O great gamers of ADISC, I call on you for your opinion:
This is the first year I've brought in a serious amount of cash for Christmas, which makes getting one of the current game consoles a reality. For reference, the last time I got a new console was about three years ago when a friend got me a Gamecube for my birthday. My Gamecube and my N64 comprise my entire game collection, mostly because the cost of a new system is pretty prohibitive. I do enjoy video games, I just can't really afford them.
Now, I actually have a chance to get one, and I'm leaning toward a PS3. However, I also realize that for the amount of money I'd spend on a PS3, I could also get a case of Abenas, a bottle of my favorite scotch, some new home furnishings, a new watch, and still have some left over as rainy day money, my point being that ~$300 is a LOT of money that I could do a LOT of other stuff with. Plus, I'm concerned that a new system will be a money trap, considering new games run around $60, controllers are $40-50 a piece, and I hear there are tons of things to buy online for your games, so I'm a little concerned I'm getting in over my head.
So, for those of you who own a PS3/360/Wii, was the purchase worth it? Has it eaten up all of your cash? Any advice for someone new to this generation of games?