Paying to Game

I thought I’d do a little experiment with my gaming cost. Since I play 90% of the games on my PC using Steam, it keeps all of my gaming information in one place. I can see how much I played a specific game and also how much I paid for it (and its DLC.) I thought I’d go through some of my games to see how much the game cost me per hour based on the basic (time/full price) equation.

Coins

Skyrim: The total cost of this one was $62.46 since I also bought the Hearthfire DLC for $2.47 along with the $59.99 game price. My play time, according to Steam, is 90 hours. Though, the story behind that is I put in about 40 hours on my first play-through and then my hard drive crashed. So, I had to start again. This was also like a week before they enabled Steam Cloud saving for Skyrim. My total cost per hour is about 69 cents. That’s a pretty cheap game, and I’m not even done playing it.

Sid Meier’s Civilization 5: The total cost of this one is $57.97 (Game: $49.99, DLC: $7.98). Steam says I played for 46 hours so far, making the cost per hour about $1.26. Not as good a Skyrim, but still not bad.

Crusader Kings II: The total cost of this one is $23.73 (Game: $19.99, DLC: $3.74). Steam says I put in 66 hours on this one, making the cost per hour about 36 cents.

BioShock Infinite: This is probably one of the bad ones as I haven’t gone back to play this, yet. The total cost is $59.99. I only put in 4 hours so far, making the price per hour about $15. Ugh.

State of Decay: I actually just picked this one up last week for $19.99 and have already put in about 13 hours as of yesterday, making the current cost per hour about $1.54 and dropping since I am going to keep playing it this week.

Euro Truck Simulator 2: The total cost of this one is $52.98 (Game: $39.99, DLC: $12.99). I put in 55 hours so far, and will continue to play it, though I haven’t in a month or so. Total cost per hour is about 96 cents, so I’ve passed the $1/hr milestone.

I’d love to calculate my cost/hour on World of Warcraft, but that one will take some time to dig up since I need to include not only the game price and  in-game items, but also my monthly fees which fluctuated based on how often I paid them, etc. Though, I assume it’s pretty minuscule based on some of the “Played” time on some of my main characters.

Have you ever done a quick calculation on your cost/hour for gaming?

The Usual Suspects

Assassin's Creed IVThere are a few game series that I will almost always keep buying as they release new games. The Assassin’s Creed series is one of them. I almost didn’t get the newly released Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag today. Up until Monday, I had assumed that they were only releasing it on next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and the PS4. I’m not sure how that information stuck in my head. I guess I heard them say something in an early demo video and just assumed. I was a bit sad, since I’m not getting a next-gen system right away, but I got it, it’s a business decision. Then I saw that it was being released today and I thought to myself, “The next-gens aren’t even out, yet. How can they be releasing it?” Then I saw it was for all systems and when I looked into it, all reviews said both versions were the same except the next-gen ones looked a lot better. I can deal with that. Look what they did with GTA V? That game is gorgeous.

The Grand Theft Auto series is another one I will always buy. Those games are always so well done and polished, that I have no worries about quality and getting my money’s worth. Though I may not like to admit it, but when I think about it, the Sims series is another one I will almost always buy. But, I don’t buy all of the expansions as I usually don’t get enough play time out of the $30 or so for them. If they’d charge $10-$15 for them, maybe.

I also don’t really pre-order anything anymore, with the exception of GTA V, since I knew what I was getting with that. The pre-order that I did previous to that didn’t live up to expectations (SimCity.) There really is no need to pre-order unless they have some crazy exclusive items or something, but you can usually still buy the DLC. Like AC4, I just went into Target and bought it. There is never a shortage anymore.

As for Assassin’s Creed IV, I’m always a sucker for pirate-themed games. It’s one of those times in history that I always romanticize about. It’s one of the few along with the wild west (Red Dead Redemption) and the Mafia in the 1920s (no top game here, yet) that usually catch my attention and cause  me want learn more about it and the AC series definitely doesn’t skimp on the historical information. From everything I’ve seen, this one looks to handle the life of piracy very well. Here’s a nice “Assassin’s Creed IV 101″ video that Ubisoft put together. (Video will open in a lightbox, so you won’t leave the site.)

Are there any game series you will always buy, or maybe some you will no longer buy?

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