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Old 09-30-02, 11:44 PM
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online video game rental

Does anyone know if there are any companies similar to Netflix that rent video games?
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Old 09-30-02, 11:53 PM
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redoctane. There's been threads about it already - try a search.
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Old 10-01-02, 09:39 AM
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I highly recommend staying away from RedOctane.

They were slow to ship games / never got them in and then ONE YEAR after cancelling my membership they e-mailed me and accused me of not returning a game.

Lots of bull -- I think it's run out of somebody's basement, and not particularly well. Oh, they left me on their spam list, too.
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Old 10-01-02, 05:00 PM
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RedOctane is terrible. I had no problems with them until I tried to cancel my membership, at which point they bent me over and buggered me like a $2 whore. It took nearly half a year for me to get things sorted out with those scumbags.

I had similar trouble with Boomeranggames.com. Everything was a-ok until I cancelled the service. A week after I cancelled, they tell me they never received two games, and charged $99.98 to my credit card, ON TOP OF another $25 charge for an extra month of membership that I didnt want, and they never actually provided. Terrible. Fraudulent, even. I had to dispute the charges with my credit card company, and I'm being told now that my account has been forwarded to a collection agency. Lovely.

I'll never deal with another online video game rental place again. Ever. Pity Blockbuster is so expensive. They're not offering the Freedom Pass anymore, either, which was an excellent deal.
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Old 10-01-02, 05:09 PM
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Didn't Hollywood Video have a "freedom pass" sort of thing?
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Old 10-01-02, 05:24 PM
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Blockbuster had a freedom pass for $20! Any two games for up to a month, or switch out those two games once a day!

I did it for one month and it was great! Hope they run it again.
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Old 01-08-03, 05:53 PM
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gamefly?


Anyone try out this online game rental service? I just got a popup ad from them.

First time I've actually clicked on a popup ad in a long time.
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Old 01-08-03, 06:10 PM
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I got that too... and I clicked it as well... hmmm....
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Old 01-08-03, 06:19 PM
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I am trying it out. With the free trial, I figured why not. I signed up Monday afternoon and they allegedly shipped the same day. Haven't gotten the games yet. It appears to be out of the west coast. 2 games at a time. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 01-09-03, 07:54 AM
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Wal-Mart and Blockbuster are supposed to introduce plans very similar to Netflix soon. If Netflix can withstand that, they intend to offer video games too.
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Old 01-09-03, 09:28 AM
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I noticed yesterday that my local EB is renting games for $1 a day and the clerk mentioned that they may be implementing a 'freedom' pass rental plan in the next 6 months.
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Old 01-09-03, 02:17 PM
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Gamestop and Funcoland have "Free" 7-Day rentals. Just buy a game and return it no questions asked 7 days later.
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Old 01-09-03, 02:28 PM
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Originally posted by superboyreturns
Gamestop and Funcoland have "Free" 7-Day rentals. Just buy a game and return it no questions asked 7 days later.
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Old 03-13-03, 09:25 PM
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Well I ended up canceling my Gamefly account only because I am not that big of a gamer to warrant the monthly cost. I must say I was extremely impressed with them and especially their customer service who responded within a couple of hours everytime. On average it took maybe three days for my game to arrive and maybe four for them to receive it.
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Old 03-14-03, 02:35 PM
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Originally posted by superboyreturns
Gamestop and Funcoland have "Free" 7-Day rentals. Just buy a game and return it no questions asked 7 days later.
Funny as hell. Seriously does eB have a rental program? Not in NJ I suppose, I don't see that here in JC.
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Old 03-14-03, 04:02 PM
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Just remember that all the free trials for these programs include shipping time. So a 14-day free trial means they have to have the games in their hands by the fourteenth day if you don't want to get charged.
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Old 05-27-03, 06:16 PM
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Does anyone else use or have any opinions on Gamefly?
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Old 05-29-03, 07:13 PM
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I am curious about Gamefly as well. The guys are on The Screen Savers right now. 22 buck a month for unlimited 2 games at a time.
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Old 05-29-03, 07:47 PM
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I can also vouch for gamefly. Received the games in about 3-4 days. (I live in the East Coast)
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Old 05-29-03, 07:51 PM
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Think how many games you could *buy* per year, for $264 (!!!)

That's roughly a $20 game per month...hmmm

TechTV Gamefly article
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Old 05-29-03, 08:01 PM
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GameInformer had a good article on this. They reviewed about 5-6 online places. Gamefly and one other were the only recommended.
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Old 05-29-03, 09:24 PM
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I am using Gamefly right now and I recommend it. I tried 3 of them out, Redoctane, Gamefly, and GoVoJo. Gamefly is easily the best. They have the best inventory and fastest shipping (overnight to S. California).
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Old 05-29-03, 11:34 PM
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I was wrong, it is EGM that had the article. The sent away for 3 different games. Never got them from Redoctane or GoVoJo. Gamefly was recommended and so was one other. Gamefly has the option of buying the game if you really want, which may be a plus for some.
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Old 05-30-03, 03:12 PM
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The EGM article also mentions the following:

Gamefly
  • $13.95/month for 1 rental at a time / $21.95 for two
  • Rent-to-buy option
  • Free 10 day trial membership
  • New release reservations
  • E-mail & 800-number service

Gamelender
  • $17.99/month for two rentals at a time / $21.99 for 3
  • Huge selection including PS1, Dreamcast, N64, & GBA
  • Reservations for new releases
  • NES, SNES, and Genesis games soon
  • E-mail & 800-number service

These were the two highest rated in the article.

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Old 11-20-03, 11:34 AM
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Giving this a bump. I was wondering if anyone knew of any online game rental services on the East coast? I am using gamefly right now, but games usually take 3-4 days to get to me, and recently their stock and speed isn't as good as usual.
I might just be spoiled with Netflix having a warehouse only a few hours away.
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