TGR spoke to a Netflix rep who provided their latest statement regarding renting video games. He also let loose with a very interesting comment that no one plays games that are more than a couple years old. Are you scratching your head yet?
Dunno the real reason for not renting games (They should) unless they have a partnership with gamefly or some other company. Just imagine the tons of subscriptions they will get. And they could change the plans instead of 3 dvds you get 2 dvds and 1 game rental or something in between. I just hope they fix why on Puerto Rico we can rent games but can't view them instantly. Just hope we can when the 360 patch comes.
I thought it was because their name is Netflix not Netgames....lol
i mean just last week i rented chromehounds for 360...oh wai-
Which means that it takes more times rented to break even and then make a profit. Which also means that it takes more investment in order to ensure that the game is available to customers. It also is more risky in that games take longer to complete than movies, are handled more often, and have a greater risk of being scratched. The downside is far greater for games than movies.
"No one will be playing Madden NFL 09 two years from now, but people will watch a great movie over and over." No, the people that were playing Madden NFL 09 will be playing Madden NFL 11 two years from now which will basically be the same game. JK :D
Basically, games dont keep their staying power as long as movies. It takes a lot more dedication to get through a game than a movie so once people play it, they dont want to again. I get their argument. Still, They could make money if they did it. Guess they dont want the hassle.
I thought gamefly was the games division of the same company that does netflix.
Although it seems like common sense to me that many people do play many games long after they are released (just not sports games), I'm sure Netflix has already done market research on the topic. All they have to do is get game rental data from another company that does rent games, and perhaps throw in some data concerning the purchase of used or old titles. Anyway, I think they would have to raise the price of a subscription for those who wish to get games. Gamefly is ridiculously expensive, and Netflix would probably have to be about the same. So all in all, I'd rather buy an old game than rent one via Gamefly.
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