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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 -0.93
Electronic Arts Inc EA:US -2.59
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.47
Sony Corp 6758:JP -0.24
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Headsets and Speakers

It's easier to strategize and score goals in Electronic Arts's FIFA Soccer 12 if you have a headset. (Or, after the kids go to bed, a headset makes it easier to chat with others online and team up to kill the enemy in Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.)

$249: For the Xbox 360 - Turtle Beach Ear Force XP500 Programmable Wireless Headset --
$250: For PC players - Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 for PC Gaming Headset -- Office Max
$247: For PC players - Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-Power 2.1 PC Speaker System -- Sears

Running Tally: $13,392