Videogames only "need" to be $70 to attempt to cover up costs for overbudgeted shitshows, which is sadly the norm now. I don't know if it's out of malice or incompetence, but much of vidya is getting simultaneously bigger while everything else degenerates. Higher storage requirements, more contract deals with Hollyfucks and their ilk that cost way too much, all while making propoganda that they otherwise don't give a shit about if it sells, only if it is praised by the journos and delude normalfags and ignorant fucktards to get them not to realize something's fucky.
But, of course, they can't actually
do it for free, and making good games would indirectly mean cutting out the propoganda, due to firing the propogandists. So they nickel-and-dime and raise the prices to try and make up for it.
Personally, I don't give a damn about the industry anymore, I'm more focused on bigger shit besides Soyny's latest scheme, like Orange Man suing the shit out of some mummy for rigging an election. Not to mention that I've got plenty of games, legitiiamtely gotten and otherwise, that I could play. Speaking of which, Ion Fury is fucking great, it's a damn shame that Voidpoint had their initial profits stolen and transferred to the tranny slush fund.