Rising game prices have helped increase UK inflation

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Now games can be blamed for ruining your cost of living as well as your children and moral fibre.

The higher cost of next-gen gaming is so influential on the UK economy that it has played a part in boosting British inflation in October.

The AFP reports that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says that the 12-month Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate accelerated to 1.3 per cent in October, up from September's five-year low of 1.2 per cent.

And video games were specifically named as a driving factor.

Said the ONS: "Smaller falls in transport costs than a year ago – notably for motor fuels and air fares – and price rises for computer games were the main contributors to the rise in the rate of inflation."

Economist Howard Archer added: [Computer games] were specifically highlighted by the ONS as having some upward impact due to a number of new titles being released in the run-up to Christmas and replacing cheaper titles in the computer games charts."