on Apr 19, 2007
So I want to rent games. There are two major services I’ve found so far. GamezNFlix and Gamefly. I’ve signed up for both so that I can properly compare. I will cancel one (or maybe both) before the trial runs out.
When it comes to price, GamezNFlix wins. They offer 3 games at a time for $17, as opposed to Gamefly’s 2 at a time for $22. No contest.
When it comes to availability, GamezNFlix wins. Everything that caught my eye was available now, as opposed to GameFly, where nothing I wanted was available. GameFly is either an appaling joke, a scam, or managed by fantastic morons. You have to wait for days for most titles, weeks for others, and even ones which seem to be available can jump to unavailable without warning.
When it comes to movies, GamezNFlix wins. GameFly doesn’t have any movies. (Although, it seems like they don’t have any games either.)
So in this little contest, Gamefly isn’t even trying. They offer an overpriced service that offers to ship you fewer games never. That’s a tough sell, no matter how much you’re charging.
Gamefly offers Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance games, and GamezNFlix doesn’t. We own two Nintendo DS’s here, which can play both DS and GBA titles. This was a major selling point with us.
So what to choose? The service which doesn’t do everything I need, or the service which does everything I need, but has terrible service and costs too much?
Right now I’m leaning towards canceling both and giving up. Although, if you want to rent games and you don’t care about the DS, then without a doubt GamezNFlix is the way to go. I’ve only been a customer of Gamefly for twelve hours, and have yet to give them any money, and already they have managed to annoy me in numerous ways. It is the only task for which they have shown any enthusiasm or skill.
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