In this day and age, we are all looking for ways to save money. One of the ways many of us save money is to shop online or rent movies and video games from the internet. This allows us to save money by not spending gas money. In this article I will talk about GameFly and whether it’s worth the money. GameFly is very similar to Netflix, but GameFly rents video games instead of movies. The concept behind GameFly is a very good one. Who wouldn’t like the ability to rent video games with the press of a button? Though the concept is great, the delivery is far from good. I’ll start by talking about the few good things about GameFly.
GameFly allows you to rent video games for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Original Xbox, Playstation 2, PSP, Gameboy Advanced, Nintendo DS, and Gamecube for as long as they want. This is a wide selection of platforms, and will allow even those people who are still using the older consoles to participate. The game selection is absolutely excellent. The latest games are always listed, but much of the time they aren’t available for shipment right away. Many of the newly released games have long wait times, so it really isn’t worth your money to put them at the top of your list.
Compared to Netflix, the turnaround and shipping times of GameFly are absolutely abysmal. I signed up for the ten day free trial, put several new and old games in my game queue and waited. The ten days came and went, so before I was charge to my credit card, I emailed GameFly support and explained to them that I hadn’t received my games yet, and they extended my free trial. I finally got my games, but would have to ship them right back immediately in order to get them back to GameFly in time. So, I decided to keep the service and pay for a month. I kept my games for about one and a half weeks and then shipped them back. It took 4 days for them to finally get them back, which of course isn’t their fault. Once they received them, it took them 7 days to ship my next two games. And after another 4 days waiting on them to arrive, it was time to cancel the service (I couldn’t afford it anymore) and ship the games right back. So, over the course of 44 days, I was only able to rent four games, two for 9 days each, and two for two days each (2 days because I couldn’t ship them over the weekend and they arrived Saturday morning). And, curiously, it only took GameFly 2 days to send me an email telling me they had received the last two games I sent, after I cancelled the service. The GameFly service is definitely not worth the money when it comes to turnaround. It would be far cheaper to drive to your local video store and rent from them, or even purchase the game.
Overall, the bad far outweighs the good. It takes far too long for you to receive your games each month and although the selection is vast, the availability is often low. If GameFly could work on their turnaround and selection, it would be a wonderful service I would be happy to purchase. They need to open more warehouses in order to decrease shipping times. So, if you have only a few games you want to play, I would strongly suggest just buying them or driving to your local rental store. If you have a much larger list, then maybe you should look into GameFly, especially if you live a long way from stores.