I don't think the people that are worried that this is the beginning of conscious parallelism are as paranoid as others are intimating. Whether or not it's happening is anyone's guess, but it's a legitimate concern. I don't know if there is much that people can really do to prevent it (apart from exercising one's choice to not buy certain songs for certain reasons), but it has certainly launched a fairly lively conversation here.For one thing, Methenitis talks about a phenomenon known as "conscious parallelism." In this hypothetical scenario, one publisher says, "Our new game Graylo 2 is so awesome that we are going to charge more money for it. Because it is worth it!"
All the other publishers go into their board meetings and moan:
"Hey! Our games are at least as good as Graylo 2. We should charge more too!"
And so it goes. One day games are $49.99; the next, $59.99. No one has broken the law and everyone is happy.