So, you want to play video games, but finances are inconveniencing you. Maybe you don’t have enough money to go out and buy the best console or the newest games. Newly released games can be very expensive, especially adding in the cost of the add-on’s or downloadable content. Aside from popular belief, gaming can be significantly cheaper than you would think.
Story time! When I was 13 years old, my home life was horrible. Every day I would wake up with one goal: get away from my house! I would strap on my helmet, hop on my bike, and ride two miles to my town’s library. My library card allowed me 3 hours of internet use per day. I had taken my dad and brother’s library cards as well, so I was often allowed nine whole hours of internet use. What did I spend nine hours a day playing? RUNESCAPE!
Boy was Runecape addicting! Runescape, or RS2, is a MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game). You basically level up by battling, collecting loot, gathering items, selling items, and trading; all accompanied by other players around the world. The point of this story is to show that you don’t need money, a computer, or a console to be able to happily play video games. There are a bunch of free online games that are actually quite fun, but I will cover that in a later post.
I’m not telling you to go ride your bike to the library and stay there for nine hours on a video game. It helped me though, I don’t regret it. It got me away from the pain of my home life and my mind was focused on something productive. At least, to me it was productive. I’m not sure if it’s related or maybe just bad timing, but after I stopped playing Runescape I started drinking heavily. Yes, at about fourteen I was getting drunk under bridges. I was still needing an escape from my home life, and had taken what would become my longest break from my personal ‘safe escape’: Gaming.
Let’s say you’re not as broke as thirteen-year-old me, you have wireless internet, but you don’t have too much money to spend on such a hobby. Well, I would recommend purchasing an older model console (PS3 or Xbox 360). You can find used consoles (often sold with controllers and games) on Craigslist, yard sales, and on the Facebook marketplace. The thing is, you must find the type of game that you enjoy playing! Not everyone likes first person shooters, like myself.
eBay is a great resource for buying used games. Most people like selling their games on eBay over trading-in their games to a video game retailer, because they have a chance of getting more money (no middle-man mark-ups)! I especially like how eBay is very buyer friendly. Just make sure to read the descriptions before purchasing. If the game arrives defective and the description states otherwise, you can get your money back! [This post is not sponsored by eBay, I promise]
The last thing I would recommend [also not sponsored] is getting a ‘Plus’ or ‘Gold’ account (depending on your console). For me to be a PlayStation Plus member, it costs $59.99 per year. With the PlayStation Plus account, I am able to download discounted and free games (click here to for my reviews of the top three FREE PS4 games!!!). Some discounted and free games change frequently, and sometimes they have some super popular games! I never feel out of the gaming-loop!
I couldn’t possibly tell you how much money I have spent on my video game collection throughout the years. It feels like my collection is forever growing & only gets better with time. It is still completely possible and satisfying to be a gamer at no cost.