Do you still use video game rental services?

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For the longest time, I've disregarded the idea of renting a video game. Mostly due to the fact that there's no more Hollywood Video or Blockbuster near me, let alone in existence. But then I actually for the first time ever, had an ad that was relevant. I got an email from GameFly saying it'd been years since I'd last used their service (2012, to be exact) and they'd like me to come back and see what's new for a free month trial.

And it's pretty great! Games I was wishlisting on PSN and considering paying $30 each during a good sale are way better suited to renting. $30 is a lot to gamble on something like Deathloop, and who's to say I'd like it enough to be happy paying for it? Now I've got Life is Strange True Colors and Deathloop coming right to my house, effortlessly, free, and even if I kept the sub, it'd be like the cost of a netflix sub monthly.

Do you still rent games?
 

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Not something I've ever considered doing but that GameFly deal sounds great. I supposed my biggest issue to playing the newest games is the lack of time and not the money part. Example; The main story and a few side quest in Tales of Arise took me over a month to complete.
 

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No, gamefly is too expensive for me when it usually takes me months to go through a new game. I did buy ratchet and clank for the ps5 from them though for $34, and it was in perfect condition. Didn't need a subscription for that either.
 

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My experience with game rentals ended in the PS1 era *shifty eyes* but for most practical purposes did not make it out of the 16 bit era. With the subsequent demise of the rental chains then have not done it in years, though I did use the DVD rental by post services for a while when I had no internet/TV. Second hand games usually make up the difference (most of those drop down to prices I am content to pay) but I am intrigued here, or would be if there were games I am likely to want to play/dismiss in short order which is rare these days and most of those are download only.
 

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Blockbuster when it existed.

Still, games to rent exist. Stadia? GamePass? Digital format games? You borrow them, some more than others.

I don't get the logic in buying a game on Stadia because once the service is discontinued, it's gone.
 

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When I was kid, I remember watching GameFly advertising all the time. To be honest, I assumed they'd gone out of business. When I couldn't use it, I was relieved to find that others could.
 

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I remember renting a couple games from Blockbuster, but never was a huge fan of it.

I'm honestly surprised game rental services are even still around since games have gotten so much longer.
 

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No because they don't exist anymore. A gamefly subscription is not a rental. A rental is where you go into a local store grab a game and pay a small sum of money and agree to return it on a certain date. Gamefly is a subscription where you can keep the game as long as you want, as long as you keep paying the subscription. Not even close to the same thing.

When I was a kid I rented NES games, and the only way you had to judge if the game you were going to rent was going to be good or not was the cover. Covers can be deceiving, but it was still cool somehow.
 

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I use the public library, you just use the computer system and you can rent video games from any of the libraries in the district, and they have current stuff too. Everything you rent is for at least 2 weeks, sometimes a full month, completely free. Can not tell you how great it has been for playing through Switch games I want to play but had no interest in ever paying full price for. Sure the downside is you have to make reservations and you don't get your games right away, but you reserve a bunch at once, and throughout the year you'll get random alerts that a new game is available to pick up, and it's pretty fun, as you're never sure what game you'll be playing next. Genuinely can't believe what a great and underutilized resource the library can be.
 
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I use the public library, you just use the computer system and you can rent video games from any of the libraries in the district, and they have current stuff too. Everything you rent is for at least 2 weeks, sometimes a full month, completely free. Can not tell you how great it has been for playing through Switch games I want to play but had no interest in ever paying full price for. Sure the downside is you have to make reservations and you don't get your games right away, but you reserve a bunch at once, and throughout the year you'll get random alerts that a new game is available to pick up, and it's pretty fun, as you're never sure what game you'll be playing next. Genuinely can't believe what a great and underutilized resource the library can be.

That's pretty cool, I'll have to check on that locally but I'm going to assume my shitty libraries don't have Switch games. :rofl2:
 

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I've used Gamefly off and on for the past maybe 12 years for both renting and buying games. I think i only had 2 games that didnt work and had to send back which isnt bad. I also never had a problem with availability with certain games that i wanted to rent either. And I really didnt want to pay more than $30 for Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima, and other single player games so i just rented them instead. There's nothing really good coming out now so i cancelled my sub. Overall i'd recommend them. Might resub if i get a coupon code for $1 for the first month.
 
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