Online gaming is addictive. It’s not uncommon for gamers to play straight for 24 hours just to wrap up a map or mission. However, it wouldn’t be wise to let this addiction affect your wallet, let alone your health.
It is common knowledge that online games come in paid and free versions. In fact, most popular games are usually available in premium version only. Secondly, the more popular a game is, the more expensive it is.
But, did you know that the online game you buy for a hefty price in your country may be available for far cheaper prices in other regions? For instance, Battlefield V on Origin is available for $91.79 in the UK, while the same game is being sold at $66.33 in India. It means that the Indian gamers get to save a whopping $25.46 on their purchase!
The good news is that you too can save those $25 or more on your favorite online games without leaving your couch. All you need is a VPN.
Regional Price Differences is Common in Online Shopping
Believe it or not, online gaming isn’t the only industry where you see regional price differences. In fact, you can notice the same trend in other industries as well.
For instance, the granddaddy of the online entertainment streaming industry, Netflix, is also popular for charging different prices in different regions. Apart from Netflix, Spotify’s prices also vary considerably depending on the region it is being sold in.
Streaming services aside, you can also see significant price differences in some products on Amazon online store. In this case, the price difference occurs due to the international trade rules that buyers and sellers have to follow.
Prices also vary when it comes to booking airline tickets, hotels, and care rentals. In fact, in the case of flights, you can see a difference of over $300 at some locations.
Origin & Steam Games Price Comparison
Coming back to online gaming, Steam and Origin are two online platforms where gamers from across the globe purchase games and play online. The two gaming giants are known for some of the most popular games of the years such as The Sims 4, Fifa 2019, Assassin’s Creed, PUBG and CS GO to name a few.
Let’s compare and see what users have to pay for their favorite games in their regions:
Assassin’s Creed (Origin)
$53.64 Hong Kong
Fifa 2019 (Origin)
$32.88 Hong Kong
$24.02 Hong Kong
See the difference?
Overcome Price Differences Issue with a VPN
Fortunately, you can easily get past the regional barriers without leaving your gaming den by setting up a virtual private network.
VPN services are, although, known for securing your Internet connection, but the tool can also be used for spoofing your location and help you bypass geo-restrictions with ease. By setting up a VPN on your device and changing your IP address, you can pretend to be a user from a different region. As a result, you can easily get around the geo-limitations that restrict online gamers from purchasing games at cheaper rates or sending gift cards to friends in other countries, for that matter.
In fact, you can use the same functionality of a VPN service to unblock and access streaming services that offer location-locked content such as Netflix US and more.
Bypassing geo-restrictions isn’t the only benefit you get when using a VPN. In fact,
- You can overcome the latency issue while playing online games
- You can join servers in other countries to resolve high ping issues
- You can join gaming rooms and communities that are restricted due to regional limitations
- You can even use the VoIP feature, which is otherwise geo-locked
How to Save Cost on Online Games with a VPN
Now you know the many benefits of having a VPN, especially when it comes to gaming, all that remains is a quick tutorial on how to go about it:
- Buy a VPN service that is reliable and trustworthy
- Download the application for your preferred device
- Launch the VPN application
- Select the server location that has the lowest gaming prices
- Open the platform from where you want to buy the game
- Create an account and your profile
- Add the game to the Cart
- Purchase your favorite game at cheaper prices and enjoy!
Every platform has different settings, so you might have to go through a couple of other steps while signing up and creating the account on that particular platform.
Mobile apps from Threads make profile switching easy
Twitter rival, Threads, owned by Meta, now allows account switching without logging out.
This Thursday, the social networking app announced that users can swap accounts on its mobile apps by long pressing the bottom right profile icon. Tap “Add profile” after the long press to add a profile.
Users can easily switch between work and personal profiles. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri did not say if the profile-switching feature allowed you to add a limit of accounts.
On the same day as Facebook allowed multiple personal profiles on Blue, the text-based social networking app announced its profile feature.
Threads keeps adding features three months after its launch. It began testing full-text search in New Zealand and Australia late last month. The company launched global search this month.
Threads’ competitors ship features in a competitive social media landscape. Mastodon released version 4.2 this week with improved profile and post search, automatic quick action suggestions in the search box, a new web interface with thread indicators and article previews, and a Privacy and Reach settings tab.
Elon Musk said X will collect ‘a tiny monthly payment’ for its service
X owner Elon Musk suggested today that Twitter may no longer be free. Musk said the business was “moving to a small monthly payment” for the X system in a live-streamed meeting with Netanyahu on Monday. He suggested such a tweak to address platform bots.
Musk said, “It’s the only way I can think of to combat vast armies of bots.” According to him, bots have a high effective cost due to their low cost (a tenth of a penny), even though they require a few dollars. Each bot creator needed a new payment method to make another bot.
Musk said the new subscription price would be a “small amount of money.”
Musk also announced that X now has 550 million monthly users and 100 to 200 million daily postings. Musk’s stats may include automated accounts, either good bots like news feeds or malicious bots like spammers.
This figure couldn’t be compared to Twitter’s pre-Musk user base, which was computed using mDAU, Twitter’s own metric. This earlier statistic identified Twitter users who may be monetized by adverts. Twitter reported 229 million mDAUs in Q1 2022.
Musk did not specify when he would charge for X. Since Musk took over the network last year, it has been pushing users to subscribe to X Premium (formerly Twitter Blue). This $8 per month or $84 per year subscription service lets you modify posts, reduce the ad load, prioritize search and conversation rankings, make lengthier posts, and more.
X doesn’t divulge its paying subscribers, but independent research shows X Premium doesn’t attract most customers. X Premium has 827,615 subscribers, according to one estimate.
Musk has considered charging everyone for X. In fact, Platformer claimed last year that Musk was considering a Twitter paywall.
Though hate speech on X came up, Musk and Netanyahu discussed AI technologies and regulation today. Musk called himself “against antisemitism” and “anything that promotes hate and conflict.” Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League, which has accused Musk and X of antisemitism, in his latest fight.
X launches government ID account verification
For paid users, X, formerly Twitter, has implemented government ID-based account verification to prevent impersonation and provide “prioritized support.”
Social media partner Au10tix provides identity verification solutions from Israel. The ID verification pop-up says the Au10tix can store this data for 30 days.
X’s verification support page says ID verification is available in “numerous countries,” but not in the EU, EEA, or UK. The region’s strict data protection laws likely explain this.
ID-based verification seems unnecessary and rarely beneficial. The company may age-gate content based on ID age.
“X currently focuses on account authentication to prevent impersonation and may explore additional measures, such as ensuring users have access to age-appropriate content and protecting against spam and malicious accounts, to maintain platform integrity and healthy conversations,” it said.
Users who pass the verification badge will receive a government ID verification note. Only clicking the blue checkmark on the profile page shows it. The company said ID-verified users will get “prioritized support from X Services,” but this is unclear.
The company allowed paid users to hide checkmarks from their profiles last month.
X plans to speed up checkmark reviews if users verify their IDs. Plus, they can frequently change their names, usernames, and profile photos without losing the checkmark.
Only paid users can use ID-based verification. Ironically, X promotes impersonation and spam reduction but doesn’t offer verification tools to all users.
Twitter discontinued legacy verification and removed account checkmarks in April. However, the company reinstated the top account checkmark after much chaos.
“This will additionally help us tie, for those that choose, an account to a real person by processing their government-issued ID,” X told Bloomberg. “This will also help X fight impersonation attempts and secure the platform.”
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