How to Get Game Cards (PlayStation Network, Nintendo eShop, & Xbox Gift Card) for Home Gaming for Cheap; Cheaper Than Your Local Retailers (Gray Market or Otherwise)

Making game purchases have never been easier thanks to the introduction of online digital transactions: why bother queuing up at the nearby retailer just to get your wanted game when you can just purchase it online and download for installation?

Not only does it allows convenience of getting a copy of the game at the comforts of your home so long as you have a internet to use with the transaction either with your home console or a separate computer, your digital download, too, is account-bound which gives you exclusive access to your purchase.

This means that, so long as your account is fully-protected (keeping your password to yourself and nobody else’s and enabling two-way protection), you and only you have the access to your digital purchase(s).

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Yet, perhaps, the greatest perk of buying a digital download is that you can download the same game on multiple consoles of the same platform (that is, for example, you are an owner of multiple Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Nintendo Wii U or Switch consoles). This is a feature that is impossible to do when buying a physical copy which you can only use exclusively in a single device at any point in time, every time.

You may not have experienced making an online purchase of games before and is probably ecstatic in trying for yourself. But before you delve in with this online buying of digital contents, make sure you have the following requirements first:

  • A valid PlayStation Network (PSN), Xbox Live, or Nintendo account (You can register online by clicking on the hyperlink attached or you could do so directly from your home console)
  • Home console of choice corresponding your account type: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, or Nintendo Switch.
  • Internet connection to get online
  • Credit / Debit Card as mode of payment (if you have neither, do not worry, I’ll add a tutorial on how you could get a prepaid debit card for yourself (PayMaya) for your future online purchase)

Note: Always keep your personal or banking details private to yourself. This is one of those things which you cannot easily divulge without facing its negative repercussions later on.

If you already have the means to pay for your online purchases like a credit card or a VISA- or MasterCard-affiliate debit card, you may skip this part of the tutorial. Otherwise, read on.

  • While I could encourage you to get to the nearby bank and have yourself open for your own personal account, this tutorial is not it. But if you want to, you may. Specifically for this tutorial, I am suggesting you making a PayMaya account using your smartphone device (iOS/Android). Unlike going for a bank account, having to register for a PayMaya account is totally free: this is your virtual account similar to PayPal, though they are not one and the same. Technically a prepaid debit card, putting credits into your PayMaya virtual account is as easy as going to the nearby 7-Eleven branch and asking the attending clerk to have your account loaded with credits (any reasonable amount) using the contact number you had used to register your account. Easy peasy. Note: PayMaya, as far as I know, operates only locally in the Philippines. If you are not from there, this step may not apply to you. But so long as you have the means to pay for anything online, you are good to go.
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    This is how the old PayMaya physical card looks like and acts as the physical extension of your virtual account. The newer model comes with a built-in EMV on it. Note: For obvious reason, this is just a dummy PayMaya physical card. Do not attempt to use it, you will just be disappointed.
  • With region as an issue, users have the option to opt on which region he or she would register his account even if it is not true to his real location. For countries that are not explicitly supported by the platform, its inhabitants can register accounts that are set for another country e.g. someone in the Philippines registered for a US PSN account because his country is not essentially supported by Sony (cold hard truth).

 

How to, then?

I would have skipped the fluff and delved straight to this point of the blog but thought of also catering for those who are complete newbies to all these things. As such, here is the point of this blog: Where do you get the cheap offers for your video game digital purchase?

According to region, I’m attaching some links where you can get them cheaper than the average retailers, especially against the gray market, partly in celebration of Play-Asia’s “Feversale“:

 

PlayStation Network (PSN) / PlayStation Plus Subscription

United States (Region: R1)

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50 USD PSN Card (US): $48.49

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12-Month PlayStation Plus Subscription (US): $47.99

Canada (Region: R1)

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50 CAD PSN Card: $47.99

Singapore (Region: R3)

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50 SGD PSN Card (Singapore): $47.99

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15 SGD Card (Singapore): $13.99

Hong Kong (Region: R3)

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750 HKD PSN Card: $107.99

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500 HKD PSN Card: $65.99

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300 HKD PSN Card: $42.99

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80 HKD PSN Card: $11.99

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12-Month PlayStation Plus (HK) Subscription: $37.99

Nintendo eShop Card

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50 USD Nintendo eShop Card: $47.99

Xbox Gift Card

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50 USD Xbox Gift Card: $47.99

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3-Month Xbox Live Gold: $17.49

To be updated. . .

Note: Prices listed here is true to their source as of posting time and may be subject for changes in future time. I will be adding a change log for any future changes.

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This blog may not have been as active as I had hoped as I am pre-occupied with gigs and full-time work. Despite that as a fact, however, I still retain the exact same enthusiasm as I had when I started this blog and, as such, had been contemplating for a long time now in turning this free curation to a real-time commitment with the hopes of being in service to my readers by delivering the juiciest, freshest, and hottest news as well as trends that are happening in the gaming world.

You might be wondering why the need for such a long contemplation. Why exactly?

Well, to be candid, I’m short on needed funds to even kickstart the simplest website I could build, let alone its short term or long term maintenance. As most of you probably know, websites do not generate even a single penny unless it’s spent for, a notion shared by many internet companies, primarily Google: which is the kind of website you are reading right now. Hence, the irony of needing money to gain more money.

Why pursue on this when there are many credible sources of gaming information out there?

I do not really intend to compete and be the “best” source of information regarding games out there per se, especially acknowledging that there are existing brands that are way advanced, more entrenched, and more capable as I would hope my brand to be. For me, this is something that is to be as a result of one thing that is very relevant to me which I am very passionate about and not get tired of covering for: gaming. Money (hopefully) is just its second reward.

Like myself, I believe that video gaming is something that has special place to every person–young and old alike–which makes this niche, not just significant to the previous, present, and future generations, but also as an enduring topic reaching its maturity that is something we shall see more of in the coming years.

 

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US PlayStation Network: 3-Day Flash Sale Starting on April 17

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In a surprising blog post by US PlayStation dated April 17, 2015, Friday, yesterday from today, the US PlayStation Network is conducting massive sales on a variety of action games including action movies which you can buy in either standard or high-definition format from its library dubbed as the “Action Packed Deals.” Get as much as 80% off of some of the games’ original price with games such as the Shadow of the Colossus, Bayonetta, Hitman HD Trilogy as well as other great titles such as the Ninja Gaiden series (yes, from the original Ninja Gaiden up to Ninja Gaiden 3), and others more in its sale. Pictured below are screenshots of some of the actual pricing of the games in addition to some of the movies:

PSN 3-Day Flash Sale

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The offer is available on all Sony platforms namely PS Vita, PS3, as well as PS4 and is only good until April 20, 2015. To get the full list of games and movies available during this sale, click on this link.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Now to Run on Android and iOS Devices with Screen Size Smaller Than 6 Inches

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Initially announced for release on Android tablet devices of at least six inches in size back in December 2014, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has made another release — or should we say, an update — of the same game just recently which enables the game to run on screen sizes lower than 6 inches, such as the average smartphone devices running on Android and iOS.

As of initial release up to the present, the Android version of the game requires the following to work:

  • 1 Gb RAM
  • Android 4.0 or higher

Other than the mentioned major improvement, the recent update gives us the following changes:

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Currently, the game is available on most gaming platforms with the chronological order:

Release date(s) Windows, OS X
March 11, 2014
iPad
April 16, 2014
Windows 8
August 6, 2014
Android tablets
December 15, 2014
iPhone, Android smartphones
April 14, 2015

The game can be downloaded from this link for those who will playing the game on Windows and OS X platforms. But as for smart devices users, Android and iOS, the game can be downloaded on Google Play Store and App Store, respectively.

New Monster Hunter Game To Be Released on 3DS in Japan in 2016

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Credits goes to Polygon.com for this picture.

Just as when we think that the Monster Hunter franchise could not get any different, but only to improve upon existing formula that made the franchise a success since its initial release back on the PlayStation 2, we were proven wrong by being presented with a spin-off game title based on the franchise with Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village on PSP a few years ago, a Patapon-gameplay inspired game based on the Monster Hunter franchise starring the Felynes.

Jump to the present, we are now presented with another Monster Hunter game but not the ones we know of. Introducing Monster Hunter Stories on the Nintendo 3DS handheld system. According to the source, the game was unveiled by Capcom during the recent event called as “Monster Hunter Fest ‘15 Finals” with the hint of it being an RPG, not like the usual Monster Hunter we used to know and love. To get a glimpse of the initial trailer of the game, play on the video below:

The most obvious difference of this game from the traditional Monster Hunter franchise is the graphics with its cel-shaded looks as seen on the protagonist along with his companion, a felyne, whose looks are comparable to the designs of games such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, if not better.

While there is much yet to be disclosed in terms of the actual gameplay of the game, Ryozo Tsujimoto, Monster Hunter producer, mentioned about the concept of the game focusing on “riders” instead of “hunters” this time around and will be a role-playing game about these riders and the monsters of the Monster Hunter world.

As of the present, the game is still “in the middle of development” and will be slated for release sometime in 2016 in Japan, according to Tsujimoto.