First Gamefly, now Microsoft. After a generally enjoyable experience with Gamefly–where I got my first game within three days of signing up–It took ten full days from the second I dropped my first game into the mailbox and receiving the next. As if I haven’t waited long enough, my Xbox went ahead and gave me the red ring of death the day before I received my long-awaited rental.
Since signing up I have spent a third of my time playing rented games and 66% of the time waiting for a game to be delivered.
From what I understand, Gamefly has partnered with the USPS to shorten delivery times. The idea is that once the USPS scans the barcode on your return it sends a message to Gamefly so they can ship out your next game while the first one is on its way home. If this were the case, I would have gotten a text message saying Gamefly shipped my next game on Thursday 12th, but instead they didn’t ship it until Monday 16th. Even then, if they shipped it on the 16th, why did it take five days to get to Omaha when the first one only took 3?
One reason could be that Gamefly waited a couple of days to see if a game higher on my queue came in before it shipped out a game that was 10th on my queue. The game I eventually received was so low on my queue I don’t know what it was ranked. This is not a problem for me, although I wish they would just turn around and send me whatever they had in stock instead of waiting. If I didn’t want to play a game it wouldn’t be on my queue, so just send me what’s available.
Part of me suspects this is a ploy to get me to upgrade to the two-games-out-at-a-time plan, the plan they are trying hardest to sell. If I had that plan I could have been playing another game while waiting for the next. Don’t feel like upgrading quite yet.
But all the same, I’m not quite ready to write Gamefly off yet. When I was thinking about signing up for it I was constantly looking for an objective writeup of their service, so here I just want to provide my experience for anyone in the same boat.
So now I find myself in the same situation I was in a month ago. Broken Xbox, so I can’t play my new game, and my wife and I cannot watch streaming Netflix. Blarg!