Wow, that IS quite a deal.
Popcap has similar deals if you search for them - where you can buy their entire catalog for under $100...
This whole industry relies on consumers buying into the marketing and wanting it "now" instead of later. Consumers that want the latest-and-greatest games are what make the high $ titles possible.
Things could change drastically if consumers figure out how much money they can save if they just wait for the games to reduce in prices. There's such a flood of good titles that eventually come down in prices that a person might as well just wait.
Waiting for Xbox360 games to drop to $19.99 is sort of like what I've done on iPhone (my platform of choice) --- all games eventually hit $.99
I paid $5.99 for Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3d and today it's $.99 ... So I've learned my lesson. It all drops, so I just wait... and by waiting I have a steady stream of great $.99 titles to play. It's amazing. (as a consumer, anyway.) And don't even get me started about buying games on Ebay. WOW.
I just hope the mass of consumers don't catch on to this, but I think they are. Consider the state of the economy... Hundreds of thousands of job cuts every month, month after month after month for the last year. Entry level jobs are flooded with hundreds and hundreds of resumes... This HAS to have an effect on people's purchases (sure they'll always buy the A titles, but the less $ they have, the less chances they'll take with B and C titles.)
I know the guys that made Gears of War 2 were surprised by the number of people who rented-instead-of-bought. I don't think they saw the royalties they were expecting, and the game dropped to the lower price quicker than expected.
Times are changing. More competition at every level. This talk and these threads appear here all the time (I just did a search and they go back to 2004, hehe!) - but I read a lot of underground economic news (i.e. NOT what you see on CNN/Fox or other mainstream media) and the fact is --- EVERYTHING is changing - and faster than ever. Most of us are just so tuned into their own industries that we don't realize the enormity of it all. Not to mention some real significant things have happened at the Fed level to our currency that we've yet to feel...
Hopefully games will evolve to some kind of online-play-only scheme. Too much is lost from rentals and resales. That's a huge plus of digital delivery. I can't just transfer my Steam purchases to someone else!
But back to the original post:
All those games for less of the cost of Bioshock when it first came out! Wow.