Waygoz: The Future of Game Swapping?

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With triple-A game prices soaring higher with every new console generation, gamers often find themselves too strapped to afford the many titles they want to play. A new social network called Waygoz.com is here to help — and best of all, it’s 100% free.

You have one great game, and your buddy has another; it’s an easy thing to trade them out, so the two of you can enjoy both games. But what if you don’t have any local friends who like the same games you do?

Waygoz.com was created to solve this problem in a simple way that’s beneficial to everyone. Just sign up for a free account on Waygoz.com, and then tick off the games you’re looking for, and your own games that you’re willing to trade. Waygoz pairs you up with someone local who matches up with one of your wants, and helps arrange a meeting between the two of you. The one potential flaw in a setup of this nature, of course, is that meeting a stranger always runs the risk of compromising your safety. Waygoz bypasses this problem by suggesting nearby public places where you can meet. Places like coffee shops.

Another big benefit to this system is that it makes life a lot easier on your wallet by foregoing the need to trade-in old games at GameStop and the like. No offense to good ol’ GS, but they make a ton of cash from trade-ins by low-balling your returns and then marking up the resell price. Why should they profit this way when gamers can so easily forgo retailers’ involvement and handle the whole thing themselves?

Waygoz is billing itself as a social network for gamers who want to trade with other gamers. But it’s more than that. It’s got the potential to create a radical paradigm shift — putting the power of ownership back into the hands of gamers, where it belongs.

 

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