Free games provide the opportunity to expand your gaming horizons

The subreddit r/GameDeals on Reddit features posts about, surprise, deals on video games. Usually it’s just a typical sale for 25% off a five-year-old game, but occasionally you can find games that are being given away for free. The most regular giveaway that people can expect are the free games on the Epic Games Store every week.

Epic, the creators of the popular battle royale game Fortnite, have their own virtual store where people can buy various video games. The Epic Games Store gives away multiple free games every week, ranging from popular best-sellers such as Grand Theft Auto V to indies like A Short Hike.

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Since the Epic Games Store launched in December 2018, Epic has given away over $2,000 worth of free games according to PCGamesN. All people need to claim the games every week is to create an Epic account, download the launcher and click a few buttons.

I’m not the type of person to complain that I have too many game launchers, but even I’m starting to take notice that I have an entire folder dedicated to them on my desktop and have downloaded a program specifically to sort through all the games I own across them. At this point though, what harm is one more going to do? I get free games every week from it, so who cares?

Say what you will about the lacking feature set of the Epic Games Launcher, an extremely valid criticism, but being able to play games outside my bubble gives me an opportunity to expand my gaming horizons. I definitely wouldn’t have bought the 4X turn-based strategy game, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. Now I own it and that’s something. I have it downloaded but haven’t played it yet, but I could and that’s the point.

At the very least, the free Epic Store games give me something to look forward to every week. The Dark Souls-inspired shooter Remnant: From the Ashes was given away earlier this month and dodge-rolling away from bosses and learning about the game’s surprisingly interesting universe has been good fun.

It’s worth noting that on the Epic Games Store FAQ, it’s specified that at least one free game will be given away every week throughout 2020. There has been no confirmation that it will continue beyond this year, although one can hope.

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Itch.io, a website for indie developers to sell their games also pops up often on r/GameDeals with free game giveaways. These games are way smaller in scope than anything the Epic Games Store offers but it’s good to see what the some of the people just making games in their free time are up to.

If you’re just looking for a good deal on a game, isthereanydeal.com is a far better place to look. The website lists prices for a game across multiple different virtual storefronts. A wishlist feature is also available to keep track of deals on multiple games if an account is created.