Sound Off Saturday: Confessions of a Discount Gamer

This week I take a look at why waiting to buy games can be a great idea, and not only because you are flat broke. There has been a deluge of games from January, and this year may be one of the best for the PS4. Unfortunately, this creates the same conflict between what I want, and what I can afford.

Lucky for you, I have been down this road, and I have a few ideas for why buying games when they have dropped in value is actually the best idea, if you can wait. I am not saying never buy a game on release. I still do, but I have enough justification to make me, and hopefully you, think twice.

My reasons in the video are not absolute, and I think you could make a case for buying your games new and trading them as soon as you beat them to roll your money into a new game like some kind of time-share plan. You could also pay for rentals or use a service like GameFly to lower your overall cost. With the rising prevalence of digital games for sale and without a physical release for some games, I think both will be harder to do in the future.

No matter how you strategize with your budget, my guess is that a lot of gamers are like me. Whether by choice or by their wallet’s choice, we are always playing the waiting game for lower prices. We are discount gamers.


Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.

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