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games discounts codesA lot of people simply can’t afford gaming as a hobby – personally, or for their children. Each year, more and more people resort to illegal downloading. Recent studies have proven that my bunny cries every time you crack a game.

Games don’t have to be that expensive. Sure, we want the developers and marketers to get paid, but why waste all that extra money on optical media, packaging and shipping?

With the internet at our disposal, we can cut our costs to a minimum. Gaming can become affordable – even cheap! You just need to know where to look for discounts. In this article I will share a few solid tips on how to buy video games for cheap online.

Online Game Key Stores

A friend recently brought this concept to my attention. These guys cut their prices by skipping packaging, shipping, and any other vulturing costs. Better yet, they buy their serial codes all over the world, often in Asia – depending where it is cheapest.

As a result, you can buy these game keys at almost ludicrous prices – the very day these games hit the market! On brand new games, you can often save up to 20 bucks. With older games, you don’t even need to pay 20 bucks!

Even the convinced pirates have reason to be turned. Unlike ‘illegal keys’, the ones you buy on this site can be used to play online, on games likes Left 4 Dead 2 and Modern Warfare 2.

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Do note that you’re only buying serial codes. Albeit perfectly legal keys, not all of these sites offer downloads. We will expressively state where this is, or isn’t the case – so read carefully.

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G2PLAY.net

The first serial store I ever discovered, G2Play is one of the best you’ll find. They’ve got a number of big titles in their arsenal, and often play close on new releases, selling Left 4 Dead 2 and Modern Warfare 2 keys the very day it came out.

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G2Play also offers reliable downloads for nearly all of its games. If, and how the download is supported is always included in the game’s description. Regular sources are Steam, the EA Download Manager, and even dedicated servers.

OnlineKeyStore

OnlineKeyStore claims to be the number one CD Key and Account selling site. The store’s content is rather similar to that of G2Play, but small price differences are far from strange. It’s wise to check several of these stores before you decide where to buy – they’re all cheap, but some are cheaper.

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This site offers downloads for a lot, but not all of its games. To find out, you will need to look at the game’s details. The icons in the topright corner will tell you what you need to know.

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Example given, the above screenshot tells us that the keys are in store and can be sent immediately after purchase. You can download the game via Steam, or using a dedicated server (from the developer). For an icons ‘legend’, click here.

Ozcdkeys

Ozcdkeys looks rather amateuristic compared to the latter two. It also nearly doesn’t offer any downloads. You might be able to download some games via Steam or the EA Download Manager, but that’s for you to find out.

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Nevertheless, Ozcdkeys shouldn’t be too readily discarded. They often offer the lowest prices, going below even the two aforementioned sites. The store is slightly less automated, and prices are stated in a random number of currencies, but it’s a small pain to save that extra money.

These are three decent options, but there are others. Do you know any other sites to buy cheap games online? Share with us in the comments section below.

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  1. Caim
    December 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I would recommend to be cautious with onlinekeystore.com which is the same as direct4drive. I bought Prototype and NFS Undercover. The site showed two versions of NFSU, retail and EA Download. I chose the cheaper "retail" but had to change it because it was "out of stock". Now these are digital products so they are intrinsically not scarce. Paid for the EA download to find out a couple of hours later that the "retail" was available again. That was to start. I received two codes but no explanation on how to obtain de actual games. After 12 emails to their unhelpful and anonymous (nobody signed their emails)customer service I figured it out. For the NFSU you have to go to EA.com and activate the code and download the game. For Prototype, since it had an icon of a CD with the word "retail" you need to download the ISO. However, since it also had an icon with a cable and the letter "X" it means you cannot download it from their servers. You have to "torrent" it from somewhere. Unless, you want to be their "premium" customer and paid US$5.00 more to be able to download from their servers. I have bought games from Steam, Direct2Drive and others and has always been a pleasant experience. You pay, download and play. I will never repeat this bad experience with Direct4Drive or Onlinekeystore or whatever.

  2. joe
    December 13, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    g3buy.com sells blizzard game keys for super cheap (e.g. $3), i haven't personally used them but i know people who have and they had no problem

  3. Ricky
    December 13, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Those gamers were either compensated or given new licenses afterwards. yeah,using MW2 as an example for what you can buy on these sites may not have been a terribly smart thing to do.

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  5. Gaming
    December 12, 2009 at 2:53 am

    hey, i want to know more about this.
    please help me.

  6. Charax
    December 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    didn't a whole ton of MW2 players get banned for using these "buy the serial" sites? I'm sure I read about it on Kotaku.

    so...yeah,using MW2 as an example for what you can buy on these sites may not have been a terribly smart thing to do.

    • Charax
      December 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm

      Here it is

      "Hey, go here and buy a MW2 key, then download it off Steam" - Fantastic advice as usual, MUO

      • Simon Slangen
        December 12, 2009 at 7:25 am

        Bought my MW2 from there as well. Works perfectly.

        There has been a case indeed that Valve was getting pissed off people were getting their games cheaper from other countries, and they banned a bunch of licenses. Those gamers were either compensated or given new licenses afterwards.

  7. Womble
    December 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Wow! I have to say I was a little skeptical initially, these are cheap!

    Apparently the EA titles are hidden after download until you register, why hide software that's paid for? I understand the need for DRM but that's retarded!

    As you advise I will conduct further research before I commit.

    Nice find though!

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