2-Bit Comics01 Aug 2003
<a href=http://www.bitsmack.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Comics&file=index&action=comic&id=314>Today’s comic</a> was found underneath a cushion on my couch.
Gamefly: One Month Later
At the beginning of July I signed up for the Gamefly video game rental service. Here are my thoughts on it after one month.
For those of you not familar with Gamefly, it is an online service where I can have 2 video games out at a time for as long as I want for $22 a month. That may sound like a lot, but it may actually save you money in the long run.
In the month of July I rented 6 games, 2 of them very new releases. Had I rented from Blockbuster it would have cost me $36, and that is assuming they had the titles in I wanted. (Gamefly allows you to add games to your list before they are released, what are the chances I would have got WarioWorld from Blockbuster the first weekend it was out?) That $36 also does not take into account the late fees I would have incured because I had some games out longer. If you rent more than 4 games a month, Gamefly is cheaper than Blockbuster.
However I’m also a game collector. Before Gamefly I very rarely rented games and instead would buy games when they hit the $20-$30 price range. Gamefly saved me at least $60-$70 on games that I seriously considered buying, but would have been tired of after a few days. I still buy games, but now I hold out for those few “must-haves” like KOTOR, The Wind Waker and Metroid Prime.
I am certainly happy with the service but it does have its faults. Because they’re located in CA, it’s about 8-10 days from the time I send a game to the time I get the next one. Since I can have two games out at a time, I alternate so that I always have one at my place and one in transit.
I’ll admit Gamefly isn’t for everybody. However, if you rent more than 4 games a month or get tired of the games you buy too quickly I recommend checking it out.