This is the first blog in my “Online Video Game Stores” series, where I’ll cover topics from learning how to buy video games online and reviewing each store that’s available out there!
In this blog, it will be an introduction to those who are new to online shopping specifically for video games! I remember my first time browsing through games online… it was a pretty daunting experience for me and I would want to help those that may be in need of help and clarification on knowing how to buy video games online, because frankly speaking, there are some services out there that just aren’t quite as good as others.
There was this one time when I tried to get Grand Theft Auto V online and the payment didn’t go through! It was such a frustrating shopping experience!
Well… here we go!
What Kind Of Games Can I Find Online?
Some of you may not know this but… you can buy just about anything online!
I know most of you are here for your cheap Steam keys, while others could just want to get themselves a hard copy of the latest Ghost Of Tsushima for PS4. You could be feeling lazy on a certain day and thankfully, you’ve got online shopping cut out for you! Place an order online and you’d be able to start playing in no time!
Honestly speaking though, there are more benefits to getting digital keys than physical copies in such a day and age. It’s more convenient AND you get to keep it with you forever if you ever feel like coming back to play it, that is unless of course you want to sell it away after finishing the game but…. we’ll leave this discussion for the next time.
How An Online Video Game Shop Looks
In the following example, I’ll be using Kinguin as a guide to show all of you all that you need to know about getting games online and the best game deals possible. You can also apply this guide to other video game stores too as most of them would have similar layouts but just a different look to it.
For those of you who don’t know, Kinguin is a really convenient and awesome online video game retailer that has a wide range of games for your selection, including non-game software like Windows if you ever need it. Check it out for yourself!
Right in the picture below, is Kinguin’s homepage. As you can see, we have all their latest deals and bundles listed for us to see. This will ensure that you do not miss out their offers so grab it while you can because stocks are limited! If you don’t see your currency displayed on the page, you could go to the top-right corner of the screen and select the most appropriate one for you.
Scrolling down on their site, you can see the rest of their promotions currently going on in their site. If you don’t see any of the games you want being listed here, you can move over to the search bar that’s on the top of your page and type in the name of the game you’re looking for. Alternatively, you can browse through the selection of games filtered by either their genre or platform.
Making Your Decision
Now you’ve found the game you’re looking for, it’s time to go a step further. Click on the image or its name and it’ll bring you to the product page. Over here, you can see its pricing, the platform it’s available for, whether it is region-restricted and the reviews for the product itself. If you take a look at the picture below, you can see this game cannot be activated in Saudi Arabia.
At this point in time, you’re feeling really excited and you may be tempted to click “Buy Now” and head straight to purchase but hold on! There’s more to this than it looks. Scroll down and you’ll see how many sellers there are on Kinguin, trying to sell the same product.
You may be wondering, since it’s showing the best prices already, what more do I have to wait for? Well, you gotta look at the seller reviews. This is a really important step because it ensures that what you’re going to receive is highly likely going to work properly. You don’t want to buy a game only to see an error message saying that the key is invalid. When that happens, I’ll tell you more about it later.
So you’ve looked at the prices and the reviews, make sure that your computer is capable of running the game too. After all, you wanna be able to enjoy the game as much as possible.
If you’ve done all that, you’re ready to click “Buy Now”.
Going Through Your Purchase
After clicking the button, you’d be brought to a page where it confirms that you’ve added the game to your cart. If you’ve got more games you want to get, go have a look through them while following the steps I’ve highlighted previously. Else, just move on to your cart.
Once you’re at your cart, make sure that what you want is in there. On this page, you can type in any discount code that you have or use any of your wallet funds to offset the total amount. When you’re done, click on “Proceed to Checkout” and it’ll bring you to the “Order Review” page.
This is where you’ll input your billing address and payment information. If you’ve created an account before this, all of the information should be there for you. Once everything is done, just go ahead and place your order. Depending on your payment method, there may be additional steps here involved like authenticating your purchase etc. When your order is confirmed, it should bring you to a page like this.
From here on, go to your dashboard by clicking on your account name and you’ll be able to see your newly-bought game under “Library”. Click on it and reveal your key. This step onwards, what you have to do is going to be different from mine depending on the platform the game is supposed to be on. If it’s on uPlay, go to your uPlay launcher and if it’s on Steam, go to your Steam launcher.
When you’re at your respective game launchers, just activate the product like how you would for other games when you receive a key. If you’re unsure of how to do this, Google it up and there should be plenty of information out there for you.
And there you have it! Now all you have to do is download and install the game and you’re ready to play!
If, for whatever reason there is, the game key does not work for you, please contact their customer support service. They’ll be happy to help you with any problems you might encounter.
And We’re Not Even Done Yet
You’ve just bought a game online and now you’re on your way to playing it. Remember, this walkthrough applies to other shops as well and they’ll work just about the same.
Check out other online video game retailers that I recommend if Kinguin isn’t for you.
If you’ve encountered any trouble along the way, feel free to leave it in the comments below!
Disclaimer: This guide does not guarantee that you will receive a working key all the time. If you have met one, contact the support service of the respective retailers immediately.