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Wallet Pwned: You Won't Play 37% 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 37% 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?

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

The PS4 and Xbox One Will Be Up to $50 Cheaper Next Year

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are right around the corner, so the obvious question is: When will we find a deal on these next-gen consoles? Unfortunately, the answer might not be what you want to hear, but your patience will pay off!

Did Microsoft Fans Ensure Higher Game Prices By Hating on the Xbox One?

It's been an interesting few weeks for gamers, particularly Xbox fans. After initially planning a host of seemingly draconian online connectivity requirements and restrictive resale policies, Microsoft announced some big changes to its original Xbox One plans in response to gamers' reactions. But could new and used video games have been cheaper under the Xbox One's original model?

Microsoft Reverses Xbox One DRM Policy, Kills Required Online Check-In

Microsoft announced yesterday that it will terminate the Xbox One's much-disputed DRM policy, and it will no longer require 24-hour online check-in from users. Surely this will please the gamers who hated these "features," but is it enough to make them go back to team Xbox?

A Guide to the Best Student Discounts on Apple, Tech, Travel, and More

While many adults say that their 20-something years were some of the best in their lives, being a student is rarely the best time in someone's financial life. Between tuition costs and living expenses, there are plenty of students who are surviving on Ramen noodles while they try to pinch pennies. Fortunately, there are numerous student discount programs from top retailers, so students can get amazing savings on groceries, travel, and computers.

The State of Gaming Survey: The Xbox Reigns Supreme

With new consoles debuting, cheap Android game systems on the market, and E3 around the corner, it's shaping up to be an exciting time in gaming. To tap into that anticipation, we polled our game-playing readers to find out what they're playing, how much they're spending, and what they're doing with their consoles — when they're not shooting aliens, of course.

Xbox One Focuses on Entertainment First, Games Second

Microsoft's new Xbox One will radically change your living room. But with its heavy component-like capabilities, is Redmond's redesigned machine a new toy for A/V buffs or still the hardcore gaming machine we've come to love and want?

How to Maximize the Trade-in Value of Your Old Video Games

Concrete details for the newest Xbox and PlayStation consoles are just around the corner, but since it's almost certain that both consoles will not be backwards compatible, it's likely that all of your video games are about to become outdated. How will this affect the trade-in value of your current-gen video games, and what can you do to get the most money when selling?

A $78 Xbox 360 May Be on the Way in May

Details on Microsoft's next-gen console will be revealed on May 21 and while most gamers are aching to know specs and hardware, we're zeroing in on the Xbox 360, which is poised to become the cheapest game console ever.

Step Away From That Xbox — It'll Be Cheaper Soon!

Thinking of buying an Xbox 360, Apple TV, Roku, or OUYA? Well, don't do it. At least not until you've read what we have to say about where Xbox 360 prices are going! You'll be glad you did.

A Techie's Top 5: A Gaming Editor Dishes on His Favorite Gadgets

Contributing Joystiq editor Mike Schramm was formerly a senior editor at, and was one of the founding editors of Massively. Today, we're grateful to add Schramm to our ongoing series, a Techie's Top 5, to see what gadgets this gamer can't live without.

Sony Announces The PlayStation 4, Leaves Out Crucial Consumer Information

Sony took to the stage last night to announce the PlayStation 4. It brings along new hardware, new features, and new social integration. We tell you everything we know about the next-gen console. But what's more interesting is what Sony didn't announce!

The PS4 Announcement Will Drop PS3 Prices by 64%

Sony will reportedly release its long-awaited PlayStation 4 next week, exciting gamers everywhere. But while we're intrigued by the PS4, we also can't help but wonder what this means for the PlayStation 3, which will undoubtedly see a price drop after Sony's announcement. We looked back into our archives to see what kind of discounts shoppers can expect in the coming weeks.

A Great Gaming Site Takes Shape: The Verge's Marty Moe Talks Polygon

Marty Moe has gone from AOL to The Verge and is now on to his latest endeavor, Polygon, which hopes to do what The Verge did for tech for coverage, but for the $25 billion gaming industry. To find out more about the launch, we sat down with Marty Moe just hours after Polygon went live to talk about his plans for the site, and how he hopes it will stand out among the countless portals covering the gaming universe.

dealnews Black Friday Predictions 2012: Gaming and Toys

Black Friday doesn't have to be as serious as its name implies. After all, we typically see some very good toy deals during the shopping holiday. While we're predicting that the two major video game consoles won't see new all-time low prices this year, shoppers can still score a solid deal on a special holiday video game bundle marked 30% to 40% off. Popular, recently-released video game titles for as low as $15, too, should make any weary deal seeker feel like a giddy kid again.

Why You Might Want to Wait to Buy the Nintendo Wii U

If any tech news is stealing thunder from Apple unveiling of the iPhone 5, it's the announcement of the long-long-long-awaited Wii U! The newest console in the Nintendo family is finally on its way, slated to hit stores in time for the holiday shopping season. But don't whip out your credit card to preorder it just yet.

Rumor Roundup: BioShock for Singles Only? Galaxy Note Flexible Screens?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Samsung, Plants vs. Zombies, and BioShock Infinite? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Beat the Heat and Defeat Evil with These 5 Video Game Deals

While most parents are focusing on getting their kids ready for back to school, the kids are likely looking for any way to prolong the summer. That's where these video games deals come in!

5 Types of Retailers that Could Be Threatened by Amazon Same-Day Delivery

Amazon's same-day delivery sounds like an online shopper's dream — but it could pose a significant threat to certain types of brick and mortar retailers. Here's our list of the five product categories that are most seriously at risk.

Meet Ouya: The $99 Android Console That Brings Free Mobile Games to Your TV

Oh yeah, Ouya. The $99 moddable video game console is ready to unseat the big three video game makers, or so says the $4 million-and-counting Kickstarter campaign. Here's what you need to know about the newest hardware in gaming.

Video Game Buying Guide: When Can You Get Deals on New Titles?

Is your gaming limited by the size of your wallet? In our video game buying guide, we tell you the best times to buy new games, what kinds of discounts to look for, and how long you have to wait. After all, gaming should be about putting holes in the bad guys, not your budget.

E3 Wrap Up: Microsoft SmartGlass, Nintendo's GamePad, Sony's Wonderbooks

As expected, this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was filled with lots of surprises and shake ups. While many were disappointed by the lack of information about the upcoming Wii U debut, Microsoft muscled its way in to steal the show with its new multiplatform SmartGlass app. We took a glance at the top E3 highlights to see what each of the major names in gaming have in store for the coming year.

Rumor Roundup E3 Edition: What Gaming Rumors Could Become TRUEmors?

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) starts on June 5. What that means is that all these gaming rumors that we've been hearing, recently, have a chance to become gaming TRUEmors. So come on, take a trip down rumor lane with us, as we review/regurgitate all the gaming rumors we've seen in recent times!

The State of Gaming: What Gamers Really Think of Games, Prices, and Players

In just a few days, the gaming industry's biggest movers and shakers will unveil the year's most anticipated games and consoles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). However, this year, rather than wait to see what E3 has to tell us about the state of gaming, we polled 1,551 of our own readers to find out what they're playing, how much they're spending, and what they think of the gaming industry today.