Gaming isn’t exactly the cheapest hobby. Whether you are PC or Console, it still requires an investment of a few thousand Rands just to get started. What about the games? Forget sales and discounts, full priced titles are a rip off, A RIP OFF I TELL YOU! Are they really though? This 90’s Toys ‘R” Us advert certainly puts things into perspective.
The original advert was shared over at NeoGAF. Seriously, I don’t think gamers realise just how expensive gaming was back in the day. See for yourself!
The consoles seem to be alright. The PlayStation 1, Sega Saturn, and Nintendo 64 all tie for $199, so it really came down to personal choice. Don’t forget those optional extras! Want to save your game? Better grab that memory card for the PS1 at only $24.99! Oh the original Game Boy is $49.99? I’LL TAKE ONE OF EACH COLOUR!
The true shocker comes with the price of the games. Have you seen what Nintendo were charging for SNES stuff? The console was dirt cheap at $129.99, but it cost $69.99 for premium games! Just let let that sink in, this was around 20 years ago, and the SNES wasn’t even the current gen console. Unsurprisingly, the newer, disc-based stuff was a lot cheaper. PlayStation games were actually pretty darn affordable, coming in at $42.99 – $47.99 a pop.
This is not to say that gaming is cheap today, but rather, it could be a heck of a lot worse. If you had to step in to a time machine and attend this sale with say, $400, what would you buy?
Last Updated: July 28, 2014
July 28, 2014 at 19:39
According to https://www.resbank.co.za/Research/Rates/Pages/SelectedHistoricalExchangeAndInterestRates.aspx when the N64 was released the rand dollar exchange rate was between R4 and R5, so a N64 translates into about R1000 (I’ve no idea how much more it would’ve cost here though). The tough question is how much that was for the time 😛 Well, I distinctly remember being surprised the day in primary school when, at the snoepie, I learned that the price of a can of coca cola had risen to R2.50. Can’t remember what year it was though (perhaps 1997ish) which would’ve been around the time of the N64’s release. These days those fat cats at the snoepie probably charge around R7.50 for a can (googling price of a can of cola isn’t very useful), so if we use that as an approximate rule a N64 cost around R3000 in today’s money. Ok, but let’s try to be more precise. This site has south africa’s inflation figures from over the years: http://www.inflation.eu/inflation-rates/south-africa/historic-inflation/cpi-inflation-south-africa.aspx. Using the annual inflation rates instead of the average ones (obviously since I don’t have a clue why) on the R1000, the N64 cost around (sec. opening matlab…) R2466 in today’s money.
source : guy that bunked accounting in high school during matric and drew pictures of diablo characters in accounting class ( amazon 0.0 ofc ) in the years leading up to matric. In fact, I made a braai when I passed matric and ‘braaied’ my accounting books. I still have the ashes.
Ergo, there is a strong possibility I don’t know what I’m talking about…