Sharing is caring

Once in a while I come out to play the new exciting, shiny things with Ready Up and share my insight when reviewing an upcoming title. However let me remind you that a lot of us writers here at Ready Up have normal lives just as you do. I certainly don’t have the lifestyle where I can purchase, keep and complete new releases every week.

You know the last time I whipped out the cash was way back in February for Street Fighter IV. I’ve not spent a penny on a game since. ‘Oh yeah? Then how did you get your hands on Resident Evil 5?’ Smarty Shaz has the answer and that’s ‘trade-ins’.

Some folks right now have just gasped at that phrase, in fact they’d probably consider it an act of sin. For the rest, please do not pity the tiny one for this is simply how life goes. I threw in the first Gears of War, Soul Calibur IV (which was hard for me because I’m a fan of fighters) and a few others. Ta da! Store credit towards Resident Evil 5.  So now you’ve learnt my ways of gaming efficiency, ‘play ’em and trade ’em!’.

I think my financial limits do kind of help because I will choose my games carefully and play them thoroughly finishing from A to B. The bad side is that I miss out on some of the Ready Up forum gaming nights and other downloadable content for previous games.

‘But I’ve noticed you’ve been playing Warriors Orochi 2, Burnout Paradise and Dead Space lately!’ Oh yes my friends that is true! That is the bonus to friendships between gamers of whom I’m very grateful for. When the wallet isn’t looking so perky, what better alternative than the traditional ‘swapping’ with trusted friends. A great way to share our recommendations and save a bit of money.








8 responses to “Sharing is caring”

  1. arc14716 avatar

    Ack. Shaz, you traded in SCIV? You traded in our game.?!

    Great. Now who am I going to play against in that game once I get my 360 back up and running?

    To be honest, I’ve loaned that game plus SFIV to a friend of mine at work while my 360 is down. I have my eye on a copy of Namco Virtual Arcade at Gamestop since they’re having their Game Days sale on right now. They’re selling it for $15, which is quite a bargain.

    Then there’s Sonic Genesis Collection (or whatever name it is) that’s also caught my eyes. Moreso than any of the other games that are out there right now.

  2. Shaz avatar

    I will get Soul Cali IV back someday, I miss it! However I also have my eyes on Battle Fantasia and then there’s Tekken 6 on the way too. It’s about priority. ^^

  3. Tiq avatar

    woooooooooooooooooooo! Tekken 6.

    I’m going to whoop you so hard, when that game comes out, shaz. =D

    Also: You’re welcome. 😉

  4. John.B avatar Is a good site for game trading, offers a better economy than the Game/Gamestation system as well. It’s tough, I like to support the devs but being a student it’s just not possible.

  5. Celeste avatar

    I completely understand this, Shaz. Being self-employed seems to translate into me having very little expendable money, so I too have become involved in the trading game. But don’t you find that it hurts every time you trade a game in, even if you didn’t particularly enjoy it? I hate it because I have collected games for years, so I have this adverse reaction to it even though I am getting something great in return, rather like Alex in A Clockwork Orange (although I try to keep the throwing up to a minimum whilst in the store…).

    Oh, and by the way, you’re not the only littl’n in the Ready Up team anymore 😀

  6. Stacy Kidd avatar
    Stacy Kidd

    I agree with you and the idea of trading games. It encourages recycling – an issue I’m very passionate about – saves you money (especially with the grossly hyped coined media phrase “the credit crunch” ) and of course for some businesses it’s their main area of profit. The increase in one-time use codes with online registration (PC games in particular) are on the rise and this you could say is their backlash at losing money. However gaming isn’t exactly a cheap hobby for the majority of people and I think that pre-owned stock is vital for not only retailers, but individuals who don’t have £40 to spend on a game. Very thought-provoking article 🙂

  7. The Rook avatar
    The Rook

    I have sold consoles and games to friends and sold my SNES and games in a shop once. That was yeeeaarrs ago. Since then I’ve never traded a game in for credit. I have every 360 game I’ve bought. I don’t trade a film/tv show on dvd after I’ve watched it, so why do it with games. I like my collection too much. And seeing as I don’t drink I need to re-cycle my money into something.

    The whole lending games between friends is the best way to play as much as possible on a budget. I just need more time/less work to play them. 😀

  8. Lorna avatar

    I find it hard to part with any game to trade in, even though I know in my heart I will never play it…there is always that…’I might do one day’ thing hanging over me, though lately I have become slightly more mercenary…but only slightly!

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