[NOW CLOSED] £20 Amazon Voucher Give-away

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We have had a Frugal Gaming Facebook Group for many years, but are now swapping to using a Frugal Gaming Facebook Fan Page instead as these are much easier to manage. It will be easier for our followers to view our content.

We will be giving away a £20 Amazon voucher to one of our lucky Facebook Page followers to celebrate the launch of our new page

You can find our Fan Page here https://www.facebook.com/FrugalGamingDeals

If you haven’t like us yet, please hit the button below to get all our latest deals, news and reviews direct to your Facebook page.

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”] The lucky winner will be picked on 12.06.13 and  announced shortly after. The winner will be picked at random using Random.org. The winner will receive the voucher in code form to redeem on the Amazon website. The competition is open WORLDWIDE and entrants must be 18 or over. The winner must allow up to 21 days to receive their prize. Frugal Gaming reserves the right to end or amend this give away at any time without notice[/box]

New poll: Pre-order Early Delivery vs Price

Eurogamer have reported that ShopTo are refusing to sell any Activision games after a dispute involving Call of Duty: Ghosts, which is due for release in November. Following a lengthy debate on Twitter with many of our followers, I thought it would be interesting to see which factors have the greater influence on peoples buying decisions when pre-ordering games. I know many people will pay a little extra and order from e-retailers that have a reputation for delivering pre-orders 1-2 days before release. I also know that many people would see that as a pointless exercise and a complete waste of many…gamers hey!

I have created a poll so that you lovely folks can vote on this matter.


DEFIANCE™ Over 1 Million user accounts created in first month of release

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Trion Worlds announced today that more than one million Defiance accounts have been created since the launch of the open world shooter one month ago today. Fans of both the game and show have truly immersed themselves into the futuristic world of Defiance, with gamers eclipsing major milestones in-game, while digital TV viewers have tuned in at record numbers for the first two episodes.

Killing hellbugs, driving ATVs and triggering Arkfalls are among the top in-game activities:

  •  The not so cute or cuddly hellbugs have put up a good fight, but gamers are showing an incredible love for dropkicking, exploding and decimating them by annihilating more than 500,000,000 hellbugs to date.
  • Jumping on their ATV and cruising around the Badlands has led to gamers driving 50,000,000 miles around the terra-formed Bay Area.
  • Banding together, Ark Hunters have engaged in triggering and battling back an incredible 1,000,000 Arkfalls.

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Defiance is the first multi-platform online 3rd person shooter which, in a ground-breaking entertainment experience, interconnects with a global television series on Syfy, cable’s premier imagination based entertainment channel. The game is being developed by Trion Worlds for the PC, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

In Defiance you will join a futuristic online open-world shooter where thousands of players scour a transformed Earth competing for alien technology. Hunt alone or with others as you improve your skills and level up unlocking powerful weapons that will help you survive the massive battles that await.

The creative forces behind Defiance have worked on the top online games of the past decade, including RIFT, Everquest, and Borderlands.

Finally, Trion has announced the Defiance Most Wanted contest in which fans must outgun the competition in game from April 29 – May 12 to see themselves on an upcoming episode of Defiance on the Syfy channel. To enter this amazing chance to win a spot on the show, follow the contest registration steps at the official contest page here: www.defiance.com/most-wanted.

Find the cheapest prices for Defiance here

(Competition Closed) It’s competition time again! 2 Copies of Star Trek up for grabs thanks to The Game Collection

 

STAR TREK Xbox 360Competition Details

We have once again teamed up with the nice people at The Game Collection to bring you a brand new competition. We have been given two copies of the newly released Star Trek video game to give away, we will pick two winners that will each receive a copy of the game. They have a great price of £31.95 if you can’t wait for the winners to be announced.

About the game

Star Trek The Video Game brings Kirk and Spock together for the first time in an exciting original co-op adventure set in the new Star Trek universe masterminded by J.J. Abrams in his 2009 reboot of the classic sci-fi series. Set between the events of that movie and the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, this original story was co-written by BAFTA award winner and God of War writer, Marianne Krawczyk. Acclaimed Ontario-based developers Digital Extremes (Bioshock 2, Unreal Tournament, Dark Sector, The Darkness II) have worked closely with the team at Paramount Pictures to ensure that this is a game that forms an important and faithful part of the Star Trek franchise, with the movie cast, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg, all performing their roles for the game.

The Game Collection

Website: http://www.thegamecollection.net

Twitter : https://twitter.com/game_collection

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thegamecollection

The Game Collection Reward Points : http://www.thegamecollection.net/reward-points

Get this game for £31.95 – PS3 here or Xbox 360 here

How To Enter

Twitter:

To enter via Twitter, you need to be following both the @frugalgaming and @game_collection accounts, if you are not registered in Twitter, you can sign up here. Then all you need to do is Tweet the phrases below, relevant to which console you’d like the game on if you win.

RT & Follow @FrugalGaming & @game_collection for a chance to win the Star Trek game for 360 #FGUKCOMP T&C’s Here http://wp.me/p1SoXe-1sm

RT & Follow @FrugalGaming & @game_collection for a chance to win the Star Trek game for PS3 #FGUKCOMP T&C’s Here http://wp.me/p1SoXe-1sm

Facebook

To enter via Facebook you need to visit and Like The Game Collection Facebook page. Once you have done that, all you need to do is complete the sentence below and then copy and paste it on to The Game Collection Facebook page timeline.  There are no right or wrong answer obviously, it’s just a way for us to track your entries.

Hey Frugal Gaming & Game Collection, I think the best video game of 2013 so far is………

 Bonus entry via Facebook: Just join our Facebook group and do the same as above but on the Frugal Gaming Facebook Group Page here

Terms and Conditions

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Frugal Gaming reserves the right to end or amend this competition without notice. The competition is open to people aged 18 and over in EU Countries only. You can enter on Twitter no more than twice per day, you can enter on Facebook once and once only over the duration of the competition. All entries from Twitter and Facebook will be combined and then two winners will be picked at random from the combined entries.The competition will close at midnight on 11th May 2013, the two winners will be picked at random and announced shortly after. Winners must allow up to 28 days for their prize to be delivered. Winners must claim their prize within 14 days of the winners being announced, otherwise your entry becomes void and a new winner will be picked. Each winner will receive 1 copy of the game. By entering the competition you are hereby agreeing to these terms and conditions.[/box]

PS3 Game Night Sunday 28th April – Uncharted 3 Bazooka Madness

Uncharted 3We are running a Uncharted 3 PS3 game night this coming Sunday and it’s Sniper Rifles and Rocket Launchers only! The Uncharted 3 multiplayer is free to Playstation Plus subscribers, so there really is no excuse not to join the shenanigans.

Game: Uncharted 3

Platform: Playstation 3

Time: 9pm GMT

DLC Requirements: Multiplayer Maps (free via PS+)

Host: UglyGeezer

Looking for cheap PS+ subscriptions? Check here

Want to join this game night? Register here

Community Review – MLG Pro Circuit Controller for PlayStation 3

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We are pleased to announce the return of our community review section. Community plays a very important part at Frugal Gaming and we’ll be publishing reviews submitted to us by our forum members, Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

Review by Forum Member @csreynolds09

Ten years ago, Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso founded Major League Gaming, a professional electronic sports organisation headquartered in New York that sought to elevate videogames tournaments to viable competitive and spectator events. In the last decade its Pro Circuit has hosted and broadcast countless national and international championships, awarding victors with monetary prizes exceeding tens of thousands of dollars. These competitions illustrate that playing games is more than a casual undertaking to some; it’s an opportunity to fund an education, or secure a future.

When it comes to peripherals, particularly joypads, few third party companies cater to this breed of player. Sure, many may market their merchandise with punchy slogans promoting improved durability or game-changing features, though from experience the ‘style over substance’ ideology rings true too often. Not so with the MLG Pro Circuit Controller. Built by reputable manufacturer Mad Catz, its creation has been heavily influenced by feedback from elite MLG competitors. It is therefore a controller designed by gamers for gamers, but can it realistically compete with Sony Computer Entertainment’s robust and reliable DualShock 3?

On initial inspection, the MLG PCC is a hybrid of Microsoft and Sony’s first party pads. Its glossy chassis is modelled on the Xbox 360 controller, while its two convex (curving out or bulging outward) analog sticks and divided D-Pad are laid out as per the classic PS3 arrangement. But there’s much more to the product. Delve deeper into its packaging and you’ll discover a number of substitutable ancillary components, including matte finish faceplates, two concave (curving in or hollowed inward) analog sticks, an adjoined D-Pad, and an clip-on cartridge containing two 35g weights – all of which can be interchanged on-the-fly without the need for a screwdriver or similar tool.

Lift the primary faceplate from the five mini magnets holding it in place and you’ll gain access to MC’s patented ProModule system. Say you want to swap the right convex thumb stick for a concave one. Simply twist the analog module anticlockwise to unlock it, and remove it. Then, insert the replacement analog module and rotate clockwise until a click is heard. Return the faceplate and presto, job done. The MLG PCC’s hassle-free compartmental construction empowers gamers to build a controller that meets their individual preferences, be it an Xbox-style layout (left concave analog, adjoined D-Pad, right concave analog) a PS3-style layout (divided D-Pad, left convex analog, right convex analog) or an exclusive configuration somewhere in between.

The third-party pad doesn’t fail to impress from a performance perspective either. Its rubberized contours sit comfortably in the palms of your hands, and hours of continuous play can be had before your digits’ dexterity starts to deteriorate. A mandatory wired connection precludes battery-related disconnections occurring at inopportune moments, and the 3m gold-plated USB cable supplied eliminates input latency, ensuring that thumb sticks, D-Pad, face and shoulder buttons respond optimally. The most welcome function though is the trigger switch, a nifty trick oddly absent from the peripheral’s user manual. By holding down Start and Select for a few seconds you can remap the shoulder buttons so that L1 and R1 perform the actions assigned to L2 and R2, and vice versa (the joypad’s controller assignment indicator lights invert to notify the user that the switch is active). To begin with I found the change disorienting, but after a few Team Deathmatches on Call of Duty I’d familiarised myself with the new set-up, and it felt so natural that I found reverting back to the PS3 norm challenging.

Despite its alluring features, the MLG PCC is marred by a few inadequacies. For one, neither of MC’s D-Pad modules cut the mustard in terms of precision. Occasionally, pushing up or down will concurrently perform a task mapped to left or right, which makes executing combos in Tekken 6, for instance, rather cumbersome. The analog sticks take a bit of getting used to also. Apply a touch too much pressure when turning and a slight adjustment accelerates to a fast revolution. As such, aligning iron sights with moving targets in first-person shooters proves extremely difficult, and even after altering my sensitivity settings I still found myself doing an increased amount of strafing with the left analog stick to compensate.

The repositioning of the Start and Select buttons is sore point as well. I imagine they were moved to lessen the likelihood of pressing them accidentally during intense gameplay moments, but their new placement makes accessing menus and scoreboards in-game an awkward affair. Last of all, the premium controller is lacking a basic PlayStation 3-specific trait: SixAxis support. To most this won’t be a deal breaker, especially considering how few games nowadays harness the technology. Nevertheless, as someone who likes to revisit Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune or Heavenly Sword from time to time, its omission is hard for me to ignore.

Maybe I’m not the videogames God I thought I was, or perhaps I’m just too used to the feel of my worn, well-used Dualshock 3. Whatever the explanation, I wasn’t able to fully adjust to the MLG Pro Circuit Controller, although that’s not to imply Mad Catz’s joypad is a poor product. Its build quality is second to none. The innovative ProModule system offers unmatched versatility and personalisation possibilities, and FPS enthusiasts will definitely value the (strangely) secret trigger switch function. Dedicated and tournament-standard players will love this peripheral, of that I am confident, but casual and budget-conscious gamers might be opposed to investing £79.99 in hardware that marginally outshines Sony’s own.

Verdict: 7/10

Cheapest Price: £79.99 Delivered @Currys

Review by Forum member @csreynolds09

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[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]If you would like to submit a user review, please add it here. Our community members will then vote on whether or not it makes it to our front page[/box]

 

[NOW CLOSED] 2 Copies of Tomb Raider up for grabs thanks to Boomerang Games

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[box type=”note” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Winner number one was via a Facebook entry. Winner Ryan Dicken for his entry on Boomerang Games Facebook page @ March 3 at 9:05pm[/box]

[box type=”note” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Winner two was @Tori_Heart via Twitter on 14th March[/box]

Competition Details

We have once again teamed up with the nice people at Boomerang Games to being you a brand new competition. We have been given two copies of the eagerly anticipated Tomb Raider to give away. We will pick two winners that will each receive one copy of the game for either the Xbox 360 or PS3

Tomb Raider Details

After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was traveling on, a frightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach. On her own but not alone she has only one goal, to survive.

Here begins the first adventure for a young and inexperienced Lara Croft in a story which charts the journey of an ordinary woman who finds out just how far she must go in order to stay alive.

Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Tomb Raider delivers an intense and gritty story into the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.

Boomerang Games

Boomerang Games is a great place to find new game releases, pre-owned bargains and the cheapest video game rental prices around! You can check out all they have to offer using the links below.

Website
Twitter
Facebook
Buy Games
Rent Games

How To Enter

[box type=”alert” style=”rounded” border=”full”]You must be following BOTH Frugal Gaming and Boomerang Games at the time the winners are picked for your entries to be valid[/box]

Twitter:

To enter via Twitter, you need to be following both the @FrugalGaming and @Boomeranggames accounts, if you are not registered on Twitter, you can sign up here. Then all you need to do is Tweet the phrase below.

RT & Follow @FrugalGaming & @Boomeranggames for a chance to win Tomb Raider for 360 or PS3 #FGUKCOMP T&C’s Here http://wp.me/p1SoXe-1gX

Facebook

To enter via Facebook you need to visit and Like Boomerang Games Facebook Page. Once you have done that, all you need to do is complete the sentence below and then copy and paste it on to Boomerang Games Facebook page timeline. There are no right or wrong answer obviously, it’s just a way for us to track your entries.

Hey Frugal Gaming & Boomerang Games, the game I am most looking forward to in 2013 is………..

Terms and Conditions

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Frugal Gaming reserves the right to end or amend this competition without notice. The competition is open to people aged 18 and over in EU Countries only. You can enter on Twitter no more than twice per day, you can enter on Facebook once and once only over the duration of the competition. The competition will close at midnight on 14th March 2013, the two winners will be picked at random and announced shortly after. Winners must allow up to 28 days for their prize to be delivered. Winners must claim their prize within 14 days of the winners being announced, otherwise your entry becomes void and a new winner will be picked. Each winner will receive 1 copy of the game. By entering the competition you are hereby agreeing to these terms and conditions.[/box]

Game Trade-in Price Checker – Check Game Values On-Line

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Many people ask if I can tell them the trade in values of video games, which usually takes a bit of work to find out. CEX have always stated the trade-in values on their website, now Game have a handy price checker that enables you to find how much you can expect to get for your games when trading in-store. There’s nothing worse than trekking all the way in town only to be told that the trade value of your games is less than the cost of a pack of pork scratchings!

To use the price checker click here

Game’s trade in price guarantee

Game have a trade in price guarantee, which in my experience isn’t always honored! (By using the “Managers decision is final” stipulation from the terms and conditions stated below)

GAME won’t be beaten on Trade-Ins, and you can be sure you’ll always get the best deal with us.

We will honour our Trade-In Price Promise to match the trade-in price of other high street competitors. These competitors must be within a 1 mile radius of your GAME store, and the price valid within a 24 hour period. And if you actually find a better deal with another retailer, we’ll beat that by £1!

Remember, the more games you trade, the more you can save against new games by building up your trade-in credit. And if there’s a new release you want but you haven’t traded-in yet, you can simply trade in your games as part of the purchase with no need for separate transactions – or separate queues.

Standard Trade-In Terms and Conditions apply.*

Ask in-store for further details.

*Terms and Conditions: GAME stores will beat any trade-in price offered to the general public by a local competitor by £1 within a one mile radius and within a 24 hour period. This excludes trade in prices offered via email or online. Proof must be provided from a local competitor. Trade-In offers are open to members of the public only and GAME reserves the right to refuse any offer to anyone believed to be representing a trade buyer. The trade-in price match cannot be used in conjunction with any other trade-in offer. The Managers Decision is final.

 

 

Grainger Games Price Match – Well Worth a Look!

Whilst searching the Grainger Games website for deals I stumbled across their price match page. Basically if you find a video game cheaper on another retailers website than it is at Grainger Games, just let them know using there price comparison form and there is a possibility that they will price match it and also give you further discounts. The terms an conditions are a bit vague, but its worth a go to try and save yourselves a few quid.

Here is what it states on the Grainger Games website

We want to make sure that Grainger Games offers the best value on the web, so if you find something cheaper elsewhere, let us know and if we drop our price based on your comparison, we’ll give you an EXTRA £1 off our reduced price for the title you’ve compared and a voucher to say thanks.

Although we can’t match every price reported, we’ll use your feedback to ensure that our prices remain competitive.

Just enter the details of your price comparison and we’ll take look.

Here is how it worked for me

  • I found Black Ops Xbox 360 for £32.99 at Green Man Gaming which was £7 cheaper than Granger Games price
  • I filled out the Grainger Games price comparison form here and submitted it
  • Within a few minutes a received and email confirming that my deal was genuine
  • Within a few more minutes I received another Email with a code that would entitle me to buy the game for £31.99 (£1 cheaper than the original deal I found)
  • I then received a third email with a code that would entitle me to 10% discount on pre-order titles at Grainger Games

It seems that if they don’t lower the price on their website, they will at least send you a code so you can purchase the game  for less than the other retailer is selling it for. I am not sure if they only do this for just the first person to find a lower price for a specific game, or anyone that submits thereafter.

I tried it on a few deals and got the same result every time!

Below is a screen shot of the email they sent


Seems like it’s worth a try

Daz