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Stop Before You Shop At GameStop

Updated on November 6, 2013

Stop Before You Shop At GameStop

I'm sorry GameStop, you are too expensive!

While GameStop might be your #1 source for video gaming and more, they carry DVDs and Blu-Rays too, don’t be fooled by their shiny logo. This chain can be quite expensive, even when new games are released. I suggest doing your pricing homework online first before pulling out your method of payment from your wallet.

Expansion of Videogames on Android and iOS - GooglePlay and Apple Store

With so many free videogames now available on both Android and iOS, GameStop is slowing becoming obsolete and we can clearly see this with the highly popular 3 match puzzle game CandyCrush. There are also other genres of videogames available for Android and iOS such as first person shooters and racing car games all of which are free. Here's a list of highly popular videogames for Android and iOS that are free with at least 1,000,000 one million downloads to date:

  • Candy Crush Saga (Android and iOS)
  • Angry Birds series (Android and iOS - almost every child in grade school has this videogame)
  • Pet Rescue Saga (Android and iOS)
  • Fanatic Football
  • Subway Surfers
  • Despicable Me - Running Game (Android and iOS)
  • Tetris
  • Coin Dozer
  • Dead Trigger 2
  • SWAT: End War

Popularity of Videogames With All Ages

While some gamers still want the most shiniest videogame of all their friends, there are many more places to buy that Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 videogame than buying it at GameStop. Videogames are very popular among all age groups because they add a certain level of fun and entertainment for that particular age group. Friends can challenge other friends to see who gets the highest score and also friends can help others through a part of the game that a gamer might be stuck on. This is where the term "replay" comes into effect in the videogaming world. Players are constantly "replaying" the game to get the highest score or to finish the game in a certain time limit, or to just help another gamer out.

What gives a videogame a high replay value?

  • Graphics
  • Game controls
  • Fast game play mechanics - game doesn't run slow or freeze, sometimes this happens to XBox 360 videogames in which the game freezes and the player needs to start all over again. That is why it is important to save your game.
  • Music
  • Storyline
  • Ranking score board - very important but not necessary

All of the free games I listed above for Android and iOS have at least 3 of the replay characteristics I just listed here which is why all those games were downloaded at least a minimum of 1,000,000 one million times.

Where to buy cheap videogames:

  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • ebay
  • Amazon
  • Craigslist

Wal-Mart, yes, and sometimes Target, yes Target too, got their prices a bit lower, sometimes up to $10.00 lower or more, on the newest videogames. GameStop claims that they are the only stores that release the newest titles on the actual date of release but they are wrong. Wal-Mart and Target has the videogame for sale, both in-store and online, on the scheduled release date. You can also pre-order the game from Wal-Mart or Target, and have it mailed to you on the day of release or you can pick it up at the store.

GameStop might be a better choice when it comes to purchasing previously played videogames but even that category is overpriced too. eBay and other online auction web sites have used videogames for dirt cheap unless the game is absolutely rare, then you might be better off digging through GameStop’s online bin for that used game.

Since I love videogames so much, I know where to shop, at my local Wal-Mart, Target, or I just browse through eBay’s catalog for that used, good title. I steer clear of GameStop as their high prices do not appease my wallet. I have also found Craigslist to be quite entertaining when buying videogames because I am paying attention only to ads that look real and not fake. Craigslist has a lot of scams so be careful when shopping for your next videogame on Craigslist.

Where do you buy your videogames from?

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    • ssaffery profile image

      ssaffery 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      bestgamingreviews - Craigslist and eBay is where I buy my videogames but lately I've found quite a few freebies on Google Play.

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      bestgamingreviews 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      I can't agree more with what you've said. Places like GameStop are simply for those who need convenience anymore. Half of the time I buy my games through digital download in order to get some deal, DLC, or extra that comes with it.