Back in the 80’s children used to save up their pocket money to buy the latest game for their Spectrum, BBC, Amstrad and other gaming PC’s. With titles such as Jet Set Willy, Manic Miner and classics such as Pacman and Asteroids, once you bought that tape or cartridge that was the only cost, other than the time you spent waiting for it to load.
Nowadays gaming has very much changed, a lot of the premium titles cost anywhere from £25.00 to £50.00 and with limited edition and enhanced versions costing as much or more than £100.00
However the cost of gaming doesn’t stop there, most games offer in-game purchases, whether this be to obtain coins to buy better weapons, rare armour, take part in season quests and more. And then there are the game addons, where new content is released which can cost as much as the original game. Making gaming a very expensive hobby, whether you are a parent buying for your child, a gamer yourself or considering buying a game as a present for a friend or relative.
There are games available that don’t cost anything, such as Paladins which is available for several platforms including the PS4, Xbox and PC. However it should be noted there are in-game purchases available to unlock new maps and characters and this is how the developers make their money.
Another option is to go for a games pass, available on the Xbox and PS4 and Pc, where you either pay a monthly or annual fee and have access to hundreds of games for free, this is one of the most common choices nowadays and possibly the most affordable. The only downside is that you are limited to what games you can play and if you are wanting a specific title it may only be available by purchasing it outright.
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