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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 26th Jun 07, 5:31 PM
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    PS2 / Wii / PS3 / Xbox do you buy 20-40 console games? Discuss
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    • 26th Jun 07, 5:31 PM
    PS2 / Wii / PS3 / Xbox do you buy 20-40 console games? Discuss 26th Jun 07 at 5:31 PM
    This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's 'PS2 / Wii / PS3 / Xbox do you buy £20-£40 console games? A simple strategy to cut the cost.' blog. Please read the blog first, as the discussion follows it.



    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 26-06-2007 at 5:36 PM.
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  • Gemmzie
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    • 26th Jun 07, 6:30 PM
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    • 26th Jun 07, 6:30 PM
    I always use www.find-games.co.uk to check the prices too
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  • BigBouncyBall
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    • 26th Jun 07, 7:28 PM
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    • 26th Jun 07, 7:28 PM
    i'm still playing with my mega drive! Cheap games all over ebay! Retro gaming rules - and cheaper than the lastest games!
    • aris
    • By aris 26th Jun 07, 10:28 PM
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    aris
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    • 26th Jun 07, 10:28 PM
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    • 26th Jun 07, 10:28 PM
    Not many places rent out Wii games - certainly Blockbuster do not.
  • cheesetriangle
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    • 27th Jun 07, 1:59 AM
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    • 27th Jun 07, 1:59 AM
    It all depends on the way you play games too. Renting a game for one or two nights won't necessarily give you a good enough idea of whether you should buy it, as a game's longevity may be only slightly more than those couple of days. I've rented games, gone 'wow', bought them, and then only played it a few times after that. There's always the risk of you getting hooked too, and then keeping the game for another, um, 'rental period' (aka fine) - at which point it's suddenly become 20%+ of the purchase price.

    I personally find renting games a bit of a rip-off, especially since they are usually more expensive than dvds (i.e. lovefilm).

    A good way of getting cheap games is to wait for the folks that buy a game then and ditch them towards another in Gamesmaster/Game/etc - you can easily get really recent titles for less than 50% of the new price, and great older ones for less then a fiver.

    The benefit of doing it this way is that you'll also be reducing the amount of money that you'll pay to swap the game for something else too - often if you are quick you can even blag that you just didn't like it (or it didn't work right) and get another one for free. Even if you do keep it you'll get a trade in value much closer to what you bought it for later down the track.

    I guess the trick is to wait a month or so if you aren't absolutely sure that you'll like a game - it will get a lot cheaper, very quickly, if it's not really good.
  • Broke Student
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    • 27th Jun 07, 10:19 AM
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    • 27th Jun 07, 10:19 AM
    I believe Blockbuster gives you back the cost of renting the game if you decide you buy it from them after you've tried it!
    • BillScarab
    • By BillScarab 27th Jun 07, 11:22 AM
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    • 27th Jun 07, 11:22 AM
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    • 27th Jun 07, 11:22 AM
    One tip is to avoid buying naff games in the first place by checking reviews.

    www.metacritic.com is excellent for this, they collate reviews from lots of different sources and then average the scores to give a good indication of how good a game is. They also do this for films, DVDs, Music and books. There are also user reviews on there so you get a very balanced view of the merits of a game.
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    • OGM
    • By OGM 27th Jun 07, 1:07 PM
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    • 27th Jun 07, 1:07 PM
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    • 27th Jun 07, 1:07 PM
    I agree metacritic is an excellent website for reviews, but it isn't always right. It lists at fairly respectable 69% (not excellent, but not awful either). However when I played it I couldn't stand it, and within 3 hours it was up on eBay. However, this was alright because I'd bought it on eBay for £17 and then sold it for £22!

    The way I buy games is to set myself a maximum price I am willing to spend that is much than the average price on eBay. You have to wait a while to find a bargain auction, which is why I have a long list of games I'm after - this method is no good if you have to have a game right now this instant.

    When I finally get the game, if it's good then I'm satisfied, as I got a good deal, and if it is bad I can stick it back on eBay for a Buy It Now at slightly higher than the average price, which almost always sells making me a nice profit!
  • Inden
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    • 27th Jun 07, 3:23 PM
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    • 27th Jun 07, 3:23 PM
    The best solution I have found is using www.swapgame.com.

    It is a web-based game rental service which costs 15 a month for which you can rent 2 games indefinitely with a game being sent out every time you return one. They will also sell you any game that you have rented for less than half price (ususally).

    This generally means that for the cost of 6 months of the service you could have bought 2 games.

    They rent out all formats and the games are available on the day of release.

    The only downside is you can't specify exactly which game you want as they require you to create a list in order of preference and will send you whichever game is currently in stock and in the highest place on the list.

    I've been with them for about a year and so far no complaints at all.

    All things considered I think this is by far the cheapest way to play games as long as you don't play more than 2 at once or you absolutely have to own the game.
  • CalvadosJnr
    and whatever you do .... DONT .... Trade in old, unplayed games

    ... put them on ebay you'll get ALOT MORE for them
  • philjhale
    Has anyone ever used any game swapping sites? I think there are a few around. I'm interested in peoples experience with them.

    I've registered with www.thegameport.co.uk which has only been running a couple of months. On the site you list which games you want, and which games you have but no longer want. It matches you with a person who wants one of your games, and you send it to them in exchange for 'Game Points'. Once you have some points people can send games to you. Each trade costs £1, and each game is worth a different amount of points based on how long its been out (I think)

    To me this sounds like a great idea. Get a game for £1, avoiding being ripped off for trade ins. But only if it works of course. I've sent off a Wii game and received some points. Unfortunately someone has 'committed' to sending me a game, but hasn't actually sent it. I'm trying to resolve this at the moment.

    Has anyone used thegameport? Or any other game swapping sites?
    • mojo_jojo
    • By mojo_jojo 4th Jul 07, 1:18 PM
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    Some of the new Wii games coming out on ebay are almost just as expensive if not more expensive sometimes as getting them from web traders. I found that www.choicesuk.com is an excellent site for buying new games at good prices. And you can use them via quidco.com and get an extra 5% back.
  • postingalwaysposting
    sadly i am a game freek... i spend 100's per year on buying games and yes i do agree with martins stratagy to a degree but there are some downfalls ~

    1) not every system's games released are avalible to rent (this is seen with mainly the wii no where shop wise near me rents them as it seem to be rated quite low commpared to the x360 and ps2/3)
    2) us gamers like to be able to play certain games (not all) upon release so those very few shops that allow rentings have say 3 games (the lastest) to rent out release day, they will be rented and then not show up avalible to rent for a few weeks (this happens with the x360 games) thus you then rent it and it either avalible online at a low price (in the region of 20) or the next release is happening and you are way behind the times
    3) what happens if you have more than one system ~ so effectively you want 3 games so you rent them all (different games different systems) however these cost 15 for the night, now ps2 games you can pick up on ebay for 8~15... so its fine if you then dont want to buy it but pointless if you do imo

    I personally only buy 2/3 games on launch day per year... however if i then decided i dont like it it may go on ebay and make a small profit/break even. But if you save for each game (wii game 39.99) if you buy one per month you only need to save 1.43 a day to afford it... also if you are like me and only buy something once you have the free cash you would never buy any game for full price in your life *upon release of the wii i had saved through quidco 163.59 then i had ebayed 59.46 and put only my 20 deposit/reservasion on it and an extra 5... not too bad i thought :rolleyes:*

    • ifstar
    • By ifstar 13th Jul 07, 8:48 PM
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    Having just bought a 360, I am very concious about the cost of new games. I will probably swap games with work mates who also have the same console. I got 2 decent games with the console and have bought 1 more 2nd hand. Rather than using a rental service, I think it is more likely I will swap or buy 2nd hand.

    That said, when GTA4 comes out, I will buy it on the day or release for full price! There won't be many that I will happily pay more than 25 for, but that will be one of them.
    • weegie.geek
    • By weegie.geek 30th Mar 08, 11:17 PM
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    If possible, play the demo first. More applicable to PC and XBOX gaming I think. Not too sure if the PS3 magazines have demo discs, and i know Nintendo have always been funny about demos.
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  • richev
    buy 1 game per year
    pro evo football... xbox 360
    but i have always done that
    even when i was younger i would buy straight away. but now.. being older and more careful with the pound notes i would always use ebay. but i dont buy any games anymore except pro evo once a year. hardly get time to play the thing !
  • robertdale
    sadly i am a game freek... i spend 100's per year on buying games and yes i do agree with martins stratagy to a degree but there are some downfalls ~

    1) not every system's games released are avalible to rent (this is seen with mainly the wii no where shop wise near me rents them as it seem to be rated quite low commpared to the x360 and ps2/3)
    2) us gamers like to be able to play certain games (not all) upon release so those very few shops that allow rentings have say 3 games (the lastest) to rent out release day, they will be rented and then not show up avalible to rent for a few weeks (this happens with the x360 games) thus you then rent it and it either avalible online at a low price (in the region of 20) or the next release is happening and you are way behind the times
    3) what happens if you have more than one system ~ so effectively you want 3 games so you rent them all (different games different systems) however these cost 15 for the night, now ps2 games you can pick up on ebay for 8~15... so its fine if you then dont want to buy it but pointless if you do imo

    I personally only buy 2/3 games on launch day per year... however if i then decided i dont like it it may go on ebay and make a small profit/break even. But if you save for each game (wii game 39.99) if you buy one per month you only need to save 1.43 a day to afford it... also if you are like me and only buy something once you have the free cash you would never buy any game for full price in your life *upon release of the wii i had saved through quidco 163.59 then i had ebayed 59.46 and put only my 20 deposit/reservasion on it and an extra 5... not too bad i thought :rolleyes:*
    Originally posted by postingalwaysposting
    hi if you want really cheap games but the new ones go to morrison's all the new games are 25.00 bad company, spore,mercs 2
  • robertdale
    all new games
    all new games goto morrison's at the mo they are 25.00 360,wii,ds.ps3 not sure if it is for this week or next but i went there on monday
    • Infidel
    • By Infidel 26th Mar 10, 11:39 PM
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    • Infidel
    • By Infidel 31st Mar 10, 4:18 PM
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    I agree metacritic is an excellent website for reviews, but it isn't always right. It lists at fairly respectable 69% (not excellent, but not awful either). However when I played it I couldn't stand it, and within 3 hours it was up on eBay. However, this was alright because I'd bought it on eBay for 17 and then sold it for 22!
    Originally posted by OGM
    I was just looking at that site. I must say it seems a bit dodgy when it's listing games reviews that got 100% .

    Oh by the way, I found this thread as I was searching Ps2 games. Someone gave me their Ps2 (without games) as they upgraded to Ps3 so I was looking to see where I could buy some cheap games (probably pre-owned). It seems they are becoming obsolete in the main shops in town (GAME etc. etc.).

    Ps2 isn't that old skool yet is it? Is there a place better (and cheaper) than Amazon Marketplace?
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