From: Montreal, Quebec
Complain, complain, complain,wah, wah, wah...Ya, you guys have all excellent points, but here's one for thought...How much is the boardgame version in your city/country? Over here, the price of a new boxed wargame is grossly indecent. For example, back in 1981 or so, I bought Squad Leader, pasi about 25 $ for it. The year after, went and get COI, also for about 25$. Fast forward to 2003, where in my local gaming store, saw the same friggin game at *drum roll please* $ 157.99 !!!!! What the.....Know what the owner said? It's a collector's item. No it isn't, says I, it's just COI....Yeah, but now, they're hot collectibles. Checked it out, other games ( such as East Front II) was retailing at over $200.00
Bottom line, pc games are still ( relatively) cheap.
ps: You wanna try an expensive hobby? Might I recommend miniature trains or even better yet, RC aircraft/boats ?
"Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" - Publius Renatus, 390 A.D.