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Since I bought up gaming in my previous item, let me go a bit more in depth on that. Gaming can be a very expensive hobby if gone unchecked. But, there are ways to drastically cut the cost of gaming.
The biggest is looking for and making use of deals. By getting a game with a decent preorder bonus or discount, you come out ahead. However, by pre ordering you prevent yourself from seeing reviews, so there is the chance of getting a dud game.
Another option is to wait for the game to go on sale after it releases. The video game market moves very quickly and games will drop in price or go on sale within a few months of it releasing. This also gives time to find reviews and understand what the game is about and if you will enjoy it.
That is assuming that you buy your games at all. No, I don t mean pirate your games. By renting your games or getting them on loan from services such as Gamefly, it becomes really cheap to play the latest console games. Then, if you really like a game you can either buy it though them or pick it up elsewhere.
The final option is to buy games used. While this doesn t jive well with some publishers, you re able to save a great deal of money by just getting games used instead of new. The problem is that some games reward first time buyers via free downloadable and/or multiplayer content that someone who bought a used copy would have to pay to gain access to. So, you may have to do some research on that front.