What's The Most You've Paid For A Game?

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Depends on the definition. The value of money is hard to pinpoint: These days, I can buy a game for its full price without thinking too much about it. Back when I first got my NES, though, as a seven-year-old... I had to rely on birthdays and Christmas to get games. After each birthday and Christmas, I'd usually have enough money to buy one, just one game. And, I mean, NES games were expensive back then: 600 Norwegian kroners, often 700, apiece. This was 17 years ago, too, so inflation means that the money back then was worth more than it is now.

I'm pretty sure I paid 700 kroners for the NES version of Rygar. Today, 700 kroners equals roughly 120 dollars, though the whole living-costs-versus-inflation-and-currency-value thing makes it hard to pinpoint exactly how much that was worth back then. To a seven-year-old, though, that's a ton of cash. Unattainable, but for those two magical times each year.

Hell, if you consider inflation, that's probably the most money I've spent on a single game anyway. So yeah. 700 Norwegian Kroners, 17 years ago, for Rygar, which I'd never played or even heard about before. But oh man the cover was awesome.