Are games too expensive is a question only the developers/retailers can really answer as the pricing needs to be right in order for them to turn a profit. In terms of the gamers who actually purchase the games, income vs expenditure will be so varied as to render the question meaningless. Value is relative. When demand is high in a free market it is no surprise that prices start out relatively high. Once demand drops off or if not enough sales are made at the initial price point then prices will enivitably drop. I personally think that there is enough healthy competition in the games market currently that if you shop around you can find a good deal. Anyone who purchases a game in week one of release and then complains that it is too expensive is a moron. If it was too expensive the purchase would never have taken place. To complain about paying a high price for something you feel you must have right now is deluded. If adverstising and hype makes the game as crack to you then expect to be ripped off.