Almost everyone is born a potential gamer. Sadly, not everyone is able to afford playing all the video games they would like because, frankly, pricing could be a bit expensive for most people around the world. In fact, if you don’t live in North America or Europe, buying video games could even feel as a luxury rather than an accessible hobby.
In some cases, even if you live in some of the richest countries in the world, money could be tight and purchasing AAA games could be out of the question. Thankfully, there are some cheap, legal and easy ways for you to purchase games or even play them for free.
Today’s article will be focusing on how to live the gamer life on a budget, so everyone can enjoy the benefits of online and offline gaming regardless of their socioeconomic status.
Many companies offer access to tens of games by paying a subscription service to access them. One of the clearest examples is Electronic Arts’ “EA Access”, which grants you the ability to play most of their older titles by paying 5$ a month.
Granted, EA are usually seen as evil cash-grabbers (and there are justifications for it) but having access to almost every single Battlefield title for 5$ a month is a great option to ponder.
Other companies offer similar services. You could also play subscription games, such as World of Warcraft, or free games which offer subscription services, like RuneScape. Options are endless when it comes to subscription gaming!
We know: mobile gaming is often frowned up, and a lot of people don’t even consider it gaming per se. Nevertheless, there are some great mobile games which don’t fall into the P2W category and are extremely fun to play. Mobile MOBA’s have flourished in recent years, and 1v1 PVP’s have also seen an increase since the release of Clash Royale.
Access your phone’s store and look for games belonging to your favorite genre. Select whichever title catches your eye and start playing. Some of these games are extremely fun – do not underestimate them!
Alright, let’s have a serious talk about free games. It’s not easy to find free games which aren’t pay-to-win. Most companies profit on the gamer’s despair and their frustration of not progressing fast enough once they get hooked with the product.
Although this methodology seems to be a rule nowadays, there are some games that offer great engagement while keeping microtransactions purely for cosmetic benefits, such as Fortnite. Other games have taken a similar approach, but plenty remain on the “Pay-to-Progress” endeavor.
Look for the opinions of other gamers before getting started on a new F2P – try finding a game which won’t aim to benefit from your addiction to get you to spend cash!