5 Tips for Cheap Holiday Gaming

New consoles and full price games can drain your funds alarmingly fast, so what's a prospective purchaser to do? Well, don't buy new consoles or full-price games, for starters, and take these five suggestions to have a happy gaming holiday.

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PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

I remember a few years ago when I picked up Valve's "The Orange Box"(X360) used from GameStop for a mere $18.  That's 5 games!  Hours and hours of bliss.  Best money I've ever spent.

nayce54
nayce54

I bought the Killzone "Taxi" & "Pink Tiger" Owls!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS. All with my $10  gift code that came with the system!!!

nayce54
nayce54

I returned my Wii U last night, but kept the $25 gift card!!!!!!!!

Kos1c
Kos1c

You forgot to mention that if you get a 3DS or 3DS XL and a selected game, and register it online you get a free copy of Mario 3D Lands. Done by January 13th 2014.

http://www.nintendo.co.uk/NOE/en_GB/club_nintendo/product_registration.jsp

Eligible games:
   - Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.
   - Animal Crossing: New Leaf
   - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
   - Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
   - Fire Emblem: Awakening
   - Luigi’s Mansion 2
   - LEGO CITY® Undercover: The Chase Begins
   - Sonic Lost World (Nintendo 3DS version)
   - Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS version)
   - Pokémon X
   - Pokémon Y
   - Bravely Default (launching December 6th)
   - New Super Mario Bros. 2
   - Mario Kart 7
   - Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Got Uncharted Trilogy and Enslaved for this holiday. About 70€ including all DLC's.

B-boy
B-boy

playstatiion plaus > xbox gold

oflow
oflow

I didnt buy a next gen console because I didnt want to play any of the launch titles. None of the good games are coming out til next year for the most part.  The only good game I've seen on either console is killer Instinct.

hystavito
hystavito

My advice would be following those deal sites/forums.  People love to find good deals and share them, it's like a hobby for them.  They are always finding store promos/coupons/etc that sometimes stack up for bigger savings, pricematches, rebates through online rebate sites you click through, etc. etc.


This works even for new stuff, many people in Canada got killer deals pre-ordering Xbox Ones and PS4s on one site through a combination of e-rebates and coupon codes that stacked. A few days after PS4 launch Amazon had controllers on sale for $40, I went to my local Best Buy and had them beat the price for a couple more bucks off.  Same thing with Knack, it was only $40 just days after it released.


With a little patience and a bit of checking deal sites, you can save a lot of money on gaming stuff.  Of course, when the deals are really good, you do have to act quickly.  But even if you don't get in on the really killer deals you can still very often avoid paying full price for anything.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I want my PS4, but i can't find it.

notjustin
notjustin

think games are better with all the hype and some online games you gotta get on them fast or by the time you pick them up for 20 bucks theres no one left on line to play with

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Last gen gaming is the way to go. PS4 / X1 launch line ups both suck.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

"... don't buy new consoles or full-price games ...", GameSpot said.


Yet some people with tin-foil hats think that GameSpot is a shill. :P

Fallensting
Fallensting

@Kos1c It looks like that may be only for UK. All I see are Mario's Picross and Starship Defense for 3DS. 

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@HipHopBeats Instead of saying that the new gen sucks, which an opinion and a stupid one at that, how bout just pointing out that there are still a load of great games to play on last gen.

Kos1c
Kos1c

You are correct. This would be a UK only deal. Forgot to put that in my post.

sevencowsmoo
sevencowsmoo

@StarsiderSajun Stupid opinion? Most if not all of the good games on X1 and PS4 are available on last gen platforms. HipHopBeats is right, the next-gen launch lineups aren't good at all.
How about instead of whinging, you don't.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@unreal101 @Gelugon_baat And clearly you're being paid off by IGN to come over to Gamespot and trash talk them. See I can make nonsense statements that I have no actual way to backup as well.