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September 2nd, 2013, 4:12 PM
What are some places where you can get games for cheap, like a couple dollars or so?

Or maybe not $5 kind of cheap. But what are some places (or ways) you can get games for cheaper?

September 2nd, 2013, 4:27 PM
Steam Sales and Humble Bundles, if you're into PC gaming. If you're not... all I can suggest is wait a very long time (but not too long or else they go back up in price for being retro). :( It can be hard to get crazy good deals on console games.

Seriously, though, Steam is so great for getting deals on games. I hold every other kind of video game sale to its standard nowadays. I have thousands of dollars worth of games on my account but can't have spent more than a few hundred dollars on everything. Even if your computer isn't great, there are plenty of indie games it should be able to run and older games go for extra cheap too, especially during sales. (GreenManGaming almost always has a 20% off coupon too and most games activate on Steam.)

Gaming PCs cost more than buying a console, but in the long run they are just so much cheaper because PC gaming is so much more cost-effective than console gaming. @_@

September 2nd, 2013, 5:17 PM
I buy my games used if I visit a local GameStop or a swap-meet. I find that much cheaper. Or, I can go online like Amazon or ebay where it's much more cheaper.

Then there's also downloadable versions where it's a lot cheaper but I don't like that format because I'd rather have a physical copy...I mean, what if I lose my game in case of a technological derp? D:

Sweets Witch
September 3rd, 2013, 4:54 AM
Gotta second the Steam sales. Steam is wonderful because stuff is always on sale and the daily deals aren't half bad. The big summer and winter sales are notorious wallet-breakers because everything under the sun and all of the DLC that comes with it goes on sale. We're talking like 60% off, too.

If you're more console-oriented then the online stores usually have some kind of deal but it's almost always more expensive than buying a used copy of the game. If you don't want used games then you could start a trade-in cycle. All you have to do is buy one new game that just came out, play it for a little while, and trade it in towards another new game. The trade-in value is usually like $30, but that only works for A-list titles.

September 3rd, 2013, 5:19 AM
I usually visit every game shop in my local shopping center and then compare the prices. The cheapest one I use to persuade employees from the second cheapest store I find, to match their price or do better. Or I buy in bulk/bundles.

Another tactic I find that saves me quite a bit of money is to go shopping during the end of the financial year where even the latest technology is reduced quite substantially. (Hey, I got a $1800-$2000 laptop for around $1500!, with added extras! ;D)

September 3rd, 2013, 6:16 AM
If food budget's a problem, do what I do and eat a lot of rice. It's cheap, it's filling, and there's a lot you can make with it :P

But anyways, I'm a PC gamer myself, and I rarely pay full price for anything. I watch Steam and Amazon sales regularly and pick up games I want when they go on sale. The Humble Bundle is good to watch too, especially now they they seem to be alternating mainstream games in with the indie ones (although a lot of the HB's indie games are great in their own right).

September 3rd, 2013, 10:00 AM
i buy my games at best buy. they have some pretty good deals ;3

Crunch Punch
September 3rd, 2013, 10:17 AM
Buying online like in ebay is always cheaper console-wise. In the UK the only major video games retailer I can think of is GAME and their prices are always ridiculously expensive, and they hardly ever have good sales. So unless your buying used games and such, I suggest buying online for anyone in the UK.

September 3rd, 2013, 11:37 AM
Obviously you should steal from friends.

Mr. X
September 3rd, 2013, 11:43 AM
Ebay, Steam Sales, Bundles, giveaways, torrents...

Satoshi Ookami
September 4th, 2013, 12:37 AM
Obviously you should steal from friends.
You have won the internet, Syd =D

Now without jokes... it's really good idea to find a bunch of friends and borrow and lend games between yourselves =)

You shouldn't read this: If it's just PC gaming, you can always download ;)

September 4th, 2013, 1:26 AM
downloading pirated games from the internet obv
but its mostly a group of people chipping in and buying a game which they all use type of thing
and borrowing from your friend
I mean, what's he got to lose?
that's why the whole "play only with cartridge" thing is the worst since it cant be installed in two consoles and played separately
the typical easy way out is ebay but then its so easy to get a fake

September 4th, 2013, 10:36 AM
I sometimes buy PC versions of games (e.g Rayman Legends) to save money. I also spends loads on the Steam Sale and buy games I'll probably never play.

For all other systems, I embrace used games. Say what you will about them, but after you buy a game it should be your property and selling games on the buy new ones is a great use of games you'll never play again. Used games are also more affordable, and can also stop you from boycotting games you want from companies that you are unfavorable towards like Capcom and EA.

Serene Grace
September 4th, 2013, 12:50 PM
Ebay, Steam Sales, Bundles, giveaways, torrents...
Torrents aren't cool bro, support your favourite developers.

PC gamers have it set pretty much - Steam is your best friend. If you can afford to: wait around for a game to go on sale and you'll find yourself loving life pretty much.

On the console side of things; it's much harder to get cheaper games because any sale wouldn't be from the developers themselves; but the company selling the game and they are usually for a short amount of time or some hidden circumstances (usually to do with loyalty). I recommend trading old games in for store credit, that way the new games are cheaper or even free.

September 6th, 2013, 9:03 PM
Stay far away from EB Games and Gamestop. Always more pricey there. I go to other big box stores and rely on stacking up sales, price errors, coupons, gift cards, and price matching to get games cheaper

I've picked up a couple of things at Steam sales, but for the most part my current computer isn't great for gaming and a lot of Indie stuff doesn't interest me at all