How to Acquire Free PC Games: 5 Ways That Really Work

Sometimes you’re looking for something new to play but don’t want to spend the money.
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If you play a fair amount of video games, you’ve probably run into the situation where you sit down to play something, but nothing in your collection is speaking to you. You’ve got plenty of great games, but none of them are speaking to you. You could buy something new, but what if you don’t want to spend the money?

Fortunately, there has never been a better time when it comes to finding great games to play for free. We’re not just talking freeware or free-to-play games either. With the services on this list, you’ll be able to find plenty of games you’d usually pay for going absolutely free.

1. Epic Games Store

When the Epic Games Store launched, people weren’t happy, mainly because they were happy with Steam and didn’t want to have to use yet another store and launcher just to play Fortnite. So Epic took a page out of Valve’s playbook and gave people a reason they’d want to use the Epic Games Store: in this case, free games.

Every week, there are roughly one to three different games available for free. Even better, there are no fees of any kind. Just sign up for an account and start claiming your free games.

2. Twitch Prime

In order to use Twitch Prime, you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber, so this isn’t actually “free,” but you may not be aware of it. Amazon owns Twitch, and this is one of the benefits. Past free fames have included Observer, Project Warlock, The Flame in the Flood, and Steel Rats, among others.

3. GOG

Formerly known as Good Old Games, the site rebranded as GOG when it started selling just as many new games as old. For years, the site has been known for handing over a handful of old games when you sign up for an account like Beneath a Steel Sky, Lure of the Tempress, Teen Agent, and Tyrian 2000.

Lately, the site has given account holders games like Postal for free as well. They may not always come around, but you might as well sign up just in case.

4. Steam

You’ll find plenty of free to play games on Steam, but that’s not exactly what we’re talking about here. Games often have free weekends in an effort to get you to buy them as well, but again, that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re not talking about Dota 2 or CS: GO either.

Every once in a while, companies get generous and give away games that are a few years old. One recent example on Steam is Injustice: Gods Among Us. Just keep an eye on what pops up and be ready to grab it when the time comes.

5. r/freegames

You might have noticed that with a few of these sites, you need to keep an eye out for when a game is available for free for a limited time. For one service, this is fine, but once you’re talking three or four, that can take a significant chunk of time. That’s where Reddit saves the day.

The r/freegames subreddit is dedicated to, well, free games. This includes console games as well as PC games, but if you only want to look at one site to be reminded of what’s available, this is the one to keep an eye on.

Don’t Forget About the Classics

Many of the services listed above will let you snag games that are only a year or two old for free, but you’ll often find older games going for zero dollars and zero cents as well. The problem is, you don’t want to load up your hard drive with a bunch of old shovelware that likely deserves to be forgotten.

Not sure what to keep an eye out for? We’ve got the solution: Just take a look at our roundup of classic PC games that are still worth playing.

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  1. For old coin-operated video games you can also go to Internet Arcade where they are available to use on PC. archive.org/details/internetarcade

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