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First of all I'd like to say fair play to the people who can afford to do this, but in all honestedy I'm more confused at how they make the time for every console (and PC game if they do that as well)

Me myself i cant afford to own every console so I've just gone for the one Ive always beived will give me the most enjoyment and for the past 4 gens its been all the plays station consoles, before that it was Sega megadrive then Sega Saturn I also owned a Sega Dreamcast.
But I'd never have the time anyway as I have other hobbies rock climbing, keeping fit and getting away from the city to go walking.



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Yeah I don't have every system of every gen but I do have quite a few (I had/have every system of last gen, at least—my DS is gone but 3DS can play DS games anyway so it's w/e) and from here on out I intend to at least have good access to every system—all that's left for this gen is the PS4 which I intend to get as soon as I save up the money from disposable income.

Like other people said the biggest thing I can't afford is actually the time... if it was just as simple as buying the system's that'd be easy, but I have to have money to buy all the games for them and the time to actually play them, lol.

At the very least I try to prioritize Nintendo systems because they're the most fun for me, followed by PS systems, followed by Xbox systems. For people who can afford them all: good for them, they've either got a good job resulting in solid disposable income, or maybe they're spoiled or something (or I guess they could've won the lottery lol).

To people who can actually play them all: I don't think there are many people like that out there (most gamers I know tend to focus on just playing a few games instead of a large variety anyway) but good for you. It's not really my business and hey, if they can actually balance a social life, their physical health, a job, and whatever else with gaming, more power to them. But maybe they just don't care about any of that, and it's whatever. *shrug*



I think if I have a backlog keep working down on then theirs must be insane. No way I could rationalize owning three systems anymore, just do not have the time for it to make sense.



Augen said:
I think if I have a backlog keep working down on then theirs must be insane.

Don't see your backlog as a burden which you have to work through, it's a pool of unfinished games that you can choose from whenever you like.



I used to get every single system, but then life started getting in the way and there just isn't enough time to play everything when working full time and having other commitments.

That said, I have ended up with a Wii U, PS4, PC, Vita and 3DS so far this gen, so I probably will end up with every system this gen as soon as the XB1 received a decent price cut in the UK (I'm waiting 'til it's under £200).

So actually, yeah... I guess I still do get every single system, just no longer on day of release/near to release like I used to.



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Calculate about $500 for each system with a little peripherals like controllers and stuff = $1500. Buy 10 games for each system for $60 á piece = $1800. Use them for five years.
That will give you a monthly cost of $1500 + $1800 / 5 years / 12 month = $50
"As of July 2009, the federal government mandates a nationwide minimum wage level of $7.25 per hour"
Less than one days work per month to pay for your gaming hobby.

 

Make that one game a month for five years: 60 games for $60 = $3600.
$3600 (one game / month) + $1500 (three consoles) / 5 years / 12 months = $85 / month.
That is one and half days of minimum wage work.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage_in_the_United_States
Could this really be correct?

Have I made so fundamental wrong in my calculation? It seems to be a too small sum!



StokedUp said:
First of all I'd like to say fair play to the people who can afford to do this, but in all honestedy I'm more confused at how they make the time for every console (and PC game if they do that as well)

Me myself i cant afford to own every console so I've just gone for the one Ive always beived will give me the most enjoyment and for the past 4 gens its been all the plays station consoles, before that it was Sega megadrive then Sega Saturn I also owned a Sega Dreamcast.
But I'd never have the time anyway as I have other hobbies rock climbing, keeping fit and getting away from the city to go walking.

Multiple consoles don't mean multiplied gaming experiences.

For me it's rather the case that I need so many options to even have a steady stream of games. If I had only a PC or a PS4 or a Wii U this year would've been really dull(as would be the next year). I don't play very many games. Not because I don't have time but because there just aren't enough that would interest me enough.

Last year I played 3 games on PS4, 4 games on PC, 4 games on Wii U and one on PS3. Between them there were big stretches of nothing. That's barely 12 games stretched across 4 platforms. I can't even imagine how game starved I would be if I had only one option.



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baloofarsan said:

Calculate about $500 for each system with a little peripherals like controllers and stuff = $1500. Buy 10 games for each system for $60 á piece = $1800. Use them for five years.
That will give you a monthly cost of $1500 + $1800 / 5 years / 12 month = $50
"As of July 2009, the federal government mandates a nationwide minimum wage level of $7.25 per hour"
Less than one days work per month to pay for your gaming hobby.

 

Make that one game a month for five years: 60 games for $60 = $3600.
$3600 (one game / month) + $1500 (three consoles) / 5 years / 12 months = $85 / month.
That is one and half days of minimum wage work.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage_in_the_United_States
Could this really be correct?

Have I made so fundamental wrong in my calculation? It seems to be a too small sum!


Don't forget tax etc.

Although I get paid £9.26 or so an hour in the UK. I only see about £5.00 of that as the rest goes in Tax and National Insurance. So while a £40 game (inc VAT) would be about 4 hours work before tax, it'd actually be more like 8 hours work after deductions.

You've also got the factor of, people will often buy more games for a single system, than save that money towards a much more expensive additional system, or spend that money on other things (night's out, DVD/Blu-rays, music or whatever).



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Over the course of 5 years, its actually affordable. Its just a case of what people prefer to spend their money on.

I know plenty of people who spend $100+ a weekend of alcohol, takeaway/eating out, clubs etc.



I have them all. It allows me to basically never miss out on a game if it takes my interest. It also means that I can be more choosey instead of being forced to buy games I might not have a lot of interest in when their are quieter months.