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GameFly Adding Digital Game Rentals

GameFly reveals the addition of digital distribution to their game rental service, as they follow Netflix's lead in taking advantage of the internet to remove the hassles of mailing physical media back-and-forth with customers. They are currently signing up beta testers, and say testing of the service will begin on September 8. VentureBeat has details on the subscription plans: "Subscription plans vary from $15.95 a month for one game to plans with two, three or four games at any one time. All of those users are allowed to use the online digital distribution for free. The company has more than 200 employees. Last year, the company said it had 422,000 users and it has not updated that number."

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7. Re: GameFly Adding Digital Game Rentals Aug 10, 2011, 14:07 Jdrez
 
At that price they're going to be fighting for customers on a purely ethical basis, since most usenet services are about $15 / month as well.

And there's not much that isn't on usenet.
 
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6. Re: GameFly Adding Digital Game Rentals Aug 10, 2011, 01:14 ViRGE
 
It seems to me that they're going to try to emulate the GameTap model. Just ask GameTap how many recent AAA games they have in their catalog...  
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5. Re: GameFly Adding Digital Game Rentals Aug 10, 2011, 00:36 Koshmar
 
Bodolza wrote on Aug 10, 2011, 00:15:
That's for one game out at a time. If you go through them quickly, you could make it through several games a month. Much cheaper than paying $60 each, and if you get a crap game you can send it right back.

This would be true but gamefly doesn't have the distribution network that Netflix has, Unless you live relatively close to one of their 4 centers it can take about 5 to 6 business days to send and receive games. I had their service for about 2 months but canceled becuase of the turnover and the inability to to get even 2 month old games. I will however be keeping my eye on this new service.
 
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4. Re: GameFly Adding Digital Game Rentals Aug 10, 2011, 00:15 Bodolza
 
That's for one game out at a time. If you go through them quickly, you could make it through several games a month. Much cheaper than paying $60 each, and if you get a crap game you can send it right back.  
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3. Re: GameFly Adding Digital Game Rentals Aug 10, 2011, 00:10 entr0py
 
Jerykk wrote on Aug 9, 2011, 23:36:
$16 a month for one game is pretty terrible, considering that most games can be beaten in less than 10 hours. $16 a month for 10 games sounds much more reasonable.

Well, that's one game at a time, the sooner you mail it back the sooner they send you a different game, just like netflix. So maybe you'd rent 3 a month. Still a bad deal though. Blockbuster by mail is $12 a month for 1 game at a time.
 
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2. Re: GameFly Adding Digital Game Rentals Aug 9, 2011, 23:36 Jerykk
 
$16 a month for one game is pretty terrible, considering that most games can be beaten in less than 10 hours. $16 a month for 10 games sounds much more reasonable.  
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1. Re: GameFly Adding Digital Game Rentals Aug 9, 2011, 22:28 Rattlehead
 
Let's see how quickly this derails into a Steam/EA rant/rave thread

 
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