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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A to Z Challenge: Gamer Girl Tuesday: Value Gaming

Last week I talked about paying the premium for gaming (and how to decide when to spend your $60).  Today I'm talking about the flip side.  Here are some tips on Value gaming.

  • Patrol your local gaming stores for used games.  If you're nervous about the idea of buying used, spend the extra few bucks for the extra warranties.  You'll still end up ahead.
  • If you can wait a while for a game (usually a year), games will on average drop half their opening price.  Also keep an eye out for "greatest hit" games, which usually have a low price, because almost everyone already has a copy.
  • Become a friend of Steam.  They always have a mid-week madness sale and amazing sales around the holidays.  But this will only work for pc games.  Sorry consoles.
  • Watch for cyber Monday and holiday sales online.  You can get games for much cheaper and avoid the crowds!
  • Don't be afraid to try out "budget games."  Usually not as hyped as the big names, there are still some hidden gems to be found. (Just make sure to try and find a couple of reviews)
  • Borrow from friends.  There are lots of games that in all honesty you'll only play through once.  Swap games with friends to give them a play through and see if they're worth buying your own copy.
 Hope these tips help you save a few bucks!

2 comments:

Raquel Byrnes said...

Games drop significantly, thats for sure. Its just so hard to wait. =)
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The Bear Monk said...

Interesting thing I found out about Steam this week is that you can apparently get a PS3 version of Steam.

I'm not sure how this works yet as PSN is down right now. Something to keep in mind with Portal 2 just having been released...if you buy the PS3 version you get the PC version for free.

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