Concept and Benefits of Game Swap

There is a new trend in the world of gaming called game swap, also known as game sharing. It is a concept that has been used over and over again among friends and family, but is starting to branch out over the Internet. The idea behind game sharing is you essentially take the games that you have but don’t really play anymore and see if you can trade for games that others have that you want. It’s a simple bartering system that is really taking the gaming industry by storm. One of the main reasons it has been taking off so much is to fight the rising cost of video games.

Many times game swap will be straight trades of one or more video games, but other times money can be involved as well. Essentially it is people selling their video games, without the use a middleman. The idea has been used in gaming stores where they will buy your games back, but give you much less than you paid for it, and then sell it for way more than they gave you for it. People started to realize that if they would simply cut out that gaming store, both parties would benefit.

Websites to support this type of game swap have begun to pop up all over the place. Some are in the forms of forums, while others are actual listings of games that are available. This has been a great step for the gamers of the world because it allows them not only to find the games that they want, but also to find use for the games that they no longer want. So many times games would simply sit on the floor or on the self for months and years and eventually be either thrown out or sold for pennies at a garage sale. This way the games are getting more use. It is almost a way of recycling video games. Game sharing has really brought the gaming world to a new level.

Other perks of game swap websites have to do with safety. With more and more websites being set up to support this type of trading, game sharing has become a much safer way to get the games that you want than it used to be. What most of these sites will do when there is game trading going on is they will ask both parties to ship the games to them, and then once both games have been received, they will send the games to their respective parties. This is much safer than simply shipping off your game and hoping like crazy that the other person is doing the same. You hope that they dont wait for your game, and then simply disappear, which has become incredibly easy when dealing with the Internet.

All in all game sharing has been advancing the gaming community. And while the gaming industries aren’t overly thrilled with the idea, because the more people share and recycle, the less that they are selling, everyone else in the gaming world loves it.

PS3 Game Trading Questions

With the rise in the PS3 online game trading, there have been a number of sites that have taken it upon themselves to essentially ensure safe trades between people. This means that rather than finding someone online that has a game you want, offering them one of your games and then hoping that they send the game the same way you do, someone will actually monitor the trade for you. Sites like this are popping up across the gaming world and many gamers have questions about how they work, and how they ensure safe and secure trades. Here, we will talk through some of the common practices of the PS3 online trading sites and also why they work so well.

To start with there is the trade itself. Most times PS3 games will be listed by the members. The will be games that the users have, but no longer want and are willing to trade for other games. At this point you can off the player a game that you have, but no longer want to hang on to. If they agree both PS3 games are sent to a common location where the games are inspected and then sent out to the correct people. This way of trading ensures that the person you are trading with will actually send you the games you are trading for. If they don’t, the site will send your PS3 games back to you. You will still be out the shipping for the game, but at least you still have the game, rather than being completely out everything.

One of the big concerns when you are trading PS3 games with people you don’t know and trading games that you can’t see is the condition they keep their games in. As any PS3 player would know, a scratched PS3 game is nearly useless. Fortunately the gaming sites have found a way around this little problem. When a game is listed on their site, the current owner of the game has to put the current condition of the game in its description. That way when you are dealing with the other people, you know what to expect. Of course people can simply lie can’t they? Yes, they can, but because the game goes to the gaming site first, it will be inspected there. This happens before your game gets sent to your fellow trader. This way if the game that you are waiting for isn’t in the condition it is suppose to be in, then it won’t happen and again, you won’t be stuck without a fair trade.

The one final thing about PS3 game sharing websites is the processing fee. Because you are having the games go to a third party first, who will ensure that the games are in good condition and the correct game, you will end up paying a fee. This fee is generally not any more than it would cost to rent a game from a store however. While many people are turned off by this feature, it makes perfect sense. You need to pay for the security that you are getting by using this process. If you are too worried about the fee and go off on your own, you will probably regret it the first time someone you are trading with never sends the game you asked for and there will be nothing you can do.

Passive Income And The ‘Cashflow’ Game

Passive income is money that comes into your bank account with you not having to ‘work’ for it. It is the dream way out for of a lot of people tied to a job, who have to make a living, giving up their time for money.

Sales of your book, CD or film is passive income. You put in a lot of work to create something at first, then you sell it over and over again without any further input. A basic but powerful concept.

This simple idea is used in Robert Kiyosaki’s game ‘Cashflow’. To increase your passive income until it is more than what you earn by working for someone else. Then you can leave your job and still pay the bills!

Most of us have had a go at ‘Monopoly’ and you either love it or hate it.

Based on buying, selling and renting properties, it is a bit basic compared to ‘Cashflow’, which has three main financial stands. These are also buying, selling and renting property, but include buying and selling shares and buying and selling businesses.

Like all games, it seems daunting at first, but if you treat it like Monopoly on steroids, you will get the idea.

You move around the ‘Rat Race’ circle collecting your regular salary plus any cashflow received from buying properties or businesses. Each property or business you buy generates cashflow which is added to your salary.

Sometimes the cashflow on a property can be negative, meaning it actually costs you money to keep it, but you may get a chance to sell it or any property at a profit on the open market. This gives you money to invest in bigger properties or businesses to increase your passive income.

Just to add a bit of spice, there are ‘Doodads’. These are what we all fall for. They are playthings that lose value over time and just deplete your money resources such as TV’s, boats, cars etc. You will not be able to avoid these during the game.

Shares are bought on the turn of a card by you and the share price is different on similar cards that other players draw. You hold your shares until you or another player draws a card where your share has gone up in price. You then sell – simple!

If your passive income exceeds your salary less expenses, you get out onto the ‘Fast Track’. Here, you have little money worries and can buy up lots of businesses to further increase your cashflow to win the game. There is very little to stop you getting richer in the Fast Track and the game becomes a lot simpler, especially if no one else is there to join you.

There is an advanced version of the Cashflow game called ‘Cashflow 202’ which involves financial options, shorting shares and much more vicious real life dramas where you can lose all your property in one hit. Only for the keen investors this one.