Games are expensive. Not many of us have $60 to shell out every time an awesome new game comes out (or maybe we’re saving it for Skyrim). So what do we do when an amazing game like “Batman: Arkham City” comes out? We cry ourselves to sleep after listening to people jizzing their pants over this game on the internet. We’ll get a hold of the game eventually, but we’ll never be a part of the cool kids.
1. Find Someone Who Has the Game
This is the most obvious answer. Gamers don’t tend to be loners (entirely). We’ve always got at least one friend who went to the midnight premiere with $100 bills. Just call him/her up, and smooth talk your way into that game. Sexual favors are not always necessary, but if you really want that game…
2. Rent the Game
If you still have a local video store or a Blockbuster, see if you can rent the game. This isn’t the best option for those of you who don’t have too much time to play a game in the first place, but five days should be enough time. Most people get it done in one day, but then again that depends on the game. Since I haven’t played “Arkham City yet” I couldn’t tell you the difficulty. There are also options like Gamefly where you can keep them as long as you want for a monthly fee and just turn it in when you’re done. You won’t have the game right away, but at least you’ll get it.
3. Pirate the Game
If you can’t afford to rent the game, then you could obtain it illegally. I don’t encourage this option at all. In fact I don’t even tread in these waters just because Xbox Live will permanently ban you if they see you’ve pirated a game. One user reportedly saved over $1000 in games by pirating. It makes sense, but I don’t think it’s worth the risk.
4. Buddy Up with a Gamestop Employee
I know for certain at Gamestop, that employees can check out a used game for free for five days. You could apply to work there (and deal with the shitty hours) or just start hanging out with someone from the store. Build that relationship until they invite you over for some quality gaming time. I’m not sure if they’d let you borrow it, but over time there should be enough trust between you two.
5. Split the cost with a friend
If a game you really want costs $60, split it with a willing friend and pay half the price. It’s simple enough. Be careful though, there could be issues with sharing and who ultimately gets to keep it. It could be really inconvenient if you don’t have an agreement set up beforehand. You could always beat the game, lend it to them, sell it back at the used price, and split the refund. There’s no store policy I know that lets you return a game opened for full credit. Usually they’ll give you store credit, but probably not for the full amount.
6. Wait to Buy it Used
Used isn’t always horribly cheaper, but hey it does save you about $10. Or you could wait until nobody cares about it anymore and its $20. You would be much like the Slowpoke meme, but you still will have witnessed the glory that is “Arkham City.” Good news is, Warner Bros. is going to make more video games based on DC comic book characters. I wonder who’ll get the “Arkham Asylum” treatment.
Until I get a copy of my own, I will continue to play “Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story” on the DSi.