We have more options in video gaming than ever before. There are now more platforms available, more genres of games available and more variation in the types of games we can choose from. They vary according to play-style, storyline, game mechanics, design and more. With so many options, it can be difficult to know which games are right for you.

Since most games today are expensive, it really adds up when you purchase a lot of games that you end up not liking or rarely play. While there are options to re-sell them and recoup some of the costs, you can prevent this in the first place by learning to how to know if a video game is right for you.

While it is true that there are not a lot many video games that match the caliber of older ones of the 90s like Mario or Contra, there is still a Domino99 Online or Grand Theft Auto to keep things going.

If you’re thinking of buying a video game, here are some things you should do first:

  • Make sure the game is available on a platform you have or plan to get.
  • Read user reviews on the game.
  • Read gamer/company reviews such as those from 1up.com or MMORPG.com.
  • Ask your friends if they’ve played it.
  • Try to get a sample or play a sample for yourself – if the game doesn’t have a trial version, check your local game store where they often have games out for trial.
  • Visit a website that caters to your genre of video game.
  • Go to the local game store and ask the employees if they know of good games in your genre.
  • Check the ESRB ratings on the games you’re considering.
  • Buy from a place that allows exchanges so there is less risk involved if you don’t like it.

Once you’ve done those things, ask yourself these questions to determine if the game is really right for you:

  • Is this the type of game that fits my gamer play style?
  • Will I get a lot of use out of this game?
  • What is it about this game that interests me?
  • Is this game in my budget at the moment?
  • Will I play this alone or with others?
  • Does this game allow me to play online (if you want to play online)?
  • Does the rating of this game suit me?

Just because a game is the hottest on the shelves this season isn’t reason alone to purchase it for yourself. You also don’t need to get a game just because all of your friends have it. You need to make a smart choice in the investment of your entertainment and

Now that you have these tips, you know how to choose if a video game is right for you. This will help you learn to make confident choices about the games you play. You will save money and have more fun.


Claire Bennett is a self-taught poker player and is looking for different ways through which she can share her experience and poker tips with other enthusiasts.