New Year Savings
December is an incredibly expensive month. Between buying presents for those you pretend to like in hopes they’ll get you something back and the general prices for essentials increasing due to the cold weather, it’s easy to go out of pocket. For the gaming community, however, December can be one of the greatest months for purchases in the entire year. I am of course talking about the Steam Winter Sales. This year, like every year, gamers were blessed with little green rectangles next to their favourite games, followed by a percentage off the normal price. Personally my rule of thumb was if it had a saving of over 40% and I wanted it beforehand, it was mine. After gleefully spending all your money January rolls back around, and all the wonderfully low prices shoot straight back up, making January one depressing month. However, there are alternative online gaming stores to Steam, and I’m going to talk about one.
Green Man Gaming, or GMG for short, sell games for multiple consoles, including PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. PC users often have the choice of physical CDs or download codes, which usually have to be downloaded through a service, such as Steam or Uplay. So why use GMG instead of Steam? Because nine times out of ten, Green Man Gaming is cheaper. Sometimes the savings are monumental, other times they’re negligible, but the saving’s still there. There are many sites like this, offering codes for a discounted price, but Green Man Gaming is among the most secure and reliable.
Green Man Gaming also offers what I like to call “savings on top of savings”. Much like Steam, GMG has a new deal daily, slashing a considerable amount from the original price. However, GMG has something Steam doesn’t- saving codes. On the main screen, there’s usually a code made up of letters, numbers and dashes. Enter this code when paying for the contents of your basket, and a further price reduction will be made. For example, let’s say a game that usually costs £10 has a 50% sale, and now costs £5. The available code gives you a 20% discount. When you go to pay for it, enter the code and the game will now cost £4. While this might not sound like a massive saving, when making large purchases these savings add up.
Currently GMG has a New Year Code for 22% off all purchases. They also have their “Play More, Pay Less” promotion taking place right now, featuring many games for under £5. So there we go. It might not be the best replacement for the 80% and 90% discounts, but it’s something to soften the blow. Just look at it the way I do- only 11 months to go!