Gaming has become a very expensive hobby. Whether it’s spending $400 to $500 on a new console, over a grand on upgrading your PC, or 60 bucks on new games, every gamer spends a small fortune on their entertainment. Very few gamers can afford multiple consoles or several new games a time. Here are some ways of knowing if you’re a Struggle Gamer:
- You’re still playing on a last gen console with a slim chance of upgrading in the near future. Your only hope is if Sony or Microsoft offers their console bundled with their online service and a relatively new or brand new game.
- The Steam Sales are still too expensive. Ditto for Humble Bundles.
- You have to wait until Black Friday to get all the Triple A titles you want that get released during the fall. Even if they’re $40 they may still prove too much.
- You pretty much only buy used games. That extra five bucks you save is crucial. A buy 2 get 1 free used games sale is the highlight of your day (if you can afford it).
- GameStop is your crutch. Want to buy a brand new $60 game? You are forced to trade in half your game collection to cover a third of the price. You might trade in a game so old they can only afford to give you a quarter for it (true story).
- You might have to wait a few years for a game’s price to drop so you can pick it up.
- Sometimes the only way for you to get new games is on your Birthday or for Christmas.
- Because you can barley afford games, the games you do buy are sure things – games you know you’ll love – leaving you little room to try new games.
- You get excited when a five year old game is given away for free through Games with Gold/Playstation Plus.
- You spend too much time watching people play games on YouTube/Twitch/Hitbox because you can’t afford the games they’re playing.
It sucks being a Struggle Gamer.
Austin is in his final year at the University of Florida studying English. He enjoys binge watching on Shark Tank, winning the Mortal Kombat, and occasionally stepping in for Batman when necessary.