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Video gaming continues to skyrocket in popularity, with nearly 75% of Americans having at least one serious gamer in their household. While gaming has become the leading form of entertainment for people of all ages as well as a central part of American culture, there is no denying that it can be an expensive pastime. Apart from the hardware required, the latest game titles can also set you back quite a few dollars with tempting in-game purchases making it an even-more costly affair. Thankfully there are a number of innovative ways to test and trial a range of the hottest game titles without having to secure a loan first.

Become a game tester

A sure-fire way to get your hands on all the latest games even prior to their public release is to become a game tester. While most of the big names in gaming have quite a stringent selection process and criteria in place when hiring testers, there are other ways to get in on the action. You can sign up to become a beta tester for Google Play Store apps and games which will allow you to test them before they are officially released. Although you won’t be remunerated for your Play Store efforts you will gain some valuable insight into the apps as well as being able to brag to your friends that you get to play a game or use an app before they do.

Sign up for a subscription service

Gaming subscription services are becoming increasingly popular among game publishers who are all competing for the attention of the ever-increasing world gamer populace. Among the most popular subscription services at present include Apple Arcade, PlayStation Now, Xbox Game Pass, EA Access, and Origin Access. The Xbox service is particularly popular as it allows subscribers to play more than 100 games from a constantly changing catalog including first-party titles on their release date. One of the easiest ways to get your hands on not only super-cool gaming memorabilia but demo versions of the latest games as well is to receive new options in subscription boxes. Unlike a virtual subscription service, a subscription box contains physical gaming-related items such as t-shirts, gaming magazines, figurines, and gaming software that is bound to find favor with any ardent gamer.

Start a gaming blog

If you have a way with words as well as a passion for gaming, you may want to consider starting a gaming blog. Although there are already a large number of very popular gaming blogs on the internet, a unique angle and quality content may give you your own shot at internet fame. You can choose to post general gaming content or focus on a specific game of your choice such as Minecraft, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Borderlands, Call of Duty, or Mortal Kombat. Once you have garnered a good following you can request early access to new game releases for review purposes from video game companies such as Nintendo, Rockstar Games, Electronic Arts(EA), and Ubisoft. You can even monetize your blog and earn a passive income by making use of banner use and affiliate marketing programs such as Amazon Associates. 

Gaming is one of the most popular hobbies at present and will likely continue to be so for many years to come. By finding ways to get your hands on the latest games on a test or trial basis you will find yourself saving a substantial amount of money while still enjoying the latest game titles on the market.