You decide to buy the game your friends recommended. Once the game is downloaded, you can’t wait to start playing. But, once you start playing, you see that you have to pay for a lot of the features the game has. Now, the game is not so much fun anymore.
You’d think that most of the features would be free for what you paid for the game. For example, you would think that you wouldn’t have to pay for a second payer. But some games require that you buy one. What can you do to spend less? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Tips to Avoid Overspending in Video Games
To avoid spending on features that other games provide for free, what you can do is read the fine print. You might not feel like reading it, but you can save yourself a lot of money by reading the terms and conditions.
You can see how much the game will make you spend by reading the small print. You’ll know before if the game hides an additional subscription or locks even the most basic mode. Also, ask around. You can ask friends who have already purchased it and ask them what the game makes you pay for.
Before buying the game, see if the game offers certain features for free permanently. Maybe they might be free at the beginning, getting you hooked on the game and then come with the obligation of making you buy things to keep everything you’ve earned.
Also, be careful with games that offer you the opportunity to buy something but with a time limit before the offer disappears. Making you buy something without really knowing if you need it or not. You end up buying it just in case. So you don’t miss out on the buy. But, later realized it was something you didn’t need after all. There is the importance of researching a game before you buy it.
Another trick games use to get you to spend is giving you a lifeline. You might need this to keep everything you’ve earned in the game. This could be difficult to resist, especially if you have a lot to lose. Then there are the games that make you make small purchases to get to the big prize. The purchases might be small but frequent, and in the end, you might end up paying an amount you didn’t want in the first place.
Something else that’ll surely prevent you from spending too much is keeping track of how much money you invest. But, calculate the cost in real money, not the game money. Seeing how much you spend in a specific amount of time might help you reduce or stop making any more purchases.
Something else you can do is research to see what companies have the tendency to add too many in-app purchases to their games. That way, the next time you see that a specific company is behind a popular game, you may be more inclined to avoid that game.
Avoid getting too carried away with what everyone says about a game. You might get excited about a game’s graphics and buy it without doing your research. It’s only after that you realize there are just too many things to have to buy to get the full experience. Do you think that you have to change your spending habits? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.