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Submitted by Trenta27 1521d ago | opinion piece

I Spent $5705 On Video Games This Year

How much did you spend on video games this year? (Arcade, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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PRHB HYBRiiD  +   1521d ago
about $300 ... next year im waiting on mass effect 3 hitman hopefully gta5 and borderlands 2 so i think 300 each year is enough for me once i have the platinum i sell them or change them for another game to my friends ...$5,705 sounds crazy
gamingdroid  +   1521d ago
I'm thinking less than $300 myself this year as well. The least I have spent in a long time because of other financial obligations I acquired this year.

I used to keep a spreadsheet for this generation, and it was around $4000 total back then, and I'm probably closer to $5000 now. That's lifetime this generation.

That's a lot of dough.... let alone for one year. Even more crazy is 1200 hours playing games and that is only one platform. That's on average 3+ hours a day.
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Washington-Capitals  +   1521d ago
As someone who isnt fortunate enough to spend couple hundred dollars a year on video games, i have to sell/trade games to get new ones. With this recent online pass crap, its becoming harder for me to get new games.

Hand it to sony and EA for starting this online pass crap and hurting the lower budget gamers.
darthv72  +   1520d ago
nobody ever said this hobby was cheap....
then again it can be done on a budget. Among the bills and expenses for the family and home I still muster up some spare change to get a game here and there.

I have to say though, I have taken advantage of the used market more so this gen than the last or any prior (buy 2 get 1 free). Maybe thats because there has been such emphasis on the used market where as before it was a little hole in the wall place that traded games.

Now its a way of life for some.

If I had to try and tabulate my overall expense into goes back to the days of the 2600 (which I still have) and progressed from there.

I cant think of all that $$$$ that could have been spent elsewhere but if I had to do it over again I would probably leave out the jaguar and 3do systems. I will venture a guess and say its somewhere in the double digits maybe tipping the triple mark.

I must admit though, i have a star wars collection that is just as expensive. Some call it a waste i call it an investment.
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AngryTypingGuy  +   1520d ago
I usually don't spend too much since I get most games used or from friends unless they have the name "Halo" "Gears of War" or "Elder Scrolls" in the title, in which case I get them brand spanking new. I did buy myself a PS3 this year though so that brought my average up significantly.
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darthv72  +   1520d ago
this year....
an easy $1000 give or take.
morganfell  +   1520d ago
Counting a few pieces of hardware, such as the new PS3 Wireless headset, new 42in 3D plasma for a monitor, and the Gears 360 I hit just over $5200 total.
Darrius Cole  +   1520d ago
This year I've only spent about $275.

Killzone 3
Infamous 2
Uncharted 3
Elder Scrolls 5
Star Wars Force Unleashed II (used)

Next year will be much, Much, MUCH worse. Of the top of my head.

Final Fantasy 13-2
Soul Calibur 5
Dead or Alive 5
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
Ninja Gaiden 3
Metal Gear Solid..err...Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

All these are guaranteed purchases for me.

Then there are the other games that I have been anticipating with less concrete but still possible due dates.

The Last Guardian
The Last of Us

And I'm sure there are a lot of other games that I can't recall right now.
Megaman_nerd  +   1520d ago
what the hell?! The guy bought more than 300 games in just one year?! 0-O
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teething  +   1520d ago
I just spent about 750$ on a Fanatec racing wheel, stand, shifter, and pedal set with clutch.

Money well spent.
Dee_91  +   1521d ago
games alone ?
Prob around $400 - $500
I bought a wheel and a xbox and kinect so in all about 900.
Without gamefly and .coughcoughcoughpiratingcoughc oughthesimsexpansionpackscough c oughandother pc gamescoughcoughcough. I would be over the 1k mark

I wonder how much i spent on clothes and shoes this year .. dear god.
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t0mmyb0y  +   1520d ago
you sir, have a cold :D
Dee_91  +   1520d ago
Christopher  +   1521d ago
I'm trying to figure out how you spend that much money on video games. I buy a ton of games and I still spent less than $2k this year. That's with the KZ3, Infamous 2, and U3 CEs as well as more than a few limited editions. That also includes my PSN purchases (though, they were mostly 20-70% off).
John Kratos  +   1521d ago
This. I buy a lot of games, collectors editions and etc. I've probably spent in the 2200 range, and that pretty much picking up every major release on every platform.

The guy in the article is defiantly doing something wrong.
kneon  +   1521d ago
"The guy in the article is defiantly doing something wrong. "

Yes he certainly is. He bought 148 PC games this year and played for 52 hours, just over 21 minutes per game.

He spent over $15/hour for PC gaming. On the PS3 he's at $6.35/hour, Xbox $3.38/hour and $0.61/hour on mobile. He seems to be buying for the sake of buying, not to actually play.
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MariaHelFutura  +   1521d ago

I think who ever wrote that is lying. You would basically have to buy a new game every 3-4 days. If your counting TVs and Stereo systems sure, way.
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Trenta27  +   1521d ago
I do buy a new game every few days. I hate buying used games, especially if they are from Gamestop for I like to support the developers for the work they have done. All the games I do buy I play. I don't have many expenses throughout the year so I can afford to put money into gaming.

My wife doesn't like it, though...
Pekka  +   1520d ago
It wouldn't be so difficult, you could buy game every day and still wouldn't be able to buy nearly every game. And most games can be played through within 4-5 hours, shortest games in less than 2 hours (especially if count DLC but even some full games are so short) if you are good gamer. So you can even play through all those games if you only have time (and money). You only need relatively good income to use that much money. A lot of people with mediocre (or even low) income use more on cars every year while there are rich people who don't even have a car.

Remember, thousands of games are released every year even if you only count full-priced games. So even $5705 will only get you very small portion of the games.
ReservoirDog316  +   1521d ago
I personally spent probably in the ballpark of.......$600 on games. Would've been far* less if I'd have figured out that I could get 3 months of Gamefly for about $18. Did that twice so first half of the year was $560 and second half was about $40. And I played more games the second half than I did the first half.

If anyone cares to know how to get it for $18 (it's a legit trick you gotta do), pm me. I'd be glad to help out.
Iroquois_Pliskin  +   1521d ago
Money well spent, sir.
morkendo  +   1520d ago
I've spent 64.48 cent on ONE!! game this year,
other bills more important.

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Infernostew  +   1520d ago
You may have 1 bubble but at least you have your priorities straight. Cheers to that.
StraightPath  +   1520d ago
i spent a fraction of that..or people or saying I rented everything...only purchased Skyrim this whole year..LoveFilm is awesome.
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SnotyTheRocket  +   1520d ago
I only game on my PS3 (<---- Sony fanboy) and I spent like 250 this year, LBP2, Uncharted, BF3, next year will be crazy, The Last Of Us, StarHawk and others, LONG LIVE TEH GAMINGZORZ
DA_SHREDDER  +   1520d ago
Rule #1 Don't buy games day one, prices drop mere months after a release.

Rule #2 Enjoy the games that you already have, or if you're a ps3 gamer like me, there are alot of free options. (If you have problems doing said rules, then there is more likely a bigger problem at hand. You probably need therapy, and need to find another hobby.)
jacksonmichael  +   1521d ago
Wow... I'm still below 2000. Would have been lower, but... ya know... eBay...
fantasygamer  +   1521d ago
I've spent about 400 I got LBP2(Special with the plush :P), Portal 2, Tekken 6, Sims 3 collection (Steam bundle deal), Uncharted 3 and Skyrim I think thats it..
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EcoSos3  +   1521d ago
I spent about 4000 with all the pre-order for next year included the psvita with games is like 600, and thats what i can remember it maybe more than 5000 but whatever.
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Titanz  +   1521d ago
That's the definition of a, "hardcore gamer" folks
It has nothing to do with, "T&A,Gore, or cursing" (those games are just mature themed titles).
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Optical_Matrix  +   1521d ago
I don't have a clue lol I just know I bought a lot of games. I'm pretty sure this year so far I've bought:

Little Big Planet 2
Killzone 3
Castlevania Lords of Shadow
Resident Evil 5
Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Cosmo Black 3DS Console
Ocarina of Time 3D
LA Noire
Alice Madness Returns
Fable III
Modern Warfare 2
Batman Arkham Asylum
Forza 3
Muramasa: Demon Blade
Dissida 012 Duodecim
Persona 3 Portable
Agarest Zero
Arcana Heart 3
Rayman 3D
Rabbids 3D
Dark Souls
Uncharted 3
Sonic Generations
Gears of War 3
Batman Arkham City
Battlefield 3
Disgaea 4
Super Mario 3D Land
Mario Kart 7
Tales of Abyss 3D
Eternal Sonata
Ar Tonelico Qoga
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Skyward Sword

And I've been given Skyrim as an early christmas present. Not played it yet though. It's been a good year for gaming. Not sure how all of that comes to as some where old games from 2009-2010 that I bought at discount price.
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TheDivine  +   1521d ago
OMG dude. I felt guilty for buying the 10 or so 15 or so games throughout the year. I prob spent about 500 this year. Thanks you made me feel better lol.
BuffMordecai  +   1520d ago
Why the disagrees?, people mad you got so many games?
-MD-  +   1521d ago
I've pretty much gotten like $400 dollars of free steam games from trading TF2 items

Best idea ever valve, thanks.

Only game I paid money for all year was Human Revolution.
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DFresh  +   1521d ago
I was pretty tight on money this year so I bought Uncharted 3: Collector's Edition and Battlefield 3: Limited Edition for my PS3.


I'm saving up for my PC rig and entertainment set up.

h311rais3r  +   1521d ago
If u need pc advice message me. Mine was 800 (Canadian $) and I max bf3 at 60fps at 1080p. (80fps with SMAA). :)
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DFresh  +   1521d ago
I have plenty of help from friends.
Thank you for the offer though.
h311rais3r  +   1521d ago
Lolwut? Why'd I get a disagree
Pekka  +   1520d ago
Just a small reminder... Most PC monitors can't even in theory show more than 60 fps. And even most of those monitors who claim to be 120 fps don't actually show more actual frames because the connection can only deliver 60 fps signal. Yes, those monitors shows 120 fps but it is using artificial frames just like TV's.

Remember, none of the movies made for theaters are more than 24 fps. Not even Avatar.
Starbucks_Fan  +   1521d ago
Not sure how much I've spent but I've saved 100s thanks to CheapAssGamer :D
Trenta27  +   1521d ago
Never heard of them. I need to look that up =D
Bathyj  +   1521d ago
I'd guess about $AU1500. No hardware.
Cyrax_87  +   1521d ago
3D Dot Game Heroes - $30
Arkham City - $80
Battlefield 3 - $80
Catherine - $60
Fallout NV - $80
LBP2 - $70
MvC3 - $80
Mass Effect 2 - $30
MK vs DC Universe - $30
Portal 2 - $90
Saints Row 3rd - $90
Socom 4 - $70
Skyrim - $90
Uncharted 3 - $90

Just under a grand. Games in Aus are too expensive.
DFresh  +   1520d ago
Can't you just import from elsewhere?

PS3 is region unlocked.
cloud495  +   1520d ago for Australia and for New Zealand.
Cyrax_87  +   1520d ago
The ones that I got dirt cheap are imported. The rest I bought day 1 though, cause I couldn't wait to play them.
h311rais3r  +   1521d ago
Steam FTW. Spent maybe 500 and got every big release and well almost everything this year lol. Can't wait for rising. Halo4. Last of us. Diablo. Heart of the swarm. Etc. I'm an everything gamer so bring them games ON!!!
Ducky  +   1521d ago
I pirated everything. /trollface

Just kidding. I haven't done the total yet because I'll still be brutalizing my wallet during the winter, but I think it's only ~$500. Mostly due to digital sales and savings from GMG.
I still haven't had time to play all the games I've bought. =/
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Pandamobile  +   1521d ago
Probably around 600 or 700 CAD.
urwifeminder  +   1521d ago
This year i spent less than ever as i dont think much was worth the full price plus im saving for a new pc the consoles are just verging on geriatric status that said i still had fun with friends online.
dalibor  +   1521d ago
Around $500 this year, wimped out this time. I buy my games new so I don't have as many games as most other gamers out there. But I'm 25 now and have a job and still gaming and having an income. Damn prob will game until I'm a grandpa lmao. For everyone out there try to support developers as much as possible. I think that there are to many games coming out imo. Have a steady flow and put more spazz in each release. If only games were easy to make by one person we could all be making games and sharing our created worlds with each other. Somewhat like the older days of gaming.
stonecold3  +   1521d ago
i think roughley 4 grand nearly australian i brought killzone 3 lbp2 marvel vs capcom ultimate marvel vs capcom3 sonic generations singstar dance singstar guitar super street fighter 4 arcade ed mortal kombat 9 wwe 12 neeed for speed the run yakuza 4 uncharted 3 infamous 2 tekken hybrid baze blue cont shift time crysis razing strom la noire to many to list
Tenkay23  +   1521d ago
Where in the heck do you did you find the time and money to do all this? I have played maybe 75 games this gen for pc, wii, 360, 3DS, and PS3, and maybe half of them were gifts. I buy like 5 games a year for myself, the rest is presents and such. Even if I had the money I wouldn't have the time withi school and a full time job.

Sonic Colors
No more Heroes 2
Bought a 3DS with Ocarina of Time 3D
Pokemon Black
Dragon Age
Assassins Creed Brotherhood (Gift)
Mortal Kombat (Gift)
Bought a 160gb PS3 Slim
Uncharted 1
Uncharted 2
God of War 1-3
Final Fantasy XIII
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Kirby return to dreamland
Skyrim (Returned it)

Still under $1000 lol

Mass Effect 3
Final Fantasy XIII-2
The Last of Us
Wii U
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Noticeably_FAT  +   1521d ago
Let's see, I bought a new:
Xbox 360/Kinect
Dragon Age 2
Portal 2
LA Noire
Gears Of War 3
Modern Warfare 3
Kinect Sports 2
Dance Central 2
Rise Of Nightmares
Fruit Ninja Kinect
Child Of Eden
Halo CEA
Forza 4
Arkham City
Assassins Creed Revelations
Madden 12

I bought used:
Killzone 3
The Darkness
Madden 11
Metroid Prime 3

and a bunch of other games I cant remember, I also got like 5 free games from Sony for that hacked PSN business, I have like 10 PSN accounts and since some were Jap and some were British and some American I was able to get all the free content! So I didn't spend 5 grand this year, I still spent a ton.
artdafoo  +   1521d ago
Unless your 12, I wouldnt admit to buying a Wii, just saying
Noticeably_FAT  +   1521d ago
I guess 90+ million kids under 12 have bought one then /s

The Wii is fun and it's a console in this generation, so I bought my 2nd one, since my first broke.

I also bought the new Zelda recently which is AMAZING.
Fel08  +   1521d ago
Thanks to Gamefly, probably no more than 300 dollars.
RyuCloudStrife  +   1521d ago
around $600
PS3Freak  +   1521d ago
I don't remember everything that I bought this year.
UltimateIdiot911  +   1521d ago
Below $1000 but definitely over $500.

I say around $680 would be a good estimate.
edme1  +   1521d ago
Did a rough count and I guess a spent about $300 this year.However,I also built a new PC this year costing me about $800.
jeeves86  +   1521d ago
The guy is pissed because the amount he's spent in games could buy a half-decent used car? Or is it the fact that he hasn't even played most of the games he's bought?

Either way, that's pretty overboard.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   1521d ago
$300 approx here. I don't buy many games, but when I do it's the collector's editions usually, since I like stuff like artbooks and figurines.

Next year is shaping up to be another rape on my poor uni wallet. Need a new job >_>
brettyd  +   1521d ago
probly a little under a grand, bought all my games from amazon for less that full price.
BraveToaster  +   1521d ago
I think I spent around $100 on videogames this year. Most of that is Battlefield 3, the rest is stuff from Steam sales.
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sashimi  +   1521d ago
$500-$600 at least for me.
Mutley416  +   1521d ago
my 3930 intel build alone was 1800...and ive played most popular titles...about 1 game a month...and im ready to stick another 450 in a 3d package. next year :)
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