A stand against exorbitant Aussie game prices!

It’s no secret that Aussie gamers get ripped off. When purchasing a game here, we’re asked to pay anywhere from 50% to 100% more than our American friends. In days gone by, publishers/distributors/retailers claimed that it was the tyranny of distance and poor Aussie exchange rate that forced up the costs. Given how far we are from anywhere, and that the Aussie dollar used to be at about 60-70c against the US dollar, this was a vaguely believable argument 5 or 10 years ago.

But now we’re in the digital era. There are no goods to transport. And now the Aussie dollar is actually stronger than the US dollar. There’s no legitimate reason to charge higher prices in Australia and NZ, and yet these exorbitant prices continue. It’s nothing short of outrageous.

We released Fractured Soul for 3DS on the Nintendo eShop in North America for USD $11.99. It surprised us to hear gamers in Australia saying they guessed the game would come out for $15+ when released here, but I suppose I would have thought the same thing. As much as we’d love to charge these crazy prices from a financial point of view, it’s just not right. As gamers ourselves, can we expect the price gouging to stop if we’re part of the problem too?

So we’re making a stand. Fractured Soul will cost AUD $9.99 on the Australia & NZ Nintendo eShop, and 7.99 Euros in the Nintendo eShop in Europe.

Sure, it’s just one indie game. It probably won’t change the world. But at least it’s proof – proof to gamers here in Australia that high game prices are unnecessary and unacceptable.

¡Viva la Revolución!

Share your created tracks on Facebook with Ringtone DJ!

On November 15, 2011, Endgame Studios made its music iPhone App “Ringtone DJ” free for a week. In less than 72 hours it had been downloaded over 100,000 times and rocketed to the #1 free App in France and Italy, and into the top 100 in over 20 App Stores.

To celebrate, Endgame is releasing an update to Ringtone DJ that, in addition to adding 15 all new samples, allows sharing of created tracks via Facebook!

This update has already been submitted to the App Store for review and should be available very soon. We look forward to hearing some of the tracks that fans will make and share with this new update!

In the near future, a Lite version of Ringtone DJ will appear on the App Store to allow people to continue to enjoy the Ringtone DJ experience free of charge. Until December 1, the full version remains free on the App Store!

Finally, Endgame has paid very close attention to the over 100 reviews of Ringtone DJ – now rated as a 4.7 star app worldwide – and updates are planned over coming weeks to add new features that fans are requesting.

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/app/ringtone-dj/id404108132?mt=8
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ringtonedj

Some of the most recent user reviews:

☆ “Perfect. One of the best around. Really beautiful and varied.”
☆ “SPECTACULAR !!!!! – Deserves 6 stars! One of the best App”
☆ “bravo – thank you for this great app!”
☆ “Great stuff! – It really is, I love the variety of loops and it’s a lot of fun to come up with new ringtones”
☆ “Fantastic – Beautiful app”
☆ “Excellent! – As per title.”