Buying video games on the cheap


controllerNow that I’ve killed cable, I have time to play video games. There is a plethora of video games and many ways to get games on the cheap.

  • Stay back a generation. Keep your ears open for the phrase “I got a new <game console>”. When someone upgrades, their old console and games need a new home. Maybe your home can be that home? Check Craigslist or eBay for older systems.
  • Trade games. The cheapest way to play new games is to trade with your friends. Find out what your friends have and work out a short or long term swap.
  • Download games. Instead of driving to a store and buying a box, download console games – Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Network or WiiWare. Games are typically cheaper when you go this route – $8-$15 for a game and there is no physical waste (no box and CD). Also you can try a demo version before you buy the full game.
  • Try Xbox 360 Community games. These games are created by the ‘little guys’ instead of the big game companies. There are some genuine gems in this group, so support the little guys and try a demo. Prices are typically cheap – say $4.  
  • Buy used games. Whatever game you want has already been bought, mastered, and is now up for sale. You just need to find the game. Check eBay and the various used video game sites. Blockbuster and GameStop also have used games. Shop around for the best price.
  • Consider GameFly – Netflix for console games. If you’re an avid gamer, this is a great way to play new games without buying boxes. You can sign up for 1 or 2 games out at a time – $15-22 a month. Blockbuster has similar rental plans if you live near one.
  • Play online. There are lots of free online games you can play on your computer. Search with your browser on ‘free online games’, or check out MSN Games or MiniClip.

Do you have other ideas? Leave a comment.

One comment

  1. I’ve ‘killed’ cable in my house as well, due to the huge variety of stuff available online nowadays. And you give some great tips on how to game on the cheap. My xbox 360 broke about a year ago, and I had to bust out my original xbox. But then that stopped working and I had to go back to my dreamcast, LOL

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