hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

Bloomberg: The real cost of being a videogamer is $17,077

6:45 PM on 01.30.2012 // Dale North
  @DaleNorth

Jennifer Prince at Bloomberg has figured out the real cost of being a videogamer. Through some powerful research she has come up with a final tally for what being a gamer would cost a family of four based in San Francisco: $17,077. Join me in doing that thing where you quickly wag your head back and forth and blink your eyes.

This crazy number is a tally of all the stuff Bloomberg says you'd need as a gamer. While the expected consoles, displays and accessories are in the mix, most of the rest of the list is packed full of crap that no gamer would ever buy. What the hell is a FragFX Shark 360? Do you use a UPS? How about a Kinect anti-slip mat? Or 2 different $250 gaming headsets? Of course, I know you have two BoomChair Sky Lounger Gaming Chairs with built-in speakers, subwoofers and extra-large seating. That sits right next to your Rock Band storage ottoman, right? 

Also, they forgot the Mt. Dew and Cheetos!

Ill-informed? You bet. Try this bit on for size:

While Gordon uses his laptop to play Zynga games, many PC gamers are more hard-core. "PCs are the hot rodders of game play," says Jamin Warren, founder of Kill Screen magazine, which focuses on the game industry. Warren says hard-core gamers often soup up systems by adding motherboards, boosting RAM and optimizing graphics.

Ow. Bloomberg should have tightened up the graphics on this article a little bit. Or, maybe they could have just asked a gamer. What's great about gaming today is that it costs whatever you want to spend on it. 




 Reblog (or) Blog Reply

Dale North, Former Dtoid EIC
 Follow Blog + disclosure DaleNorth Tips
I am Destructoid's Editor-In-Chief. I love corgis. I make music. more   |   staff directory

Get more destructoid:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.


  Around the web (login to improve these)




Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -