Games themselves and add-ons to
unlock new locations, story branches, and game mechanics cost a pretty penny.
Then if you want to switch to playing on a console, for example, you have to
buy everything all over again. It's tempting to look for cheaper options, of
course, but common sense is needed.
If the words "save money on games" evokes images of pirated games and cracks, we have news for you. Pirates rarely go in for charity, and many of them earn on the side by spreading malware. Sure, there are some "good" pirates out there, but they are
outnumbered by the bad guys trying to lure you onto the rocks. They even report "good" pirates to search-engine administrators, asking that such sites be excluded from search results, and write dozens of 5-star reviews on their own pages to attract
users. In other words, the chances of stumbling on a "bad" pirate and downloading malware together with, or instead of, the game are very high. As a result, you are left without files and/or money (see our cybersecurity fundamentals course for
more about malware).
The trouble with pirated games is essentially the same as with anything illegal — there is no guarantee of quality, or of anything for that matter. On top of that, publishers can spoil the game for those who don't want to pay by adding anti-piracy
measures, such as errors or blurred textures. In general, if you want to play normally, don't dabble with pirated versions.
If they aren't an option, then what is? Wait for discounts in official stores. They can reach 90%, not a bad saving. What's more, some platforms, such as PlayStation and Xbox, offer special subscriptions giving several games every month. Sure, you
have to fork out for these subscriptions, but they pay for themselves in the long run. And the Epic Games Store regularly distributes some games for free, including a few hits.
always, be careful. Spammers and phishers often use "incredible discounts
on games" and other messages as bait. The calculation is that gamers know about such sales, so an email supposedly from a major platform offering discounts won't arouse suspicion. If you swallow the bait and follow the link, instead of getting a bargain,
you'll lose money or your account. So stay vigilant, and enter the store's URL manually in the browser or open the app. If the discounts are not fiction, the main page will probably have information about them.
Therefore, to save money on games risk-free:
In the following lessons, we explain in detail how game accounts get hijacked and how to guard against scammers.
How to save money on games safely?
copies and cracks are king
Pick up super offers via links in emails and forums
Buy subscriptions on official platforms