Game Over: The Video Game Budget Quiz
Video games are fun for kids and adults. They can also be costly. Do you know how to keep the costs under control and keep the good times rolling?
How much money did the sequel to Modern Warfare earn in its first week of release?
- half a million dollars
- half a billion dollars
- half a trillion dollars
Creating a video game can be costly, too. Production costs for games like Halo 3, Modern Warfare 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV were approximately:
- $20 to $30 million
- $40 to $100 million
- $150 to $200 million
True or False: Lesser known developers should be avoided.
True or False: The great thing about video games is that they don't depreciate after you buy them like cars do.
True or False: Brick-and-mortar stores always charge less that online operations.
True or False: If you have a library card, you can save some of your video-game spending money.
The "replay ability" of a game can be described as:
- a game that will continue to be fun and interesting even after you've played it many times
- a game that doesn't break easily
- a game that is very repetitive
True or False: The unfortunate thing about video games these days is that you can't rent them anymore.
True or False: Memberships with video game sites are usually rip-offs.
One of the benefits of waiting to buy that much-talked-about video game is that you can wait to see if the game matches the:
- picture on the box
True or False: Holiday sales are rare.
These are just a few of the places you can rent games from:
- Aldi and Publix
- Redbox, OnLive and Gamefly
- Borders and Games-R-Us
True or False: It doesn't pay to set money aside for video gaming because you never know what's coming out.
True or False: Budgeting in the video gaming world is much different than budgeting for other purchases.
True or False: The length of time it takes to solve the game should be factored into your buying decision.
True or False: You can make a year's worth of purchases in one cost-efficient swoop.
Don't just read the critics' reviews, consider waiting to read these reviews, too:
- user feedback
- Consumer Reports
- Good Homes and Gardens
Some of these types of stores will charge you significantly more for the same title:
- Online retailers
- Pawn shops
- Brick and mortar
If you give these developers a chance, you just might find a whole new source of entertainment:
- model train
- crossword puzzle
It can really be to your advantage to invest a little bit in one of these at your local game shop:
- a membership card
- a new console
- a new computer