Is gamlng an expensive hobby?


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Dragul
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Ive been thinking about this... Today I went to my local mall and spent a really good time on the game section.

IMO gaming has never been so cheap, for example:

-PS2 70 euros with games starting at 5 euros (everything new)

-GTA IV for the 360 is 10 euros

-several sport games for the PS3 at 10 euros

-PC games from 3 euros

Of course this arent recent AAA games or event recent but compared with other hobbies, for me at least, seems cheap...

Compared to the 8 and 16 bit eras seems to be really cheap.

What are your opinions on this?
#1 at 21:44:52 - 20/08/2010
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Gaming's dirt cheap, yes. Provided you play your cards right. Don't go for every new release, sell on your old games, don't sign up to the subscription services, job done. You don't even have to go 2nd hand to enjoy a good range of games, either. You could easily run through 10-20 decent games a year for under a tenner a month
#2 at 22:56:01 - 20/08/2010
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Thanks to my gaming addiction, I sleep in the box my 40" HD Sammy came in. :(
#3 at 23:02:48 - 20/08/2010
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As long as you are prepared to wait and not buy games on release day then gaming is quite a cheap hobby nowadays.

Nearly all games hit the bargain bins after 2 or 3 months, some even after a couple of weeks if sales have been really bad!
#4 at 23:13:42 - 20/08/2010
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The only games I'll get on release now are multiplayer ones to be honest, because after a few weeks no bugger plays them.
#5 at 22:22:34 - 21/08/2010
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evilashchris said:The only games I'll get on release now are multiplayer ones to be honest, because after a few weeks no bugger plays them.


I think that is why I've almost given up on multiplayer gaming. I'm not paying full price for a game just to catch a couple of weeks worth of online action, before everyone disappears back to COD and Halo 3!
#6 at 22:31:14 - 21/08/2010
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You can always message me for a game of whatever, I loves a bit of co-ops.
#7 at 22:50:38 - 21/08/2010
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evilashchris said:You can always message me for a game of whatever, I loves a bit of co-ops.


Will do Chris, but it will be PS3 only at the moment as my Gold sub has run out.

I was going to renew it for Crackdown 2, but that turned out to be far too close to the original to be worth buying. Halo Reach could well be the game that gets me back on Live. Halo 3 co-op is one of my all time favourite gaming moments \o/
#8 at 22:58:45 - 21/08/2010
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How to resist buying games immediately. Thats the trick.

Mind you I just bought Blazblue on PC from shopto for 11.86 and that was out on Friday. :-)
#9 at 23:00:40 - 21/08/2010
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Dragul's original post got me thinking. I remember the first time I bought a game - actually bought rather than borrowed - and it was a game for the Acetronic MPU 1000. A really awful awful game looking back but at the time I just about wrinkled every last gasp of gameplay out of it. That game was Invaders, a pretty obvious Space Invaders rip-off but with a metric ton of gameplay options like guided missiles, rapid fire (virtually unheard of at the time) and blobby ships / shields.

I can't remember how long I scrimped and saved for it but the cartridge cost 54.99 from Rumbelows (remember them?)

Gaming got cheap in the 80s with the advent of stuff like the old Mastertronic series, and it'll never quite be that cheap again but as everyone has said, if you inevitably wait for the slashing in price of games that didn't quite hit the highs of the all-encompassing Metacritic / Gamerankings systems, then you can pick up some brilliant stuff for well under 20 or 30 quid for consoles.

If you limit yourself to an iPod and a PC you can pretty much play for nought if you're prepared to miss out on big commercial releases.
#10 at 10:34:55 - 23/08/2010
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peej said:
I can't remember how long I scrimped and saved for it but the cartridge cost 54.99 from Rumbelows (remember them?)


Come along now, Grandad - it's time for your nap.

;o)
#11 at 11:07:19 - 23/08/2010
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Jesus, Rumbelows :D

I remember star raiders or something on the 2600 being a mint because it had some passthrough cartridge thing.

Turok on the N64 was about 70 quid before the memory card too.
#12 at 14:07:18 - 23/08/2010
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evilashchris said:Jesus, Rumbelows :D

I remember star raiders or something on the 2600 being a mint because it had some passthrough cartridge thing.

Turok on the N64 was about 70 quid before the memory card too.


Star Raiders had a dinky little numeric pad plug-in with overlays to control some of the extra functions. Made the game exceptionally clunky to play but quite exciting having something like that along with the one-button joystick.

But yeah that was a mint. Streetfighter II on the SNES was also about 80 when it first came out IIRC
#13 at 14:09:06 - 23/08/2010
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I think PC gaming could be considered an expensive hobby. In the next few months I'm looking at buying a new desktop rig (just can't get on with laptops).

My first requirement will be it runs STALKER at the best possible setting. It's broken my heart trying to get that bastard to work.
#14 at 15:14:04 - 23/08/2010
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Keep an eye out in Aldi, their last computer was a beast, and it was only 400.
#15 at 15:23:09 - 23/08/2010
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Cheers, Chris.
#16 at 15:24:58 - 23/08/2010
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Here you go!

Might be worth phoning the store closest :)
#17 at 15:31:30 - 23/08/2010
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Another thing with games is that the right ones can offer dozens or even hundreds of hours of entertainment, which compared to your average DVD is vastly better value for money. And since I reined in the amount of games I was buying (about 5-6 a year now compared to three or four times that a few years back), I really feel like I'm getting that value for money too.
#18 at 15:57:22 - 23/08/2010
peej
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One plus side of A) a really shitty gaming month and B) a self-imposed gaming exile is that it's reminded me how easily I can get lost for hours just sitting there scribbling away at a sketch pad. With a week to go I'm planning on cutting down the amount of hours "wasted" on so so stuff, hopefully picking up a few more quality titles once they drop in price rather than feeling a need to grab absolutely everything that's brand new just because everyone else has...

Gaming is an expensive hobby in one respect: Time. It completely cuts into just about everything if you aim to complete the stuff you buy but the flip side is that it's damned handy when you've got free time for half an hour or so and nothing to fill it with.
#19 at 16:00:26 - 23/08/2010
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evilashchris said:Here you go!

Might be worth phoning the store closest :)


Hey good are this PCs? Aldi here in Portugal hasn't any type of reputation... O_o



Hey Peej how about a small article about the evolution of gaming prices? :P


This month alone I bought about 6 games (Motorstorm PR, RAtchet & Clank Gladiator, Yakuza 2, Alpha Protocol and GTA IV 360)...

I've spent less than the full price of a new release here in Portugal (It's around 70 euros).
#20 at 16:21:03 - 23/08/2010
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I never spend more than 40 on a game unless I know I will enjoy it and since I limit myself to those games I rarely buy more than 5 games a year.
#21 at 16:24:16 - 23/08/2010
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I'll be spending less from now on... from the games on the market I just want God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Haze, Disgaea 2 and 3 and nothing else me thinks...

And for the first ones I'm waiting for a lower price: :)
#22 at 16:29:25 - 23/08/2010
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I've got about 75-odd games on my iPhone, at least half of which I picked up for 59p or less. Then you have stuff like the Xbox Indie channel, which has some surprisingly good games for just 80MSP. That's frickin' cheaper than a bar of chocolate. And of course with the internet there are plenty of free flash/downloadable indie games.

And all that's without mentioning DD sales on Steam, PSN etc... and of course the ridiculous price cuts that most retail titles get within weeks of release.

Peej got it spot-on. It's not money I'm worried about nowadays, it's whether I'll ever have the time to play everything I own (and want to buy).
#23 at 13:16:32 - 24/08/2010
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Dragul said:I'll be spending less from now on... from the games on the market I just want God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Haze, Disgaea 2 and 3 and nothing else me thinks...

And for the first ones I'm waiting for a lower price: :)


How about free?

Send me your address, I'll send you Haze :D
#24 at 13:28:02 - 24/08/2010
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Are you serious? O_o

Do I mail you my address to your profile mail?
#25 at 15:04:37 - 24/08/2010
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Yep, either that or an EG PM :)
#26 at 15:37:34 - 24/08/2010
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I've PMed you through EG.

Thanks!
#27 at 17:25:46 - 24/08/2010
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Got it, I'll get it out to you in the week :)
#28 at 17:45:36 - 24/08/2010
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Yeah, I have to agree with people saying that gaming is a fairly low-cost hobby these days, compared to a lot of other things that might attract a similar demographic (certainly in terms of money/time). Personally, importing games has got super much more expensive thanks to the exchange rate, and relatively more expensive due to how quickly games get discounted here now, but in general terms it's cheaper.
#29 at 20:33:51 - 26/08/2010
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evilashchris said:
Dragul said:I'll be spending less from now on... from the games on the market I just want God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Haze, Disgaea 2 and 3 and nothing else me thinks...

And for the first ones I'm waiting for a lower price: :)


How about free?

Send me your address, I'll send you Haze :D


Popped it in the post for you today :)
#30 at 14:03:24 - 01/09/2010

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