Having trouble making ends meet in this economy while keeping up your gaming habit? No problem, kiddo: Check out these fancy tips to pinch pennies that you’d have never thought of before – not in a million years!

Oh sure, anyone can tell you the obvious ways to game on the cheap. You can only try demos, you can go for indie titles, you can buy used games – that might save you a buck here and a dollar there, but if you want to get ahead in this recession, you better really know the tricks of the trade. And brother, in Issue 218 of The Escapist, does Brett Staebell have some news for you!

For starters, your consoles are packed with more wonder than your white bread. Sure, CEO so-and-so will give you the razzle-dazzle – megapixels, gigawatts, the kitchen sink. It’s a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, but you’re the turkey. Why? All that zip under the hood and it boils down to smacking a button. Real flashy and enough to make a cute tomato go gaga for graphics, but the real scoop is the features that aren’t on the box!

What we have here is Joe Schmoe’s 360, a miracle of science and how General Electric is duping you into putting its kids through college. The only thing hotter than its games is its CPU. So what are you going to do when your modern marvel catches the old Scarlet Cyclops? If you’re half as broke as I am, nothing! The man at Microsoft wants to spin you two ways from Tuesday with the Warrantee Shuffle when you haven’t lost a system, but gained a real sockdolager of a heater!

To read the rest of “Slick” Staebell’s hidden tips and brilliant advice, check out “Hooverville … Now Loading” in issue 218 of The Escapist!

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