warfare 1 and three brand new ones.

I was hyped to get new maps for this game, and until I heard the price, this seemed like a no-brainer to me. But dude, 1200 Microsoft Points for 5 maps? Two of which aren’t even new?

From the perspective of the overlords at Activision, I can see why this makes perfect sense to them. They last sold four maps in a pack for 800 points. They sold millions. They must figure that because there are five in this pack, and the fans are desperate enough to pay almost anything for new maps, that 1200 points makes perfect sense.

As a value-conscious gamer, this particular proposition does not jive with me. Paying 1/4 of the price of the full game to receive only 5 maps in return is not a deal I want to make, especially when the cost-per-map was cheaper on every other map pack Activision released. For Battlefield: Bad Company 2 gamers, those free maps you have on the way are looking really good right now.

If you want those maps badly enough that you’re willing to spend 1200 points on them, I won’t stop you. I’m fairly certain that even at that price, they will sell millions to gamers that don’t care. However, I’m willing to speak with my wallet and not buy these maps until they come down in price. I don’t see Activision having a change of heart and lowering the regular price, but if they go on sale for 800 or less, then I’ll consider it.

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