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Best Video Game Deals: Save $20 on Destiny for PS4, Used Games From $9

Hold onto your controllers gamers, because this week we've seen an awesome amount of Editors' Choice video game deals. Save $20 on a Destiny bundle for PS4, grab GTA V at half off, and snag Madden NFL 15 for just $40.

VIDEO: Amazon Thinks You Want to Watch Other People Play Video Games

Amazon is gambling that you will enjoy watching others play video games as much as you enjoy playing them yourself. In fact, the retailer just paid $1 billion for Twitch, an online video-streaming site that specializes in live-streaming people playing video games. Has Amazon lost its mind? We discuss.

GameStop Will Pay 20% More for Your Old Video Games

If you're looking to cash in on some of your old video games, GameStop will soon be offering higher rates to those bringing in titles to sell. Read on to find out how you can maximize the money you get for a trade-in.

VIDEO: Why is GameStop Fingerprinting People Who Trade-in Used Games?

Should gamers be treated like criminals? That's what people are asking, after GameStop stores in Philadelphia started fingerprinting customers to stop the fencing of stolen goods. Our experts discuss if getting fingerprinted is the worst thing to ever happen to gamers.

Don't Expect a Discount on the Alien: Isolation With Original Cast (Updated)

Video game preorders are typically a quick way to save a few bucks on upcoming releases, but Creative Assembly's upcoming title, Alien: Isolation is different. Both Amazon and GameStop will offer exclusive bonus content with the original movie cast, meaning deals might be harder to come by.

School's Out: Editors' Choice Deals to Distract Your Kids This Summer

Feeding, clothing, and entertaining kids can cost a fortune. But these five Editors' Choice deals offer some affordable finds for your young ones. Snag $14 off on organic fruit snacks, and get an all-time low on a water slide/pool combo.

National Splurge Day: Got the Urge to Splurge? Do It Wisely!

National Splurge Day is June 18, and though the idea of reckless spending sends a shiver down our frugal, money-saving spines, maybe — just maybe — we can spin this faux-liday into something that fits both the urge to splurge and the cravings for savings! Here's our list of items that you can splurge on, because they are more than worth the extra money you spend on them!

State of Gaming 2014: PC Gaming Is on the Rise

Does the debut of the PS4 and Xbox One mean that mobile, PC, and Nintendo gaming faded further away? DealNews' 2014 gaming survey painted a picture of our gaming readers as more welcoming of non-console gaming, and more generous (but discriminating) with their money.

Deal or No Deal? The Xbox One Gets a Price Cut, Kind Of

Starting on June 9, Microsoft will begin selling its Xbox One console sans the Kinect sensor, effectively lowering the price to $399. The Xbox One is now in line with its biggest competitor, but is the lower price point as good as it sounds?

Gifts That Keep On Giving! Top Membership Deals

These five subscription deals will keep on giving, allowing you to shop, game, or beautify better. Get a free subscription to BJ's Wholesale Club and a gift card, six month of unlimited free same-day deliveries from Google Shopping Express, and much more.

Wallet Pwned: You Won't Play 26% of the Games in Your Steam Library

A recent study shows that millions of gamers are buying games they don't want from Steam, with about 26% of games never even being loaded. Because Valve's Steam store has captured a staggering 75% of the global market for PC games, this means that the vast majority of PC gamers have probably wasted their money on an unwanted game at some point. Read on to see where these ignored games are coming from, and why we keep buying them.

Amazon Now Lists Metacritic Scores: Is This a Buyer's Boon or a Critical Error?

Amazon recently began listing Metacritic scores on its video game product pages, all but starting a riot in the gaming community. Proponents claim the change will help shoppers avoid wasting money on awful games. However, Metacritic critics point out that the site's grading system is controversial at best, misleading at worst. What does all this mean for the budget-minded gamer?

There's Never Been a Better Time to Invest in Beanie Babies

As our data indicates, by waiting almost 20 years, you can pick up many of the most desirable Beanie Babies for 80% to 99% off their original prices. That means that now is the best time to buy Beanie Babies!

Totally Worth It: Deals on the Best Beanie Baby Memorabilia

Some people are content to be casual Beanie Baby collectors, and that's fine. But for the truly devoted, owning thousands of these valuable plushes isn't enough! That's why we've rounded up the week's best deals on Beanie Baby memorabilia. Score a CD filled with Beanie Baby songs for $4, save $1 on a Beanie Baby eBook that will probably be awesome once it's published, and get a pack of unopened Beanie Baby Collector's Cards because you should.

Heroes Pay Taxes: What You Need to Know About the IRS & Online Games

We've been playing games online since the dawn of the Internet. However, making real-world money in non-gambling online games is a relatively recent development. But as digital currencies like Bitcoin have begun gaining popularity, virtual transactions of all types — including those in games — are facing more government scrutiny. Because the IRS has been pretty vague about what gamers are supposed to do, we decided to consult an accountant. We were not prepared for the truth: it turns out Uncle Sam doesn't take too kindly to unreported income from hobbies, even virtual ones!

Affordable & Fun Brainy Games Boost Cognitive Functions in Adults & Kids

Are you looking for fun ways to improve your brain power? We've assembled some tips for helping you get the most out of brainy games — to help you know what you’re buying, and help answer that most challenging of brain teasers: Can a game really improve one's brain power?

The PS4 Is Outselling the Xbox One Because It Appeals to 'Swing Gamers'

Why is the PlayStation 4 outselling the Xbox One, when the Xbox 360 had been the dominant console for years? Our survey says that Xbox diehards are holding out for a deal while dual-platform gamers are opting for the PlayStation 4's better specifications.

VIDEO: We Made Our Own LEGO Movie (and It Only Cost Us $15)

Not being able to face forking over a ludicrous $15 to see The LEGO Movie in theaters, we instead bought a LEGO set and filmed our own version. We think you'll agree that it's the most awesome movie ever filmed by man.

Nintendo's Miserable Sales Forecast Means Even Cheaper Wii U Consoles

Weak sales of the Wii U will likely bring even better discounts in the coming weeks and months. Just don't expect the gaming library to grow in leaps and bounds.

The Best Last-Minute Digital Gifts

It's Christmas morning and you realize you still need a gift or two for that one person you've forgotten about. Well, fortunately we put together this list of over a dozen last-minute digital gifts that can be under the tree as fast as you can print 'em.

Online Stores That Still Guarantee Christmas Delivery — Some for Free!

It's two days before Christmas Eve, and you're short a few gifts. While you may think a frantic trip to a local big box store is your only savior, think again. These 15 online stores will still deliver packages in time for the holidays. Even better, many of these retailers are offering discounted express shipping with complimentary upgrades or rates that start as low as $3.

What to Expect from Super Saturday Sales: Leave the Clothes, Seize the Games

The last weekend before Christmas is a heady, anxious time for shoppers. The so-called Super Saturday sales offer one last chance to score a deal on that perfect present. If you'll be forced to shop this weekend, then fear not, frantic gifters! We've combed through the DealNews archives in order to fill you in on what to expect from these pre-Christmas sales.

From Leg Lamps to Moose Mugs: 10 Things We Want from Great Holiday Movies

Ever watch a holiday movie in which someone is given an awesome gift and you find yourself coveting it? It happens to us rather frequently, so we decided to put together this ultimate wish list based solely on items that are only available to people in holiday movies. (Mostly!)

The Most Dangerous Toys of 2013: What to Get for the Kids You Hate

Why chance ruining the holiday by getting your kids toys that'll harm them? That's not very cheery and in the spirt of things! To make sure you don't spend Christmas in the E.R. check out W.A.T.C.H.'s list of the season's 10 Worst Toys.

What Would Santa Give? The 12 Most In-Demand Presents of the Year

'Tis the season for holiday gift guides! However, none of these sites have the data to prove that anybody really wants the stuff on these lists. Not so for DealNews; we crunched the numbers to find the most-searched for and most-clicked on items on our site. As a result, we know exactly what you and your loved ones want from Santa this year. Read on to discover this season's 12 hottest gifts.

The Top Toys for the Collector on Your Holiday Shopping List

Sometimes we wonder whether Santa's elves keep quirky magic dust hidden in the North Pole workshop that can turn certain toys into collectibles. To find out more about when and why toys turn valuable, we talked to the owner of a Chicago collector's store and asked him which collectible toy lines are of the most valued.

Best Cyber Monday Video Games: A Full Year of PlayStation Plus for $30

Though Black Friday has come and gone, you can still score great video game deals on this lovely Cyber Monday. We're highlighting Editors' Choice savings on gamer-friendly deals including an OUYA or PS3 Slim for $100, or a new, limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL or Xbox One bundle.

Best Black Friday Video Games: All Editors' Choice Deals for Wii U & Windows

Though Black Friday has come and gone, you can still score great Black Friday console and PC video game deals. We're highlighting Editors' Choice savings on gamer-friendly deals, but you'd better snag 'em now! Deals this hot just don't last long. Fortunately we found Batman Arkham City & Dishonored on sale again for $9 and $5, respectively.

Best Black Friday Toys: Save big on Star Wars, Monsters University, and LEGO

December may be the best time to buy toys, but there's still a lot of great Black Friday toy deals around. Give in to your inner child's pleadings and check out all these Editors' Choice toy sales like a Monsters University plush for just $10 and free shipping at LEGO Shop. But be quick! These in-demand deals have a habit of disappearing.

UPDATE: Why Wait? 11 Black Friday Doorbusters You Can Score Right Now

With this year's Black Friday sales, merchants are going the extra mile and quietly dropping their prices days ahead of schedule, meaning you can score some of Black Friday's best deals right now. We've rounded up all the items we could find that were already marked down to their advertised Black Friday price or lower.

UPDATE: Best Black Friday Laptop Ads: Cheapest Chromebook EVAR!

Hear that? It's the clock ticking away the minutes until the Black Friday laptop sales officially begin. Until then, we'll keep rounding up the best of the Black Friday laptop ads so far. Read on to see what the latest crop of ads has yielded.

A Polygon Editor Picks His 5 Favorite Video Games

Video games have been a staple in many American households since the mid 1970s when Atari's Pong console game became a hit. Now, whether you're a fan of Wii U, Xbox, or some 8-bit relic that's just a hair past the days of Pong, the question of which were the best video games of all time remains.