The release of Rock Band in Europe has finally been announced, but the price announced with it has some recoiling in horror.
It's bad enough that European gamers have to wait longer than gamers in the States for consoles and games. But the recent Rock Band pricing announcement for Europe really sticks it in and breaks it off. In the UK, the cost for the whole thing will be roughly $350 in American dollars, and the rest of the continent has to pay around $375 American. While the VAT tax is being used, at least partially, to defend the price hike, that tax is around 17.5%, which doesn't really translate to doubling the price.
I can't justify spending the price of a console for a game, particularly one where the high price comes from peripherals. Steel Batallion, anyone? You almost had to buy the second game in that series to justify having blown $100 on the first one. I guess it remains to be seen if the money I've spent on the Rock Band peripherals will be a decent investment. Harmonix is starting to have a history of not supporting interoperability between the peripherals it produces and the various games for which they probably should work. I had trouble deciding to whether to purchase Rock Band, even living in the States. If I lived in Europe, I'd almost certainly just have to play at a rich friend's house.