PC Gaming For Cheap!

So there's a new Humble Bundle out. Although it's called the Humble Android Bundle 3, all the games are cross-platform, for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. You can get Steam keys and Ubuntu Software Center activations as well, same as with the last numbered bundle. Some good stuff here, but nothing to top what we've seen in the past.

Everyone who's participated in a Humble Bundle knows that it's a great opportunity to get great games for next to nothing. But there are also other bundles going on that fewer people are aware of.


This works similarly to the Humble Bundle. There's a similar profit distribution, with a different charity, and you can set how much to go to which group, same as the Humble Bundle. They're currently on number 7, and I've heard good things about a few of the games they have included in this bundle.

Indie Royale

This one is different. Same basic premise-- you set your own price, and you get a bonus for going over the average-- but it doesn't go to charity as far as I can tell, it's just to the developers. That said, this is made by the people who make Desura, so you know they care about their Indie Devs. Some of these games are not redeemable on Steam, but they are all redeemable on Desura. They have a new bundle up every two weeks.


Speaking of Desura, if you haven't heard of it you should check into it. It's another game distribution platform like Steam, but exclusively for indie games. There are some Kickstarter elements built in as well, so you can fund games with your preorders and get early alpha access or other bonuses. Generally games here are pretty cheap, as are almost all indie games when compared to big-budget titles.


What if you want a game but don't want to pay for it at all? This site lets you sign in with your Steam account, and anyone can put up games as giveaways that anyone can enter. Your chances of *winning* the giveaway are pretty slim, of course, but if you keep plugging you might get lucky without ever paying a cent.


CheapShark indexes game sales across a wide variety of retailers, so if you're interested in a title, you can look it up on CheapShark and know you're getting the best deal available at the time.

So what other money-saving tips do you guys have for the gamer on a budget?

jdodson   Admin wrote on 08/19/2012 at 12:02am

Too bad I don't have an Android phone!

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/19/2012 at 12:52am

Indeed, but all those games are available on PC/Mac/Linux as well. I *do* have an Android, but barely touch it unless it's for work, the iPhone won me over.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 08/19/2012 at 02:39am

:D Me too!

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