Some people have been comparing the advantages of consoles vs PCs in the area of cost effectiveness. While I only have my own experience and my observations of those in my vicinity, I came to some interesting conclusions I thought I'd share. I really just did this for my own entertainment, not as an argument.
Consoles to date: (purchased by my broken family or myself, depending on how many weeds I picked in the trailer park.)
1986 NES : $199
1989 Genesis: $190
1991 SNES: $150 (price dropped that year if I recall, was originally $199 as NES was)
1995 Saturn: $399 !
1996 PS1 : $299
1997 N64 : $199
1999 Dreamcast: $199
2000 PS2: $299
2001 XBOX : Did not purchase this, I was a sony fanboi still.
2005 XBOX360: $250
2009 Wii: Did not buy one
2009 PS3: $299 (I waited and bought the slim 80g)
$2,483 + TAX ( $210 (give or take, taxes went up over the years)) = $2,693
Now let's factor in the extra controller for each of these systems.
2,693 + 310(.0825) = $3,028
I'm not going to include all of the games I bought, I'll instead say that on average most people buy about 10 games per system (most buy many, many more.. as did I):
PS2: $500 (most were cheaper, selling point)
This is assuming that during the life of your console you only buy 10 games. I think a lot of people purchase more, but sometimes they are used and cost less.
$5,950 (games (leaving tax out to factor in varying prices)) + $3,028 (console+1 controller) = $8,978
Total years of gaming : 1986-2010 24 years
24 years / 5 (every 5 years was the upgrade interval) = 4.8years
$8,978 / 4.8years = $1,870
Most PC gamers that I know buy about 2-3 games per year (because of the replay value) at most and a new computer every 4-5 years. So over the life of the PC let's theorize that the gamer purchases 7 games. i.e Counter Strike, CS: Source, FFXI, WoW, Warhammer, Aion, Torchlight. Average price $40(7) + expansions 6($40) = $520
Average Cost of computer varies unlike consoles but they last longer. For $1,000 you can build a computer with recent technology and a nice monitor. With $1000 I build a Phenom II x4 with DDR3 ram up to date GPU the whole shebangs.
24years/4 = about 5-6 computers give or take. We'll say 6. +$500 for games.
$1,500 x 6 = $9,000
In conclusion, the difference is insignificant at best.
PC Average/year : $375 Console: $374.08
Some of this is very accurate, some of it is completely just an educated guess. Some people spend $2,000 on their computer every 5-6 years. Some people buy every single console that comes out and own 30-40 games for each. When you factor in peripherals like mics, headsets, arcade sticks, 3rd & 4th controllers, AND LET's NOT FORGET THE TELEVISION UPGRADE REQUIRED for console gaming, it can be a really expensive hobby.. but not nearly as bad as gearheads or diamond collectors (i don't know where that came from). In the end on average, I don't really see much of a difference. Thanks for reading, sorry if your eyes are bleeding.
*I did not include the 4 different gameboy models I've purchased, game gear, or PSP. Although I feel handhelds fall in to the category of "console gamers", they are not consoles themselves.
*added Wii :)
THIS IS ABOUT WHAT I HAVE SPENT GIVE OR TAKE OVER THE COURSE OF MY LIFE AS A GAMER. I USED TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON CONSOLES. I DO NOT ANYMORE BECAUSE I PREFER PCS. THIS THREAD WAS SUPPOSED TO BE UP FOR DISCUSSION NOT FOR SELF-LOATHING A-HOLES TO TRY AND OUT-ENLIGHTEN ONE ANOTHER. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING PRODUCTIVE TO ADD WITHOUT BEING A JERK THEN JUST LET THE THREAD DIE AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE.
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