Posts Tagged ‘gamefly’

The gaming gods must hate me

February 23, 2009

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. (more…)


Hacking NetFlix : Netflix’s Swasey: “We are not a Game Company”

February 17, 2009

Looks like Gamefly can breath easy, Netflix isn’t even thinking about launching a game rental service.

During a recent interview with Zmogo, Netflix’s VP of Corporate Communications Steve Swasey went on the record about game rentals:

MINUS: Has Netflix ever considered an online streaming game service similar to Valve’s Steam? What about game rental by mail service like Gamefly?

STEVE: No, we are not a game company; Netflix will stay true to movies. Netflix is a video company. We want to have the best movie service.

via Hacking NetFlix : Netflix’s Swasey: “We are not a Game Company”.


Tattered economy has to be good for Gamefly

February 11, 2009

Because saving money was the No. 1 reason I signed up for the mail rental service.

So I signed up for Gamefly last Wednesday night. By Saturday my first rental had made the 765-mile journey from Austin to Omaha, just in time for the weekend.

Before I have been operating under a one-game-per-month budget. That worked out to about $60 per month spent on my gaming hobby. I also rarely go back to replay my old games. If I do replay a game it’s usually months to a year later.

Gamefly has a plan where you can have one game out at a time for around $16 per month. I figure I can play two games a month and pay 13% of what it would cost to buy the same two games.

So give me a little while to use the service and I’ll let you know more about it’s reliability and value.