These days you can’t really ignore video games. They have become such an integral part of our culture and video game sales have far outpaced those of music, film, and TV shows. The video game industry is one of the biggest ones in the world, with players spending a lot of money on their favorite titles, whether they are pay to play or free to play. Today, we’re going to go over some of the different ways in which you can save up on money while still enjoying your video game hobby.
1. Free-to-play titles
First things first, you need to be aware of the fact that you’ve got plenty of choices out there. Long-gone are the days where you have to buy a game in order to play it. Remember back in the days when you had to buy metal gear solid in order to actually be able to play it? These days you have so many games which are completely free to download and play for as much as you want without spending a dime on them. These games do employ other tactics to earn money though such as ads and microtransactions which you need to be wary of.
2. Indie developer games
There are plenty of games out there that don’t really rely on microtransactions or anything else for that matter. Some developers out there just like creating games as a passion. You can find that in the anime community a lot, with countless VR games coming out over the years which don’t have any ads or microtransactions within them which are still completely free. It’s almost amazing how much time and effort some people put into creating these games without getting anything in return. Make sure to thank the developers in this case.
3. Video game sales
Now, more than ever, people usually wait for sales in order to buy video games. It’s not rare to hear that someone is waiting for the “x” sale to hit so that they can buy some game. The most popular platform which facilitates such video game sales is Steam. This platform frequently features a sale week for every season, with a few more sales sprinkled in around the year for Christmas, Halloween, Lunar New Year, Thanksgiving, and sometimes for random days of the week which is the case with midweek madness (a sale that happens on a Wednesday).
All in all, there are plenty of ways in which you can save money while still enjoying your favorite games. And seeing as the free-to-play model is only getting more and more popular these days, it’s not hard to see how you can expect to see more titles available to you without you having to pay a single cent. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the titles that even switched from being pay to play to being completely free to play, with loyal players getting a commemoration for owning the game before being free-to-play.