I keep seeing people bitch about prices of iPhone and iPad apps as soon as it's over $0.99. I know that they might not be the majority, but it saddens me to see that some people are so openly cheap. Lately, I've been using this little rule that helps me see if a game has a good price tag or not: The "1 dollar per hour" rule! It's simple really, and I use this for every form of entertainment. The formula is quite simple: For each buck that you put in a game, you should be having 1 hour of play out of it. Examples: Angry Birds: $0.99, played well over 5 hours. Verdict: Cheap Skyrim: Got it for 30$, played over 80 hours! Verdict: Very cheap! Final Fantasy 3 on iPad: $16.99, estimated playtime of 20 hours: Fair price! Diablo 3: $60, played 50 hours: A little too pricey, but I might play again later if someone threatens me at gunpoint. Homefront: $50, played 5 hours, total waste of money that I still regret today. Bad Piggies HD: $3, already played 5 hours and not done with it: Good price! McPixel: Got it at $2 I think, and I played about 2 hours. So OK price. It even works for music. A $10 album with a 1 hour duration: If I know that I'm going to listen to it at least 10 times, then its a fair price. Same for movies: $20 for a DVD of a 2 hour movie, if I know I'll watch it 10 times, its a fair price. The rule even works for IAP! Anyway you get the point, but this simple rule helps me chose entertainment when there's just too many options to chose from. So next time you see someone complaining about a $3 game, and the game seems to offer at least 3 hours of gameplay, remind them of the 1 dollar per hour rule. I mean, not long ago, arcades were charging 25¢ for about 5 minutes of gameplay. We do live in good times!