"The average new release in the U.S. is $60, and in the U.K. about £40, which is quite a whack of money for just one title. But this price has to be looked at in context of how many hours of enjoyment will be garnered from it. While some games offer only limited gameplay time, with as little as five hours from some titles, most will offer upwards of 20 and even as much as 100 hours in the case of RPGs.
This actually works out at good value, especially when compared to other forms of entertainment. Buy a new DVD for $15 and watch it twice, and you'll have had about 4 hours of entertainment, and Blu-rays, currently retailing for about $30, are even worse value for money.
Gaming isn't cheap but it is an affordable hobby and great value for money when looked at in context to other pastimes. Which is why it's likely to survive in the current economic climate of recession. As always, the important thing is to operate quality control, only buying games which you know are highly rated and are going to last beyond an afternoon."