How to Save Money On Games
How to Save Money When Buying Games
If you’re like most people then you think that a $60 game is too expensive! While many games are a lot of fun, most can be played through in about 15 to 20 hours, which makes $60 equate out to $4 an hour for the game! If you play the game through again then obviously it is cheaper per hour of play, but usually it’s still better to save money. So, how do you get good deals and save money on games?
Consider Digital Downloads
Did you know that digital downloads of games are typically as much as 20% less than hard copies? Check online stores to see if they have a digital version. If it’s the same price as the hardcopy don’t buy it. Digital copies frequently go on sale for as much as 50% off, although 40% is the most common. The only issue is that the digital copy takes up a great deal of space on your hard drive. In fact, a single game can be 32GB or more in size. If you do download all digital games, choose carefully, and remember that you can always save the download code, or move them onto an external drive when you’re done playing them.
Compare Multiple Options
You probably know that you have to compare a lot of different stores before buying if you’re looking for a TV or a computer, but most people don’t even think about it with games. Consider looking on sites like Amazon or eBay, as well as your local Best Buy, Gamestop, and Walmart to see who has the best deal. Usually Amazon.com, GoG.com, and BestBuy offer the best deals. Check some of the downloadable titles available here.
Skip the New Releases
As tempting as it is to buy the newest game available, you might be shocked to find out that waiting 6 months can save you as much as $40 on the title! Most games retail for $50, $60, or $70 within the first 3 months of release, and then can drop in price to an average of $20 to $40. Waiting can definitely save you money!
Consider Old Games
Did you know that there are plenty of lower priced classic games that you can enjoy? Some of the best games ever made include Diablo II, Legend of the Dragoon, the Baldurs Gate Series, Mortal Kombat, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Grand Turismo, Half Life, Dead Space, Age of Empires, Command and Conquer, Sims, Quake One, Streets of Rage, Metal Gear Solid, and literally hundreds of others that can all be purchased for $20 or less. The older the game, the lower the price, even if it is just as good or better than the games coming out now. As a rule, try looking for classics and game of the year titles, because they are almost guaranteed to be good. Best of all, once you’ve finished playing through a classic, a new release that you want might be lower priced.
Look for Sales
While sales and discounts are not always available, there are many out there. Look on Amazon.com and GoG.com for the most frequent sales, and remember that games are most frequently discounted at the end and the beginning of each month when stores are trying to move out old stock. Most traditional stores rarely have game sales but you can also look to check and see.