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I thought I'd do a little experiment with my gaming cost. Since I play 90% of the games on my PC using Steam, it keeps all of my gaming information in one place. I can see how much I played a specific game and also how much I paid for it (and its DLC.) I thought I'd go through some of my games to see how much the game cost me per hour based on the basic (time/full price) equation.


Skyrim: The total cost of this one was $62.46 since I also bought the Hearthfire DLC for $2.47 along with the $59.99 game price. My play time, according to Steam, is 90 hours. Though, the story behind that is I put in about 40 hours on my first play-through and then my hard drive crashed. So, I had to start again. This was also like a week before they enabled Steam Cloud saving for Skyrim. My total cost per hour is about 69 cents. That's a pretty cheap game, and I'm not even done playing it.

Sid Meier's Civilization 5: The total cost of this one is $57.97 (Game: $49.99, DLC: $7.98). Steam says I played for 46 hours so far, making the cost per hour about $1.26. Not as good a Skyrim, but still not bad.

Crusader Kings II: The total cost of this one is $23.73 (Game: $19.99, DLC: $3.74). Steam says I put in 66 hours on this one, making the cost per hour about 36 cents.

BioShock Infinite: This is probably one of the bad ones as I haven't gone back to play this, yet. The total cost is $59.99. I only put in 4 hours so far, making the price per hour about $15. Ugh.

State of Decay: I actually just picked this one up last week for $19.99 and have already put in about 13 hours as of yesterday, making the current cost per hour about $1.54 and dropping since I am going to keep playing it this week.

Euro Truck Simulator 2: The total cost of this one is $52.98 (Game: $39.99, DLC: $12.99). I put in 55 hours so far, and will continue to play it, though I haven't in a month or so. Total cost per hour is about 96 cents, so I've passed the $1/hr milestone.

I'd love to calculate my cost/hour on World of Warcraft, but that one will take some time to dig up since I need to include not only the game price and  in-game items, but also my monthly fees which fluctuated based on how often I paid them, etc. Though, I assume it's pretty minuscule based on some of the “Played” time on some of my main characters.

Have you ever done a quick calculation on your cost/hour for gaming?

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We are a family of gamers. Mom (Darcy/Syrana) and Dad (Brian/Sideshow) have been gaming for as long as they can remember back when you only had a joystick to use and saved your games to cassette tapes.

They've been gaming together since they met in 2002. Sometime after 2006, they both started playing World of Warcraft and did that for many years. They started this blog, originally called Sideshow & Syrana which has now transitioned to the new Stay-At-Home Gamers site, while keeping all of the original content.

Starting in 2010, two more gamers came along (now known as Princess Boo and Mr. X) and they are now old enough where they both enjoy playing games and watching others play games. They are both excited to have others to watch them play their favorite games. Come along with us and let's enjoy these games together!