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#1 (Permalink) Games are too $%!$ing expensive! - Mon, 3-23-09, 11:02 PM Old
 
Okay, I'm just going to vent.

Thank god for gamefly because I'd have been seriously bummed if I'd shelled out the cash for Afro Samurai. In all fairness, there are some cool aspects to the game but there's no way I'd have felt good about $60 disappearing from my wallet for this one. I sent it back after a couple hours.

The whole scenario got me thinking. I've been using gamefly for a long time now. I don't know how many times I've sent something back in a short amount of time like that but it has more or less paid for my membership several times over. When I do come across something I think is worth owning I've always figured this out by renting and playing it first and 90% of the time I'm getting it via gamefly's "keep it" option.

Since gamefly and netflix are rocking from a business perspective in an otherwise lousy economy I'm going to go out on a limb and assume more people are renting vs. buying these days.

What's the consensus? Are most people here renting or buying? I just can't see the logic in buying retail. I mean, once you shell out your $60 on a new release you're SOL if it blows. At least with a gamefly account you can try something out before you commit to it and you're not out any extra cash.
 
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#2 (Permalink) Tue, 3-24-09, 6:53 AM Old
 
I actually still usually buy, but that's really because I'm only investing in Sports Games, which don't really have that much of a risk factor involved. However, it is criminal how much games cost these days.

As to NetFlix, I use Netflix addictively. I barely buy anymore, and if I do, it's usually only for extremely funny or extremely good movies (both of which I expect to watch again). all the other ones, I NetFlix
 
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#3 (Permalink) Tue, 3-24-09, 9:34 AM Old
 
Zack and Miri make a porno is the only movie so far this year that I could justify paying for... I cried a couple times laughing, and it even had a legit story.
 
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#4 (Permalink) Tue, 3-24-09, 11:01 AM Old
 
I rent, games at least, but I don't use Game Fly, b/c I only really have a Wii, and I'm not really into the epic/story type games. I do go to the Movie Gallery and rent a game when I go home for the weekend, for 7 bux a game I get the idea if I like it or not, and put it in the back of my mind as something I may like to buy (or the kids, we actually found one the kids really liked and want to get, and luckily it's one of the cheaper ones)

I use netflix too, but I buy too. I guess I usually buy a lot of older movies v. new releases (except for like TDK (b/c I must have ALL the 89-current liveaction batman movies, which I just completed my task) and the occasional disney movie) since you can find them cheaper (Gotta love the $5-$10 bins). My netflix is me catching up on all the john cusack movies I don't own (yet) or couldn't Download. And then after that, maybe some Christian Bale, and then the rest of my Queue is old TV on DVD shows that aren't/weren't ever syndicated.
 
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#5 (Permalink) Tue, 3-24-09, 7:23 PM Old
 
The retail sticker price on games really is just insane, particularly now that every dollar has gotten that much more precious. I mean, after doing the math, what I've saved against what I've played simply by having a gamefly account is jaw dropping. If I paid retail for everything I've cycled through with gamefly I'd be into the thousands of dollars.

I don't really buy games or movies much anymore. Movies pretty much never. I can count on one hand the number of DVDs in my possession. Once in a blue moon, if there's a game I REALLY think is worth owning I'll pick it up from gamefly but that's pretty rare these days too but at least its at a steep discount.

All said and done, I'm content renting most everything. If I've really got to play or see something a second time I'll just add it to my queue again.
 
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#6 (Permalink) Games are too ing expensive - Fri, 2-24-12, 12:22 AM Old
 
I checked their website and they have only two out of the ten potential games im looking for... Im mainly looking for 5 N64 titles, I may see if I can get the other 5 if I have money left over... VGNW has 2/10 of what im looking for. Any other suggestions?
 
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#7 (Permalink) Games are too ing - Thu, 3-1-12, 7:06 AM Old
 
F:NV is going to be a midnight release pickup for me. The original Fallout games were some of the most glorious points in PC gaming. The new games have lost MOST of what made the first ones great but they are good in their own way.
 
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#8 (Permalink) Games are too ing - Sun, 3-4-12, 9:02 AM Old
 
One reason is because it lets you do things you cant do in real life like shooting people. Another reason is that shooting games are just more exciting than other games. I am not saying other games are not exciting, just that most shooting games are more exciting than most puzzle games.
 
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