ByJeremy Barnes, writer at
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Jeremy Barnes

Do you like video games? Do you like money? Unfortunately, you can’t have both, but there are a few ways that will take the edge off of parting with your paycheck, allowance, or that monthly bribe that you get for keeping Aunt Martha’s secret fling with that rodeo clown out of the family scrapbook.

Humble Bundle

Many of you probably already know about these guys already, but it’s way too good to leave off of this list. Every two weeks, they release a new themed bundle (for example Bandai Namco games, Nintendo games, or mobile games) and then you pay what you want for each bundle (usually starting at $1). Upon checkout, you can also choose whether your money goes to the developers, the folks at Humble Bundle, or to charity.

This is a nice little bonus that helps me further my delusion that my crippling addiction to buying games is benefiting the world in some way.

Link to their site here

At first glance, looks like a scheme that the Nigerian Princes from your grandma's emails run in their spare time. However, as someone who has bought many a cheap thing from this website and not had his social security number stolen, I think I can say with confidence that this place is entirely legit.

Who wouldn't trust these "HUGE" savings?
Who wouldn't trust these "HUGE" savings?

Basically this website sells keys for platforms like Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN at discounted prices; they even sell Xbox Live and PSN memberships at a discounted price. So if you've got the hankering to play some Gears of War and verbally abuse children over the internet, will hook you up.

Link to their site here

Bundle Stars

Much like the Humble Bundle, Bundle Stars bundles give buyers a variety of indie games for insane discounts. Also like Humble Bundles, these bundles usually share a theme or a genre, like the “F.E.A.R. Bundle" that’s currently on sale, or the “Games for Grandma” that I’m sure that they’ll have sometime in the future.

While you can’t choose your own price over at Bundle Stars, their prices don’t usually go over the $5 dollar mark for their indie game bundles, so they’re definitely worth checking out if your wallet has been a little light lately.

Link to their site here

Nintendo Online Store (Refurbished Section)

This may not be the greatest source for buying game software, but if you’re looking for a shiny new(ish) Nintendo console then don’t be a dummy and buy one here! Normally, a 32gb Wii U bundle would cost you around $300 at normal retailers, but if you’re willing to put up with some light wear and tear then you can get yourself the same thing for $200 (or $225 if you want you a newfangled Mario game). You can also get 3DS XL's, replacement parts for your broken stuff, but the one thing that it is missing is the love of your estranged father.

Link to the store here

This isn’t a retailer, but it’s a great place to find cheap games from various outlets. It’s pretty simple; people find deals on Amazon, Good Old Games (GoG), or wherever else deals are birthed, and post links to them here. They share links to deals for every platform and sometimes even for gaming accessories like headsets and toys.

This is a good resource because you don’t really need to check anywhere else all that frequently to get wind of any recent deals. You can just sit back and wait while other people scour the internet and sift through piles of 50 cent copies of Cory in the House for the DS to bring you copies of Dark Souls 3 and Shovel Knight for a price that your professional peanut enthusiast wages can afford!

I would never claim that this list includes all of the places that have ever housed cheap games, but these are just some of my personal favorites that help me fuel my game addiction. Playing games can get expensive, but hopefully with some of these websites you’ll be able to hold onto your life savings for a little while longer.

What are your favorite spots for gaming bargains?

(An earlier version of this post was originally posted here.)


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