A big (read: expensive) week for gamers

Gaming, Nintendo, PlayStation 3

Castlevania Order of Ecclesia for Nintendo DS BioShock for PlayStation 3 Rock Band 2 for PlayStation 3 Wii Music by Nintendo

The Video Game Gods have decreed that their followers shall have no money this week. There are just too many quality titles ready to drop.

It’s a good thing the economy’s just roaring along, isn’t it?

Here’s a list of select titles that should be available by the time your read this. (Except for one – but more on that later.)

>> Wii Music from Nintendo simulates more than 60 instruments using simple motions with the Wii’s standard controllers. Plus, train your ear with tone challenges and play back your recorded jam sessions with dramatic camera angles. $49.99, rated E for everyone. (More about Wii Music)

>> Rock Band 2 for PlayStation 3 by MTV Games and Electronic Arts, $59.99, rated T for teen. Pick up an instrument (sold separately) and rock out with a fresh track list in the sequel to the latest rhythm game craze. (Already out for Xbox 360)

>> Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia for Nintendo DS from Konami, $29.99, rated T for teen. (More about Castlevania)

>> BioShock for PlayStation 3 from 2K Games, $59.99, rated M for mature. (More about BioShock for PS3)

>> Far Cry 2 by Ubisoft for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, $59.99, rated M for mature.

>> Monopoly for all systems from Electronic Arts, $39.99 to $49.99, rated E for everyone. It’s like going to McDonalds, without the diarrhea.

>> Star Ocean: First Departure for Sony PSP from Square Enix, $39.99, rated T for teen.

LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation 3

DELAYED: LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation 3 from Sony, $59.99, rated E for everyone. Apparently, you have to be really careful about references to the Quran these days. Long live America!

Look for the game Nov. 4 instead of this week. Unless you whip out some brutal diplomacy.

Shift-4ing all those dollar signs got me thinking: What are hardcore gamers doing to afford their expensive hobby in the “financial crisis of 2008”? Working extra jobs? Renting? Or are “true geeks” with the mad tech skills actually insulated from recessions, like porn and prostitution? This may be a topic for an upcoming article, so please — send me your thoughts or just leave a comment below.

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