Gaming is an expensive hobby. With brand new games retailing for $60 for our American chums, or nigh on R800 for we South Africans, making the right choices as to which games to buy can become daunting. It’s why so many people only buy games that offer hundreds of hours of playtime or extensive multiplayer options. Why buy a 5 hour-long mindless action game when the same money gets you a sprawling adventure? Here’s a site that aims to tell you which games offer the best return on your investment.
At first I was going to make this editorial only about gaming being an expensive hobby, but something I’ve noticed is how much of this discussion is also related to piracy as a solution.
How much are you willing to pay for a game? For some collectors, a Nintendo World Championships cartridge would be the crown jewel of their collection, the “Holy Grail” so to speak. One just sold today on eBay for $100,088 (USD) according to the now ended listing.
Gaming has never been more convenient. You can download games straight to your PC or console. You can buy games and have them delivered. However, like cinemas, there is a remnant of gaming's past that still lives on, albeit in smaller numbers. Leaving your home to play games you will find Gaming Arcades.
At Gamescom this year, we got to chat to Razer about the Edge Pro, a ludicrously powerful handheld gaming device that’s part tablet, part PC and part console. The thing manages to cram a dual-core Intel i7 CPU, a 2GB Nvidia GT 640M and 8 gigs of ram in to something not very much bigger than two iPads duct-taped together.
I’ve seen some pretty impressive gaming rig simulators. From full on cockpits for Wing Commander through to mounted motorcycles for some MotoGP. Those rigs are expensive though. Which is why I advise covering your monitor in plastic before sitting down to drink some tea, to find out how much this rig will cost you.
I don’t envy the Skylanders team right now. They’ve hit on a great gap in the market, and it’s one that appeals to the demographic with the most cash to spend: Kids. And by money to spend, I mean the funds belonging to their parents. Still, Skylanders isn’t that bad financially speaking, and you know what you’re getting when you buy a new ally for your team. Disney plans to move into that territory though, and they’re bringing with them franchises that range from Pixar to Marvel. But it’s going to cost ya.
If there’s a single franchise whose games cause the world to fly in to a frenzy – whether they’re in to gaming or not, it’s Grand Theft Auto. The game’s coming some time next year – but if you're in South Africa, expect to pay a heck of a lot for it.
Developing games ain’t cheap. Grand Theft Auto, Street Fighter, Assassin’s Creed needed enough funds to buy me several island getaways on which I could build a fortress to house my collection of Batman and Iron Man armours with I’m drifting again! You know what else those games have in common? They didn’t cost anywhere near as much to produce as Halo 4 did.
Looks like prices have gone back to normal; sorry about that folks.
Is you wallet feeling a little emptier than usual, while your gaming cabinet gathers dust and neglect. Then you need some new games, titles that won’t resort to you having to hammer-murder your beloved piggy bank for funds.
There are plenty of options available right now, especially online, provided that you know where to look exactly. Which we have. Here’s a quick look at some quality titles that you can get for dirt cheap.
There’s no denying that the Call of Duty games are popular for a reason. Whether its the gripping, over-the-top storylines, the fluid gameplay or the completely addictive multiplayer, COD has managed to carve out a genre for itself, raking in the cash and adulation that its competitors can only dream about.
But the franchise hasn’t been without some criticism. Some people have likened the annual releases to glorified map-packs with a premium price-tag, or simply recycled stages with some new voice-acting thrown in and a tweaked story. So why are we paying so much then for a new Call of Duty game?
Aside form the relative lack of games, the Nintendo 3DSâ€™ biggest problem is its far-too-short battery life. Under ideal circumstances, youâ€™ll get 3-5 hours of actual continuous gaming from the device. I think Sonyâ€™s new handheld is a fantastic, sleek and sexy bit of kit - filled to the brim with fancy features..but those features come at a cost; because the Vita will also only have enough juice on a full charge to give you â€œ3-5 hoursâ€ of gaming joy.
It gets worse.
Nintendoâ€™s last console, The Wii, started out its life as â€œRevolutionâ€ â€“ an apt moniker as it ushered in a generation of motion-controlled gaming. Their successor is currently known, for some reason, as Project Cafe with its final retail name rumoured to be - amongst other things â€“ Stream. New rumours suggest the console will be called Nintendo Feel. Sounds a bit silly, but thereâ€™s a reason for the madness.
As expected, nVidiaâ€™s surprise graphics card announcement wasnâ€™t much of a surprise at all; it is indeed the GeForce GTX 590. Demoed in a video after the jump, youâ€™ll get to see the beast in all its glory; a super-quiet, dual-GPU beast of a thing, capable of running 3 panels in 3D, simultaneously. I believe that might be impressive.Hereâ€™s what nVidia has to say about their new flagship :
With a combined 1024 NVIDIA CUDA architecture cores, 3GB of GDDR5 memory, 6 billion transistors and over 2200 individual components all packed into an 11 inch dual slot card, the GTX 590 delivers a staggering 32 tessellation engines that can power today's cutting edge DX11 games at resolutions of 2560x1600 and higher.Dammit, that sounds Â awesome! I want one! How much does it cost? Oh, $700? Well never mind then. Iâ€™ll stick to consoles, thanks.
Are you keen as I am on the NGP, Sonyâ€™s successor to the PSP? You know what you wonâ€™t need to get one?A second job. Sony hasnâ€™t forgotten the ruckus caused when they announced a $599 PS3, proclaiming that if you wanted one, youâ€™d work harder to get one. Thankfully, this means they wonâ€™t be making a similar mistake when they get around to announcing a price for their coveted next generation handheld.