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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.