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    As anybody that even vaguely follows games will know then most computer games cost money. How much money they cost can vary quite dramatically, even from person to person. For the industry is a very important topic as you will want to get the most money for your product, and different people have different "pain points" and understanding those will potentially see you make a lot more money than you otherwise might have.
    This is part of a series on GBAtemp where we discuss things to do with game design, aspects of play and other industry concepts. Today is Noctosphere's guest entry in the series.

    Counting things like expansions, dlc, virtual currency, monthly payments, etc then what is the game you invested the most in?

    Personally, I invested a lot in The Sims 3 and The Sims 4.
    In total I invested over 400$ in the sims 4 over the years
    I calculated, it's about 10$/month, which I think isn't that bad.

    Previously we discussed times where people said gameplay styles would not work for a platform


    Also under discussion are times you might have purchased a console for a single game, a large collection or peripherals or upgraded your PC again just for that one game. You might also want to compare it to games other than computer games, the obvious first start for many being collectible card games such as Magic the Gathering, YuGiOh and the Pokemon card game. Similarly have you waited for something to go on sale, hit the second hand market, get released as a gold/game of the year edition or something along those lines? Tiered pricing in games is also sort of on the way out, do you have any thoughts there?
     
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  3. Taleweaver

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    When not counting video games, it's easy: magic: the gathering. I...don't even want to try counting just how much pocket money me and my friends wasted on it. :P

    On video games, I've never started on something with a monthly subscription or that relied on virtual currency. As such, "rocksmith 2014" is only a winner by its nature. The game itself was on discount, but the guitar and accessories is where it was at. It's also the game I got (by far) the most DLC for, even that's on discount as well. All in all...it's somewhere between 150 and 200 euro's.

    What can I say? I'm not very hung up on franchises; I rather spend little money on many things than a lot on a few. :)
     
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    Maybe if you count the phone bill from phantasy star online on the dreamcast, though I would immediately have to turn around and look at diablo on the PC.

    Otherwise I learned to wait for gold/goty/rerelease editions to go on sale years ago, and will tend to opt for second hand games for as little as I can find things for (and I am good at that). I would never pay for online access outside of internet itself so no subs or season passes. If a free game does not allow me to play just as well without paying then it is a shit game and I don't want to play it, though I might wait for the teaser period to end if it has a nice mechanic I want to look into. I can't say I ever got a console specifically for a single game (there might have been one I wanted to play first but there is the whole other library I will have seen beforehand) and peripherals I don't do either, or if I do then it is many months down the line when nobody wants them any more and flogs them for a pittance (so many steering wheels and plastic instruments if I wanted them over the years).

    Potentially. One day I will have a silent scope arcade machine. That will probably then count as most expensive.

    Outside games. I occasionally buy some harder to come by board games for presents. Magic was also fairly expensive for me as a kid I guess, but even then it probably does not top £100 (four or five premade decks, boosters as presents for birthdays and such, a few bundles of land or something from the flea market seller of such things that is about it).
     
  5. Aldoria

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    when I was a kid :
    habbo hotel
    club penguin
    chapatiz
    minecraft

    recently : trove
     
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    I have a hard copy of GTA SA for every platform, including digital copies.
    I also own several copies of Bioshock 1 & 2.

    I think those are the games I spent most money on if you don't include collectors editions.
     
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    Most probably MapleStory. Been playing for yeaaaaaaaaars, must've spend £200+. But given it's a free to play game with no subscription, it's not something I really mind.
     
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    Pokemon cards for sure.

    In terms of video games? Maybe like, Fire Emblem Heroes? I've plonked down like $60 into it, because it's a game I really enjoy. I never plan to pay real money for it again, because I've put in enough time to treat it like a AAA game purchase, but I have a limit.
     
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    League of Legends
     
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    It's not quite the same, but Pokemon for me: have a missus and two kids who enjoyed them, so had to pay out 4 times for Gen 4 and 5, and a 5th time on Gen 4 when Platinum came out (I actually got nagged to buy 2 copies of that but they can fukk off)

    Otherwise, bought a lot of stuff for Burnout Paradise, all expansions for Elder Scrolls and Fallout, and of course the Forza Horizon games.

    Sims? Sure I bought the expansions for Sims 1, but once I figured out what they were up to by Sims 2, main game only, then, erm, 'acquired' the expansions (stuff packs especially)
     
  11. Noctosphere

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    Yea, my friend got a new laptop and I recommended him the Sims
    But as i told him, if you havent started collecting expansions pack from the beginning, it becomes expansive
    So, I'll teach him how to "acquire" game for lot cheaper (almost free^^(ok I admit it, for free))
     
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    PornHub oh fuck!...i mean cornhub it is a streaming video services i have put over 9000$ in that tbh i think it was a great investment!

    Joke aside , i think Zelda ,Mario series is what i invested so much that i cant count it ,it must be more than 5000$* and that doesnt count the time consumed to play them too hahah
    Buying every game product you can see about them instant buy for me ,now days i have came to an alt and sold all those thing for a living so yeah totally not worth it in long terms if you are retard like me :) but it was fun in the time i add them and could play them.
     
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    Rock Band 4. So many dlc songs...
     
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  14. Noctosphere

    OP Noctosphere Adoptive father of my kitty named Zelda
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    lol, If we're talking about franchise and not specific games now, Pokemon for me :P

    — Posts automatically merged - Please don't double post! —

    nvm, didnt count Sims 3^^
     
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    For m it is Hearthstone...those expansions and card packs...sooooo tempting
     
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    I think I beat you all:

    I used to play Overwatch on ps4, after i watched the 1st OW world cup i decide to move Overwatch on pc. I bought 6700k+mis's 1070, SSD and mechanical keyboard for it and i Even got a second 244hz monitor Asus rog Swift for it, and i'm still playing 1-2h per day.

    spent almost €2000+ to build this ultimate gaming machine, i feel No regrets, now i can run my every steam games on ULTRA settings!
     
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  17. kuwanger

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    Zelda Collector's Edition for $60 IIRC. Don't buy DLC, monthly subscriptions, etc.
     
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    OP Noctosphere Adoptive father of my kitty named Zelda
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    tsk... 60$... thats all?
    Well, you surely have all your sanity, compared to us :P
     
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    Well If this counts at all, and I hate that I can say this in confidence.... Minecraft.... With buying it, lets see...., 5 times now, and putting money into donating to servers & hosting servers... I've put wayyyyy too much money into it. Money that I could have easily saved when I was younger...

    If that doesn't count, I'd have to say any COD game tbh. Buying those Collector & Deluxe Editions really eat at my wallet.
     
  20. kuwanger

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    I bought it in 2005/2006 along with Tales of Symphonia, totaling $110 (again IIRC). Not sure if I'd call it sane, but I did end up spending like 150-200 hours in ToS and perhaps 20-30 hours in all the Zelda games? I'm a lot less sure about the latter because there's no sort of time counter included.
     
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    Pokemon Go, I spend 40$ every 2 weeks on it and thus far most likely spent several hundred dollars on the game.
     
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