With this huge recession going on at the moment, everybody has to make sacrifices. Your favorite hobby; that is gaming shouldn’t have to be one of them. With the current prices of game consoles and software, it can be hard to buy games on a meager budget, but I can show you some tricks to game on the cheap without delving into the realms of piracy.
1) Bargain Bin.
This tactic can be nice if you do not mind that you are playing the newest games a year later than everyone else, but if the game is good, why should it matter when you play it. Besides the benefit of the lower price point, buying later can have the effect of being fully patched out of the box or available to download and install, so you can avoid game crippling bugs right from the get go, which is really nice. But on the negative side, of the game tends to focus online, you may end up with a coaster copy because they closed the servers in preparation for the next installment in the series, also you may encounter players who are too good and love to “noob hunt.” Not allowing you to get better. So, pick your poison.
2) Buy Used.
This tactic has the same benefits and negatives as the previous point with some more. For one, you can often find used games much cheaper than just bargain bin games. Also you can find used games all over; yard sales, flea markets, consignment stores, rental shops (Blockbuster and the like), etc. As long as you keep within a price range and the people don’t sell games at too outrageous of a price, you can walk away with a stack of games on the cheap. On the negative side is, if you are a collector, most of the time you will not have access to supplements that come with the game such as instruction manual or even packaging, if it’s a cart. If it’s a disc, you can end up with a coaster because your console can’t read the disc due to damage. This tactic is a gamble, but well worth it if you keep smart and check the merchandise before you buy. Buying used is always “as-is” so no returns, be careful of that.
3) Closing forever
Keep an eye out for rental stores like blockbuster, family video, Hollywood video that are going out of business in your area, At cut-throat prices, and many carrying games from many years ago, you can pick up new and used games on the cheap and stock up. Again, these are sold “as-is” so no returns, ask to see the disk in advance before purchasing.
4) Learn how to repair
This tactic allows you to get new consoles on the cheap. Learn how to fix the red ring of death, learn how to fix the yellow light of death, and you can get an Xbox 360 or PS3 for under $100 at times. On the negative side, you have no warranty, so if your system breaks down, it’s your responsibility to fix it, so beware. Also, with the release of the PS3 jailbreak and the hacking scene on both the Xbox 360 and PS3, you may end up with a console that is banned completely from accessing their respective networks, so ask before you buy if it’s been hacked.
5) Game Swapping/pooling
This is nice especially when you have many friends who have the same systems as you. Say you have a game a friend wants and you have a game they want, and both of you are sick of the game you have, you have the option of trading them between one another. Also, the same method could be done for loaning games within a circle of friends, to help each friend know which games they would be interested in or not, which can save you money.
6) Retro game
That old SNES in your closet still has some life in it, and I guarantee that you haven’t played all of the great SNES titles available. So dust off that old console of yours and keep an eye out for games for it on the cheap. On average, if you can come across someone who doesn’t know what they are dealing with, you can haggle someone down to less than $1 a game and build up a pretty good library quickly and play those in-between modern Generation game purchases.
As you can see, it is very easy to game on the cheap, and it can be quite rewarding, but there are some bad sides to cheap gaming. For example, many developers do not like people exchanging games between each other, so they put special codes with the game which allows the owner to access special content, once the code is used once, it’s used once. If you PC game now a days, you can’t buy used because the code in the game will not work for more than one person, this is an anti-piracy measure, and it’s not cool. So you know the risks and benefits, so ride on and game on the cheap.