How to get cheap and almost free games and the benefits of playing games
I love gaming but I'm almost broke to purchase them
If you go out to buy a full version game at an electronics store, you'll have to spend a minimum of INR 300-500 till almost INR 3000 for really good games (the ones that are making news).
Torrent sites were the earlier bargain but now most of them are banned and considered illegal. Otherwise, they were the best place to get all the latest games by sacrificing a bit of bandwidth. Also, in India you can get pirated games at some of these bazaars but please, end piracy. Don't buy them. Half of them don't work.
Head to a local toy store or a supermarket (like Loyal World in Mysore) to find collections like the one I bought the other day where you get 6 PC games (full version) for just INR 99! I played two of the games. Both are very basic and to be frank, childish but I still liked playing them and the nectar you can get out of them, I'll describe in a later section.
There are sites like G2A.com where you can purchase the original games at a much lower rate. For example, Call of Duty:Black Ops 3 is there which you can purchase at around INR 2899 when the original rate is INR 3300-3500 and you get a black ops 3 t-shirt free with it too which you can flaunt in front of your friends! But I think such sites will be limited to certain countries only.
Introducing you all to AGS
I used to buy the SKOAR! gaming magazine with my brother when I was below my teens (now they've stopped the hard copies-it belongs to Digit). Along with every issue, there used to be a set of CDs with atleast 4-6 top games in their trial version and other small games in their full version.
One day we searched for these games online and discovered that most of them were from the site Adventure Game Studio. The fact that the magazine downloaded the games once to distribute it to thousands of people was sheer highway robbery.
AGS opened the doors to access to hundreds of point and click adventure games, each more entertaining than the previous ones.
My personal favorites are Apprentice I and II and The Trilby series. I swear, the graphics are just 2D and basic but when the ghost starts following me in the game on the screen, I used to shout and run for my life. I never played those games again due to fear though I would love to.
So do visit the site of Adventure Game Studio to get more games and oh yeah, I forgot to mention - to make your own games. Yeah, you can make your own games using the AGS engine. Just download it and there's a tutorial to help you out with making games.
Most of the games on the AGS site are free but some, like the Blackwell series, you will have to pay for the full version. Only the trial version is free.
What can I gain from playing games?
- Entertainment and relaxation - If you've come back from a long tiring day at college or work and have no mood to go out and there's nothing interesting to watch on TV, games are your source of recreation. As I've mentioned in another Hub, playing first person shooters helps reduce frustration too.
- Knowledge - Games like Age of Empires and Assassin's Creed teaches you history, shooting games set in army backgrounds help you understand the armed forces better, RPGs show you characters of various people. There is a whole treasure chest of knowledge awaiting you if you play different kinds of games.
- Understand how games work - If you're planning to pursue a career in game designing or development or anything else in the gaming industry, understanding how games work is important. And what better way to do it than by playing games?