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Top Five Game Sales according to Amazon (5/6)

If you're on the fence about what will probably be one of the year's best games, how about a little peer pressure? It seems everyone is buying Portal 2 at its extremely reasonable price of $34.99 on 360 and PS3 and $29.99 on PC. The game is dominating Amazon's top five chart this week.

Valve is notorious for toying with price points for fun and profit via their Steam shop, and they're doing the same thing here. The perceived value of Portal 2 is $59.99 (that's how much it cost the first week it was out). Now only two weeks after release, the game is down to a sub-$40 price point. I wouldn't be surprised if this was the intended price all along.

If Valve is keeping the price low on purpose, the game's sales success will be a fascinating story for investors stuck on the bloated $59.99 price for games. With THQ launching a $39.99 line of games (starting with MX vs. ATV: Alive), the days of the strict price point are just about over. If you're hesitant about Portal 2, celebrate this load off your wallet by picking the game up this weekend. Trust me, it's great.

The rest of the top 5 is mostly business as usual (except for Japan's fascination for Billy Blanks), but be sure to check out the full breakdown below. Happy Friday!

North America: 1. Portal 2 (Valve, 360) 2. Portal 2 (Valve, PS3) 3. Portal 2 (Valve, PC) 4. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros., PS3) 5. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros., 360)

UK: 1. Zumba Fitness (505 Games, Wii) 2. Portal 2 (Valve, 360) 3. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision, 360) 4. Portal 2 (Valve, PS3) 5. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii)

Japan:

1. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 - Professional (Square Enix, DS) 2. Battle & Get: Pokemon Typing DS (Nintendo, DS) 3. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP) 4. Billy's Boot Camp: Wii de Enjoy Diet! (Rocket Company, Wii) 5. Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 (Konami, PSP)

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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