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The Real Cost of Being a Video Gamer

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

Photograph by Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

Company Symbol % Change
Zynga Inc ZNGA:US 0.40
Microsoft Corp MSFT:US -0.26
Electronic Arts Inc EA:US 0.78
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.22
Sony Corp 6758:JP -0.22
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Gaming on the Go

Gaming consoles have long battled for market share and it's no different with handheld gaming devices. The Sony PSP-300 for $130 and the Nintendo 3DS for $170 (famous for games such as Super Mario Land and The Legend of Zelda) are among the hottest portable players. Even so, Kill Screen's Warren says touchscreen technology and the app store make the iPhone 4S and the iPod Touch 64GB the best handheld gaming devices.

$400: iPod Touch 64GB -- Apple Store
$19: LevelUp Race Tilt Action Racing Controller for iPod Touch --

Running Tally: $12,439