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Getting your [Cheap Gaming] On.

starmanbrandstarmanbrand Registered User regular
edited May 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So, over the summer I am planning on getting a 360. I'd like to know how to play a ton of things, but without breaking the bank. It seems like the internet is telling me I have three options: Gamefly, Gamerang, and Goozex. Any others I've missed?

I don't need to have games on launch day. Which of these provides the most bang for the buck? Oh, also. It doesn't have to be an online source. But it seems like blockbusters 21 buck a month unlimited game rentals is pretty bad value.

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    LailLail Surrey, B.C.Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I don't have any experience with those services that you listed, BUT I find buying older, used games can allow you to get your game on for pretty darn cheap.

    Also, there are tons of Xbox Live Arcade games that cost ~$5 which can also keep you busy for a while.

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    DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Yeah, XBLA is pretty awesome. The PSN store is awesome too, I should say, since you haven't picked up your 360 yet. Lots of old classic PS1 games for sale on there at like $6-$10. I've got all the old resident evils and Grandia on my brother's ps3.

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    DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I will plug Cheapassgamer.com. Follow the threads, jump on good deals, and you will find yourself saving hundreds of dollars.

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    starmanbrandstarmanbrand Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Lail wrote: »
    I find buying older, used games can allow you to get your game on for pretty darn cheap.

    Do you buy from any particular place? Amazon, gamestop, other? Also, no PS3 for me.

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    solsovlysolsovly Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Gamerang is terrible and no one should use them. Use cheapassgamer.com for good deals. Goozex for trading old titles and just resist the temptation to buy any single player game for full price.

    Never resell games to gamestop. Goozex or direct sells (like ebay) are the way to go.

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    Foolish ChaosFoolish Chaos Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Gamefly will work wonders for you seeing as your just getting a console.

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    You can order XBox Live points cards from Amazon at a discount pretty frequently (like, 10-20% off what Live charges), and buy games with that.

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    CrashtardCrashtard Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Thanatos wrote: »
    You can order XBox Live points cards from Amazon at a discount pretty frequently (like, 10-20% off what Live charges), and buy games with that.

    Sticking with Amazon, they also have those goldbox deals which will allow you to score some decent deals too. I also keep an eye on slickdeals.net; they post quite a few gaming related deals.

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    SaraLunaSaraLuna Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    stay far, far away from gamefly. terrible service

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    November FifthNovember Fifth Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    As someone who picked up a 360 a couple of months ago, I heartily recommend the Gamefly route.

    Some of the games this gen have fairly short single player campaigns, and if you are playing through the back catalog, the multiplayer may be non-existent (e.g. Chromehounds).

    I also buy a discounted title like GTA 4 or Mass Effect that I can sink a bunch of hours into to while I am awaiting the next rental.

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    LailLail Surrey, B.C.Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Lail wrote: »
    I find buying older, used games can allow you to get your game on for pretty darn cheap.

    Do you buy from any particular place? Amazon, gamestop, other? Also, no PS3 for me.

    For used games I go to a local place called GameDeals (gamedeals.ca).

    When I'm out shopping at different stores like Wal-Mart I will always check out their bargain bins, you really never know what you'll find in there. I also browse online at the Amazon's and the BestBuy's etc etc and see what's on sale, though I don't do A LOT of online shopping.

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    tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I use cheapassgamer.com a lot. Lots of great info on sales, upcoming ads, etc. on there. I don't even know the last time I bought a game for more than $10 off the full price, and I pretty much never buy anything unless it's $30 or under.

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    Foolish ChaosFoolish Chaos Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    stay far, far away from gamefly. terrible service

    Its only terrible if the only thing you are interested in are titles coming out within the past 3 months or so. The op is just now getting the console, which means he will have a huge catalog of games to shift through without much competition.

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    SaraLunaSaraLuna Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    stay far, far away from gamefly. terrible service

    Its only terrible if the only thing you are interested in are titles coming out within the past 3 months or so. The op is just now getting the console, which means he will have a huge catalog of games to shift through without much competition.

    I was referring more to the 10+ day turnaround on getting games sent to you.
    But yeah. it's even worse if you want a new release or a popular older title because if the top title on your queue is "unavailable," they wait a day or 2 to see if it opens up instead of just sending out your highest ranked available title.

    I put "unavailable" in quotes because if you delete the rest of your queue, suddenly the "unavailable" game becomes ready to send (which means you'll get it in a week or so)

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    Foolish ChaosFoolish Chaos Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Huh, really it takes 10 days for you? I generally send it out and I have a new game in 3-4 days. Not 3-4 days from when they recieve it, but 3-4 days after I put it in the mail box. Guess it just depends on where you live.

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    DiannaoChongDiannaoChong Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Gamefly is super hit and miss on a per person basis I've found. You really have to try it, and see if they treat you like shit. If they do, drop the service.

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Goozex isn't the most efficient way of getting games, but it certainly seems like the cheapest.

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    Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Huh, really it takes 10 days for you? I generally send it out and I have a new game in 3-4 days. Not 3-4 days from when they recieve it, but 3-4 days after I put it in the mail box. Guess it just depends on where you live.

    Yeah, I can put a game in the mail on a Monday and get the next one on Wednesday, or Thursday at the latest. But there's a distribution center here in Austin.

    But I love Gamefly. I've been a member for over 2 years now and have had no problems. I usually have good luck on getting new games on release, too. I got my 360 a little ways into its life (August 07), so Gamefly was great for catching up.

    The other great thing about Gamefly is using them to buy games. Not only are their prices generally way better than Gamestop, after you've been a member for a certain amount of time, you start to accrue rewards. I know after a year you get 10% off all purchases and $5 every 3 months to spend on buying a game. You also get the next $5 a couple of days before the old one expires, and you can use both. That's what I usually do. I recently bought Guitar Hero: Metallica for $8. The games are always in great shape, too. You'll also get any kind of one use codes once you buy the game, since they don't send those out with rentals. I did that when I did the Keep It Now thing with Rock Band 2.

    Their customer service has also been great. One time I sent a game in but it apparently got lost in the mail. After waiting about a week, I sent them an email and they went ahead and credited me as sending it in and sent my next game out.

    But really, your experience is going to depend on how close you are to a distribution center. When I first joined, they had 1 in California and 1 in Pittsburgh, so all of my games came from California. It would take about 3 days to get there and another 3 or 4 to get back, but even then, it wasn't a huge deal to me. If your post office supports it, they have a mechanism for letting Gamefly know the game has been returned before it physically gets there, where they'll go ahead and send the next game out.

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I've never used Gamefly, but I use half.com for used games all the time. I've heard Amazon Marketplace is similar. If I buy a used game on Half.com, play through it within a month or so, and put it up for sale again, by the end it's usually cost me less than $10. Obviously this doesn't work with games I want to keep or buy on launch day, but you get much better prices both buying and selling on half.com than from Gamestop.

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    Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I believe Gamefly also buys games, but I'm not sure how they are on prices compared to others since I never sell or trade in games.

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    a5ehrena5ehren AtlantaRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I believe Gamefly also buys games, but I'm not sure how they are on prices compared to others since I never sell or trade in games.

    They put the amount towards your membership costs - the rates are generally somewhere between Gamestop and Amazon's.

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    moonwaltz7moonwaltz7 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I enjoy gamefly, but hearing from my friends a lot of it depends on how close you are to their service centers.

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    moonwaltz7 wrote: »
    I enjoy gamefly, but hearing from my friends a lot of it depends on how close you are to their service centers.

    Netflix started out the same way. I'm not sure Gamefly will be able to grow the same way Netflix has though.

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    Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    KalTorak wrote: »
    moonwaltz7 wrote: »
    I enjoy gamefly, but hearing from my friends a lot of it depends on how close you are to their service centers.

    Netflix started out the same way. I'm not sure Gamefly will be able to grow the same way Netflix has though.

    Probably not quite as fast, but they currently have 4 centers (LA, Pittsburgh, Austin, and Tampa). I think they had just opened the Pittsburgh (2nd one) when I joined about 2.5 years ago. So they're definitely getting more coverage.

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