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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.

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