According to the Entertainment Software Association, 58% of all Americans play some form of video game. This has both positive and negative implications. It is a good thing because it means that there is more support and money going towards improving gaming. However, it is also a bit troublesome because according to the laws of supply and demand, the prices will inevitably go up. Most video games now-a-days start at a price of $60 and don’t get any cheaper for several months.
A while ago, Dallas wrote a blog about how the steam summer sale can easily get the best of you. Hopefully, this blog will help you embrace the sales, while still maintaining fiscal responsibility. I have compiled a list of things you can do to still enjoy everything that gaming has to offer, without bankrupting yourself.
Buying a used game can drastically reduce the price you pay for games. Stores like GameStop and online retailers like Amazon usually have a pretty quick turnaround from new to used games. In my experience, in a few weeks, you can buy a game used for 40 dollars or less that would usually cost 60 dollars new.
Most stores that sell games will also buy them back from you. You won’t get much for them, but if you have 5 or 6 old games then you can sell them back to the store for enough to buy a game or 2. Just recently, GameStop did a special where you got way more credit for games than usual. Take advantage of these kinds of opportunities to maximize your access to those awesome games, while minimizing your spending.
in the future. If you base what games you buy around whether or
not you can play through the game multiple times, or if you can just waste hours of the game wandering around the world and exploring, you can save lots of money because you will end up buying fewer games, but playing just as much.
Bethesda or BioWare. There are plenty of fun, playable games made by independent developers. While these games may take longer to develop, and may not look as beautiful, or play as smoothly, they can still offer hours of fun for the casual gamer. Plus, most indie games are extremely cheap and easy to obtain.
Playing video games is an awesome way to just escape from everything for a little bit and have your own little world to play around in. It's a great form of stress relief, and can even help some people overcome disabilities. Unfortunately, prices are on the rise, and some people are losing access to the gaming industry. Hopefully, with these 8 tips you, too, can enjoy all that video gaming has to offer.