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Check out this guy's hobby. Sheesh.

http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/gamer-juggles-over-30-wa...

$5711 a year on subscription accounts. I wish I could buy 140 or so new games every year.
 
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was wondering when this would show up here
 
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I'm at a loss for words to describe how pathetic that is.
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Um... that seems a tad excessive.
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All I know is that if I spent $5700 bucks a year on gaming, pretty soon that money would get diverted to something entirely different...

ALIMONY checks!
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Thats awesome!
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cheng wrote:
I'm at a loss for words to describe how pathetic that is.


Meh, why should you care? I don't really mind if the world has a few folks I consider nuts, as long as they aren't engaged in violent or criminal behavior.
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Why would anyone want to play 11 accounts at the same time? That is ridiculous... You can't actually manage a raid by yourself... What a waste of money. I wonder what sort of job the guy has that allows him to do that...
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yall are just jealous
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Why would anyone want to play 11 accounts at the same time? That is ridiculous... You can't actually manage a raid by yourself... What a waste of money. I wonder what sort of job the guy has that allows him to do that...


Yeah you can.


Juse use macros up the wazoo. I remember some dude in Everquest controlled 20+ guys at once.
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$5000/year on a hobby is not much at all. That works out to less that $100/week. If you go out for dinner some drinks you could easily spend that in one night and people do it all the time. This obviously provides the person with a lot of enjoyment so more power to him.

A car enthusiastic, mountain climber, traveller could all easily spend $5000 in a year.

A record or comic collector could easily blow that amount as well.

To each their own. People could argue that spending $70 to $80 for say Descent or Agricola is a waste too.

Besides he probably saves money by not going out.
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Gamer_Dog wrote:
cheng wrote:
I'm at a loss for words to describe how pathetic that is.


Meh, why should you care? I don't really mind if the world has a few folks I consider nuts, as long as they aren't engaged in violent or criminal behavior.


I don't care, actually. I just think it's sad that someone wastes that much time on a hobby that involves sitting in front of a computer. It's true that other hobbies can cost more than $5000/year, but most of those involve interacting with real live people (in person, no less). I love boardgames because I get to spend quality time with interesting people.

Life's too short to spend cooped up in a cave by yourself.
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At least they're online gaming accounts. That would be quite a bit of online porn. zombie
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SultanSevy wrote:
All I know is that if I spent $5700 bucks a year on gaming, pretty soon that money would get diverted to something entirely different...

ALIMONY checks!


Read the article carefully, the cost was far worse actually. It was $5700 every six months for 36 accounts at a total cost of $11400.

This guy might not be rich because I met people who work just enough to feed their WOW habit. One guy I know works 60 to 70 works one week so he does not have to work for two to three weeks.
 
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Do you guys know how much he can sell a fully leveled WoW PvP account?

http://www.buymmoaccounts.com/wow-account-for-sale/?c=wowacc...

And gold? That guy's guild must be flushed with gold. It's about 1.80USD for 100 gold, he must have millions of them.

It's a lot of time, but there is money to be made, if only enough to play with 40 accounts
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frankcastle1975 wrote:
$5000/year on a hobby is not much at all. That works out to less that $100/week.

Maybe for rich folks.
My family and I have less than $100/week for food after we pay rent and utilities.

J.L.Robert wrote:
That would be quite a bit of online porn.

Fortunately, online porn is still free.
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He may pay > $5,000/year on games he plays, but there are many people on this site who pay > $2,000/year on games they don't play. Which is more pathetic?


Not really faulting the guy for doing what he likes, but most hobbies where you spend $5K a year, it's not purely in subscription fees.

We can spend $2000/year on games, and we may not play them all, but those games are still worth something after we're done. A Subscription fee is just gone.

And yes, for $5000 i could build maybe half of a decent race engine, much less a whole car. But again, that's something I'll have for years.

Never let it be said I fault someone for how they choose to spend time. 'S just expensive is all.
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Well, I guess he doesn't have to spend money on a girlfriend.
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It sounds a little like the pot calling the kettle black.

I don't know how many photos I've seen on this site of large games collections, sometimes with multiple copies of the same game, many still in shrink wrap.

So where do you draw the line?



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J.L.Robert wrote:
At least they're online gaming accounts. That would be quite a bit of online porn. zombie


Thus speaks the voice of experience...
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Regardless of the arguments of being pathetic and expensive, the really ridiculous thing is that you literally can't do anything productive with that many accounts in the amount of time you have. I've heard plenty of stories about people playing their own personal battleground teams or one-man raiding using loads of macros, but that only requires 10-15 accounts. There is pretty much nothing you could do with 36 accounts and still be "productive" in the game.

http://www.wowinsider.com/2008/09/23/15-minutes-of-fame-10-b...

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generalpf wrote:
He may pay > $5,000/year on games he plays, but there are many people on this site who pay > $2,000/year on games they don't play. Which is more pathetic?


I just can't believe some of the responses here, people criticising this fellow for spending his hard-earned cash (I assume it's earned, anyway) doing something he likes.

I won't accept criticism for what I do either. The question - it's difficult to answer objectively because of the differing nature of the two elements. I could buy one game and play it to death, but to me that is not what my hobby is about.

I can't really justify the games I have bought and not yet played, other than the desire is there for me but I either can't get the opponents I need or can't get the time. So I'd say perhaps I'm considerably less "pathetic" (not the word I would have used). I'm not playing those games for valid reasons - like work and family. I'm not spending all my time trying to make a single game my lifestyle. I'm taking responsibility for people other than myself.

I'm not sure I spend that much on games per year (I might have done when the dollar was weaker), but with travel and parking and meals and convention fees it probably takes the cost of my hobby well over that balance of $2K per annum. In doing so I get to meet interesting people, some of which I've never met before, and play a wide variety of games with them, face-to-face.

Now I know few people accept comparisons to alternative activity costs as valid arguments here, but I could be spending all that (and more) on what amounts to a lot less IMO. Actually I probably do already - television, nights out, visiting the in-laws - you know what I mean?
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Dion wrote:
Well, I guess he doesn't have to spend money on a girlfriend.


Maybe one of his characters is his girlfriend
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frankcastle1975 wrote:
$5000/year on a hobby is not much at all. That works out to less that $100/week.

Maybe for rich folks.
My family and I have less than $100/week for food after we pay rent and utilities.

J.L.Robert wrote:
That would be quite a bit of online porn.

Fortunately, online porn is still free.


Regardless of your financial situation Tommy, I always find you one of the richest people on here. Rich in ethics, comments and gaming.

Mike
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cheng wrote:
I'm at a loss for words to describe how pathetic that is.


Meh, why should you care? I don't really mind if the world has a few folks I consider nuts, as long as they aren't engaged in violent or criminal behavior.


I don't care, actually. I just think it's sad that someone wastes that much time on a hobby that involves sitting in front of a computer. It's true that other hobbies can cost more than $5000/year, but most of those involve interacting with real live people (in person, no less). I love boardgames because I get to spend quality time with interesting people.

Life's too short to spend cooped up in a cave by yourself.


Doesn't your hobby involve the same thing? I mean, here you are on the 'Geek.
 
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