It stinks being a gamer and having very little money. At least with consoles you can rent
stuff, and if it takes a very special game to gird your loins, rental is great, since most games invariably become dull
before the rental period is up anyway.
Netjak have some tips on how to be a frugal gamer. Some good advice. However, there is one caveat with second-hand PC gaming that has to be noted. Those bloody CD keys they insist on using these days to prevent *cough* piracy. (Yes, I'm quite sure they're not used to track your gaming habits as well.) I've seen multiple instances where someone has bought a game, only to get the dreaded "CD key in use" or similar message. The person who sold the game kept the keys for themselves, and you, mister frugal gamer, just got screwed. In only one case has a company coughed up a new key. (And that was Interplay, and they were completely past caring by that point.) Buyer beware!
The advice on buying old consoles is solid. Buy a Dreamcast for less than a PS2 Greatest Hits title, and go nuts with homebrew software and emulators. Gaming gold, for less than whatever million selling piece of crap Sony is trying to sell you.
Posted on Jun 19th 2013 8:30PM
Posted on Jun 19th 2013 8:00PM
Posted on Jun 19th 2013 7:30PM