The Budget Gamer by Madeline

The Budget Gamer by Madeline
Are you a broke student who also leads an active gaming life? Would you like to get more games for your scarce dollars? Many of us are in school or otherwise broke, so I thought it would be time to start a series on how to game on the cheap. So here goes: 1. Be patient. While new releases of AAA titles are standardised at $60 a pop, if you wait a bit longer for those titles to drop in price you can save as much as $20 or $30 per game. Just look for the labels Nintendo Selects, Greatest Hits,and Platinum Hits. These labels are used to designate popular games that have been re-released at a lower price point. In the world of gaming, patience pays. 2. Buy used. Used games are a really good way to game on the cheap. Reputable stores like Gamestop or BestBuy have return policies on used games so if your used game purchase is a bit wonky you can get a refund or exchange. 3. Go retro! There’s a reason why my primary consoles are N64, GameCube, and GameBoy Advance. Simply stated, if you pick up an older console, you can play classic and retro games for a fraction of the price you’d pay to play current gen games. A good time to pick up a cheap console and cheap games is right around the time of a new console release. For example, when the Wii first came out, many of my classmates were selling their GameCubes and games. During that time, I snapped up a GameCube plus controllers for only $60! Therefore, I fully expect to buy a used Wii in December this year for under $100 when the Wii U launches. 4. Swap for games. Do you have games you just don’t play anymore? You can swap them for games you haven’t played for free on www.Waygoz.com. Waygoz is a free game swap site. It’s free to use and free to sign up. All you have to do is list the games you want to get rid of, the games you want to receive, and your zip code. You can find other games within your local area, arrange meetups and swap games. The Budget Gamer Part 2 : Can't afford that AAA title this month? The Budget Gamer Part 3 : How to budget your Time The Budget Gamer Part 4 : Economics 101 for Gamers The Budget Gamer Part 5 :  Budget Buy for August