I have two general rules of thumb when it comes to purchasing games:
1) I am more likely to play it if I paid full price
2) Once the number of hours played exceeds the number of dollars paid, I have gotten the most of my money
Here are some common prices of things I’ve done over break:
Movie - $3-5 an hour
Dinner - $15-20 an hour
Bowling - $10 an hour
Spa - A LOT per hour
Shopping - Infinite
… Now lets consider my gaming habits:
I purchased Pokemon X last fall for $40. It seems considerably expensive when compared to the above activities, but given that I have played about 80 hours (and still have stuff left to do), playing Pokemon has costed, on average, 50 cents per hour.
There are many of these games: $50-60 but countless hours of potential play. Then there are also other games like “Braid” or “Antichamber”: about $10-15, with about 5-10, extremely high quality hours of play. Still better than the average movie.
Of course, when Skyrim is priced down to $5 and you play hundreds of hours on it, that’s a very good deal. Though it’s likely that you could have binged on the Steam sale and purchased 20 other inexpensive games that each require anywhere from 5 to 100 hours to fully experience. So you don’t play any of them.
You were better off paying full price for the newest game you’ve been excited about.
That’s my logic anyway. Excuse me while I go try to finish up games from Steam Summer Sale 2011.
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