a penny saved

For the first time in a decade, I am going to be in possession of a gaming computer. I will ramble more on this theme as soon as the parts have finished arriving!

This means, likewise, that it will be beautifully suited to doing… well, anything at all.

In preparation, I have been fast acquiring all the programs I have ever wanted to run. (And then some.)

They are mostly games, ranging from freeware to abandonware to AAA new releases. But there are other things as well, from graphic manipulation suites to entire operating systems.

This to say nothing of the movies, music, and manuscripts which I have already acquired :-)

I thought I would take this opportunity to show off my little collection. Not that it took much effort to acquire it, the torrents being what they is. I’d welcome suggestions. It’s a heck of an investment; I’d just as soon get my money’s worth.

But – on that note – I think I’m going to take this exercise a ludicrous step further. I’m going to then go through this list, & see what it would cost me to acquire each of these programs. I’m then going to see just how much money I’ve saved – and how much content, in ever-so-quantifiable dollars, this is letting me enjoy.

I’m going to calculate two different values for $moneysaved. The first will be based on what the games would cost to acquire now. The second, what they would have cost to acquire when they were new. Because honestly, in a world where my favorite game has 8-bit graphics (to say nothing of my favorite webcomic at 2), value in acquisition is fairly little related to value in use.

So in the form of GAME ($current/$original)… with prices approximated as best as possible via Amazon and teh Googles… here we go!

GAMES

7th Guest ($10/50)
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA (10/20)
A New Beginning (13/30)
Bastion (15/30)
BATMANS
-Arkham Asylum (17/50)
-Arkham City (22/50)
Beneath a Steel Sky (0/40)
Beyond Good & Evil (13/40)
BLACKWELLS (15/60)
-Legacy
-Unbound
-Convergance
Blade Runner (10/58)
Blueberry Garden (5)
Book of Unwritten Tales (20/30)
BORDERLANDSESES
-1 (30/60)
-2 (50/60)
Braid (8/20)
BROKEN SWORDS (10/90)
Company of Heroes (10/60)
Crayon Physics (20)
CRYSES
-1 (13/60)
-2 (21/60)
Dear Esther (10/20)
DefCon (20/30)
DEUS EXES
-1 (4/60)
-Human Revolution (20/60)
Discworld Noir (35/60)
ELDER SCROLLS
-3: Morrowind (30/60)
-4: Oblivion (20/60)
-5: Skyrim (35/60)
FALLOUTS
-1 (10/60)
-2 (10/60)
-3 (10/60)
-New Vegas (19/60)
FARCRIES
-1 (7/60)
-2 (17/60)
Full Throttle (15/60)
GABRIEL KNIGHTS
-1  (10/60)
-2 (10/60)
-3 (10/60)
Gemini Rue (23)
Gray Matter (10/30)
Grim Fandango (85/60… perversely)
HALF-LIVES
-1 (10/60)
-1: Source (10/60)
-Black Mesa (-)
-2 (20/60)
-2:1 (8/30)
-2:2 (8/30)
-2:3 JUST KIDDING
HUMBLE BUNDLES
-1 (-/10)
-2 (-/10)
-3 (-/10)
-4 (-/10)
-5 (-/10)
-6 (-/10)
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (5/60)
INFINITY ENGINES
-Baldur’s Gate (8/60)
-Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn (8/60)
-Planescape: Torment (12/60)
-Icewind Dale (16/60)
-Icewind Dale 2 (16/60)
KOTORS
-1 (10/60)
-2 (10/60)
Last Express (6/60)
LEFT 5 DEAD
-1 (20/50)
-2 (20/50)
Limbo (10/40)
Lone Survivor (10)
Loom (5/60)
MASS EFFECTS
-1 (20/60)
-2 (20/60)
-3 (30/60)
MONKEY ISLANDS
-The Secret of Monkey Island (15/60)
-Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge (15/60)
-3 (10/60)
-4 (10/60)
-Tales From Monkey Island (35)
MYSTS
-Myst (6/60)
-RealMyst (6/60)
-Riven (6/60)
-Myst 3 Exile (10/60)
-Myst 4 Revelation (10/60)
-Myst 5 End Of Ages (10/60)
Oil Rush (20)
PENUMBRAE (30/90)
PORTALS
-1 (10/30)
-2 (20/60)
Prince of Persia Sands of Time (10/60)
Resonance (10/60)
Schizm (17/50)
Shadow of the Colossus (only exists on PC in pirated versions)
SIERRAS
-ALL OF THEM (such as are available would cost about $50 all told. to buy them originally, at $50 a box, would cost over a thousand dollars. I will call it $50, on the supposition that I never would have paid real money for these pieces of shit anyway)
SILENT HILLS
-1 (only exists on PC in pirated versions)
-2 (only exists on PC in pirated versions)
-3 (28/60)
Snatcher
Spelunky (-)
Still Life (10/30)
Super Meat Boy (15/25)
Sword and Sorcery (8/20)
SYSTEM SHOCKS
-1 (can’t find it anywhere/60)
-2 (can’t find it anywhere/60)
Testament of Sherlock Holmes (40)
THIEVES
-1 (10/60)
-2 (10/60)
-3 (10/60)
To the Moon (10)
TRILBIES (-)
-5 Days a Stranger
-7 Days a Skeptic
-Trilby’s Notes
-6 Days a Sacrifice
TRINES
-1 (10/20)
-2 (10/20)
Uplink (10/30)
WALKING DEADS (25)
WARCRAFTS (20/…)
-1 (/60)
-2 (/60)
-3 (/60)
War of the Roses (30/40)
Whispered Word (7/30)
WITCHERY
-1 (10/60)
-2 (30/60)
World of Goo (10/20)
XCOMS
-UFO Defense (5/60)
-Enemy Unknown (60)
ZORK
-Return to Zork (6/50)
-Zork Nemesis (6/50)
-Zork Grand Inquisitor (6/50)

…to say nothing of 34 other freeware games (and counting!)

SUBTOTALS: 1680/5550

…and, on the other side of things…

/GAMES

Adobe CS6 (600)
Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 (900)
3D Home Architect 8 (100)
Microsoft MapPoint
-Europe (232)
-North America (239)
Poser Pro 9 (90)
Guitar Pro 6 (40)
Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 12 (76)
Windows 8 Pro (67)
Rosetta Stone Bundle (I’ll clock this in at $500, despite the fact that it would more accurately be appx. 33 x $500)

SUBTOTAL… appx. 2400 (all new releases)

So if I were to buy all these games today, I’d be saving $1680 – which is, perversely, the exact cost w/ shipping of my new computer. If I had bought these games new, I would have spent over five thousand dollars. And to include the other pieces of software – some of which, like the new Adobe Creative Suite, I will take very good advantage of – those totals rise to around 3k and 8k respectively.

In short: I have gotten more than the value of my computer in free software. It’s like I just bought a car, and the dealership threw in $25,000 in gas.

Buyer’s remorse? I, dear readers, think not.

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~ by davekov on 5 November 2012.

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