You may debate with your friends about which console is best, or which video game title that is coming soon is the one you need to buy first, but you’ll never debate that video games are a ton of fun. Read on to find out a few tips and tricks about gaming. Sponsored By The Idiot Test. Download demos to try games out. You can see if you like it and if it’s worth the price being charged. However, be careful where you download from. Be sure you only download from well-known websites to avoid computer issues.
If as a parent you are concerned with video game content, control what downloadable mods are placed in the game. These downloadable mods are normally created by players, not the video game companies, so there is no rating system. What you thought was a relatively un-risky game can turn a lot worse with one of these mods.
Preorder games if they offer a discount on the purchase. You can have the newest game when it comes out and save money on the price or get other special perks when you preorder it. Check local gaming stores or online retailers to get the best deal on preordered video games.
Parents must review the ESRB rating assigned to games at all times. There are games that seem to be appropriate for children at first but end up being quite inappropriate. Make sure you know what the game is rated and any other pertinent information about it, such as whether it is violent or not.
Know the signs of video game addiction. This may sound funny, and you may not think such a thing exists, but addiction to games is as real as any other addiction. Symptoms include long hours of play, obsessive thoughts about the game, and excessive spending related to video games of all kinds.
Sell your old gaming items. Instead of just letting your gaming items you no longer use sit around and collect dust, sell them. You can either sell them online or at many different game stores. In most areas you can find video game stores that buy and sell gaming items.
Do not neglect the secondary market for console video games when looking for titles. You can find good condition used games at a number of sources. Online, they are available through individual resellers and auction’s sites, both as single titles and in collections. Offline, you can buy them used from game stores, video and music stores and at flea markets.
Before you spend a lot of money on things like controllers or memory cards, look online for a used version. Sometimes a store will be out of used game hardware, which can be very affordable. Make sure you look at an online seller’s feedback before making the purchase so you know if you’re getting what you paid for.
Sure, you could be cleaning your room, doing your homework or even be outside playing, but why? Video games are where it’s at! At least you took the time to learn something today, and for that you should be proud. Keep gaming, keep learning and keep having tons of fun!