I have been playing Video games in Kenya for the longest time. Back in the day, the late 90s, I was always bugging my parents to buy me a PlayStation and they promised to get me on one condition: that I have to pass my end-term exams and get to the top 10 in my class. The ball was in my court and for sure I studied hard and made sure to meet their condition. I finally passed and become number 10 in my class. Well then a week later, my mom took me to Diamond plaza and bought the PlayStation One. I was the happiest kid in the world to the extent that I had tears of Joy.
The excitement was short lived because yes, they bought me the console but it did not come with any games due to the absurd prices. I can recall we had gone to Toy World and they were selling original PlayStation games, ranging between 7,000 to 15,000 Kenya Shillings. Having a console with no games is like a soldier having a machine gun with no ammo. I was so frustrated and didn’t know what to do because my parents couldn’t spend an extra 7,000 for just a CD.
So, my friend had a PS one and he mentioned that he buys games at 300 Kenya Shillings. This was shocking and evolutionary for me. So he told me that you need to Chip your console in order to play cheap games. Without thinking twice, I convinced my folks to chip the PS and buy really cheap games of which they did and now I could play each and every game the console could offer at that time.
I then quickly learned over the years that chipping a PS voids the warranty of the console and on top of that, the cheap games are all pirated. Fast forward to year 2007 I met a friend who was and still is a die-hard competitive gamer and he discouraged me from purchasing pirated games and highlighted the advantages of purchasing original games which are:
Playing Multiplayer games with other people around the world online
Original game comes with extra features that you wouldn’t get from a pirated game
I was mind blown from the two statements he told me. I started saving up to buy the XBOX 360 and by 2010 I purchased the Xbox 360 slim. He also gave me a solution by not just purchasing physical copy games from various video game stores in Kenya because they hike their prices for games, even those that are 2 years old. So, he suggested I check out Amazon and they had amazing deals for original games as low as 500 Kenya shillings.
From that point onwards, I decided to be purchasing original video games. Fast forwarding to this year, purchasing original games is not a problem. The console companies such as PlayStation and Xbox have digital stores that you can purchase video games directly from them. The main advantage is that these stores have weekly and occasional discounted flash deals where you can buy a 6,000-shilling AAA game that was released a month ago for 1,500 to 2,000 KES.
Technology has come a long way and I always say that we are living in the golden age of Tech. So if you want to go full legit in purchasing video games then you have digital stores from console manufacturers that sell games at affordable prices. All you need is a Microsoft, PlayStation and Steam (PC) account which is free to sign up. You don’t need a credit card; you can just purchase digital gift cards that translate to currency when you input the code via the respective digital store you want to purchase from and to add icing on the cake, even Holos Gaming can provide you with digital codes that are fully certified by Microsoft (Xbox) and PlayStation.