As a PSP user there comes a point in time when buying new games really stretches the budget. If you’re a veteran PSP game user then you will understand what I mean.
It is not unusual for your average PSP player to spend in excess of $40 per month on PSP games and PSP accessories (source: A UK PSP Magazine). All you have to do is the math and that adds up to $500 a year approximately!
Obviously if you’re on a budget you want to get PSP games as cheaply as possible-better still, “free”. It was when a work colleague suggested to me that she was able to download PSP games for a fraction of the cost that I was paying for them which grabbed my attention.
I went away that evening and then searched on “free PSP game download sites Ocean Of Games ” and saw page after page of sites offering free downloads. I thought I’d hit the jackpot. However, when I opened a few of the sites I noticed that many of the “free”sites were not really free. In fact, many of the sites were just “cons”.
Let me explain, I won’t actually give the website references but these free sites came in two categories.
I discovered that these sites were of a P2P (peer-to-peer) nature. What this means is that these sites have current users online playing games or downloading games which “you” can then tap into. This is a rather simplistic definition but it will do for now. If you do decide to download a game from a site like this you may end up with many problems that will actually cost you a serious amount of money. It is not uncommon for owners of these sites to load them with spyware, viruses and Trojans. The people who operate the sites know that many users who really want free games will actually take the risk and download the file onto their PC and then to their PSP. As a result, the PC/notebook becomes infected. Some of these viruses and Trojans do not become active until they are transferred to the PSP, although this is rare it can happen. Why take the risk?
Don’t get me wrong, there are sites that are free and provide good quality downloads but they are extremely rare and hard to find. Even sometimes using blogs you will find that some unscrupulous site owners will post to these blogs to direct traffic to their site-so be wary!
The main criticism of these sites is the quality of the files and especially the length of time it takes to download each file. Since the sites are free there is no motivation for site owners and users to invest in software and modems that will make the download process easier. Most of these sites will have modem speeds of 15 K. which means that even though you may have DSL you are dependent on their modem speed for the length of time it takes to download the game. I have heard stories of some games taking up to three days to download (I wonder how much this would cost on your phone bill!).
This category is rather like a “halfway house” solution. In my attempts to find a free to cheaper alternative I came across sites that offered free games downloads but when I clicked on to download a message would come up that required me to take out a monthly membership. This membership cost ranged from $7-$16 a month. This was far too expensive an alternative and not a solution I wanted.
In fact I think it was a pretty sneaky way of ” conning” me out of a lot of money. I was quite annoyed to say the least. I am not sure of the quality of download of these sites because I did not want to take out a monthly membership- all I wanted was a site that would give me free downloads.