I, Chris Forbis, do resolve that I will not WASTE money on video games in the year 2011.
On the surface, that sounds fairly harsh – so let me explain.
I have always been somewhat fascinated by a single feature of the Xbox 360 interface. It’s the panel that shows the total Gamerscore available in all the games I have played in relation to the Gamerscore I have earned. Here are my current numbers.
Gamerscore Earned: 23,720
Total Gamerscore Available: 104,505
Percentage of Gamerscore Earned: 22.7%
Some quick math shows this is less than 25% of the possible Gamerscore I could have earned. Since Gamerscore is awarded for achievements, and achievements are directly linked (usually) to in game experiences – this means I have played less than 25% of the entertainment experiences I have paid for.
Now let’s let the OCD sweep over us like a warm bath in the wintertime. What does a single Gamerscore point cost?
Retail games are around $50 on average is purchased new and near the release date. I’d guess that 10% or less of my games are purchased at full retail since I usually try to grab them on sale or with future game purchase incentives ($10 off your next game purchase or such). Averaging in the discounts let’s just say these titles cost me $40 each. These games have 1,000 GS each thus one GS costs $.04 US
DLC and Xbox Live Arcade game prices range from $5 to $15 – also depending on sales or promotions – so let’s just settle on $10 average. These titles commonly bring 200 GS to the table making these GS point only $.02 US each.
Without doing a complete and detailed inventory of my games I have played, I don’t know the split of retail vs. downloaded games, or how many were rentals or promotional copies for review purposes – but I think it’s fair to just say a single Gamerscore point costs three cents US on average.
Now let’s run the numbers on my Gamerscore using the “MensaDad Three Cent Rule”. I’ve earned a little more than $711 worth of GS – but the number that really bothers me is that I have nearly $2,500 in unearned GS setting on my game shelf. This is entertainment I have already purchased but have not experienced fully.
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