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Entertainment
Value of Games

When it comes to buying games, I sometimes hear people say:

 ď$30 for a game?  I donít know if Iíll play it enough to get my moneyís worth.Ē

After I slap them about the head a few times, I point out an interesting comparison of the value of games that I first saw in an old issue of Games magazine. This is just one example:

 

Cost

 

People

 

Time

 

Entertainment
Value

Movie:

$7.50 for a ticket

/

1 person

/

2 hours

=

$3.75 per
person-hour

Game:

$30 for a game

/

4 people

/

1 hour
(played once)

=

$7.50 per
person-hour


The game costs twice as much as the movie for an hour of entertainment for one person.
But notice that this is the value if you only play the game once.  Play it again and you get:
 

Game:

$30 for a game

/

4 people

/

2 hours
(played twice)

=

$3.75 per
person-hour

Now, the game is the same value as the movie - after only playing it twice!  You could throw it away (but please donít) and you would still have received the same entertainment value as the movie.  Of course, play the game four times and the value would be twice that of the movie, etc.

So games are actually a pretty good value, even if you donít play them over and over.  On top of that, I would also point out that in a movie, you are just sitting passively in the dark. With games, you are doing something different, interacting with others, and using your mind in addition to having fun. So donít be afraid to buy a few games and start having game nights with your family and friends. This public service announcement has been paid for by MWSTAFFO the Gamemaster.

Shall we play a game? - MWSTAFFO the Gamemaster