Despite the backlash I’m sure to receive posting on such a subject, it’s nearly that time for the release of the next World of Warcraft expansion: Cataclysm. This post isn’t so much about the game, but more-so about Australian gaming retailers and their insane prices of products. I’ll be helping you to save money when buying this expansion. First of all, here are your options, in no particular order: GAME.com.au
If you’re buying from a game store, don’t think that you’re helping the local gaming shop (there’s not such thing anymore) because game is owned by the UK. They have an online ONLY price of $49.00. Prices will be more in-store, probably around the $58.00 mark. ebgames.com.au Next up we have ebgames. This time around, an American owned store. They’ve got the game listed on their site for $58.00. JB HI FI Another major retailer and once again, $58.00. You’d think with so many retailer they’d be a bit more competitive? Here’s where Blizzard and I save you money! First you need to understand, or accept, that you are paying for a game that you install and play, not a box that sits on your shelf gathering dust… If you’re looking for the box mainly, I’ll be glad to print out a cataclysm poster and paste it on some cardboard. If you’re in it for the actual game, this is the best price you’re going to find, and it comes directly from Blizzard. $39.99! Considering the US to AUD exchange rate at the moment, this is your cheapest option.Here is a link to xe.com displaying the current exchange for US$39.99 to AUD, but it’s around $40.50. This indicates to me that retailer believe that shipping from wherever the game is produced and a cardboard box is worth $18.00. I could make an epic box myself for $18.00! This $39.99 price is what Blizzard is offering as a digital download. People have also been worried that you won’t receive or obtain the cinematics for the expansion if you choose to go for the digital download, however blizzard has stated this as false. Here is a blue post(source) about it:
We’d like to take a moment to clarify how we’ll be delivering World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematics to players who purchase the expansion digitally through Battle.net or download the installer from the web in the future.Prior to the December 7 launch of Cataclysm, all current World of Warcraft players will receive the Cataclysm intro cinematic as part of an upcoming patch. In addition, all other in-game cinematics (including previous ones such as the Wrathgate movie) will be available for download to players who have not previously installed them. These cinematics will be automatically downloaded in the background while you play the game, after other critical game data has been received.
So as you can see, before the expansion is even launched players will have the intro cinematic on their computers whether you get the digital download or not. This is more than likely to come with patch 4.0.3 which will be coming out before the release. Other in-game cinematics like wrathgate etc will be available to download. So in terms of cinematics, one has nothing to worry about. So unless you’re desperate for a nearly empty box to sit on your shelf, I’d go for the digital download. It cuts down on a number of things along with saving you money. Less discs created, less boxes created and less miles needed.