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Posted 12/2/17 , edited 12/2/17
Do you rent physical movies/games now a day ?

https://www.gamefly.com/#!/



It's the by mail rental service. They are offering both games and movies in one plan now a day (similar to Gameznflix). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GameZnFlix

I think they opened more shipping centers but the turn around time is still horrible. It can take 2-5 days to get a game from them and another 2-5 days to send back to them. Redbox is another alternative if you don't like waiting for the games/movies (if you can avoid late fees). It is still cheaper than paying $60 a game in a time where there are few or no demos available.
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I haven't looked into this site for awhile now, I was aware they started up movies but I guess they are doing pretty good. these days it takes me a week turn around to get movies, so the option to actually get a physical game and keep/play for as long as I want isn't a bad trade off in some cases. redbox are for the diehard gamers I suppose, who can beat a game in a day or two, let alone have the time. the selection isn't all that great, so let's hope redbox step on their game (no pun) and provide more titles/sections of games. I own a few games, since I am a slow player, I just trade them in when I've beaten them and/or gotten tired of them.

as a bonus, you can hold used games for 14 days at gamestop before you can take them back, if you're an avid player that game is as well as beat I suppose, so there is another idea if you have gamestop in your area, or just check out other areas where you can buy and trade new/used games.
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Posted 12/3/17 , edited 12/3/17
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Do you rent physical movies/games now a day ?


I had tried Gamefly when it started and again when it got more popular.
It seems that their quality only worsened over the years.
It's a nice alternative if you want to double-check whether a game "meshes" with you or not.
I used it almost exclusively for games I know that were super short and I would only play through it once (and only once).
Though, I had to send back several games due to scratches (which prolonged my trial because I voiced my concerns that, in order to get one game, it took me almost 5 weeks between getting it (one week), sending it back (one week), getting another (two weeks), and then having to send it back again (three days, expedited), and they expedited the game to me overnight).

I guess it, ultimately, depends on how you play your games.
If you're just the type that will buy a game and never touch it - go for Gamefly, you're forced to give it a try and send it back.
If you're the type that'll go through a game in its entirety, even if you don't care much for it, purchasing a game at retail isn't horrible.
$60 for 50-70 hours of gameplay (or more in some cases) isn't unreasonable to me.
$60 for 3 hours of gameplay is a different story.
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I haven't heard anything bad about the service, in fact I've heard mostly good, but I've never used it myself. I don't even recall the last time I rented a game except that it was way way back when BlockBuster was still a thing. Now I just buy what looks interesting/good to me after in most cases a lot more research than in the past. With all of the gaming media, Youtube and Twitch streams these days it's pretty easy to get a bead on something before you lay hands on it.

I guess if I played more games these days it might be different though and the individual game cost factor would weigh more heavily.
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Posted 12/3/17 , edited 12/3/17

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dulun18 wrote:
Do you rent physical movies/games now a day ?


I had tried Gamefly when it started and again when it got more popular.
It seems that their quality only worsened over the years.
It's a nice alternative if you want to double-check whether a game "meshes" with you or not.
I used it almost exclusively for games I know that were super short and I would only play through it once (and only once).
Though, I had to send back several games due to scratches (which prolonged my trial because I voiced my concerns that, in order to get one game, it took me almost 5 weeks between getting it (one week), sending it back (one week), getting another (two weeks), and then having to send it back again (three days, expedited), and they expedited the game to me overnight).

I guess it, ultimately, depends on how you play your games.
If you're just the type that will buy a game and never touch it - go for Gamefly, you're forced to give it a try and send it back.
If you're the type that'll go through a game in its entirety, even if you don't care much for it, purchasing a game at retail isn't horrible.
$60 for 50-70 hours of gameplay (or more in some cases) isn't unreasonable to me.
$60 for 3 hours of gameplay is a different story.





$60 for 3 hour? such as ? I know The Order 1886 was at least 5-6 hours or so if you replayed it 2x for the platinum then it's about 10 hours (like those Tellatale games).

3 hr or under are usually the indie games which often start at $15 or less no?
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$60 for 3 hour? such as ? I know The Order 1886 was at least 5-6 hours or so if you replayed it 2x for the platinum then it's about 10 hours (like those Tellatale games).

3 hr or under are usually the indie games which often start at $15 or less no?


I meant more so in terms of personal gameplay.
If you buy a game at the full retail price ($59.99 to $89.99) and only spend about 3 hours playing the game, you've wasted your money.
If you rent a game as part of Gamefly and only spend 3 hours playing it, it isn't as much of a waste.
Even though the game, itself, may have an average gameplay time of 40-80 hours - the player that only spends a handful of hours giving it a try (yet not liking it nor completing it) just wasted whatever they threw into it (retail, at least).
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I meant more so in terms of personal gameplay.
If you buy a game at the full retail price ($59.99 to $89.99) and only spend about 3 hours playing the game, you've wasted your money.
If you rent a game as part of Gamefly and only spend 3 hours playing it, it isn't as much of a waste.
Even though the game, itself, may have an average gameplay time of 40-80 hours - the player that only spends a handful of hours giving it a try (yet not liking it nor completing it) just wasted whatever they threw into it (retail, at least).


You are one of those gamers you will break it down to $ per hour of entertainment aren't you ? Personally, I think it will depend on how much you enjoy the game. $60 for 5-6 hour might be worth it for some gamers.

You don't have Gamer Club or similar membership? New games are $48+ tax instead of $60 + tax with Best Buy gamer club.
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Yea I wonder if it is really worth getting gamefly? Do they have most popular games?
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dulun18 wrote:
You are one of those gamers you will break it down to $ per hour of entertainment aren't you ? Personally, I think it will depend on how much you enjoy the game. $60 for 5-6 hour might be worth it for some gamers.


When comparing the pros and cons with a service like Gamefly, I would count how many hours you're looking to invest into a game (retail versus rental).
I do happen to break down the overall value of a game (personal value) based on how much I've invested into it, hour-wise and enjoyment levels.
If I pick up a used game from Gamestop or download something on PSN, I do a rough estimate as to how much time I think I'd be playing the game (in some situations).
If I pre-order, I just assume that I'm going to play it for at least 60 hours.


dulun18 wrote:
You don't have Gamer Club or similar membership? New games are $48+ tax instead of $60 + tax with Best Buy gamer club.


I have Amazon Prime as my "discount for video games" service.
The reality, though, is that I download more games than the physical versions these days.
I currently have something like 450 games for the Playstation 4 and almost 200 games for Xbox One that are all in physical form.
On top of my previous systems and their physical libraries, I already have an entire walk-in closet dedicated to video games.

Even so, when comparing Gamefly to a general purchase (for those who don't buy 2-5 games a month) - the retail price might make more sense ($60 + Tax vs $48 + Tax) as they'd be unlikely to have such a membership at all.
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Posted 12/6/17 , edited 12/6/17
actually, i'm thinking of signing up for Gamefly again.. You have to use a different email everytime to qualify for the discount plan or free trial. Redbox is another option if there's a wal-mart near you.
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Posted 12/10/17 , edited 12/10/17
i have used redbox 2x only to buy a game for dirt cheap, dark souls 3 is currently on sale for $5, i got that, and before i got bloodborne for $9, i havent rented games since i had a sega genesis.
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Posted 12/12/17 , edited 12/12/17
i have for years now. i cannot say if its cheaper, but its pretty easy to use and lets you play games that are new or games that you cannot find in stores anymore..

they send out your next in Que game when the Post office scans in the returning game. so the same day you put your return into the mail box they will likely also ship the new rental. it means that on average for me i get a new game 2-3 days after i put the previous in the mail..

i have also had very good luck with the rental discs working, with the worst game being simply unable to work with the older PS3 hardware i was using at the time and the most recent issue simply being a bit of dirt i was able to clean off with my Eyeglass cleaning cloths. i would say i have had 95% good discs with no issues with them.

for me the thing that has really kept me with Gamefly is being able to rent older games you cannot buy otherwise. i have even rented some PS2 era games for fun and really enjoyed it.


all this said... i must say this disclaimer...

I am a no lifer, who is totally dependent and cannot work.. i basically keep sane by playing video games all day every day... so i have literally infinite time to dedicate to the rentals, and can play and return them fast enough that the overall cost of buying them vs renting would be very high.
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Posted 12/19/17 , edited 12/19/17

AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:

actually, i'm thinking of signing up for Gamefly again.. You have to use a different email everytime to qualify for the discount plan or free trial. Redbox is another option if there's a wal-mart near you.


It's like there's a red box kiosk at every wal-mart now a day. They make a lot of their profits from late fees from the look of it.
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