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14-07-2013, 01:27 AM #1
Your Average Yearly Spending on Games? (Console Gamers)
I've had a few people recently asking how I've built up over a thousand PC titles through digital services even though I don't even really fit into what you would call the Middle Class bracket.
I've justified it that most of my collection came from Bundles, giveaways and massive sales (like Steam's current Summer event).
Adding up I would say that I've only spent $500 a year for the past five years.
And this is about what the average 360 or PS3 owner would spend if they currently have 20 to 50 games for their system.
14-07-2013, 01:38 AM #2
I should also note
I don't attend sporting events or concerts
Don't purchase weed on a weekly basis (or ever really)
Don't purchase more than one twelve pack of beer a week
Eat out only twice a month
Take aways only once a week
Don't own more than one cellphone
Don't own a highly expensive cellphone
Don't own a HD TV, PC strong enough to run Skyrim maxed or any tablets, pods or pads
Own less than ten music albums
Own only about three movies (maybe less)
Don't own a car (I walk, cab or catch ride with fiancee)
15-07-2013, 05:27 AM #3
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- Feb 2013
Why are you justifying your spending habits to us?
15-07-2013, 11:03 AM #4
We might construe the first of these tandem tidbits as fists raised dramatically to the sky, Acacia's forlorn expression a poignant yet subtly-ambiguous indication of fury at the unfortunate plight of 'them console tards'. Alas, that appears to a form-factor-agnostic gamer as: "hur dur ur gamez r more ikspencive haaaaaah".
As to the second: from an anti-consumerist standpoint Acacia's lack of common middle-class accoutrement may be seen as a respectable reaction to modern profit- and growth-driven society's constant pressure to buy, buy, buy. However, given Acacia's self-description as below the middle class in terms of financial capacity, we are left to ponder whether Acacia is secretly resentful of the middle class and/or of an oppressive lack of funds.
Truly a wordsmith, this Acacia – at first appearing a common lowbrow nincompoop but on closer inspection perhaps seeming a modern-day Jesus. As the great philosopher Shrek might say: Acacia is like an onion.
16-07-2013, 07:46 PM #5
I don't spend too much during the year unless it is a game that I have to have. However, I often wait for games now... especially after what went down with SimCity. Also, I stopped buying useless bundles of games that I'll never play; that did add up after a while. Steam Sales are when I usually drop a lot of cash. For example, so far I have spent about $150 this Steam Sale; $47.73 is still in my Steam Wallet.
I type this and then see (Console Gamers)...
17-07-2013, 02:04 PM #6
I don't even have a job.
19-07-2013, 10:28 PM #7... I take the lives of a few to protect the lives of many. I commit acts of war to preserve the greater peace. I take no joy in killing, but make no mistake; I'll do what needs to be done. Because it's my job. It's my duty. My name is Sam Fisher, and I am a Splinter Cell.
20-07-2013, 12:28 AM #8
Can't tell if the OP is attempting to brag or cop poor.
Personally, in descending order of moneys spent:
1) the Rent is too damn high
3) Con Edison
5) vidja gaemz
26-07-2013, 07:44 PM #9
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- Oct 2011
Did you include your pirate factor?
It is easier to spend into Steam Sales, GoG.com sales and bundles when stuff is less than $10. Than say a $20-$40 3DS PSP game or $20-$60 console. But it adds up quickly. I got a year of PSN+ for $40 (normally $50), should have done that long ago. Covers some games I have not bought yet for fraction of the price.
I would spend more on collecting games I want, but I like to go to concerts, eat sushi, support music, be able to comfortably watch a movie at home, camp, travel, buy new toilet seats, grill, eat decent fish, drink non alcoholic drinks.
26-07-2013, 08:35 PM #10
26-07-2013, 08:39 PM #11
Gazing through a navel, darkly.I'm failing to writing a blog, specifically about playing games the wrong way
26-07-2013, 08:52 PM #12
26-07-2013, 08:58 PM #13
Either way, I wish we had interchangeable organs so I could be gluttonous and more or less constantly drug-addled. I would spend more money on intestines and livers than anything else, probably.
The New New Hedonism.
26-07-2013, 09:14 PM #14
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- Oct 2011
26-07-2013, 09:34 PM #15
Anyway, back on topic: I think my sexual insecurities correlate to the volume of my Steam library. Something something several hundred titles, something something micropenis.
26-07-2013, 09:39 PM #16
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- Oct 2011
Personally I buy Steam Games to get more exp from the Steam library game+ tag. Every little bit counts.
26-07-2013, 09:51 PM #17
Well I play games because games sold my parents into slavery and maimed my nine siblings.
Also because it's like somebody just sewed a flesh-colored thimble on down there.
In fairness to Acacia, the time & funds we devote to vidyagaemerie is an interesting topic. I have no idea how much money I've spent on games; somewhere between two and ten thousand USD over the course of my existence, probably, just on the games themselves. That's nothing like insignificant money to me, but it's obviously a cumulative thing, like Snickers bars and movie tickets and booze.
I do find it a rather weird topic to discuss, for the aforementioned reason: it's hard to tell if a person is genuinely interested in the economic phenomena at hand as opposed to the political/egotistical angles, which are kind of watery and boring and not really any different from old men giving the youngins shit for their tomfoolery.
27-07-2013, 10:42 AM #18
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- Feb 2012
I thought about this myself a little while ago, and due to the fact that I've pretty much bought every game through a web portal in the last few years, I was able to scratch it together pretty quickly. The answer was about $750 last year across all the platforms I own, which was up on about $530 the year before. This year I'm running at about $210 after nearly 7 months.
Just writing it all down was helpful for me to see what was money well spent and what wasn't.
The shocking conclusion was that I should probably avoid buying so much cheap stuff in sales.
Not the most riveting hour I've ever spent but it was helpful. It's easy to keep the file up to date now too. Highly recommended if the fancy takes you.
28-07-2013, 09:25 PM #19
Depends on the games that come out, I'm quite the picky one.
In a good year about 250€
120€ Desura, GoG
If they are excellent I buy them all.
The main games I like, I play alot (racing sims, MWLL, GTA1234)
Last edited by bad guy; 28-07-2013 at 09:45 PM.
31-07-2013, 06:03 AM #20
There are some inconsistencies with me. As I have now dubbed my favorite sports game madden dead. I only buy the games I really want and researched. Although a lot of big name titles usually disappoint the internet is sure to root out the weeds for me. So in a year I'd probably spend less than 100.