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(My Fox NY)   Five tips for gaming on a budget: # 4 - Convert to plain label Cheetos and whip up some homemade Red Bull using cherry coke and cough syrup   (myfoxny.com) divider line 26
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2009-05-31 10:44:12 AM
"-- slipped 30 percent in sales from March to April 2009"

Also known as no big releases in April. There is always a dip from Late March until around the end of May in the games industry. Then there is a small swell in summer and then a dip before the end of September when the holiday season begins.
 
2009-05-31 10:46:41 AM
Got a PlayStation 2 or Xbox that's been collecting dust since you upgraded to the current console generation, or planning to make an upgrade? Some stores will buy old consoles, either for resale or for parts for repair, or take them as trade-ins.

I say save your childish things for you children.They'll either appreciate it or say "You have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy."
 
2009-05-31 10:52:07 AM
Buy used? Sometimes this works out and you get a good deal, other times you end up having to go the same game again because the disc broke. (I am looking at you Grand Theft Auto IV for the 360)

Renting from blockbuster is a horrible idea. I think the charge is 8 dollars to rent a game for 5.5 days. Granted, you can then buy the game at a discounted price but does not help if you do not like the game. Oh and they now require a visa or debit card number when you rent in case you lose the game so they can charge you directly.
 
2009-05-31 11:23:47 AM
ActionJoe: Buy used? Sometimes this works out and you get a good deal, other times you end up having to go the same game again because the disc broke. (I am looking at you Grand Theft Auto IV for the 360)

On what planet do you live on where the discs break all by themselves? It's pretty easy to buy used and simply flip the disc over and check the surface for scratches, which is the only problem when buying used, apart from having to put up with Gamestop.
 
2009-05-31 11:38:34 AM
Buying PSP games used is a risky endeavour, I found out recently.
 
2009-05-31 11:41:17 AM
Buy used? Fark that. How about you just wait a few months and get the game new at a cheaper price then you'll find on used games?

Games for me fall into two categories: A very few of them are must haves that I'll buy the day they come out. The vast majority I'll stick in my Amazon cart and watch until the price drops to a point I'm comfortable with. It doesn't take long at all.

I've just had too many problems with used games in the past from places like Gamestop...and the used discount is so small it's just not worth it.
 
2009-05-31 12:03:02 PM
5. Free is cheapest of all. Console die-hards will probably be reluctant to give up their hobbies, but casual gamers who are considering buying a console -- or debating whether or not to keep the one they don't use -- can satisfy their gaming urge online. Newgrounds hosts dozens of flash-based games in a variety of genres.

Why does myFox New York hate the economy?
 
2009-05-31 12:05:37 PM
How many people clicked on the article after saying "Whoa, tell me more about this inexpensive Red Bull substitute"?
 
2009-05-31 12:47:20 PM
LeroyB: How many people clicked on the article after saying "Whoa, tell me more about this inexpensive Red Bull substitute"?

uh...
 
2009-05-31 01:09:28 PM
LeroyB: How many people clicked on the article after saying "Whoa, tell me more about this inexpensive Red Bull substitute"?

Clicked 684 times; posted to Geek on Sun, 31 May 2009 at 10:39 AM

That many, so far.
 
2009-05-31 01:16:02 PM
Cherry coke and cough syrup sound barftacular. Yes, this is coming from someone who chugged cough syrup before. I'm not sure if I would recommend it.

/teenage robotripping days. don't hate
 
2009-05-31 01:27:59 PM
1. Download Steam
2. Wait for special sale weekends
3. Buy games on sale
4. Profit? No, not really, but you saved some money

Obviously, this doesn't work for all games you may want, since Steam is limited, but you can get many hours of fun with a lot of these games.

/got the Orange Box on sale for $10
//Left 4 Dead has kept me going for months, TF2 has been claiming me recently
 
2009-05-31 01:52:37 PM
goozex ftw
 
2009-05-31 02:04:25 PM
Mr. McPeanut: 1. Download Steam
2. Wait for special sale weekends
3. Buy games on sale
4. Profit? No, not really, but you saved some money

Obviously, this doesn't work for all games you may want, since Steam is limited, but you can get many hours of fun with a lot of these games.

/got the Orange Box on sale for $10
//Left 4 Dead has kept me going for months, TF2 has been claiming me recently


Well, that's great.

Now I need to buy a computer. And get internet acces. Why didn't you tell me this before!
 
2009-05-31 03:35:35 PM
Mr. McPeanut: 1. Download Steam
2. Wait for special sale weekends
3. Buy games on sale
4. Profit? No, not really, but you saved some money

Obviously, this doesn't work for all games you may want, since Steam is limited, but you can get many hours of fun with a lot of these games.

/got the Orange Box on sale for $10
//Left 4 Dead has kept me going for months, TF2 has been claiming me recently


This a dozen times over. You can get TF2 for $20, $10 just after an update comes out, and you'll get one of the most complex and yet easy to learn multiplayer shooters out there. As for the sales, I got Bioshock for $5 over Christmas. Best deal I've ever had on a game, and it was one of the best I've ever played.
 
2009-05-31 05:02:39 PM
Be sure to add some coke (new window) to that homemade Red Bull, and I don't mean the soda.
 
2009-05-31 05:52:48 PM
kroonermanblack: Mr. McPeanut: 1. Download Steam
2. Wait for special sale weekends
3. Buy games on sale
4. Profit? No, not really, but you saved some money

Obviously, this doesn't work for all games you may want, since Steam is limited, but you can get many hours of fun with a lot of these games.

/got the Orange Box on sale for $10
//Left 4 Dead has kept me going for months, TF2 has been claiming me recently

Well, that's great.

Now I need to buy a computer. And get internet acces. Why didn't you tell me this before!


Because I made the obvious assumption that anyone reading my post on Fark already has a computer and Internet access :P

/besides, if someone doesn't have a computer, what the hell are they doing spending money on games? Save up and buy a damn computer!
 
2009-05-31 06:11:03 PM
Simpsons did it.

/Flaming Moe Homer
 
2009-05-31 06:56:58 PM
Subby owes me a recipe...
 
2009-05-31 08:15:25 PM
#6: Piracy. I pay $60/month for my games, if you follow me.
 
2009-06-01 12:07:24 AM
#6:

karthik3685.files.wordpress.com
 
2009-06-01 05:34:51 AM
I have emulators and pretty much every oldschool console/handheld game that was ever any good right at my fingertips, all the way up to PS1, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2009-06-01 12:28:38 PM
#6
awesomeradicalgaming.com

/hot like a fire imp
 
2009-06-01 12:46:07 PM
How is Coke and cough syrup cheaper than Red Bull?
 
2009-06-01 02:24:19 PM
Before Red Bull was available, I heard of some people mixing instant coffee with grapefuit juice. The citric acid increased absorption rate of caffeine in your body.
Throw in some sugar and vitamins, and it just might work....
 
2009-06-01 05:35:28 PM
Steam is a great way to go for cheap PC gaming, two weeks ago I had the chance to buy COD5: WaW for 20 bucks compared to the 50 or 60 that it is, but I passed it up as I heard that it sucks.
 
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