Redbox, the modern day Blockbuster, is now offering video game rentals across its 21,000 locations nationwide in the U.S. Pricing is set at $2 per day, which sounds reasonable until you think about how long you need to hang on to a game to thoroughly enjoy it. What do you think, will you rent video games from Redbox for $2 daily, or stick to other options (which we explore here as well)?
$1 for a DVD or $1.50 for a Blu-ray disc is downright reasonable when you only need it for one day. While many video games can be enjoyed over a short period of time, there are many that require quite some time to reach the end. We can recall childhood memories camped in front of the TV playing Final Fantasy for hours and hours on end, sometimes taking weeks or months to finally beat the game.
Alternatives such as GameFly (think Netflix for video games) let you keep 1 video game at a time for $15.95 - equally only 8 days of rentals at Redbox - or 2 games at a time for $22.95 - that's almost 12 days worth. There are introductory offers for a lower first month as well at GameFly, however you'd need to be a pretty frequent gamer to maintain a monthly membership. TopTenReviews has a comparison of GameFly (7,000 titles) with other game rental services such as Gamerang (6,500 titles), Game Mine (3,500 titles), and Gotta Play (4001+ titles).
So what do you think, is Redbox a good deal at $2 per day? Do you prefer a monthly rental service? Or plain old buying new or used from online or brick and mortar stores?
- Video Games at Redbox
- Original Redbox announcement in April, 2011
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[news via USA Today]