8.5 C
Sunday, March 26, 2023

How to save money on video games during the cost of living crisis


Related stories

Daniel Radcliffe and Girlfriend Erin Darke Expecting Their First Child

Daniel Radcliffe and longtime girlfriend Erin Darke expect their...

Beat Fire Mod APK v1.2.03 [Coins/Songs/weapons]

Beat Fireplace Mod APK newest model obtain at no...

Pregnant Princess Eugenie exudes elegance in Hong Kong with £149 dress

Princess Eugenie was photographed in Hong Kong carrying a...

Fergie uses ‘main selling appeal’ in interviews – body language expert

Sarah Ferguson appeared in plenty of interviews within the...

MSCHF’s Big Red Boots Follow-Up Is a Backward-Forward Sneaker

After going extraordinarily viral with the latest launch of...

CeX store interior

Gaming isn’t low cost for anybody in the meanwhile (pic: CeX)

A reader gives three main ideas for saving cash on video video games in the course of the present difficulties, and usually while you’re a mother or father.

With the announcement that Microsoft will start charging $70 or £70 for new games there has been renewed debate about the cost of video gaming and the perceived value. Is the value of a game in its production, length, replayability, the online multiplayer, the single-player campaign, etc., etc.

As a father to young children with a house to run, clothes to buy, and food to put on the table, over the years I’ve found that the amount I have to spend on gaming has reduced as the cost of everything else has gone up, which I’m sure is a similar scenario for everyone at the moment, in the current cost of living crisis that we find ourselves in.

Gaming doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby though, with a little bit of patience, and in some cases luck, it doesn’t have to be that expensive. The first piece of advice that I’d offer is really the most simple and it is that a game is only £70 if you absolutely feel that you must play it on the day it comes out and aren’t prepared to shop around a little.

If you can avoid the fear of missing out and are prepared to wait a month or two, then the price of games very quickly starts to come down. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand that for all of us there are always going to be certain games/franchises that we will absolutely want to play on day one, but I always keep an eye on release schedules and try to budget for those releases – buying the odd game here or there on day one is also worth doing as it can make the overall cost of gaming cheaper.

My second piece of advice is to always buy physical, I know that there are benefits to buying digital, like being able to pre-load and start playing the second that the game is released, but physical copies often turn out to be cheaper (even for day one releases, if you shop around a bit you can normally save yourself anywhere from a couple of pounds up to a tenner).

Supermarkets can be great places to pick up bargains on games too, admittedly this has become more of a rarity in recent years but if you are in one it’s always worth taking a look and you can always use any money off vouchers through loyalty cards, etc. to knock some money off of a gaming purchase.

The third piece of advice is to trade, I always use CeX to trade in games when I am finished with them (because they seem to offer better rates for trade-in) and then use the trade-in value towards other games, which ties in nicely to both pieces of previous advice.

For example, a new game might have come out in the last week or so that reviewed really well; maybe it wasn’t on your radar (this has happened to me a few time this year) so you weren’t planning to play it, you’re still playing something else and there is another game coming out in a couple of weeks that you’ve been waiting for, for ages.

When the game you’ve been waiting for comes out buy it (as long as it reviews well and isn’t a broken mess) and play it until whatever point it is that you are done with it. For me this is usually when I’ve finished the main game and as many side missions and activities as I can stomach before ultimately I either finish them all or I get sick of the game.

By this point the other game has likely dropped in price but the trade-in value on the first game should still be quite good. You might have to pay a little bit of money to make up the difference, but for the cost of one game (plus a little bit) you’ve played two. If there is nothing that you want to play you can still trade the game in for a voucher that you can use later on.

I apologise if I’m attempting to teach people how to suck eggs. I know GC readers tend to be quite a savvy bunch and many will already know most of this, but if I manage to save anyone a few quid then I’m happy!

By reader RickandRolla

UK gaming has never been worth so much money

Not everyone is made of money (pic: Nintendo)

The reader’s feature does not necessary represent the views of GameCentral or Metro.

You can submit your own 500 to 600-word reader feature at any time, which if used will be published in the next appropriate weekend slot. Just contact us at [email protected] or use our Submit Stuff page and you won’t need to send an email.

MORE : 10 things I want from PS5 in 2023 – Reader’s Feature

MORE : 2023 video game release dates: every new game coming this year

MORE : Video game review of 2022 – a year of quiet success

Follow Metro Gaming on Twitter and e mail us at [email protected]

To submit Inbox letters and Reader’s Options extra simply, with out the necessity to ship an e mail, simply use our Submit Stuff web page right here.

For extra tales like this, examine our Gaming web page.

Pavan Kumar
Pavan Kumarhttps://site.viagracc.com
We Will provide you with the best of News Media, with a focus on dependability and Hollywood Life. We're working to turn our passion for News Media into a booming online website.

Latest Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here