Posted September 9, 2011 by GamerSciz in Previews

Renting Video Games Used to Be Easy

Back in the old days kids would ask their parents to take them to stores like Blockbuster or Hollywood Video. Later on, for me at least, my local grocery stores started to carry video games for rent. In fact they had a better deal then Blockbuster. Largely due to the fact that they were cheaper and allowed you to keep the games for two weeks instead of just one. Eventually Blockbuster got rid of their due dates and late fees. However this still didn’t seem to help them much as they filed for Bankruptcy last year. Taken from the wiki…

Blockbuster L.L.C (formerly “Blockbuster Inc.”) is an American-based provider of home video and video game rental services, originally through video rental shops (both owned and franchised), later adding DVD-by-mail, streaming video on demand, and kiosks. At its peak in 2009, Blockbuster had up to 60,000 employees. As of January 3, 2010, there were over 5,000 Blockbuster stores in the U.S. and 17 countries worldwide. It is headquartered in McKinney, Texas. Because of competition from other video rental companies such as Netflix, Blockbuster has seen significant revenue losses. The company filed for bankruptcy on September 23, 2010, and on April 6, 2011, was won by satellite television provider Dish Network at auction for $233 million and the assumption of $87 million in liabilities and other obligations.The acquisition was completed on April 26, 2011

Today Blockbuster still exists but in very small amounts. There aren’t many stores but now they do offer online rental that is cheap and includes Games, Blu-ray, and DVDs alike. The advantage is that if you have a store near-by they also allow for in-store exchanges. This is a large advantage over Netflix who is by mail or streaming only. In fact now Netflix actually has two different charges for each service. Maybe one day Netflix will offer games as well and directly compete with the likes of Blockbuster and it’s even larger competitor, Gamefly. Or maybe not G4-Netflix Not Going Into Game Rentals. For now though, Blockbuster is really the only option left that you can physically go to the store and rent games easily and quickly. Or so I thought…

After doing a little more research there is a new way to rent video games physically. Redbox has recently announced as of June this year that they now offer video games, new releases and all. The thing with Redbox is that games costs $2 instead of $1. Each additional night costs you an extra $2. Keep in mind Redbox just started making video games available nationwide in June of this year. Perhaps their policy will change but who knows. Regardless, in this gamer’s opinion blockbuster has a much better deal with you being able to have the games come through the mail and return it at the store right away if you want to. You can even rent a game and a movie at the same time! To me this seems like the best deal.

Also, for those wondering why I haven’t talked much about Gamefly well the truth is I haven’t used it myself just yet.

I personally am going to try out Blockbuster and write a full review on it at a later date. Until then, comment below and let me know what service you use if any and what you think of it.

To check out some more reviews about online game rentals and Gamefly included, click the link below.
Top Ten Reviews – Online Game Rentals


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