Video games are underpriced
by, 30th December 2009 at 12:10 AM (723 Views)
We've all seen people complain about the price of video games on various message boards. The idea that $60 is too much to pay for a game is a popular one, and there are many people out there who think they're being ripped off.
I, for one, completely disagree.
Think about it for a second. You pay $60 for a game that lasts you 20 hours. That may seem like a lot, but if you break it down, that's about $3 for every hour of entertainment.
In comparison, you go out for a night to the movies. For a two hour movie, you're likely to pay about $10 for the ticket. Even if you don't buy any food or drinks to go with that, you're still paying almost twice as much for the same amount of entertainment. There are various other factors involved, of course, but on a purely cost per hour scale, video games win out.
Wanna go out for a night at the bar, or a night out clubbing? Those have an even greater per-hour cost.
The truth of the matter is, video games are some of the best values for your money that you can get, especially if you buy RPGs. Yet people still see them as being "too expensive" without really looking at the big picture.
Of course, I'm not saying that those other forms of entertainment are inferior or that people should stick to video games to get the most bang for your buck. But I do think that people should take things into perspective the next time they complain about paying $60 for a game that will entertain them for hours and hours and hours.
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