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The Real Cost of Being a Video Gamer

By Jennifer Prince - 2012-01-26T14:58:21Z

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Company Symbol % Change
Zynga Inc ZNGA:US 2.90
Microsoft Corp MSFT:US 1.24
Electronic Arts Inc EA:US -0.20
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.87
Sony Corp 6758:JP -1.62
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The Experience

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 won't be fun if your monitor doesn't provide a crisp image and your network connection drags. Warren suggests an inexpensive TV by Chinese manufacturer TCL (under $400). For others:

$4,800: Sharp Elite PRO 60-Inch 3D LED-LCD TV --
$2,400: For the hard-core gamer, Comcast's Extreme 105 Internet service with download speeds of up to 105 mbps ($199 per month for one year in San Francisco). That's 35 times the median download speed in the nation, according to -- Comcast
$180: APC Power Saving Back-UPS Pro with Surge Protection --
$33: Monster Cable THX 1000 HDX-8 Ultimate High Speed HDMI cable --

Running Tally: $12,020