Hi, I'm Terry Stevens, Radio Personality, Copywriter, Producer and Budget Gamer.
Whats a Budget Gamer? I'm glad I pretended you asked.
A Budget Gamer is any gamer who has to plan out how he spends his gaming money. As a married father of two who has to pinch pennies so hard that I can make a dime pop out of them, I'm always looking for ways to make my gaming habit more affordable. Gaming Generations in Rib Mountain and Rothschild and I have teamed up to help gamers enjoy their hobby while being able to afford food, shelter, clothing, etc.
If you just realized that you're a budget gamer too, read on! If you're like Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark/Scrooge McDuck rich, this series probably isn't for you.
Shortly after this photo was taken, McDuck's venture capital company bought out both of their employers, outsourced their jobs overseas, and lobbied his CongressDuck to cut unemployment benefits.
PHOTO CREDIT: Nathan Taylor, Creative Commons License
Today's Budget Gamer Blog is about Customization.
When it comes to being a Budget Gamer, Customization isn't something that ranks really high on my list of priorities. I could honestly care less what color my systems case and controllers are. As long as it plays games, I'm good.
However, my Xbox 360 isn't really my system. Sure, it started out that way, but it didn't take long for Dad's X-Box 360 to turn into Wife and kids Netflix and Rated E Games Machine.
Three out of these four people get to use the X-Box whenever they want. Here's a hint. It ain't the guy in black.
It's all good. I enjoy sharing my gaming hobby with my kids. My daughter's kinda whatever about most video games, but my son really enjoys gaming with dad. The trouble is, they're kids, and they sometimes forget how to properly care for a gaming system and its controllers. Especially its controllers.
I bet he won't even floss afterwards.
PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Baker, Creative Commons License &Jon 'ShakataGaNai' Davis [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Customization service from Gaming Generations was the perfect solution. I took my kids to the store and had them check out the controller shells they had for sale. They had a bunch of different colors from which to choose. My daughter picked a pink shell. My son went with camo. Now each kid has their own controller and they're MUCH more responsible about where it's stored and how it's used.
I'd show you the camo one, but you wouldn't be able to see it because...IT'S CAMOUFLAGED! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
PHOTO CREDIT: By Blackwatch21.Blackwatch21 at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Money well spent for this Budget Gamer.
Now I just have to convince the puppy to not chew on the controllers.
"Im N ur howse eeting ur stuff."
BTW, Gaming Generations also has a bunch of other controller mods like Rapid Fire and stick extenders that give you greater accuracy in first-person shooters.
Note to graphics department: That wasn't the "stick extender" I meant.
PHOTO CREDIT: By Tim.Reckmann (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
I'm more of an RPG, racing, and fighting gamer myself, but if you're into FPS games, Gaming Generations can hook you up with a noob-pwner for a price that I thought was pretty reasonable.
Until next time, game on!
Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a sponsored post. The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
*** In addition to being a budget gamer, "Scary" Terry Stevens is a radio host for Midwest Communications. You can Book Face with him here .