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Monday, June 27, 2005

GameFly gets another thumbs up

There's more good light to shed on the video game rentals site, GameFly, and this time it's coming from Can Magazine. If you were thinking about joining GameFly you should have no problems finding enough reviews and information about them. Take a look at the article if you want to read more.

By the way, I've never heard of these guys at CanMag. Does anyone know if they're a decent publication?

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

What a busy week!

Sorry for the lack of updates guys... This has got to be one of the busiest weeks in history. Throw in the typical college worries, a major website project, and of course -- the opposite sex, and you have my week in a nutshell. Most of my breaks come in the form of me watching my roommate play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas... Which is a hilarious game, by the way.

Well, I could talk about my issues forever but that would make for one boring post. So, why not take this time to vent about your week. I'm sure someone had a more hectic week than mine. Or, maybe this was one of the most boring weeks you've ever had. Either way, share your story with us. Trust me, this will be some good therapy.


Listening to: Common - "Go" (Excellent CD. Undeniable Hip-Hop Classic)

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You think you're busy? Try two tests (both on the same day I might add), moving mid-semester, and a gallon of spoiled. What can I say?... I really like milk!

 
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Thursday, June 16, 2005

How did you start renting video games online?

I want to know how you were introduced into online video game rentals? Was it from a friend or did you see a commercial. Did you type in "game fly" looking for fishing lures only to be greeted by a video game rentals website? Whatever your story is, I'd like to hear it. C'mon... Don't be shy.

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With the new consoles coming out I decided I'd go broke if I tried to buy games for them, so I planned on just renting instead. I've had Netflix for years and want that model. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn't do games (yet. . . . ), so Gamefly it was.

 
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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

GameRiot Tour Rolls Through Cincinnati

The largest video game tour in the country makes a stop in Cincinnati's King Island amusement park. The - MTV2 Presents NesQuik GameRiot, Powered by Xbox (try saying that five times fast) - will be in Ohio from 6/15/2005 to 6/19/2005. If you're a GameFly member make sure you're in attendance.

GameRiot will give you the chance to beat the professional video gamer, Matthew "Zyos" Leto in a game of Halo 2. Take him down and you'll get $100 and a contract with Major League Gaming. (Who said sitting on the couch never amounted to anything?) And here's the sweet part: If you score three kills against the "Zyos" you'll win a 6-month free subscription to GameFly where you can enjoy the bliss of unlimited video game rentals. Not too shabby!

The next GameRiot tour stop will be in Hartford, CT at the Webster Theater, June 21. I'm just curious... Has anyone attended this tour yet? These things always seem to skip Birmingham. Heck, the tour barely stops in the South.

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Monday, June 13, 2005

Video Game Rentals Not Popular?

I was reading an article about how online DVD rentals are changing the face of the rental industry. The article mentioned the merger of Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video which was attributed to their interest and focus on video gamers.

As a result, stores that are solely dedicated to renting video games have sprung up -- one being the BlockBuster ran' Game Rush,' and the other Hollywood Video's 'Game Crazy.' It was implied that these game-only stores are around because "Internet video game rental is just not that popular." Do you think this is an accurate statement or not?

Listening to: 4th Avenue Jones - "Over Loaded"

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I currently rent from gamefly.com. althought the games take forever to arrive, I still enjoy getting the game Im after and not having to wait.

I think that game only rental stores would definately out do online rentals - if, they could have the same selection.

 
I think that online video game rentals are still in its infancy stage. Given a little time to grow I think that online game rentals sites could replace brick and mortar stores in some rural areas.

Titus you say that it takes forever for you to get your games from Gamefly, try Intothegame.com. Both my cousin and I are using it and we could'nt be happier. (I am on the west coast, but he is in North Carolina and he thinks that the turnaround time is fantastic)

 
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Sunday, June 12, 2005

New GameFly shipping centers?

Lately, I've been visiting some message boards to read up on the latest buzz on video game rental sites. Yeah, it's the hardest part about my job but someone's gotta do it. Anyway... Every forum that I visited had one thing in common -- compaints about GameFly's turnaround times.

GameFly continues to operate and ship from one distribution center -- and it's in LA. If you're a GameFly subscriber in Miami, good luck getting your games before Christmas. Now, there are tips that can expedite shipping times, such as keeping your rental queue stocked, but the turnaround times are still too high in the eyes of many gamers.

Most DVD rental services operate tens of distribution centers. Netflix, I believe, is over 40. Even GameFly's nearest competitor, Gamerang, operates five. GameFly has a safe stronghold in the video game rentals industry, but how long will it last with only one distribution operation? So, the question remains... When will GameFly add more shipping locations?


Listening to: Total ft. Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, Da Brat - "No One Else (Remix)"

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Friday, June 10, 2005

New GameFly releases

GameFly has added some new video games to their collection that you might be interested in -- and some you might not be. The PS2 archives grew by two games with the addition of Samurai Western and Medal of Honor: European Assault. Both games have managed to recieve member ratings of 7.8.

The Xbox console also saw Medal of Honor: European Assault added to its list of games. It recieved a rating of 8.7 from 18 different members. Apparently, the experience with this game is better on the Xbox as opposed to the PS2. Mayhem and descruction finds its way to GameFly with the newly released, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. With 174 members giving GTA a 9.3, it's safe to say this video game rental is popular among GameFly's subscribers.

The GameCube's rental list grew by one with their console version of Medal of Honor. The game is showing strong numbers of the GC with a member rating of 9.8 out of 4 votes.

The Nintendo DS and Sony PSP did not see any new games added to GameFly.

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

IntoTheGame.com homepage redesign

I stopped by IntoTheGame recently and was greeted with a beautiful redesign of their homepage. The color scheme and palatte is the same for the most part, but the layout changes have made a wonderful difference. When you get a chance, stop by and take a look around.

I take it that many of you don't know about their service but it's definitely one you should check out. In my opinion, their service is a wonderful alternative to GameFly and other "big name" video game rental sites. Read our IntoTheGame review to find out more about them.

P.S. If you haven't noticed, the wonderful guys at IntoTheGame.com have linked to our review on their homepage. Just one more of the many reason I think IntoTheGame rawks!


Listening to: Shrek 2 on HBO

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GameFly Rental Chart Roundup

The video game rentals site, GameFly, has released their rental charts for the week ending June 6th. The list hasn't changed drastically since last week's chart. In GameFly's overall chart, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith held on to it's #1 spot. The #2 slot continues to be filled by God of War. A new entry, Advent Rising, ascends to the #3 position.

In the console-specific Xbox chart, Star Wars maintains the #1 position. Coming in second is Advent Rising. #3 is held down by the first person shooter, Doom 3. PS2's list begins with the console-specific game, God of War. #2 belongs to Star Wars, and Area 51 rounds out the list at #3.

The console specific charts for the GameCube, GBA, and PSP can be found on Gamasutra's article.

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Monday, June 06, 2005

Our GameFly review rocks!

Apparently, our GameFly review has been helping out a few folks. I got a wonderful surprise when a gamer contacted me to inform me that he appreciated the review. I'm just glad that someone was able to benefit from the work that goes into making a great service.

Yeah, it's good to get money -- wait -- it's "great" to get money, but when someone recognizes your work it does something to you... Kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Yeah, I know I'm being a puss, but hey, I'm allowed one puss moment a month.

If you're thinking about joining GameFly then I encourage you to take a look at the GameFly review. Word on the street is that the review rocks. If anyone esle has read the review and would like to comment on it please feel free to do so.


Listening to: ESPN (while my roommate wastes power by keeping the TV on while he sleeps.)

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Yeah, your review was very helpful. I found it to be a lot more useful than many of the other reviews out there. Some websites don't even have information. Just a bunch of Gamefly ads.

 
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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Share your GameFly.com experiences

I do a lot of posting on this blog... What can I say -- I can talk a lot at times. However, this time I figured I'd invite you all to talk a bit. I would like to know how your GameFly experience has been so far. Love it? Hate it? Jury still out?

Either way, I want you to share your stories with us. Your comments might be helpful to a gamer who is considering joining -- or *gasp* leaving -- GameFly. Alright you GameFly Groupies... Let the commenting begin.

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3 words: GameFly is GREAT!

 
I never rented from GameFly but I did buy some fantastic video games from them. I felt the prices were great and shipping was okay too.

 
i don't use gamefly anymore... the service wasn't horrible it's just that i stay on the east coast in georgia. it took forever to get games to me... being in the country didn't help.

 
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Friday, June 03, 2005

New arrivals at GameFly

GameFly has introduced some new video game arrivals for June. This month's first game for the PS2 is Digimon World 4.

Yeah, ummm... I won't be renting this game anytime soon but some of you might have kids that you would like to rent this for. Personally, I wouldn't want something like this near my house. And judging from the member ratings, no one else does. As of now, Digimon World 4 is sitting at a spectacular rating of -- 5.8. Hmmm, I wonder why. Let's take a look at the game description for some clues:
Access to the Real World has been closed and it is up to the Digital Security Guard to restore order back to the Digital World! The Digimon are back for more digital adventures in Digimon World 4! Play as your favorite Digimon from the hit TV animation show using a new real-time battle system. Unlock Digivolved Digimon as you master your Digimon skills and techniques. Play single-player mode or play with up to four players in multiplayer mode.
That explains it... It's lame! If anyone has some uplifting comments they'd like to share about this game, feel free to leave them using the comments link below. Moving on...

GameFly also received a pair of games for the Xbox, one of them being, what else... Digimon World 4. The second title is Advent Rising. Unlike its release-date counterpart, this game shows some promise. The game has recieved 28 votes from GameFly members for an average of 9.0. Not too shabby. I might actually be tempted to play this game. Has anyone played this title yet?


Listening to: Memphis Bleek - "Alright" (A 9th Wonder classic)

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I don't even know why GameFly added Digimon 4. What a waste! I feel sorry for the four people who rented it.

 
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Goodbye to Internet Marketing Guru, Corey Rudl

Corey Nicholas Rudl, 34, died today at the California Speedway in Fontana. Corey was widely considered to be a pioneer and innovator in the field of Internet marketing. His infomation helped me in my efforts greatly. I pray for peace and comfort in the lives of everyone affected by this tragedy. My heart goes out to you all.

http://www.nbc4.tv/news/4562562/detail.html

-Deon D. Gordon

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

More quotes from GameFly members

You might remember a while back that I posted some quotes from GameFly members that I found on message boards. I came across a few more that I wanted to share. These quotes are pretty old but it's the thought that counts.

These posts are from the TeamXbox.com forum. This site is a great resource for Xbox (including the Xbox 360) information. The forum is pretty active so you might want to drop in for some conversation if you're a fan of the Xbox console. There's also a post about renting Xbox games online on this site you might want to check out.

Without further ado, here are the infamous quotes:

"I have tried Gamefly... These services are awesome with zero late fees and you can get the newest games right when they come out."

"Ive used gamefly for awhile now and Im very happy with them. So much better then blockbuster in so many ways. Ive even bought a couple games off them at great prices."

"I used Gamefly for a few months and it was a very good service. After a while though I was just not playing enough games to justify 22$ a month. I may join again later in the year (around the hollidays) when I have more time to play games. It was nice to be able to try out all the new games and its definatly better than Blockbuster. If you rent more than 3 games a month you should definatly check it out."

"I just started my GameFly membership and it's great. They sent my first two rentals on Thursday, I got them Saturday. The discs came clean (more than I can say for Blockbuster) and their instructions page made it easy to jump in and play. I looked at some of the other sites, but Gamefly was the only one I found that offered the keep it at a used price option."

"GameFly is the best service. Since it's based here in the L.A. area I get my games in 1 day. They get all the new games, and have them in stock most of the time."

"I have been using Gamefly for the last 7 months. Its a great service..."

I probably need to start finding some Gamerang quotes before I get accused of favortism. =)


Listening to: Kanye West - "Jesus Walks"

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Here's a quote for you. GAMEFLY SUCKS! Ha, just kidding. I've been using them for months and i couldn't be happier.

 
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GameFly offers video game rentals and magazines

What better than playing video games? Reading about video games on the toilet, of course. Everyone gamer needs relevant reading material while dropping the kids off at the pool.

Anyway, if you didn't know, GameFly.com offers free magazine subscriptions to some popular publications when you sign up for their video game rentals service.



And the gaming magazines are some of the best, such as: PSM (PlayStation Magazine) or the Official Xbox Magazine. You can't go wrong with that. Getting your magazines through GameFly will eventually save you $40 bucks in subscription costs.

If you want to rent video games online AND get some sweet magazines then check out GameFly.com. If you need to research their service a little more our GameFly review will provide you will all the information you need.

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In my opinion gamefly offers better magazines than gplay... only if i read magazines. =P

 
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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

GameFly taking too long?

If you've read this blog on more than one occasion you will clearly see that I am a huge fan of GameFly.com. However, this video game rentals site is not without it's faults. Seeing as how they only have one distribution center -- that's on the East Coast -- gamers in other parts of the country might have to wait a little longer than desired to receive their game.

Until GameFly.com bites the bullet and opens up another distribution center, this will continue to plague them. I hear and read about the good things people have to say about GameFly all the time. But it never fails... Whenever someone has a negative comment about them it always goes back to their turnaround times.

So, I've decided to let you every know that they're other options for renting video games online. If you've read throug some of the reviews on this site then you probably know this. But there are still some who only read the blog so this post is really for them.

Okay guys... If you've decided to jump ship and swith to another video game rentals service then let me recommend Gamerang.com. The best feature about their service is the fact that they have some of the lowest turnaround times in the industry. They beat the pants off all their competitors in this category.

Gamerang operates five rental centers: California, Oklahoma, Minnesota, New Jersey, and a brand spanking new one in Pennsylvania. They have plans to open up two new ones within the year in Washington State and North Cakalak (North Carolina for the slang deficient). This means that over 70% of Gamerang's members will be within next-day delivery by the end of '05.

GameFly might have the national spotlight but Gamerang.com is a close second. I wouldn't count them out just yet. Since the video game rentals industry is fairly new, anything can happen within the next few years. If you're ready for me to shut up, you can visit Gamerang.com or read our full Gamerang review to get a complete rundown of the site.

Other sites worth mentioning are NumbThumb.com and RentZero, both which ship from Texas, and GameChoice.com is located in Long Island, NY.


Listening to: My roommate play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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Hey there. Thanks for the service man. You make this rental stuff so much easier.

 
I didn't even know about gamerang until i found this site by mistake. i was actually looking to see if gamefly had psp "flicks"

 
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Here's to a wonderful June

Hello fellow gamers... I just wanted to wish everyone who stopped by a wonderful June. It's the beginning of a new month and the possibilities for positive change are endless. I'm having loads of fun expanding the site. Hopefully, we'll be able to offer some real sweet deals on hot game titles.

I hope everyone out there has the best month they possibly can. And for all you video game rental fanatics out there, I hope you all get every game listed in your queues. Have a smashing day people. Take care and God bless.

Listening to: Lauryn Hill - "The Sweetest Thing"

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