The end of 2009 is nigh and I can say with certainty that I will not be making any more gaming expenditures. So let’s take a look through the year and see how much I’ve spent on this hobby of mine.
I could have spent nearly $1700, but that amount was reduced to just under $1400 courtesy of deals. A savings of nearly $300 is nice — really nice even — but I did spend a lot since I did purchase a console or two this year. The Nintendo DSi and Xbox 360 Pro 60GB accounted for just over $400 alone. And then there was my MadCatz Street Fighter FightStick purchase and modifications which cost me approximately $175. Tallying it all up, that’s approximately 33% of my gaming expenses; a third spent on hardware and accessories alone.
Needless to say, I’m hoping to spend less on hardware and accessories in 2010.
Looking through the software side of things, I’ve done a pretty good job with sticking to my mantra of not paying full price for retail games. The only title I spent full MSRP with was Street Fighter IV which was also the first title I recorded for this year.
As I reviewed the list of game purchases, I did come across some regrets. The first was God of War for PlayStation 2 which I purchased for $20. It sat on my shelf for months and then Sony announced God of War: Collection and the host of improvements that came with the re-release. The second regret was a freak accident of sorts. I purchased Infamous for less than the MSRP, but within weeks of its release, BestBuy was holding summer sale which knocked the game’s price tag down to just $29.99 for a day.
In the end, I’m quite pleased with this little exercise and will continue tracking it for 2010. I’ve spent approximately $116 per month on gaming which doesn’t seem too bad. With 2010’s lineup of games, I don’t see myself spending any money of hardware or accessories; just software. With that in mind, I can definitely see next year’s expenses ending up around $1500 or so.
So how about everyone else? How much have you spent on games in 2009?