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Friday, April 29, 2005

Free Sony PSP courtesy of Gamefly

In, what has become, one helluva benevolent gesture -- the video game rental site, Gamefly.com, has announced that they will be giving away a free Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) each day in March. Now is that sweet or what? But, of course, we all know that in life there are only two things that come without strings attached: one is wireless computers; the other is hookers.

The "price" to get your hands off a hooker and on a free Sony PSP is a new membership at Gamefly. The hook is that you have to sign up for one of Gamefly's pre-paid subscriptions. Here's how their pre-paid offers break down:

  • 3 Games out (Save 20%) - First two months only $47.95
  • 2 Games out (Save 15%) - First two months only $36.95
  • 1 Game out (Save 10%) - First two months only $24.95
Other than signing up for membership there are no other requirements you have to meet. If you win, you'll be notified by email. According to their website, you should allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. (I guess that have to make the Sony PSP from scratch.)

You can find more details (terms, conditions, and boring stuff like that) at Gamefly.com. And if you would like to know everything there is to know about this video game rental service then read our Gamefly review on this website.

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Rent Xbox Games Online: All you need to know

So I'm sitting here listening to The Game, right... And I figure "why not provide a guide for gamers who want to rent Xbox games online. I'll count it as my good deed for the day. I did a search for "rent xbox games" on Google and was severely disappointed with the lack of information available on the matter. So, with some good music (The Game and The Roots are in heavy rotation), a cup of H2O, and Aeropostale sweat pants, I'll try to compile the most complete resource for any guy who wishes to ignore their girlfriends for the sake of Xbox gaming any and everyone who wishes to rent Xbox games online.

First, I don't want to assume that everyone reading this knows what "video game rentals" are so allow me to explain. (If you are fairly familiar with renting video games online feel free to skip the next three paragraphs.)

What are Video Game Rentals?

In recent years a new trend has started to emerge. It began with the advent of Netflix -- the company that allows its members to rent DVD movies online and have them delivered to their home. The concept took off and Netflix is putting a world of hurt on the competition. It wasn't long before someone, with enough balls (and money), decided to apply the online movie rental concept to video games. It's not clear what company first pioneered the video game rentals industry but the current leader is, arguably, Gamefly.com. However, there are a few sites, more notably Gamerang and GPlay, that are slowly chipping away at Gamefly's dominance. We, very well, could see a new number one in the upcoming years.

Joining a Video Game Rentals Site

Now, let's breakdown how it all works. Joining a video game rentals site may seem intimidating at first, but believe me -- there's nothing to it. The first (and obvious) thing you should do is find a video game rentals site. There's a good number of them on the Internet so you'll have a lot to choose from. I recommend reading the reviews on this website to get an idea of what to look for in a site that rents video games online. Most companies offer something that separates itself from the rest of the pack. Some companies have distribution centers on the East Coast which means faster game arrivals for members living in New York... While others offer Nintendo DS games which might appeal more to those who own handheld platforms. Bottom line: There's something for everyone.

Completing the Process

Now, once you find a site, you can begin the signup process. Majority of the video game rental sites provide free trial periods that can be used to "test drive" a service before you fully commit to one. After you join, browse through the catalog of games to find which ones you would like to play. Add these games to your rental "queue." This is nothing more than a list of the games that you would like to receive. It's a good idea to keep your queue filled with at least twelve to fifteen games. This is necessary because every game you add to your list won't be in stock so, to prevent long wait periods, it's good to have your queue filled to the brim. Now you just sit back and relax. The games arrive in the mail, you play them, then send them back using the postage-paid envelope that came with the video games... Simple as that!

The Best Sites that Rent Xbox Games

It's safe to say that every video game rentals site will rent Xbox games. I have yet to come across one that didn't offer them -- it would be highly stupid not to. So, the only issue is really about finding a site that carries a good number of Xbox titles -- titles that you actually want to play. (Who cares if a site has fourty copies of Super Shrek Party and only six of Halo 2!?!) So, with that said I present to you the best websites for renting Xbox games.

Video Game Rental Site // Gamefly.com

First up to bat is Gamefly. This is the granddaddy of the video game rental industry so it's no surprise that they are the best choice for Xbox gamers. I've been going around the Internet, visiting forums and what not, looking for what Xbox gamers had to say about Gamefly and by the looks of things they love it. They had some pretty good things to say about the service on the Xbox-Scene.com forums.

If you would like to know more about this video game rental service I encourage you to read the full Gamefly review on this website. It'll give you a good idea of what Gamefly is about. I should also mention that there is an entire Xbox section on Gamefly dedicated to the Microsoft console. There, you'll be able to view the most popular Xbox games, browse the latest titles, and buy games at discount prices.

Video Game Rental Site // Gamerang.com

Coming in at a close second, is Gamerang.com. One of the best features about Gamerang is their quick turnaround times. They achieve this by operating four distribution centers -- more than any other video game rental site today. This means that more than 50 % of their members will get their Xbox (or PS2, GameCube, whatever) games the very next day. In this aspect, Gamerang blows the competition away. They may not have the market penetration (uh huh, I said "penetration") that Gamefly has but who can argue with next day delivery. You'd have to live in Sweet Corn, Mississippi to experience long wait times with Gamerang.

And we're not the only ones singing Gamerang's praises. PCmag.com, a very popular publication, gave Gamerang the second highest rating in their video game rental service review. So, if getting your Xbox games in a timely manner is important to you then Gamerang.com is a no-brainer.

More Xbox Rental Sites

It's no secret that I think Gamefly and Gamerang are the best when it comes to offering the best for gamers who want to rent Xbox games. However, there are a few more sites that you, or any other Xbox gamer, may want to visit. These sites are: GPlay.com, GameLender, and IntoTheGame.com. You can find comprehensive reviews of these services, plus many more, on this website. Reading them will tell you everything you need to know about each one.

The End

Well, that's all the info I have (at least for now). Hopefully, I've answered any questions you might've had about renting Xbox games online. However, since no one is perfect -- except for Jesus Christ (who rocks by the way) -- I might have failed to answer a question or two. If this is the case, and you can't find the answer in the Reviews section, just contact us at The Video Game Rentals Guide and send us your question. Well, answer it as soon as we finish eating (we like to eat a lot here) or sleeping (we like that too). With that said, have a great day and happy renting.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Into The Game gets thumbs-up from BlogCritics.org

Into the Game, the online video game rental site, appears to be making some good impressions on gamers. I was doing my normal useless web surfing when I stumbled across a personal experience review of IntoTheGame.com by Matt Paprocki of BlogCritics.org. Matt basically tells of his displeasure with GameFly.com's service and how he has recently discovered Into The Game, which so far, has pleased his gaming palates. He was particulary satisfied with their competitive prices, large amount of video game titles, quick customer service, enourmous console support, and fast turnaround times.

Matt, pretty much, had the same great things to say about IntoTheGame.com that we did. It's pretty clear that our top five rating was justified -- especially since we know we're not the only ones who feels Into The Game is one of the best video game rental sites on the Net.

If you would like to read Matt's full review visit this site:
http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/04/27/001158.php.

If you would like to add an experience about Into The Game feel free to send it to us using our contact form or the comment link below.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

New GamezNflix distribution center opens in Pennsylvania

Northeastern residents of the United States will be happy to learn that GamezNflix.com -- one of the leading video game rental sites -- has opened a distribution center in Scranton, Pennsylvania, bringing the total number to four. This new shipping facility will serve residents of the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. According to the president of the company, this new distribution center will accomodate a third of GamezNflix's members.

This move should bump GamezNflix up a few nothces in the video game rental industry. The company has already managed to distinguish itself by offering not only video game rentals but movie rentals as well. This is a perfect solution for the family that needs to please the video gamers AND the movie buffs of the house. If you don't know much about GamezNflix feel free to read our review at http://www.4-video-game-rentals.com/reviews/gameznflix.html.

You can read more about the opening of this new distribution center check out these sites:
- http://news.corporate.findlaw.com/prnewswire/20050405/05apr2005021535.html
- http://www.gameznflix.com/press.asp?pressID=32&archive=0

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Gamerang offering video games up to 60% off

For all of you frugal video gamers, you might want to know that Gamerang.com will be opening their "gStore" on the 27th. They'll be offering hundreds of games for sale at discount prices -- some up to 60% off. I'm assuming that the games will basically be used titles in their invetory but I don't have confirmation on this one yet. But the fact still remains that Gamerang is adding a wonderful service to their lineup.

Gamerang, with the launch of their gStore, will give members trade-in offers, accessories/add-ons, hardware, and pre-order offers. With all of these additions, I wouldn't be surprised to see them take an even larger chunk out of GameFly's market share. If you want to find out more just visit http://www.gamerang.com/mystore.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Our Gamerang review has been highlighted

The good people over at Gamerang.com (http://www.gamerang.com) have decided to highlight the review we did of their service on their website. Sure, this doesn't strike you as being "newsworthy" but it sure made our day. It's just good to know that someone out there does recognize the hard work that goes into creating a service, such as this one, that people can benefit from. Thanks again, Gamerang.

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Monday, April 18, 2005

The GameMine.com video game rental site

Hello Gamers... Here's another wonderful site that you can use to rent video games online. The website is called GameMine.com. If you live in the Northeast you should find GameMine pretty useful. They're located in New Jersey so turnaround times are low for residents in that part of the country.

About the site: The website looks looks like a true work of mediocrity. But for what it's worth I have seen worse. Aside from the design faux pas the site comes eqipped with the usual: free shipping, no late fees or due dates, parental controls, yada, yada, yada. However, a noteworthy feature is their fourteen day free trial. This beats the industry's standard of ten day video game rentals.

Currently you can find support for the major video game consoles (Xbox, PS2, and GameCube). Another tidbit you should know about is their cheap monthly plans. If you're ballin' on a budget then GameMine might be the site for you.

To get more info visit http://www.gamemine.com

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

More video game rental sites

Well guys, here I am... Four o' clock in the morning, listening to Llyod Banks, and writing about some stupid video game rental sites -- I must be nuts. And not to mention classes are tomorrow. At any rate, I thought that I, as Guardian of the Game Rentals, should put you up on a few more sites that you might be interested in.

The first one is IGX.com. I haven't reviewed it yet but judging from what I've seen so far they seem like a decent company. According to their website you can browse thru 6,800+ video game titles -- an excellent amount by industry standards. Their free trial runs for the average of ten days so don't expect anything new there. So far, I give IGX.com two thumbs up. I'll probably review them when a) I start caring b) I get some more sleep c) they pay me to.

The next site is BBGgames.com. First off, the site is basic as hell but I guess that's a good thing depending on how you look at it. 56K users might appreciate the fast load times. One thing that deserves mention is their fifteen (15) day free trial. I really don't understand why they chose 15 instead of the normal 14 but I guess it sounds good when you can say "we offer the longest free trial on the Internet..." Who cares if it's only by one day.

Another "issue" I had with the site dealt with their name. For starters, the site is called BBGgames.com where the BBG stands for "Big Ballerz Games." However, the word "games" is already included in the site's URL so actually it should read: BigBallerzGamesGames.com. Due to the time I'm writing this I'm sure I sound more stupid than anything but I'm positive someone out there understands where I'm coming from.

Anyway, back to the site... Aside from the blatant URL redundancy the site is decent at best. Now, keep in mind, I haven't given this site a full review but judging from what I've seen there's nothing that separates BBGgames.com apart from the other video game rental sites on the Net.

There are two more sites that I haven't reviewed but I don't feel like writing about them right now -- too sleepy to do so. If you would like to take a peek for yourself the sites are GameMine.com and GotaPlay.com ( a site so cool they didn't have to spell "gota" correctly). I'll write more about these video game rental sites later but I gotta get some sleep now so until next time... Sweet dreams and blessed days!

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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Want to review a video game rental site?

We're extending an offer to everyone who wants to review a video games rentals website. There are a few of these services that we have not reviewed yet. If you would like to take on the task then simply use the form on the contact page to reach us. After you inform us that you would like to do this, we'll send you all of the necessary information. Once you submit your review, our panel will go over you submission. If we decide to use it you'll get paid $25 smackers. Not bad for one article...

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Friday, April 01, 2005

4 Video Game Rentals: Up and running

We decided to start this site to review the best websites for renting video games online. Take your time and search through the site. On every review we've included a quick review -- which is a short overview of a particular service, and a full review -- which is a more comprehensive, in-depth analysis. Within these reviews you'll find our rating for that particular site, a listing of the games they offer and the consoles they support, plus a ton of other features that can be found on the site.

If you would like to add something to a review, whether it be a personal experience or just a comments feel free to send it to us. You can use the form found on the contact page to reach us. We also would like to encourage the employees of the sites that we review to contribute. If you would like for us to add, change, or remove something from the review (that's not detrimental to the integrity of the review) then feel free to contact us as well.

Visitors who have gaming related sites should stop by our Links page. You might be interested in participating in our link exchange. And last but not least, remember to check the blog regulary. We'll keep you updated on everything there is to know about video game rentals. When we find something we will post it here immediately. This includes news about promotional offers, sites adding additional consoles to their list of supported video game platforms, and other relevant informtion you might be interested in.

Well, that about covers it. We invite you to take a look around and get familiar with the site if you haven't done so already. Until next time, take care and happy gaming.

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