If you are a video gamer, one thing you are certainly aware of is the fact that playing video games can be something of an expensive pastime, as everything from the games to the controllers to (of course) the consoles themselves can be exceptionally expensive; now, when it comes to consoles, most people are not all that likely to complain, as there is a lot of expensive equipment that goes into building one of these state of the art consoles we use these days. But when it comes to items like the video games themselves, it can sometimes be annoying (not to mention downright confusing!) To have to spend so much money for a game that did not take quite as much to make; sure, the company had to pay for all the research and development that went into building a game, but if it's a good game, they make back that money pretty quickly, and everything else is just profit – so why are you having to spend so much money for each of these games? If you are ready to be done with that frustration and annoyance yourself, here is a look at three different ways to start saving money on your video game purchases.
1) Rent: Years ago, renting from Blockbuster was the only way to rent video games, and you would spend several bucks to have a game for a few days, and would then pay big late fees if you did not return it on time; these days, however, there are websites that allow you to rent games for a monthly membership (very similar to the way Netflix works), which means you can have nonstop gaming for a low monthly price! Of course, one thing that is negative about this is that you will not be able to switch from one game to another as quickly as you would like, as you'll have to send back the game you currently have before getting another game, but it's a worthy annoyance if you do not mind playing just one game at a time.
2) Buy used: It is also possible to find used video games from local resellers; of course, with this, you will often deal with a limited selection, and will sometimes run into games that do not actually work – but for the most part, you will be able to find good deals, and will be able to keep adding to your collection.
3) Buy online: Not all online retailers are created equal, but if you are able to find an online retailer that has a great selection, and that also offers good prices, this is something that can not be beat; after all, by going online, you will be able to choose from just about every single game out there, and will be able to find better prices than you could in stores – enabling you to really bulk up your video game collection!