Best Buy’s Gamer Unlock
If you’re a full time or weekend gamer like myself, you know that video games are expensive. New games have a retail price of $59.99. I usually wait six months to a year, when the prices drop, or when they bundle in additional content.
I recently signed up for Best Buy’s Gamer Unlock membership, which costs $30 for two years. This is a similar program to GameStop’s Elite Pro Membership ($30 a year), only Best Buy’s program is more appealing thanks to its 20% off all new games (GameStop’s discount only applies to used games) and cheaper membership pricing.
If you think about it, it’s $15 a year, so buying a brand new $60 game with the 20% discount, you save $12. If you buy another new game, you’ve essentially made back your money. I figure I buy about three or four (new) games a year, mostly for limited edition or collectible SteelBook reasons.
I think it’s worth it, especially if you buy new games and especially if you shop at Best Buy. I’m sure this also applies to online purchases, but please note that the 20% discount only applies to physical games, not digital downloads.
I bought StarCraft II in 2010 and was pretty disappointed in its always online requirement. I argued that pirates were playing the game with no online requirement, and for people who actually paid good money for the game, it sort of sucks. You also have to understand that not everybody is online all the time, so at the time, I was pretty upset about the whole thing.
Update: As I write this, I’m having internet problems (connecting to Blizzard), so my argument is still very valid - don’t buy games that requires you to be online to play. I’m still on my Blizzard ban, although I have bought Diablo III on PS4 and Xbox One, which doesn’t require Blizzard’s online check - so take that PC gamers.
Anyway, seven years later, Blizzard is offering StarCraft II’s original Wings of Liberty campaign for free. For those who bought the original game (like me), you’re given the zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm for free.
I’ve been meaning to go back to StarCraft II and play Heart of the Swarm, but it’s been so long, I probably have to re-learn to play - so I might have to start all over from scratch… and unfortunately, I don’t really have the time.
That’s great, I love free stuff, so no complaints here, even though you’re required to be online to play their games. Hey, it’s free.
To get the free game, you have to log into your Blizzard account via the Battle.Net launcher and click on the “Gift” icon.
Update: Since Blizzard is down for the past two days (according to the internet outrage), you may want to wait a few days to get your free StarCraft II game.