How Much Games Really Cost Around The World

The best place to be a gamer? Denmark.

Over at GamePointsNow, Simon Ward has calculated how long someone paid average wages in twelve developed nations would have to work in order to afford a brand new video game at retail. He took into account average salary after tax, plus local game prices in order to create a kind of Big Mac Index for gamers.

The gamers with the most purchasing power? Danes.

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The average Dane needs to work only two and a half hours to be able to afford a new video game. That’s the same amount of time it takes to watch Zero Dark Thirty.

(Perhaps unsurprisingly, Denmark annually ranks as one of the world’s happiest nations.)

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Meanwhile, the average Pole needs to work over fourteen hours to afford a brand new video game. That’s about as long as it takes to watch the entire extended edition Lord of the Rings trilogy, plus The Hobbit.

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Here’s the full breakdown.

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Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.
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