Does anyone have a favorite online video game rental service? (You know, like Netflix for games?
I checked out GameFly, but wasn't really impressed by their pricing, so I ended up signing up for Gamemine. Their pricing is better, but selection isn't so hot, there's a wait list for nearly everything I want, and I'd be happy to cancel if there's a better option. I'd just like to spend less than $10 a month if possible. Any suggestions? Should I just suck it up and go with GameFly?
Incidentally, I actually wrote about this very topic for the New York Times eight years ago (www.nytimes.com/2003/04/03/technology/basics-for-e...). Since then it looks like most of the companies I wrote about have disappeared.
I wish Netflix would get in the game already.
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But yes, that's a good point, I just wonder how long it'll take Netflix to get there. I've definitely shifted 90% of my viewing to Instant. Beyond that, you have to figure the closed market systems from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will ultimately kill off game retail (and rental) entirely for consoles.
The best method seems to be pre-order w/ resell via Amazon. If you can finish (or dislike/bored with) a game in 1-2 months you recoup at least $40 from that purchase.
In order to keep a steady stream of games coming, I had to have the 2 game plan. I would send a game in when I received a game, and usually by the time the next game came I was done and ready to send that game in.
I was not impressed. For the price, the speed was much too slow and the selection much too poor. I heard that Blockbuster's online rental for games is actually much better, but I haven't tried it.
Because of the speed and the fact that older and lower priced games were just about all I could get, the cost benefit wasn't really there. In some cases I was better off just picking up a used copy of the game to keep rather than renting it from GameFly.
Based on my calculations comparing how much I have spent subscribing and how much I would have spent buying all of these games, I've saved a lot of money with GameFly.
Now for OnLive. Its really cool. i tried it on my computer and was very impressed how you can play games without any noticeable lag. I hear shooters don't work as well as most other games though because the server has to render the image and send it back to you for every frame. They have a few good games like assassins creed 2 and Mafia II, but there are only a few studios that offer games for the service. This means there are not too many new releases making this service not up to par with consoles just for that reason. However, if they do offer enough games I will most definitely shell out the 99 bucks for the box and controller. Do you understand what this technology means??? It's the future! No more having to upgrade your expensive console system!!! Maybe Sony or Microsoft will go this route in the future instead of having a ps4 or xbox 720. Even Gamestop bought a game streaming company which is a sign.
But... Onlive is ahead of it's time. Get Gamefly for the time being. You won't regret it.
I originally signed up with the thought that I could play as many games as I wanted for the whole year for the price of just 3 games. However the frustration of wasting at least a week a month (so I only paid $17 for a game) or holding onto a game for 2 months and essentially paying $30 for a game I wouldn't buy anyway just built up too much. If they solved their shipping issues I would hop back on. Shipping would have to be similar to Netflix with a 2 day turnaround, which I understand would be very tough given the niche market GameFly serves. Decreasing their price may convince me too, but waiting a week or more for a game to come definitely got me the most POed.
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