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Checkpoint: Pre-September 2010 Gaming Expenses

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It’s the last week of August 2010 which means we’re at the cusp of the end-of-year rush of games beginning with Halo: Reach in just a few short weeks (September 14th). With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to review my gaming expenses.

I set a $1000 cap for the year and so far I’ve spent only $606.16 on gaming software and hardware. (Note this doesn’t include my 2010 PC) I have a fair bit of breathing room for holiday titles and if I keep a tight leash on things, I should make it under my goal.

How did I manage to keep this all in check? There were gift certificates earned through Amazon, but it’s primarily thanks to selective purchases. I have yet to purchase games like Red Dead: Redemption because they have yet to go on sale. If a newly release game does not go on sale within the first three weeks, I don’t bother with it and will gladly wait for a more substantial $20 – $30 price drop.

Looking at the purchases, the only “new” games I’ve picked up as of late were Dragon Quest IX and Metroid: Other M; both offered $10 off the MSRP during the pre-release window.

Needless to say, I’m quite pleased by this. I’m still playing relatively new releases, but at a fraction of the cost.

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