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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Gamefly making some good impressions

The guys at GameFly.com must know what they're doing. I've been jumping from one forum to the next to see what gamers are saying about GameFly's video game rentals service. Here's what some of the guys over on the Rotten Tomatoes Forum had to say...

Jack_bauer: "...I have heard nothing but good things about the site."

InnerCorey: "Out of all of Netflix-type videogame rental businesses Gamefly is most reputable."

Bethica: "They must be doing ok.. ive seen like 5 commercials on tv."

That last quote made me laugh. I guess business longevity is directly related to television exposure. Also, if you are a Netflix fan -- or just a movie lover -- shoot over to RottenTomatoes.com. Their website will give you a heads-up on what movies are a must-see and which ones are a must-leave. If you want more info about video game rentals check out the GameFly review.


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Games On Demand wrap-up by Kim Komando

My recent Internet roaming sessions led me to an article regarding the emerging games-on-demand service. The column was written by a woman who, quite possibly, could have the coolest name in America.

Her name... Kim Komando. Everytime I say her name images of late 80s action films dance in my head. However, her superhero powers have nothing to do with stopping bullets and leaping tall buildings...

Wait a minute... I've managed to neglect the entire reason I decided to write this entry, all thanks to her heroine-esque name.

Before I digress any further, I want to highlight her article that explained the games-on-demand service. I consider it a good read for those of you out there who are considering using such services.

After you read the article, drop by her site, Komando.com, and pay her a visit. Kim's a popular radio personality so apparently she's good at what she does (guys, get your minds out of the gutter). You never know fellas, you might learn a thing or two.

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Monday, May 30, 2005

UK video game rentals from Gametart.com

Hello to all of the UK gamers here. I, being the nice guy that I am, decided to look for some UK video game rental sites that you all might want to know about. I stumbled across one at Gametart.com based out of Nottingham.

Everything about the site seems normal for video game rental sites, except for one thing... They only rent PS2 games. I've never come across a site that exclusively rented games for one particular console.

Besides that minor detail everything else looks fine. Their free trial offer runs for three days and they have two levels of membership. The one game plan goes for 10 pounds and the two game plan goes for 15.

Gametart.com promises to have every new PlayStation 2 title available. As for the site design, it's okay and gets the job done but it's nothing to write home about. However, I did feel extremely patriotic after leaving the site -- it's filled with red, white, and blue.

If I get enough feedback on this one I might consider doing a full review of their service. If you're a gamer from the UK who has tried (or is planning on trying) their service, be sure to contact me to let me know how your experience with them was.

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Pre-played GameFly games under $10

I found some pretty sweet deals on GameFly.com that were just too good to keep to myself. While looking through their pre-played games list I stumbled upon some nice finds -- and they're all under 10 bucks. Below, you'll see the title of the game followed by the price and the console it's corresponding console.

True Crime: Streets of LA ($7.99 / PS2), NBA Ballers ($9.99 / Xbox), True Crime: Streets of LA ($9.99 / Xbox), Tony Hawk's Underground (THUG) ($9.99 / PS2), Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne ($9.99 / PS2), Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne ($9.99 / Xbox).


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Latest releases for GameFly

I was scanning through the list of newly released video games on GameFly.com and found some that might be worth mentioning. Beside each title, you'll find the GameFly member rating in parentheses. The new game releases below are for the PS2 and Xbox.

PS2 Releases -

Metal Slug 4 & 5 (8.7), Madagascar (7.3), Haunting Ground (7.2), Cold Winter (7.3), Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (8.2)

Xbox Releases -

Madagascar (7.2), Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (7.3), Forza Motorsport (8.5)


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Canadian video game rentals: JiffyGames.ca

There's another option for Canadian gamers who want to rent video games online called JiffyGames.ca. I don't understand the meaning of the name but I guess that's besides the point.. I guess their games are fun and "jiffy."

But I digress... The service is based out of Vancouver so if you're near their HQ you might want to consider giving them a try.

The site gets points by offering a 14-day free trial instead of a 10-day offer. They fall short in the number of titles they offer but 1,500 should be enough for most gamers.

JiffyGames has two video game rental plans to choose from. The 'One Thumb' plan runs for $18 bucks and their 'Two Thumbs' plan will run you $25.

If you have tried JiffyGames, or you plan on giving them a try, remember to come back and leave your feedback on their service.


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Sunday, May 29, 2005

GPlay's Membership Goodies

GPlay knows how to win over gamers -- give 'em free stuff. That's exactly what they have been doing for every new member that signs up for their online video game rental service.

Included with every membership is a free 12-month subscription to Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM), Computer Gaming World (CGW), or Sync Magazine -- the lifestyle and technology magazine for men.

If you're a gamer who's been thinking about signing up for one of these magazines then now might be a good time to join GPlay. If you're in California, or near the West Coast, you'll be happy to know that their shipping center is in Oakland (the Bay Area).

If you're not that familiar with their service shoot over to our GPlay review to get the scoop.


Listening to: Goapele "Closer" (She's breathe of fresh air.)

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Games On Demand Service Emerges

First came online video game rentals... Now the various games on demand services is starting to emerge. Yahoo's GamesOnDemand service is probably the most popular service as of now. However, there are a few sites that are close to being released which might threaten Yahoo's top position -- one of them being TBS's GameTap.com.

There's a nice article that has a decent rundown of the different games on demand services. The article's a bit old, but nice nonetheless. It's from the Detroit News which was featured September in 2004. (Hey, I told you it was old.) If you decide to try out one of these sites be sure to let us know how the service is.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Members have a voice at IntoTheGame.com

IntoTheGame.com might be on the verge of something big. Unlike most video game rental sites, they have a forum where they encourage interaction from their members. If a subscriber voices a request for a video game, IntoTheGame will usually add it ASAP. Now, is that service or what?

Forum topics range from site-related news to shipping questions. If you wish to leave a comment or need to ask a question, chances are there's a place for it in their forum. Check out the message boards and see what they're talking about. If you want to more about the site then check out our comprehensive (SAT word-of-the-day) IntoTheGame review.

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Instructional manuals included with RentZero games

If you've rented from places like GameFly.com or Gamerang, you know that manuals are not included with your shipments. However, there is one site that stands committed to bucking this trend. RentZero.com has managed to become the only video game rentals site that still includes the manuals with their game deliveries.

Shipping the manuals with video games obviously increases the costs of getting them to gamers. I'm guessing that RentZero decided to scale back on a few things, like their website, in an effort to make up for additional shipping costs. One look at their website will support my theory.

Getting manuals with games might not be important to gamers who play mostly sports games. But for those who rent titles with complicated controls such as Final Fantasy and other RPGs, having a handy set of instructions is imperative to gameplay.


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Video Game Rentals for Canada by VHQonline.ca

I stumbled upon another video game rentals site that Canadian residents might want to check out. The site, which rents movies in addition to video games, is called VHQonline.ca. From my brief visit to the site I can tell that this is a lower-tier site -- at least regarding their video game rentals.

Their recent arrivals list was nothing impressive. Unless our neighbors to the north have terrible gaming tastes, I don't think they'll be interested in playing Alter Echo -- or at least pay to have it delivered to them. Besides, it's a 2003 release!

How can any video game rentals site willing let people know that they just added EPSN Hockey 2K4? I -- like an idiot -- went through nine pages of sub-par videos with the hopes of finding at least one decent title. I just hope this isn't a reflection of their movie selections. If it is, this company's doomed.

After I was their poor video game choices I decided to call it quits. Maybe these guys have a redeeming quality. If they do, then I've obviously overlooked it. If you have a better experience with them, or know something that I don't, feel free to leave a comment and let me know.


Listening to: Jonell ft. Method Man - "Round & Round" (What happened to her? She was great.)

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Metal Slug 4 & 5 available for rent at GameFly

The latest game added to the GameFly arsenal is Metal Slug 4 & 5. That's right... It's a two disc game which, so far, has received a pretty good member rating of 8.6 (at the time of this post).



This action-adventure game is also available for GameFly's "Keep It" option at $32.99. If you want more informtion just visit the product details page. You'll everything from a complete game description to reviews written by popular gaming magazines.


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RentalWire.com offers unique video game rental experience

I'm always looking for hard-to-find video game rental sites. As much as I surf the Web there are simply some sites that slip under the radar. RentalWire.com is one of those sites. I was pleasantly surprised with what they had to offer.

Being a lower tier company, I was expecting a mediocre site design and below-average services. They sure proved me wrong.

On the surface, RentalWire.com appears to be the typical video game rentals site. However, if you dig a little deeper you will find unique services that distinguish them from the rest of the pack.

For starters, their free trial offer doesn't kick in until your game is mailed from their Washington State shipping center. Most video game rental sites start your counting down your free trial days as soon as your credit card clears.

Another noteworthy feature I stumbled across was their "Return Game" button. This nifty service allows "trusted members" -- or subscribers who have been a member for at least 30 days -- to notify RentalWire.com when they drop a game off in the mail for return.

When this is done, RentalWire will immediately send the next games waiting in the queue. This method cuts down on turnaround times drastically. As far as I know, there's no other game rental service that allows their members to do this.

RentalWire.com is also the only video game site with distribution centers that serves both the United States (Washington State) and Canada (Vancouver, BC).

However, despite RentalWire's distinctions, they failed miserably in the number of game titles they stocked. According to my calculations, they carry just under 200 games. It's impossible to justify a number that low.

Maybe they decided to do away with games like Barney's Playtime Palace, but even if you did away with all of the fluff titles, I still find it hard to believe that you'd be left with only 200 titles.

Here's a rundown of their pricing plan:
  • 2 Games = $21.95/mo. (Platinum Pass)
  • 3 Games = $27.95/mo. (Titanium Pass)
  • 4 Games = $34.95/mo. (Ultimate Pass)
All in all, I think this is a video game rentals site worth checking out. Especially if you're near their Washington State distribution center. Be sure to let us know how their service is if you should decide to give 'em a try. And don't forget to take advantage of their 10-day free trial.


Listening To: Fefe Dobson - "Take Me Away" (Sexy as hell and she rawks!)

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Don't waste your time the owner of this site is a crook.

 
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Video game rentals site puts cash in your pockets

Every video gamer feels a sharp pain when we turn in a video game, that cost 50$, for a measly 5 bucks -- and that's if we're lucky. Well, there's a video game rentals site that puts an interesting spin on trading in video games.

The site I'm speaking of is called GetAnyGame.com. Since 2001 they've been putting smiles on the faces of gamers who decide to send their old video games to them. Here's how the concept works. You sign up at GetAnyGame.com just like you would at any other online video game rentals site.

You can then send in two or more of your dust-collecting video games. Everytime someone rents a video game you tuned in you earn money which they refer to as GetDollars. You can use the money for GetAnyGame purchases or wait a month and get the cold, hard cash.

It's a wonderful concept that allows gamers to put those old games to use. It beats the heck out of letting them sit in the back of the closet. For more info visit the GetAnyGame.com FAQ.


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Friday, May 27, 2005

Renting Video Games for Kids

If you're a parent who has little kids, chances are you want to set some restrictions on the type of games they can rent. Most video game rental sites have parental controls that can be used in conjunction with ESRB ratings. This gives parents the ability to limit what can be rented based on this ratings that range from E (Everyone) to AO (Adults Only).

It's a good idea to use this service if you have small kids -- unless you don't mind little Timmy being introduced to manhood a little early when he rents an AO game. If you want to take your parental resposibilities even further, check out CleanFilms.com. It's a movie/video game rental service that only offers "suitable" video games and movies that have been edited for content.


Listening To: Fugees - "Ready Or Not"

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The big problem I have is that I don't see any sites that let you search by ESRB. I have a 4-year-old and although he loves Katamari Damacy, most E games are way over his head. I'd like to be able to search for EC games, but haven't found any way (through any of the rental or even the rating services like gamerankings). A couple of rental sites of 'Children' or 'Family' game sections where they break out the E and EC games, but not helpful if you're just looking for EC.

 
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GameFly's Video Game Rentals Chart Rundown (May 23)

The GameFly.com video game rentals chart, released May 24, 2005, shows a strong Star Wars presence. No surprise here as the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith movie continues to dominate the box office.

Revenge of the Sith was the #1 video game rental on GameFly for the cross-console charts. Coming in second is "God of War," while Forza Motorsport comes in at #3 spot.

Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is the number one video game rented on the Xbox console. The #2 spot is held down by Forza Motorsport. And the third slot is taken with another galactic-thriller, Area 51.

On the PlayStation 2, GameFly's top rentals were, not surprisingly, Star Wars Episode III. Next in line was the exclusive PS2 title, God of War. Area 51 rounded out the list at third.

The GameCube's top video game rentals were Resident Evil 4 at #1, Star Fox Assault coming in second, and Donkey Konga 2 at the third place position.

Other console charts are as follows...

GameBoy Advance:

  1. Pokemon Emerald
  2. Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  3. Star Wars Episode III
Nintendo DS:
  1. Star Wars Episode III
  2. Need for Speed Underground 2
  3. Pac-Pix
Sony PSP:
  1. MVP Baseball
  2. Smart Bomb
  3. Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee

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RedOctane's smoother website design

For some reason I don't remember what RedOctane's old website design looked like. All I know is that when I visited them again, I really liked what I saw. The website isn't loaded with bells and whistles but it gets the job done. Navigating through the site was a breeze. The features were simple yet very functional.

When you click on a console link you'll be greeted with two tables. The first one features titles that will soon be released for that particular console. The second table displays the video game information such as title, category, member rating, and the "rent it" option. RedOctane lets you view their selection either by the top rated, latest releases, or top rentals.

Needless to say, RedOctane really did it with this one. The site is clean, well-designed, and functional... A winner in my book. You can visit the site and see what I'm talking about or read more about this video game rentals site in our RedOctane review.


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IntoTheGame.com introduces Nintendo DS games

The video game rentals site, IntoTheGame.com, has up'd their platform support by one with the addition of Nintendo DS games. This brings their total number of supported consoles to nine. These include the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Sony PSP and classic consoles such as the PSone, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, and Sega Dreamcast.

At the time of writing, they offered 22 Nintendo DS games for rent. Some games that I noticed worth mentioning were Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Pokemon Dash DS (j/k), and Super Mario 64 DS. If you're a member and you want to stay up-to-date on the latest Nintendo DS info, like game releases, IntoTheGame.com offers a mailing list that you can sign up for.

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GameFly offers useful answers to FAQs

Being that the video game rentals market is still relatively new, there will be a lot of questions -- and some confusion -- as to how the entire process works. The general market audience is slowing working toward a decent understanding of the new industry.

In an effort to better familiarize their members, GameFly constructed a rather helpful frequently asked questions (FAQ) section that's separated into two parts -- the Top 10 most asked questions and the complete help portion.

Many of the top questions deal with issues such as the free trial process, what to do if you lose a return mailing sleeve, and what to do if games don't arrive after being shipped. If you ever had a question about GameFly, chances are it's answered in their Help section.

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GameLender Plans Additional Site Features

The video game rentals site, GameLender.com -- known for their 7,000+ game library and their support of 13 different platforms, is planning to expand a bit. In the works are plans to add Sony PSP games, user discussion forums, and more game control features exclusively for members.

There weren't many details about these plans on their website so I'll just have to check back there regularly and report what I find.


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GameLender Reaches 7,000 Game Titles

The video game rentals site, GameLender.com, has reached the 7,000 mark in the number of video game titles they offer. GameLender has managed to eclipse their competition in the number games available. Even the industry leader, GameFly.com, only boasts 2,500+ titles.

Keep in mind, GameLender offers more console support than any other site that rents video games, so naturally, they'll have more video game titles. But regardless, 7,000 titles is one heck of an accomplishment.

FYI: GameLender.com has an extensive list of legacy (or "old school") consoles, that they rent games for, ranging from the original Nintendo (NES) to the Sega Dreamcast. More information about them is covered in our GameLender review.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

GameFly thrashing competition according to Alexa.com

I thought I'd take a look at some stats for the leading video game rental sites using Alexa. I was shocked when I discovered that GameFly.com was in a league of it's own -- the other video game rental sites don't even come close to Gamefly's numbers.

Of course, all of this is subjective, especially considering Alexa's stats aren't the most accurate measure of web traffic and site popularity. GameFly.com posted traffic numbers of 2,758 (the lower the better) -- the closest rentals site behind them was GPlay.com at a distant 77, 314. Next was Gamerang at 108, 507.

Besides showing GameFly's market dominance, there's really no reason to compare these numbers. But, it does shed some light on the current video game rentals market. Looking at these numbers, it's obvious the industry has a lot of growing to do.

Expect a lot of changes in the next couple of years from the market. I predict even more sites will bite the dust, plus there will be a lot of mergers taking place.

Instead of having tens of average sites as we do today, we'll see two or three players in the mix with one -- probably GameFly -- enjoying the top position. The next few years in the video game rentals market will prove to be very interesting.


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Gamerang's handy release calendar

If you're like me you're constantly checking things you have an interest in... Your Google AdSense account, your final exam grades, your -- well, you get the picture. I thought that my fellow gamers who share my compulsive "passion" would like to know about Gamerang's Release Calendar.

It's just your typical calendar but that have the expected release dates of new games they'll be offering for rent. They have releases planned all the way to August. All the video games are hyperlinked so you can even add it to your rental queue immediately.

If you're unfamiliar with them, read our full Gamerang review on this site. It should give you all the information about them that you need.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

DVD-Rental.ca offers video game rentals for Canadanians

In an attempt to find every video game rentals site in Canada, I've stumbled across another company, DVD-Rental.ca. The sites is more geared toward the DVD rentals market (as you can tell from the site's name) but they do have PS2 and Xbox games available for rent.

The site is basic, but it's almost too basic. Nevertheless, it gets the job done. I searched their site but I couldn't find their distribution center info anywhere. Maybe someone familiar with the site can help me out.

It's obvious that DVD-Rental.ca isn't really concerned with publicizing their video game titles... So, I probably won't do a review on them in the future. I just wanted to let everyone from Canada know about a service that they could use.


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Movies and Video Games Delivered... In an Hour?

Just when you think you've seen it all, someone comes along and totally blows your mind. This time, it's the work of Dan and Dave Conroy, the owners DVD Revolution. The concept is similar to Netflix and GameFly... The only difference -- instead of getting your games in one day, you get them in one hour.

Yeah, I had a hard time getting that one through my head too. Despite DVD Revolution's similarities to Netflix and other rental sites, their concept is quite uniqe. I'd go as far as to call it unorthodox.

Here's how it works: Games and movies are ordered on their website. The order is sent through a wireless network where it's recieved by a PC in the back of two delivery vehicles. After that, the order is delivered to the customer's home.

Now, I should tell you that 99% of the people reading this won't benefit from the Conroy's service one bit. That's because, currently, their service only applies to areas near Crystal Lake, Illinois -- an extreme suburb of Chicago.

But despite, it's geographical limitations, this is still something that I think could possibly change the video game rentals industry. If you want to know more about this interesting concept read the article in the Northwest Herald.


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NumbThumb Unveils New Site Design (w00t!)

NumbThumb.com just got ten more points on my video game rentals scoreboard. They have finally redesigned that visual abomination they called a website. The new design is nothing that belongs in the Guggenheim, but compared to their last one, it's a masterpiece.

This improvement might even bump them up a notch on our video game rentals review list. I took a brief stroll through the site and I can say that navigation has increased ten-fold. Everything is well organized now -- very user friendly.

NumbThumbs recent changes are not all cosmetic. In addition to an improved website, they have also added games for the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS platforms. And the news doesn't stop there. The monthly price for membership has also been lowered. The premier service (2-games out) is now $19.95 -- down from the previous price of $21.95.

All of these changes are making NumbThumb look a bit more attractive. Especially if you don't live close to East Coast distribution centers like GameFly. NumbThumb's centrally located Austin, Texas shipping center just might be what the doctor ordered. You can read more about NumbThumb's changes from their press release.


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GamesFrenzy Serves UK Video Game Rentals Market

In addition to SwapGame.com, there's another video game rentals site serving gamers in the United Kingdom. It's called GamesFrenzy.co.uk and from the looks of things appears to be pretty successful. I couldn't find too many UK related sites besides this one and the aforementioned SwapGame -- I guess that's a good thing.

At any rate, the site doesn't differ from the standard rental offers: no late fees, no yada yada. However, GamesFrenzy does manage to distinguish itself by offering promotions and great pricing structures. One such offer is their "2 months free" promo. In exchange for signing up for a year, they'll give you two months free, so in essense, you only pay for ten.

They only offer games for the PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and GameBoy Advance. It's not a large amount of consoles but they cover the basics so no complaints there. I won't get any use out of this site but it's another option for our visitors who hail from the UK.


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UK Video Game Rentals Site: SwapGame.com

Most searches for video game rental sites return US companies. Very rarely will a UK site show up at the top -- or remotely near it. This is why I've decided to find some rental sites that offer their service to our bloody mates across the ocean.

One of the first sites I stumbled across was SwapGame.com. The design of the site is simple and functional. Navigation was good and the layout is very user-friendly. Whatever they're doing seems to be working... They've been featured in over eight major publications.

SwapGame offers rentals for the PS2, Xbox, GameCube, GameBoy Advance, Sony PSP, and Nintendo DS. Everything else about the site is the same as other sites that rent video games: no late fees, no due dates, and a free trial of 10 days.

The guys at the company also seem to have a great sense of humor. One of their press releases starts off...

"Sign up for SwapGame and you'll never have to leave the ass-groove in your sofa again!"

Now, that put a smile on my face. If I was in the UK, I would sign up with them just for that.

As of now, we haven't done any reviews of video game rental sites in the UK but we may do some in the near future. Until then, just visit the site and take a look around. I'm sure you'll find everything you need.


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GPlay Offers One Month Free

In a wonderful act of benelovence, GPlay.com has teamed up with a few companies to offer a free one month trial period of their video game rental service. If you sign up with one of the participating companies and notify GPlay (with adequate proof of course) then you'll be granted thrity days of GPlay heaven.

So far, the companies that are coming along for the ride are Netflix, CH.com, Blockbuster, Free Credit Report, and AOL 9.0. There are a few other participating companies but thanks to a cheap email client (shout out to my hosting provider), the link didn't appear. I'll try to find out who else is involved with this promotion later.

I think this offer makes it worthwhile to join some services you might've been considering. Of course, I encourage anybody to join AOL but if you're a movie buff then joining Netflix might make a bit more sense if you get a free month from GPlay out of it.

These offers are coordinated by a third party company called MetaReward. I briefly researched them and everything seems to check out okay. If anyone else has any information on MetaReward feel free to let us know.


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GPlay now offering pre-played video games

GPlay.com is the latest rentals site to offer video games at low, pre-played prices. According to them, you can buy games up to 70% off. Of course, we know that the majority of games won't be discounted that low but it's still a nice gesture. Thanks, GPlay.

I browsed through some of the video games they were offering and it's nothing to write home to mom about. But, you might be able to find some hidden bargains if you look hard enough. I came across "Max Payne" on Xbox for only 4 bucks. And "Enter the Matrix" was selling for 9 dollars. There was even a Madden NFL 2003 game that was listed for $3.

GPlay was smart enough to provide search options with this new service. You can look for games by genre, console, and title. This new feature seems to be worthwhile. If you find anything noteworthy be sure to let us know.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The new video game rentals player: Intelliflix

There's a new player in the DVD and video games arena going by the name Intelliflix. It seems as if they've been quietly coming up in this new rentals market. Although their primary market is in DVD rentals they might be a worthwhile company to check out concerning video game rentals.

According to their website, they've passed Netflix as having the most distribution centers. Most of their customers are reached by 1-2 day delivery. In addition to renting video games and DVDs, Intelliflix also rents "mature" titles -- have any clue as to what that means?

Seeing as how I'm not familiar with the DVD rental sites, I can't really comment on their service. However, I figured it's a something that someone might be interested in. If anyone has any addition information on Intelliflix feel free to share it.

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How old are today's gamers?

There was a post on HackingNetfilx.com today that sparked a bit of displeasure among some of the readers. It started with a post regarding video game rentals. The opening went like this:

"I'm 40, so I don't play many video games (the reflexes ain't what they used to be), but I know some readers are interested in renting video games."

I didn't find anything wrong with the post, but I did find it funny that a few readers left comments voicing their dissenting opinions concerning the reference to the age of gamers. A few readers left comments about gamers in their family and the broad age span of those who play them.

This is nothing newsworthy but it did put a smile on my face... Maybe it'll do the same for you.

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Say goodbye to the Sony's UMD format

I was recently browsing through the Sony PSP movie selections on GameFly.com today. It's pretty cool to see them offer these UMD movies for rent. But then I thought about how much it would suck if I wanted to see a movie on my PSP that I already owned on DVD.

I think it's pretty unfair to require me to purchase the same movie twice, just on a different media. Then, I stumbled across this article on Wired News that discusses a new method of getting media on your Sony PSP.

The article talks about this guy, Sajeeth Cherian, who developed PSP Video 9 which is a very useful application that converts video formats -- including MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and AVI -- to the PSP format. How cool is that? And that's not all.

If you combine Cherian's PSP Video 9 application with his other application, Videora, you can automatically transfer files from your PC to your Sony PSP using BitTorrent. You can now say goodbye to buying UMDs. All you have to do from this point on is sync up your PSP with your computer and you're good to go.

According to the article, there are already files on BitTorrent you can download that are already in the PSP format. If you are a die-hard PSP fan, or even if you're remotely interested in it, I suggest reading the entire article. It's a long read but it's packed with valuable information.

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Dude, you're getting a... Gameznflix?

Yep, that's right. The DVD and video game rentals site, Gameznflix.com, has recruited the help of Ben Curtis -- better known as the Dell Dude. This time, he's pushing products to movie buffs and video gamers as the "Gameznflix Guy."

I viewed the commercials and I have to admit, I'm not that impressed. The ad spots can be viewed at http://www.whitesnet.net/GZFX/GZFX.htm. Several of the commercials show the "Gameznflix Guy" informing the public about the advantages of Gameznflix while dodging two inept cops who want to foil his plans of public information. Sounds lame as hell, doesn't it?

All of this is part of GamezNflix's latest marketing blitz. I just hope that this isn't wasted money on their part. Who knows, maybe this will finally put them in a place to compete with Netflix. I doubt it, but crazier things have happened.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

The Game Rentals Graveyard

It's amazing how many video game rental sites eventually bite the dust. I recently visited a blog called Capn Design that had brief reviews of some video game rental sites.

However, I noticed that almost half of them had either folded or merged with another company. Keep in mind that this review was done only two years ago.

Some of the sites in the game rental graveyard are Spunel (which I heard had an excellent service), Boomerang Games, Angel Gamer, Tigger Fingers, and the list goes on and on.

What happened that caused all of these game rental battleships to sink? I'm a little surprised that there weren't more mergers and acquisitions going on.

From what I know so far, Gameznflix.com acquired VeeGeez.com and GoVoJo became GPlay, but that's about it. Everyone else just seemed to wither away. I'm quite curious to find out what happened during this time.

If anyone knows, or at least has an idea, as to what went down with the video game rental sites feel free to let us know.

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Future of the Sony PSP?

In 1989, the same year GameBoy was released, Atari released the Lynx handheld system to compete with Nintendo's portable system. The results: Nintendo - 1, Atari - 0.

Later in 1991 Sega's answer to the GameBoy, the far superior GameGear, was released in the United States. But despite the GameGear's technological advances, the device was too bulky, and severly energy ineffecient. The result: Nintendo - 2, Everyone else - 0.

Then came Sega's Nomad which too was a colossal failure. Jump to 2005 -- and now we have Sony's PlayStation Portable (or Sony PSP for short). Given Nintendo's dominance in the handhelds market I'm skeptical about the PSP's future.

Will this device fall into the portable pastime with the others? What are your thought's on the Sony PSP's future?

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UMD Movie Rentals Outlook Dim

According to this report on Engadget.com the UMD movie rentals arena for the Sony PSP platform doesn't look promising. Netflix has repeatedly stated that they have no plans to enter the video game rentals market.

This removes them from any possibilty of renting the Sony PSP UMD movies. Gamefly.com, however, is renting the UMD titles. This makes sense seeing as how Gamefly members are more likely to own Sony PSPs than Netflix members.

Regardless, I have my doubts about the longevity of UMD movie rentals, and the UMD movie format in general.

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Gameznflix Racing Team Visits Tennessee

Video game rentals site, Gameznflix.com, announced that their company sponsored racing team will be making appearances in middle Tennessee. Their National Hot Rod Association racing team is part of the company's overall marketing strategy to build brand awarness and customer loyalty.

According to John Fleming, CEO of Gameznflix, the team will be present at motorcycle rallies, car shows, AAA Minor League baseball games, and other events. If you're not already familiar with GamezNflix.com feel free to read our Gameznflix review on this website. You'll lean about everything you need to know.

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Gameznflix plans bloody UK expansion

The folks at Gameznflix.com are preparing to hop the Atlantic over to the UK in a recently announced expansion effort. The online provider of movies and video game rentals have stated that they're pratically steps away from incorporating UK residents into their system.

According to GamezNflix, all that's left are a couple of software modifications that will help incorporate UK addresses. Considering everything else remains the same -- movie/video game titles, content, etc. -- the system addition should flow smoothly.

Now, this is just my opinion, but I'm having reservations about this UK expansion. Granted, I don't stay up-to-date on the latest GamezNflix news like I do other video game rental sites, but wouldn't it be smarter to penetrate the US market a little deeper before venturing abroad? Maybe this is just me... Am I alone on this one?

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Gameznflix has eyes on Tennessee

Get ready Tennessee...According to this PR NewsWire press release, Gameznflix.com, the site that offers movie and video game rentals, announced that they will soon start their marketing blitz in the state.

The company plans to increase brand awarness with residents of middle Tennessee through direct mailings, billboards, local television stations, radio ads, print media, and event sponsorhips.

Sounds like fun... But, am I the only person who wonders why Gameznflix chose middle Tennessee to promote their service? Besides reaching a few Nashville residents, I don't really see how this is going to pay off. I guess that's why I'm not a marketer for their company.

But regardless, any video game rentals company that decides to market their service is cool with me. Especially if it means more discount coupons and promotion codes.

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Renting PC games online

A lot of PC gamers are often surprised when they find out video game rental sites don't offer PC games. From a pratical standpoint it would seem to make sense. However, the nature of the PC game industry makes it virtually impossible to offer these games for rent. There are too many issues with keys, registration, single user licenses, and etc., for PC rentals to take place.

But fortunately, there is a way around this. Instead of renting the physical game, and having it delivered to your door, gaming services would allow you to stream the game directly to your computer.

There are a few services that specialize in this with the most popular being Games On Demand by Yahoo. And since there's nothing to ship, the costs of these services are considerably lower than the tradition video game rentals site.

There is also another player in the Games On Demand industry that's generating some buzz at the moment. GameTap.com, brought to you by the proud folks at Tuner Broadcasting System, plans to launch this fall. From the look of things, this site appears to be promising.

Well, I've been doing all the talking... What about you? Do you think this Games On Demand market will survive or will it be another fad that's here today, pwn3d tomorrow?

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Gamerang plans new distribution centers

Gamerang.com is trying valiantly to overthrow GameFly.com as the leading video game rentals site. Gamerang has plans to build, in 2005, two new distribution centers in North Carolina and Washington (state).

If all are completed this will bring their total number of shipping locations to seven -- which is seven times more than their closest competitor, Gamefly.com. These new distribution hubs will mean even faster delivery times for more gamers throughout the United States.

Currently, over 50% of Gamerang.com's members are able to benefit from next-day delivery. If their goals are materialized, and the planned shipping facilities are built, that number could increase to 70%. There are few video game rental sites that remotely comes close to the number of centers Gamerang has. As a matter of fact, there's only one: GamezNflix.com.

If, Gamerang continues this approach, which is based loosely off Netflix's multiple shipping centers model, then there very well could be a shake-up at the number 1 spot in the video game rentals industry.

Gamefly, as it stands, has the marketing budget to secure it's spot at the top. However, in today's fast-paced society, word travels fast and some of the best marketing is done by word of mouth.

Do you think Gamerang has what it takes to reach number 1 in the game rentals industry.

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Make your free trial offer count

A lot of people don't like the fact that most video game rental companies only offer 10 days to try out their service. I have to admit... 10 days is a little bogus. Even 14 days, like some sites have, is pushing it close.

As of now, there's only one site I know, that raises the bar for free trial periods and that's IntoTheGame.com which offers an unbelievable 21-day free trial. That should be more than enough time for anyone to test an online game rental service.

I personally, think IntoTheGame.com is a great Gamefly alternative. Feel free to read our review on them if you want a longer free trial to test out a service before you committ to joining.

For everyone else who's a member of Gamefly (10 days) , Gamerang (10 days), or any other site that has a brief trial period, I encourage you to make the most out of this time. One way to accomplish this is by signing up for the rentals site first thing in the morning. This increases the chances that you game(s) will be shipped the same day.

See, most sites start your free trial period from the moment you join. If, for example, you joined GameFly.com at 5pm, your games wouldn't ship until the next day. And whatever you do, never join on a Saturday.

While your free trial clock is ticking away, your games will be sitting somewhere in a distribution center waiting... Remember, video game sites use the USPS (United States Postal Service) and they don't deliver (or pick-up) on Sundays.

So, as a rule of thumb, join video game rental sites in the morning during Mondays and Fridays.

Do you have any ideas or tips on getting the most out of free trial periods?

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Friday, May 20, 2005

Gamerang: Rent two games for the price of one

I was sitting here in front of my computer, eating buffalo wings and drinking Minute Maid punch, suffering from a serious case of writer's block. And what's more, I just had two dreams that served absolutely no purpose in my life, whatsoever. In the first one I almost drowned -- in a friggin washing machine (I blame the Taco Bell) -- so, needless to say, that sucked!

In the second dream my hand was nearly cut off by an incompetent repair man. These are not the kind of dreams you wake up from and then try to fall asleep again to play out the end. That's why I'm up at 5:30 in the morn' writing a blog entry about renting video games online. Anything beats those bogus dreams I just had.

Unfortunately, I really don't have any new video game rental information to write about. GameFly.com is still at the top, Gamerang remains the best in turnaround times -- it's the same ol' same ol'. I suppose I could just conjure up some relevant writing material with this wonderful mind of mine but that would require more work than I'm ready for tonight -- err, uh -- this morning.

How about I write on Gamerang's Two for Tuesday special? Great... I knew you'd like to hear about it! Basically, Gamerang.com will allow their members to get two games for the price of one each and every Tuesday.

However, most things in life do NOT come without a catch. "So, what's the catch?" you may be asking. The catch is that there's a limit on what two games you can rent together as one. That decision is up to Gamerang. So, if you were planning on finally getting your hands on Halo 2 and Madden Football, you can kiss that dream goodbye.

Something a bit more realistic would be, say, Time Splitters 2 and WarioWorld. I seriously doubt that Gamerang will include two best-selling games in the same bundle. If they do, I'll eat these words. However, I don't think Gamerang will toss Bad Boys 2 and Barbie's Adventures togther. That, my friend, would be cruel and unusual punishment.

I expect Gamerang to pair up some average games for their Two for Tuesdays... Games that you wouldn't mind playing -- but games that you wouldn't go out and buy either.

Either way, this is a good chance to get more bang for your buck so it might be something you'd like to check out. What's the worst that could happen? You might actually like Barbie's Adventures if you gave it a shot.

If you are a Gamerang.com member just go to the website. If you're not you can join for free.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Yep, another happy GameFly gamer

It seems like every time I do some searching on video game rentals I come across Gamefly.com members who do nothing but sing the praises of the site. Now, I know GameFly.com is a great service but I wasn't expecting to see this many kudos from fellow gamers.

I was actually seaching for another video game rentals site when I stumbled across this GameFly user's comments. Judging from his post, he was especially impressed with GameFly's availabity of new and popular games.

According to him, he was able to get 95% of the new video game rentals he requested -- and if anyone reading this has ever used a rental service they know that's a pretty impressive number. He also had good things to say about GameFly's website, which he felt was professionaly designed.

I found it funny that this guy was from the East Coast and still said that GameFly.com was the best video game rentals site. The fact that he's willing to wait 3-4 days to get his games shipped from California says a lot about GameFly's service.

Well, that's it for another edition of the 'Happy GameFly Gamer.' I'm about to eat this Tostino's Mexican Pizza. It's not even big enough to cover my plate but who can turn down a pizza for only $0.97? Two points for Wal-Mart's Roll Back prices... If they could only roll 'em back for gas 'round here...

Ready to find out what all the fuss is about? Sign up (for free) with Gamefly.com today.

Or -- since I mentioned gas prices -- check out GasBuddy.com to find low gas prices near you.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Another blogger sold on Gamefly

I really need to do something better with my time. This is like my fourth post today. Maybe I'm writing incessantly due to this heat. I'm getting a new AC unit installed, and right now, it's hot as hell.

The maintenance guys (read 'losers') just left the unit outside -- I'm staring at it right now -- so, it looks like one more day of unholy heat. Maybe they thought the unit would connect itself if they sat it close enough to the old one.

Geesh, I feel like running butt-naked through the house but with my luck my roommate would probably come in and catch me in full sprint. Imagine trying to explaining that one! If this heat won't convince someone to accept Christ then nothing will.

But I digress. I wanted to let you all know that I found another blogger who has been pleased with Gamefly's service. He doesn't go into his experience much but it's still clear that he's in video game rentals heaven.

If anyone needed more proof that Gamefly.com is pretty cool, here you go.

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And BOOM goes the dynamite

I know this has absolutely nothing to do with video game rentals but I felt I would be going a horrible injustice by keeping something like this to myself. If you've never heard of Brian Collins allow me to explain.

Brian was a freshman enrolled at Ball State who was involved with NewsLink@9 -- the student run broadcast service. Brian agreed to anchor the sportscast after the regulars (and by 'regulars' I mean 'talented) couldn't make it.

The opening of his segment proceeded normally but this illusion was quickly diminished by the stumbles and goofs that soon followed. I liken this video to watching a train wreck in slow motion. Warning: This video is not for the faint of heart.

And Boom goes the dynamite! Enjoy...

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Gamefly praised for their customer service

Gamefly.com continues to recieve praises from the scores of people who use their service. All of this positive press is slowly working to solidify Gamefly's position at the top of the video game rentals industry.

The latest piece of Gamefly related news came when I visited the blog of a gamer who was extremely impressed with Gamefly's customer service. Apparently, the gamer goof'd up while using the "Keep-It" feature and order two copies of the game he wanted.

Customer service, correctly assuming that he didn't intend to order two copies, personaly contacted him and resolved the matter. Now, that's amazing!

It's a pretty funny post since the only reason he ordered the game in the first place was because he lost it -- both of them actually (there were two games which he lost). However, as luck would have it, the original games popped-up just as he got the ones he'd ordered from Gamefly.

Anyway, I wrote about this because I figured it'd help you out if you were thinking about joining Gamefly's service. I can talk about how good Gamefly.com is all day but it helps when you can read what others have to say.

If you want great support from your video game rentals site, give Gamefly.com a try today.

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Useless video game rental coupon sites

I've been scouring the web looking for the latest news regarding the video game rentals industry and I see that a lot of gamers have been looking for coupon and promotion codes.

However, when I visited most of these so-called, deals and coupon sites, I noticed that they didn't even have worthwhile promotions listed. Heck, some of them didn't even have one promotion listed.

Now, if you're wondering why I decided to write about this keep wondering, because I don't know why I did either. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers ("Give It Away")... Who knows?

At any rate, I figured that it'd be good if I let you guys know that I'll make sure, we here at The Video Game Rentals Guide, will keep you gamers up on the latest promotions and coupons. Hmm, I guess that's why I decided to write this -- for shamless self-promotion.

Well, it's all good. I get to talk about how great I think we are [initiate head inflating sequence] and you all get to find the best opportunities for saving money and making the most out of your video game rental experience.

Well, I think I've big'd up this site enough. I'm going to finish out the rest of this Red Hot Chili Peppers listening session. And if you're not up on the Chili Peppers stop being a loser and check them out now.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

GamesDrive offers rentals for gamers in Minnesota

There are many video game rental sites on the Internet. Most of them you now by now. However, there are some websites that go undetected -- that might be better at renting video games online than the big boys.

One such site is GamesDrive.com. Now, I don't know much about this site so if you try it out and it sucks big-time, don't blame me. I say this because it doesn't look they took too much time worrying themselves with petty details such as a having a visually stunning website.

If the design of their webpage is any indication of their service then anyone who signs up with these guys are in trouble. Let's just hope that this is a case of "judging a book by its cover." Hopefull, GamesDrive makes up for this design lapse with an excellent video game rentals service.

At any rate, www.gamesdrive.com, does have something to offer to video gamers in the Midwest. Since their shipping center is located in Minnesota, nearby residents won't have to wait up to three days to get a game from another rental comany, such as Gamefly, who ships from the west coast.

GamesDrive, like most video game rental sites, offers a free trial so new users can try out the service before fully committing to it. However, unlike most rental sites, GamesDrive starts their free trial offer when they send out the games -- and not when a new member joins. Moreover, the trial period lasts for 2 weeks and not 10 days like a lot of other sites.

If you cancel your free membership you'll have up to a week to get the games back to them. So, in essence, you can get a free trial from GamesDrive that lasts three weeks... Not too shabby for an unheard-of video game rental operation.

Another knockout feature of GamesDrive is their competitive prices. One might be willing to forgive them for their aesthetically defecient website when the pricing plans are seen. Not many sites can beat an introductory, 1-game price of $12.95. Even their "Platinum" package, which includes 4-games out at a time, is a steal at $29.95.

Now, the prices are great but I can't make any guarantees concerning the number of titles they currently have in stock. I wasn't able to find that information (and I didn't feel like emailing them to find out) so all I can do is assume at this point.

But, regardless, this is still something that Minnesota (and nearby) residents might want to take advantage of. All in all, the free trial is more than generous and if you don't like what you see, just cancel.

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30-day Free Trial from Gamefly and BIC

The leading video game rentals site, Gamefly.com, has teamed-up with BIC (the ink pen guys) to offer a 30-day free trial period to gamers who purchase specially-marked packages of BIC mechanical pencils.

Inside each package is a coupon that contains the promotion code to use which is to be entered at http://gamefly.com/bic. The 30-day free trial offer will run through December 31, 2005. That's a large window of opportunity to try Gamefly's video game rental service.

In case you didn't know, the typical time for GameFly.com's free trial is 10 days. If you can't get a feel for their service in 30 days then something is wrong. There's no excuse why you can't try out their service now.

By now everyone should know what Gamefly is but if you're still in the dark just think of them as the Netflix for video games. We've written a review of Gamefly's service that should answer any questions you might have about them.

Visit Gamefly.com for more on their BIC promotion...

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Gamerang's 2 for 20 Bucks promotion

Everybody loves a good deal, right? Well, if you're thinking about giving Gamerang.com a try then you might want to check out this new promotion their running. Basically, for $20, Gamerang will give you two months worth of video game rentals.

This would typically run you about thirty dollars so you save somewhere around ten smackers. That's just enough to buy a pack of condoms from Wal-Mart (Magnum of course) and some KY. Or, you can just hunt down a cheap game that you can buy from the money you saved.

Gamerang.com just debuted their gStore so you might be able to find some decent titles for the low-low. If you can't find anything from Gamerang you might want to give Gamefly a shot. They have a great selection of game titles that you can buy at their low, pre-played prices. You don't even have to be a Gamefly member to take advantage of it.

Going back to Gamerang... The 2 for 20 promotion only allows you to have one game out at a time. In addition, the offer can't be combined with any other promotion or the 10-day free trial. Regardless, the offer is still a good deal -- especially for those who are thinking about renting video games online from Gamerang.

If you're contemplating becoming a member but still have questions then I encourage you to take a look at our Gamerang review on this site. It should answer any questions you might have.

If you're ready to check out the offer visit the promo page and or click the link below.

2 months of Unlimited Rentals for $20

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

What others have to say about Gamefly

There's nothing like a little word of mouth to convince people to buy into an idea (or avoid it). That's why I set out to see what others had to say about the video game rental service, Gamefly.com.

I can sit here (listening to some classic Camp Lo) and tell you how friggin' great Gamefly.com is all day, but the fact still remains that some people are not going to believe a word I have to say. And that's understandable.

For all you guys know, I could be some desperate loser trying to sell lies so I can line my pockets. That's why I wanted to post some of the good things other gamers had to say about the Gamefly service. Am I nice or what?

I stumbled across the TeamXbox forum where some gamers were talking about their experience with Gamefly. I was amazed at how many people had all of these positive things to say. One guy stated that he had cancelled his subscription but was about to rejoin after, apparently, realizing the error in his ways.

The forum topic mainly focused on the members' experiences with buying pre-played games from GameFly at discounted prices. A lot of them had questions concerning the integrity of the games and what kind of condition they arrived in. Again, Gamefly earned high marks -- those who had recieved the games had nothing but good things to say.

The scepticism of those who questioned how Gamefly could offer such good games and such low prices was quickly eased. If you have doubts about Gamefly and their "Keep It" or "Buy It" feature then I recommend reading through this tread. You should have no problem finding the answers you need.

Feel free to give Gamefly.com a try if you're ready...

Video Game Rentals Delivered - Free Trial

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Gamefly continues to get rave reviews

The video game rentals site Gamefly.com, which is arguably the leader in this nascent industry, continues to get positive reviews from many online publications. Another website, GamersPress.com, did a review of Gamefly where they praised their service over competitors such as RedOctane.com.

Gamefly.com is getting the buzz and recognition that will eventually widen the gap between them and close rivals such as Gamerang.com and GPlay.com. Couple the Internet kudos with their current television marketing blitz and we'll see Gamefly sitting comfortably at the top of the video game rentals hill.

It's safe to say that Gamefly is going to be here for a while. The way it stands now, everyone from corporate big-wigs to mom-and-pop establishments, is trying to get a piece of the game rental pie. Just on this site alone, we've reviewed over ten different rental companies. Not to mention the numerous sites that we haven't written about yet. Trust me, most of these sites won't even be around to celebrate their second year in business.

There's no better time to join Gamefly than now. From the looks of it, their service just gets better with time. And what's more, you can take advantage of their two-weeks free trial through GameRiot. It's no telling how long the 2-week promotion will last so you better act now. Believe me, a fourteen day free trial beats the heck out of a ten-day one.

Ready to join Gamefly? Go ahead and sign up now. By the way, don't forget to visit GameRiot for the Gamefly.com promotion code.

If you still have some questions, I recommend reading the Gamefly review on this site. It'll answer most of the questions you might have about Gamefly.

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I cannot say thanks enough! This website was a great resource when I was looking for choosing a video game rental site. And yes, I am now a proud member of GameFly.com... w00t!

 
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Friday, May 13, 2005

Renting Xbox games in Canada from GetGames.ca

First of, let me say hello from Atlanta. I (and my roommate) arrived here yesterday. We needed to get away from Auburn badly! School is great and all, but let's be honesy -- college sucks. Well, enough about that.

I wanted to let everyone know about GetGames.ca, the new video game rentals company that serves gamers north of the border. Canadian residents can get video games delivered to them anywhere in their country.

In addition to renting Xbox games, GetGames.ca also rents games for the PS2, GameCube, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, and GameBoyAdvance. GetGames provides new members with a free trial offer for a full two weeks. Just like every other video game rentals site, they don't have late fees or due dates.

GetGames.ca has over 2,000 video games in stock for Canadian residents to choose from. As of now, they only have one rental plan. For $24.95 a month, any member can rent two video games at a time.

Another note of interest: Members can keep as many game titles as they would like to in their rental queue. As a word of advice, it's good to keep about 20 games in your list. This ensures that GetGames.ca will always have a list of available games to send to you.

Well, I'm tired of talking about GetGames.ca -- as a matter of fact -- I'm just tired. I'm running off four hours of sleep and a great breakfast filled with yummy goodness. And everyone knows: lack of sleep + big meal = more sleep. So, with that being said, I'm out. Here's to a wonderful Saturday everybody. Peace and be blessed.

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Gamefly teams with GameRiot.com for promotional offer

The leading video game rentals site, Gamefly, has teamed with the largest video games traveling event and competition tour in the United States, GameRiot.com, to offer a full two-weeks free trial of their service.

If you are familiar with Gamefly.com, you should know that their normal free trial time period only lasts for ten days. If you ever held off on joining because you felt their 10-day offer wasn't long enough, then this is the perfect time for you to become a member.

To get this Gamefly coupon code, just go to the GameRiot.com website and click the Gamefly icon. You'll find everything you need there.

I also encourage you to take a look around GameRiot's site and see that they're about. GameRiot might even be headed for a city near you. Here are the dates for their tour...
  • 6/11 - Chicage
  • 6/12 - Cleveland
  • 6/11 Chicago
  • 6/12 Cleveland
  • 6/15 - 6/19 Cincinnati
  • 6/21 Hartford
  • 6/22 Clifton Park, NY
  • 6/23 Philadelphia
  • 6/24 Boston
  • 7/12 Detroit
  • 7/21 Tempe, AZ
Now, if you're reading this and you still don't have a clue what Gamefly is, then you might want to read our Gamefly review. We also have a detailed "breakdown" of their site where we explain, in plain English, what you can expect from joining Gamefly. Both of them are good reads -- especially for those who are new to the video game rentals concept.

Well, that's enough news for one day. I'm about to get back to my music... I'm listening to the Nas and Quan song "Just A Moment." This has to be one of the hottest songs to hit the airwaves in a long time. I normally don't listen to the radio (Clear Channel sucks) or watch TV but I'm thankful I stumbled across that track. Anyway, I hope someone found this post useful. Take care and feel free to drop us a note using the "comment" link below.

Sites to visit: Gamefly.com and GameRiot.com

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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Gamefly: Explaining the service

The video game rental industry is fairly new. With that said, there will be a lot of new sites popping up that many people won't be familiar with. This will lead to a lot of questions. Because of this, I've decided to break down the most popular service of them all -- GameFly.com.

I will try my best to put this guide/post/essay/whatever, into an easy-to-understand, straight-to-the-point format. However, if anything is unclear, or if I failed to address a concern you have, feel free to contact me and I'll address the situation immediately (or as soon as I wake up). Questions and comments related to video game rentals and/or Gamefly can be posted using the "comments" link found below this post. Just click the link and type your comment/questions in the popup window. That's all there is to it!


Read on to find out more about GameFly.com.


So, just what in the heck is this Gamefly?

Think of Gamefly as Netflix for video games. If you just said "what in the heck is Netflix?" then you might want to click here. Gamefly, although not the first rentals website, has become the most popular destination for renting video games online. Their concept is quite simple, actually. Become a member, browse their catalog for games you're interested in playing, add them to your rental queue, and wait for the games in the mail. After the video games arrive just play, return, and repeat.

Better than BlockBuster?

With Gamefly, gamers can get the games that they want without having to visit the local video store everytime. And everyone knows, most of the time, the video game you wanted to rent isn't in stock anyway so you settle for some second-rate garbage like Bible Adventures (probably for nostalgic purposes). Plus, it makes much more financial sense to rent video games online from Gamefly than from a local store like BlockBuster.

Unlimited Rentals, No late fees

In addition, you can keep the games as long as you want. No more late fees for keeping a game out six days instead of five -- with Gamefly you could keep the game out for five months if you want to (but to do so would be terribly stupid).


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Gamefly's "Keep It" feature lets you try before you buy

And, in addition to unlimited rentals, Gamefly also provides members with a "Keep It" feature. This comes in handy if you rent a game that you decide to hold on to. And best of all, Gamefly will give it to you for their low, pre-played price. Once you let them know that you would like to keep a game by clicking on the "Keep It" link, Gamefly will send you the game's cover box, manual, and everything thing else it came with. This feature is an excellent way to try a game before you commit to buying it.


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Can I buy cheap games if I'm not a member?

Gamefly, in addition to their "Keep It" feature, also offers a similar "Buy It" feature. However, this option is available to members and non-members alike. And just like the "Keep It" feature, Gamefly also offers these video games at low, pre-played prices.


Get pre-played PS2, Xbox & GameCube games for sale at GameFly.


What's this "GameQ" stuff about?

Every video game rentals site has a queue where members keep a list of the games they'd like to rent. Gamefly calls this list their "GameQ." Adding video games to this list is simple -- even George Bush could do it. Just search through Gamefly's catalog of games and find the ones you want to play, then click the "Rent It" button. The game will now be added to your GameQ. From your GameQ, you'll be able to change the priority of each title in your list. The higher the priority, the higher your chances of getting the game sooner.

And here's a bit of advice... Gamefly let's you keep up to 50 games in the GameQ. Take advantage of this! Not every game you add to your list will be immediately available so keep a lot of games in your list. This way, if something you want isn't ready to be shipped, Gamefly will still have a decent amount of titles to send you from your list.

How many video games can I rent with Gamefly?

Gamefly caters to everyone from the occasion player to the serious gamer (who has trouble in relationships because they pay more attention to their PS2 than their significant other). For those in-between, GameFly offers their standard 2-Game Plan.

This option lets members rent out two games at a time. As with every other plan, there are no late fees, no due dates, and no shipping charges. If two games doesn't fit the bill then you can also choose between their 1-Game Plan or their 3-Game Plan.

So what's next?

The only thing left to do is join GameFly and sign up for their 10-day free trial period.

You can get even more information about Gamefly's service is by reading our Gamefly review. And if you still have questions feel free to use the form on our contact page to reach us.

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